Hello, Palermo Community!

This week’s column is a good news-bad news story regarding the Palermo Community Library.

Book Walk for outdoor family fun!

Throughout the month of August, you can read a book while you hike the Palermo Preserve trails at 1401 Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. The featured story is “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle. As families walk along the wooded path, they will find laminated pages of the book attached to trees. The Book Walk is a great way for kids to experience the joy of reading while getting outside to explore the natural world.

Follow up your hike at the Palermo Community Library for more information on hermit crabs including fact sheets and habitat information, along with fun activities like coloring pages and a take home family craft.

This event is sponsored by the Palermo Community Library with the cooperation of the Midcoast Conservancy. The library is located at 2789 Route 3. For more information, call 993-6088 or email or visit

Library break-in, fundraisers

As many may have heard, the Palermo Community Library was broken into at the end of July. The thief destroyed the back door to get in, then forced open the locked desk drawer and took the cash box containing $60 and the checkbook. Although the cash amount stolen is not great, the damage the robber did will cost the library an estimated $1,150 for a replacement door.

The library incurred another serious financial setback this spring. A volunteer noticed pieces of roofing shingles in the parking lot after a windstorm and it was discovered that the back section roof of the library was in need of replacement; the cost was $7,500.

Because neither of these items was in the library’s modest budget, the library’s board of trustees is appealing to the public for a gift to the door fund. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

The Maine Variety library fundraiser

Following the library break-in, The Maine Variety has stepped up to do a fundraiser for the library. Shop at the store from Wednesday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 14, and 10% of sales proceeds will be donated to the library.

The Maine Variety, a store selling only Maine-made products, is at 2648 Route 3 (just west of the library on the opposite side of the road). The store’s mission is to support Maine producers and companies. Pagett Farm’s organically raised (non-certified) chicken, pork, beef, turkey, eggs and maple syrup are for sale in the store, along with a variety of items from more than 75 Maine farms, artisans and companies. Products range from homemade soaps, knives, quilts, baskets and jewelry to flours, baking mixes, condiments and snacks, plus the farmer’s market section, which offers fresh, local seasonal produce.

For hours and more information, visit The Maine Variety’s Facebook page.