History of the New Sharon Public Library
The New Sharon Public Library was established in 1915 by the New Sharon Women’s Club. In the early days, patrons were charged $1 for a library card which allowed them to borrow books. For two hours every Saturday, volunteers staffed the library. Readers were anxious to check out books.
The town of New Sharon has always provided a place for the library, before the 1960’s it was housed in the west end of the fire station which is now the park building. Early in its history, the library was heated only with a wood stove. Later, Arlene Stillwell and her husband acquired the building on West Maple and began to fund the library as it is known now.
In the late 60’s, the library moved to its current location at 107 West Maple. Elementary school students formed a line and passed the books individually hand-to-hand from the old library to the new location.
Over time, computers have been added, wifi installed, and other refinements which were not even thought of when the library began. Recently, the city of New Sharon has taken ownership of the library. A new board of governance has been established, and even more changes will be seen.
Anyone is welcome to come to the library at 1:30 on the second Tuesday of each month for an informal book discussion.. A designated book is posted each month at the library and other sites in town. There is usually discussion of good reading suggestions as well as the designated book.
The library gratefully accepts donations of gently used books. Those not used by the library will be passed on to a charitable organization. Monetary donations are also welcomed. A tax-deduction receipt can be furnished upon request. Memorial donations can be directed to the library for a specific use or for general library purposes. Visit with the library about options.
Computers & Wifi
The library has several computers for public use. Printing is available at a minimal cost. WIFI is also available for people who bring in their own devices.
Summer Reading Program
Youngsters sign up in the library for the reading rewards program. They read, log their pages, and collect prizes for pages read. The reading program is broken out into to groups: Ages [4-12] & [13-18]
Books & Media
Adult fiction & non-fiction
Children’s section with picture books
and chapter books
Young adult with many popular new
LARGE PRINT including a rotating selection
of 15 additional titles every quarter
VHS – especially children’s titles
DVD – some titles in children’s area
New collection of 50 titles every 3 mos
Borrow from donated periodicals