What’s Special About Salmon Falls Library?
The Salmon Falls Library, established in 1911 as the Salmon Falls Village Library and Tearoom by author and educator Kate Douglas Wiggin, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wiggin was a strong believer in literacy and that everyone should have access to books. The library continues to fulfill her mission today, promoting a love of reading and learning.
Our patrons love the warm, cozy and welcoming atmosphere of the library, with its beamed ceilings, wide pine floors, beautiful handcrafted furniture and antiques. It feels like a neighborhood gathering place, even if your actual neighborhood is miles away. People chat with neighbors, use the free WiFi, make new friends and of course, talk about what they are reading and recommend books to each other.
SFL has an extensive collection that we are constantly updating. You’ll find literary fiction and bestsellers, popular authors and rising stars, winners of major prizes and books being talked about in the media, memoirs and biographies, non-fiction history, politics and current events, over 1,000 audio books, and magazines that are available to check out.
How to Join the Library
Becoming a member couldn’t be simpler. If you live in the surrounding area: Hollis, Buxton, Dayton, Lyman, Gorham, Waterboro, etc., just come in and sign up by giving us your name, address, phone number and email address. You will be given a number, which is all you need to check out books.
Checking Out Books
Books can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time and renewed twice. The only time you can’t renew a book is if there is a hold on it. If you would like a book reserved for you, just go to the catalog online or give us a call. And there is not a limit to the number of books that you can check out–filling a shopping bag is fine with us.
Taking up most of the second floor, the Children’s Room is big, bright and colorful. It has lots of books and audios for kids of all ages, toys, Play Doh, stuffed animals and other fun stuff to play with.We like to encourage little readers and when they return books, they get to pick a prize from our “treasure chest.”