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For over 160 years, the Witherle Memorial Library has served the public in the town of Castine, Maine, and its environs by providing diverse informational, recreational, and educational resources for all age groups. Housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts facility built in 1913, the Witherle combines traditional qualities of personal service provided by well-trained staff in a comfortable setting with the latest tools in online research and materials access. The library is part of Castine’s historic district listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Whether you wish to tour a landmark, peruse the collection, check your email using high-speed internet, attend a program or book discussion, or simply enjoy a quiet place to read, you are welcome at the Witherle.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.  A list with some of the many titles by Jewish Americans found in the library’s collection is available at the front desk.

Current Exhibit: Ukrainian Eggs

A collection of extraordinary decorated eggs are on display in the lobby this month.  These beautiful creations span 150 years.  One part of the display features delicately painted eggs made in the 19 century using egg tempura. They are from the collection of Jim and Leila Day. The bulk of the exhibit are beautiful handmade Ukrainian eggs, the work of Karen Stanley.  A pysanka is a Slavic egg decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. The decorations are often drawn in beeswax and then dyed. Berna Kaiserian curated the exhibit which will be on view through May 15.