One thing that isn’t changing at the Library: the Millinocket Literary Club prepares display cases for their 58th year

By Pat Catell

When you step into the library, it can be easy to miss the glass panels on your left and right. But if take a moment to look closer, you will see a seasonal display meticulously designed by the local Literary Club. You might even find yourself saying “I know about that”, or “I remember when that happened.”

For over fifty years, the displays have been changed to highlight topics ranging from the local to the global. 2018 featured “Little Italy Matriarchs”, “Travel Around the World”, “Veterans Day”, “Trees of Winter”, and “Christmas Stories for December”, among other themes. Literary Club members Shirley Thornton, Barbara Waters, Jeannine Sanders, and Trudy Wyman are responsible for changing the displays, often searching for small artifacts or pictures at the Millinocket Historical Society or in their own collections.

The Literary Club formed in 1951, and their commitment to community involvement has led them to support the library. In 1971, the club decided to set up displays in the Children’s Room on the lower level of the library.  Also at this time three glass cases were donated by Florence MacKay, a long time member of the original Literary Club.

Other community projects sponsored by the club include the Spring Luncheon, Book Illustration Contest, and Scholarship Fund. The Literary Club appreciates their relationship with the library and hope the patrons passing through the lobby take a minute to enjoy the history and information in the display cases.

To get involved with the Literary Club or to suggest an idea for the display cases, you can contact Trudy Wyman at