Despite the fact that it’s been open to the public for more than a decade, the Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County library may be the best-kept secret around. Flic Shooter, the group’s bereavement coordinator, wants to change that with the help of a $3,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

The library contains valuable resources on supporting a loved one during the dying process, bereavement, grief and helping children deal with the sickness and loss of a loved one. But there are also books on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, being a caregiver and how to take care of yourself if you are in that role. The majority of the books are written for the ordinary person, although there are a few geared toward students who are pursing a master’s degree in social work.

The library, which Shooter calls a “jewel,” is located at the north end of the former hotel building at 119 Northport Ave., across from Waldo County General Hospital, through the door to Waldo County Home Health and Hospice. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Borrowing a book, DVD or video is as simple as putting your name, telephone number and the date on a card. There are multiple copies of some of the best resources. Shooter says she is also willing to make recommendations of books for those who have experienced a loss in their lives.

To date, most of the books and tapes in the library have been donated, but that is about to change. With the grant Hospice Volunteers received from the Maine Community Foundation, Shooter plans to build up the collection.

Those who have suggestions for resources they would like to see added to the library, or who have books or tapes to donate should call Shooter at 930-2677.