The Carver Memorial Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its newly completed brick walkway on the morning of July 13. Friends of the library, including Searsport Town Manager James Gillway, Library Director Chase Colasante and President of the Library Board of Trustees Marge Knuuti, were in attendance.

Gillway said the town decided to give the old walkway a makeover, in part to ensure it would continue to be safe for library patrons to walk on, but also to spruce it up in time for the library’s 100th birthday in October.

“The old concrete walkway had been very badly deteriorated,” said Gillway. “We wanted to make it presentable for the celebration.”

Gillway said that instead of digging up the concrete and replacing it with a new concrete slab or paving over it, Searsport decided to give the library the kind of makeover it deserved. Blockslayer’s Masonry in Prospect was enlisted to create a brick walkway with a cobblestone border as a way of tying in the new walkway to the cobblestone building and granite steps.

Instead of using taxpayer money to fund the walkway project, Gillway said, the town wanted to “think outside of the box.” Patrons can pay $75 to sponsor one of the 300 red border bricks and have their names sand-blasted into the brick. So far, according to Gillway, 26 bricks have been purchased.

“If we sell all the bricks, we will have covered the cost of the project,” said Gillway. “We’re not looking to make a profit on the walkway — just a way to make the walkway and library more presentable and give people in the community an opportunity to be part of the library’s anniversary.”

The walkway ceremony kicked off a series of events sponsored by the library in the next few months. In August, the library will host a birthday party, with games and presents for attendees and a cake that Knuuti said she hoped to have in the shape of the library.

In September, the Carriage House Inn will host a wine-and-cheese fundraiser for the library, and in October, the library will celebrate its 100th annniversary with the unearthing of a time capsule buried near the cornerstone in 1910. The copper box is reported to have various records from the year, including a newspaper clipping from The Republican Journal. Once it is dug up, the copper box will be replaced with a new stainless steel and copper urn vault, courtesy of Mark Riposta of the Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home.

“Everybody has different ideas of what should go in the time capsule,” said Knuuti. “We haven’t decided yet.”

The only items Knuuti said she was certain would go into the 2010 time capsule are current issues of The Bangor Daily News and The Republican Journal.

Those interested in purchasing a centennial commemorative brick may call the library at 548-2303 or send an e-mail to staff@carver.lib.me.us.