West Buxton Library

Buxton, Maine, United States | Library

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The West Buxton Public Library traces its beginnings back to 1925 when it was organized in the West Buxton Baptist Church on the hill on River Road by the dam. The Masonic Building, also on River Road in West Buxton, was its second home until 1953 when service to the community went dormant. The library emerged from its five-year dormancy in 1958 under the leadership of Edward M. Elwell. Its third and current home is the former District #12 Schoolhouse (circa 1853) keeping its location in the West Buxton Village area and still on the Saco River at #34. The resurrection of the library resulted from the perception that such a facility was needed by the residents of the village area on both sides of the Saco River: Buxton and Hollis. It is now even used by Standish, Limington, and Gorham residents.The library has benefited for most of its history from the financial support of Buxton and Hollis taxpayers. The annual appropriations have been supplemented by book and bake sales, memorial gifts, miscellaneous gifts, and many monetary donations and collections. The operating budget has increased from approximately $100 in the 1950{s to the current level of $12,500 by the Town of Buxton only.


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