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39 Bowdoin St, Winthrop, ME 04364 | 207-377-8673

Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 3pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-3pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm

Contact Staff:
All inter-library loan inquiries:
All reference and research inquiries:

Richard Fortin, Director
Shane-Malcolm Billings, Adult Services Librarian
Cindy Hinkley, Children’s Librarian
Lori Clark, Library Technician
Chris Corio, Library Technician
Ann Darby, Library Technician
Stacy Tomassone, Library Technician

The Charles M. Bailey Public Library Board of Trustees are a Board of nine public officials (plus ex officio Council Chair) elected to manage staff and adopt regulations for the library. Public meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm. Rescheduled or special meetings are posted in the library, or in the library’s online newsletter. A separate 501(c)(3) Board, the Winthrop Public Library Foundation, has been setup to accept and receive financial donations and bequests. Information regarding the Foundation Board can be found at:

Eric Conrad, Chair:
term expires: 12/31/20
All Committees

Elizabeth Sienko, Vice-Chair:
term expires: 12/31/18
Building & Finance Committee

Paul Cottrell, Treasurer:
term expires: 12/31/20
Finance, Personnel & Technology Committee

Pearl Ames:
term expires: 12/31/18
Policy Committee

Mary Jane Auns:
term expires: 12/31/19
Building, Personnel & Policy Committee

Sarah Fuller:
ex officio

Merrie Hanson:
term expires: 12/31/18
Building Committee

Joanne Lebrun:
term expires: 12/31/20
Technology Committee

Jan Tewksbury:
term expires: 12/31/19
Finance Committee

Maureen Whitestone:
term expires: 12/31/19
Personnel & Policy Committee

The Library will be closed to observe the following holidays:

Monday, April 16, 2018: Patriot’s Day
Saturday, May 26, 2018: Memorial Day
Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Independence Day
Saturday, September 1, 2018: Labor Day
Monday, September 3, 2018: Labor Day
Monday, October 8, 2018: Columbus Day
Monday, November 12, 2018: Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Thanksgiving, Closing at 1pm
Thursday, November 22, 2018: Thanksgiving
Friday, November 23, 2018: Thanksgiving
Monday, December 24, 2018: Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 25, 2018: Christmas
Monday, December 31, 2018: New Year’s Eve
Tuesday, January 1, 2019: New Year’s Day
Monday, January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 18, 2019: President’s Day


The library in 1922.

The Winthrop Public Library was originally opened on July 8, 1889. The library location was referred to as “Packard Block” in early Town Reports. The original library contained 1,322 volumes at the time of opening and featured a reading room. The collection had grown to 2,700 volumes by 1904. The cost to use the original library was $1 per year, and the original library construction was funded through a combination of private fundraising and a Town grant.

In November 1916, Charles M. Bailey entered into an agreement with the Town of Winthrop to give a new building to be used for library and reading room purposes. The new library was opened to the public on December 2, 1916 in a dedication ceremony that featured president of Colby College, Arthur J. Roberts, and Dennis’ Orchestra of Augusta, Maine. Charles M. Bailey was the best known member of the Society of Friends in Winthrop, and was known for his “Bailey’s Praying Band,” who conducted evangelistic services. Bailey also owned one of the largest oilcloth manufacturers in America at the time, and employed two hundred individuals in Winthrop in the early 1900s. The 1916 structure of rock faced and chiseled granite is still in use today.

Charles Irving Bailey (the elder son of Charles M. Bailey) was the first person to serve as Chair of the newly formed Board of Trustees. Lula A. Clifford was the first head librarian to serve in the new Bailey building, and served to the time of her death in 1940. Clifford’s starting salary was $1 for each afternoon and evening the library was open to the public, and in 1920 was set at $25 per month. Mr. John Stanley served as Town Librarian for twenty-five years (at the Packard Block location) before Charles M. Bailey donated the Bowdoin St. building. John Stanley continued serving on the Board of Trustees and Book Committee after Clifford was hired in 1916. Lula A. Clifford was noted as being Stanley’s assistant librarian prior to 1916.

Mission Statement:
The Charles M. Bailey Public Library is a lifelong learning center serving Winthrop and surrounding communities and offering diverse resources for people of all ages. The library collection is uncensored and made available in accordance with the principles of intellectual freedom.