Newly Expanded Library                                              Bonney Memorial Library Collage by Scott Rowley  

  

Welcome to the Bonney Memorial Library located in historical Cornish Village across from the Inn of Cornish. 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

  • Bonney Readers: Bonney Memorial Library's readng group. No meeting in July.  Next meeting Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pm discussing The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, a selection in Great American Read sponsored by PBS.
  • Free Support Group for Weight Loss & Healthy Living -  Come meet with others in your community who seek weekly support & accountability to step on a scale or measure your own progress in whatever method you choose. Plan for meetings: weigh in or reflect on your own progress; to discuss successes and barriers, to meeting goals, to encourage others; & share information about weight loss and /or improving general health. No charge. No dues. Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm starting July 2.This is a community support group with no link to commercial interests. FMI contact Theressa Harrigan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or library. Everyone is welcome!
  • Libraries Rock - summer reading program for all ages - July 2 thru August 10. Sign up anytime during these dates & receive a "Reading Log." Have Fun & READ at your own pace, self-motivated, non-competitive. Enjoy reading to yourself, have someone read to you or listen to story on CD. Enjoy Reading! Activity sheets, crafts available at library too. Participants will receive certificate & prize. FMI stop by library.
  • Summer Sketchers: drawing program for ages 12-17. Tuesday, August 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. A chance to talk about tips and techniques, have fun with some drawing exercises and meet other local artists. Presented by Heather Newman, local artist & creator of mural at children's room entryway. FMI & to sign up contact library.
  • Knitters / Crocheters : interested in gathering with fellow knitters and crocheters - Enjoy time for knitting, crocheting - To create & be inspired. Thursdays 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

 


 

 

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 pages of our library expansion story - please help us finish the book, open the doors and welcome everyone into 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!


ABCmouse.com From Age of Learning, Inc., the award winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with more than 8,500 learning activities across all major subject areas - reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it! Available at the library.


 

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


 Great American Read sponsored by PBS - America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). How many have you read from the list? Great list for summer reading.

 


 

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 Wednesday, July 4

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


 Bonney Readers -  BML Reading Group

All are invited!

No meeting in July.

Thursday, August 16

7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, a selection in Great American Read sponsored by PBS

Join us for good conversations about books.

Pick up a copy at the library.

 


Book Sale

Saturday, June 30

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

held in front of library, just in time for summer reading

during Cornish Strawberry Festival

 


 Free Support Group for Weight Loss & Healthy Living

Come meet with others in your community who seek weekly support & accountability to step on a scale or measure your own progress in whatever method you choose. Plan for meetings: weigh in or reflect on your own progress; to discuss successes and barriers, to meeting goals, to encourage others; & share information about weight loss and /or improving general health. No charge. No dues.

Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm starting July 2.

This is a community support group with no link to commercial interests.

FMI contact Theressa Harrigan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Library.

Everyone is welcome!

 


Libraries Rock

summer reading program for all ages

July 2 thru August 10.

Sign up anytime during these dates & receive a "Reading Log." Have Fun & READ at your own pace, self-motivated, non-competitive.

Enjoy reading to yourself, have someone read to you or listen to story on CD. Activity sheets, crafts available at library too. Participants will receive certificate & prize.

Enjoy Reading! FMI stop by library.

 


 Summer Sketchers

drawing program for ages 12-17.

Tuesday, August 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

A chance to talk about tips and techniques, have fun with some drawing exercises and meet other local artists.

Presented by Heather Newman, local artist & creator of mural at children's room entryway.

FMI & to sign up contact library.

 


 Knitters / Crocheters

interested in gathering with fellow knitters and crocheters

Enjoy time for knitting, crocheting - To create & be inspired.

Thursdays 4:00 to 6:00 pm

 


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.

 


Annual Spring Book & Pie Sale

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

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.

 

 

 

 

About the Library

History

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.


Trustees

  • 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

 


Affiliations

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