Newly Expanded Library                                              Bonney Memorial Library Collage by Scott Rowley  


Welcome to the Bonney Memorial Library located in historical Cornish Village across from the Cornish Inn. We provide quality collections, resources, and services for all members of the community and visitors. Our doors are open to all who enjoy to read and learn. Visit us!

 Bonney Memorial Library Events  FMI contact library

  • Family Story Time Wednesday mornings, 10:30 am  January 17: Hugs; January 24: Dragons; January 31: Backwards day (wear clothes backwards, talk backwards etc.) A story time for children ages 5 & under & their parents or caregivers: encouraging children and grown-ups to become actively involved in the story & participate in crafts, finger play, songs, movement. Presented by Janine.
  • Bonney Readers:  Bonney Memorial Library's reading group.  Next: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. - Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 pm February selection Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.




Newly Expanded Bonney Memorial Library

Support Bonney Memorial Library Expansion Project with a Contribution / Pledge.

GoFundMe campaign for Bonney Memorial Library expansion

We're on the last chapter of our library renovation/expansion story - please help us close the book and open the doors of our new library! Show your support by going to our GoFundMe link and donate.

Share our GoFundMe campaign on Facebook, Twitter - email family and friends, etc. Every little bit helps! With your help, we can reach our goal! Thank you very much!


AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the Bonney Memorial Library (listed as Cornish Library Association). When you shop at,  a portion of the purchase price is donated to the library or favorite charitable organization of your choice.


Hometown Maine - Cornish Cornish is one of a handful of towns which make up the Sacopee Valley region, and the fall may be the most picturesque time of year to visit. WMTW News 8's Norm Karkos takes us to the town of Cornish in this Hometown Maine.




  • LearningExpress Library - online tools for job, career and computer training as well as skill-building courses, exercises and practice exams for ASVAB, Civil Service, Commercial Driver's License, EMT, Real Estate, SAT, and more. Available in the library or at home. Set up a user name & password, then return at any time.



Library Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Closed Friday & Sundays;


Summer Hours: July & August

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

Closed Friday thru Sundays

Library Storm Closing check Closings & Delays at

Channel 6 WCSH6  /  Channel 8 WMTW   /  Channel 13 WGME







Click here for Bonney Memorial Library Events/Meetings Calendar

Family Story Time  

Wednesday mornings, 10:30 am.

January 17: Hugs

January 24: Dragons

January 31: Backwards day (wear clothes backwards, talk backwards etc.)

A story time for children ages 5 & under & their parents or caregivers: encouraging children and grown-ups to become actively involved in the story & participate in crafts, finger play, songs, movement. Presented by Janine.


 Bonney Readers -  BML Reading Group

All are invited!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Join us for good conversations about books.

Pick up a copy of the book at the library.

Next meeting February 15 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


Annual Spring Book & Pie Sale

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Books, AV materials, and delicious homemade pies.

held inside Cornish United Church, across from the library.

Proceeds to benefit the library.


Adult Coloring Book

Are you interested in a relaxing activity.

"Coloring Station"  where you can sit, relax, color - enjoy yourself anytime during library hours.

Adult coloring books with intricate designs and patterns (ex. paisleys, botanicals, mandalas, animals) offer a fun and unique way to express creativity, stimulate your brain, unwind and generate wellness. Coloring books and pencils will be available or participants can bring their own supplies. "Coloring brings you back to a simpler time, it's pleasurable, it's a chance to sit and be mindful...and at the end you get this beautiful result. You have a real sense of accomplishment." Alice Domar, PhD executive director of Domar Center for Mind/Bond Health, Boston from The New Joy of Coloring (Parade article July 12, 2015)


 "Friends of the Bonney Memorial Library"

Their mission statement is "We are a volunteer organization that supports the Bonney Memorial Library in Cornish, ME. Together, we will: Raise funds to supplement library service; Promote the Library as a community center; Advocate for the current and future needs of the library." 

Interested in joining our "Friends" contact the library.




About the Library


On a June night in 1928 at the Pike Memorial Hall, Dr. Sherman Bonney of Denver, Colorado presented the keys of the Bonney Memorial Library to the Cornish Library Association. It was the occasion of the dedication exercises of the library, which Dr. Bonney built in tribute to his parents, Dr. Calvin Fairbanks Bonney and Mrs. Harriott Cheney Bonney. He closed his remarks with these words: "The donor has been permitted to honor the memory of his parents and at the same time make a slight contribution to the people of Cornish... Let its doors be open to all who care to read and learn."


Loan Procedures

Books, magazines, and audiovisual items can be borrowed for a three-week period. Reference materials and pop-up books are available, but Do NOT circulate.

  • Renewals permitted unless material is on reserve
  • Reserves: Materials may be reserved upon request at the circulation desk, by phone or through our online catalog.
  • Returns: After hours, materials may be placed in the book drop at the front door.


Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by the library may be requested from other libraries through inter-library loan. Ask librarian for assistance.

Mission Statement

 The Bonney Memorial Library endeavors to provide quality collections, resources, and services to meet and support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all members of the community. Its doors are open to all who care to read and learn - providing materials, services, and programs to develop a diffusion of knowledge, promote responsible judgment, instill a tolerance for the rights and opinions of others, and develop charity and nobility of character.


  • Scott Cecil - President
  • Robert Tims, Jr. - Vice President
  • Colleen Tims - Secretary
  • John Bash - Treasurer
  • Thomas Carper
  • Linda Humphrey
  • Allaire Palmer
  • Eleanor Pansar
  • Lorie Pike
  • Mary Pingree
  • John Love honorary member



Cornish Association of Businesses (CAB)

Maine Library Association

Southern Maine Library District


Bonney Memorial Library Capital Campaign  "Join Our Plans to Expand"

In 1927, Dr. Sherman Bonney and his wife visited the town in which his parents had lived and where he was born. In existence for 60 years, the Cornish Library Association had run out of space above a village store. Dr. Bonney, as a tribute to his parents who had been members of the Association, offered to construct a new building "pleasing in external appearance and equipped with every modern convenience." On June 27, 1929, the Bonney Memorial Library opened for an enthusiastic public. Now, 85 years later, the Library has again run out of space. While donors have made possible the purchase of needed land and the creation of plans for an addition, construction funds are being sought.

Our vision is to continue fulfilling Dr. Bonney's goal to let the Library's doors "be open to all who care to read and learn." Our mission is to complete a renovation and expansion which will allow the Library to become a focal point of community life, creativity, and learning - enriching lives and providing quality materials and services.

"The expanded library will foster 21st century skills including life-long learning, collaboration, and information literacy. As the library begins its Capital Campaign, please join us in supporting this endeavor."   Sharon Beever and Dr. Mark Beever

Capital Campaign Pledge Card


Every Inch Counts (ongoing fundraiser within the library)

Help Build Our Library Expansion - Add your Quarter(s) - Watch the Footage Grow Inch by Inch


Every Inch Counts

1 yard of Quarters = $9.00 / 1760 yards = 1 Mile therefore 1 Mile of Quarters = $15,840. WOW!

Wondering where a mile of quarters would end if started at the library?  Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 151 Maple Street, Cornish

Can we collect a Mile of Quarters or even more?

Stop by and help us grow a mile of quarters!


Executive Committee:

Jack Bash (Chairperson), Thomas Carper, Kenneth Hall, Cheryl B. Hevey, Sandra Howe, Allaire Palmer

Capital Campaign Committee:

Sharon Beever, William Call, Scott Cecil, Teresa Drown, Joyce Folgert, Deborah Hughes, Carolyn Jacobs, Krista Lair, Dorothy Maxwell, Diann Perkins, Jean Pendexter, Scott Rowley, Richard Ruhlin