Liberty Library Association is among 36 small community libraries in Maine to receive grants from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust of the Maine Community Foundation.

The trust has awarded grants totaling $23,810 to libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties.

The grants, which range from $150 to $1,000, support programs and activities that creatively and practically integrate with a library’s collection. A full list of grant recipients is available at www.mainecf.org.

The 2018 awards include grants to:

  • Liberty Library Association, to bring author Richard Rubin to the library and to purchase books topical to veterans’ interests.
  • City of Rockland Public Library, to purchase print, video, and audio resources in support of the Let’s Move in Libraries project.
  • Cary Library, to provide local support for entrepreneurs and small businesses by purchasing a six-volume reference set of Principles of Business.
  • Southwest Harbor Library, to enhance the children’s collection by purchasing the entire list of books selected by Island Readers & Writers.
  • Swan’s Island Educational Association, for collection development around women in the lobstering industry and other non-traditional fields for children, young adults and adults.

The Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986. In his business travels in Maine, particularly Downeast, Samuel Rudman was struck by the commitment of local libraries to learning and reading. He and his wife wanted to encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.