Services & Information
The library's collection includes adult fiction and nonfiction; a parenting section; board books; picture books; early readers (for those children learning to read); first chapter books; graphic novels; kids’ and young adult fiction and nonfiction; DVD’s; and audiobooks.
Search and reserve library items online by clicking the link to the library's online catalog on the left.
We also provide board games and puzzles for patrons to check out.
Download free audio books and e-books at cloudLibrary by bibliotheca. Your Library Card ID is the number on your library card. Your Password/PIN is either something you set when you first logged in, or the phone number you provided when you signed up for a library card. It seems that a bunch of different formats work for your phone number, but if you're having trouble, try this format: "
The library is a geocaching spot!
Geocaching is using a GPS to locate specific containers, called geocaches, at certain coordinates worldwide! Find the container to sign the logbook within, and take an item from the geocache.
Visit the library and become a sleuth to find it's hidden geocache!
The library is also a Pokémon Go stop, also known as a Pokéstop!
Download the Pokémon Go application on your phone to locate and capture virtual Pokémon. Visit the library to get rewards!
Toddler Story Time
Join us for toddler story time every Monday from 10-11am, where we listen to stories, sing songs, and participate in lots of movement. Shakers, bells, bubbles, and puppets may also make an appearance!
During special occasions, we may serve snacks before or after the craft. If your child has food allergies, please let Caroline, the Library Director, know in advance so she may plan accordingly.
Many story time participants play with LEGOs, blocks, and other toys we have in the youth room after story time.
Check out the website "Get Ready to Read!" for some excellent early literacy resources! Find the link here: http://getreadytoread.org/.
Book Group for Adults
Join us from 3-4pm on the first Monday of every month (except in unforeseen circumstances) for book discussions.
We will be discussing books by Julia Spencer-Fleming on April 13. Choose one of her books to read for this discussion.
We will be discussing "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah on May 6.
STEAM Homeschool Program for ages 6 and up
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Join us from 11-noon every Friday (except in unforeseen circumstances) to learn about a STEAM concept. There will be different activities every week.
The topic on March 13 is maple syrup.
Tech Help Saturday
Visit the Library on from 1-3pm on the last Saturday of every month (except in unforeseen circumstances) to get free help on any tech questions you have from the Library's experienced technology volunteer.
These sessions are drop-in and do not require registration.
These sessions will occur on March 28, April 25, and May 30.
February Reading Program (“February Flurry”): A reading program for all ages during the week of February vacation. Participants receive raffle tickets for reading and attending programs during the week. Participants can try to win one or more of three different raffle items, and raffle tickets are drawn at the end of the week.
February Patron Appreciation Week: In cooperation with local libraries (Salmon Falls Library, West Buxton Public Library and Waterboro Public Library), sweet treats and Valentines crafts are provided during the week leading up to Valentine's Day.
Summer Reading Program: A collaborative summer reading program for all ages conducted with local libraries (Salmon Falls Library, West Buxton Public Library and Waterboro Public Library). Several collaborative programs occur throughout the summer. At Hollis Center Public Library, participants receive raffle tickets for reading, attending programs, volunteering at the library, and participating in community service. Participants can try to win one or more of several different raffle items, and raffle tickets are drawn at the end of each two-week period. Different raffle items will be available every two weeks for the duration of the program.
Funds for the summer reading program are graciously provided by the Narragansett Number One Foundation. This nonprofit corporation donates to other nonprofit 501(c)(3) public organizations in Buxton and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.nnof.org/.
Check out the library's Facebook page for upcoming events and the most current information at https://www.facebook.com/Hollis-Center-Public-Library-168908416499389/.
Technology for public use
- 4 Windows desktop computers
- Color and black and white printing
- WiFi access to the internet both inside and outside the library
- Outgoing fax services
- Scanning services
Search for your ancestors using ancestry.com's library edition by ProQuest. This must be used in the library only; there is no remote access.
All library materials are borrowed for two weeks, and can be renewed up to two times (for a total of six weeks). Items may be renewed in person or by calling the library during open hours. All items are renewable unless the item(s) has been reserved by another person.
Any amount of items within reason may be checked out, except for DVDs, which are limited to 4 per family.
Items can be requested from Portland Public Library and other libraries through interlibrary loan.
The Hollis Center Public Library provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information to meet their educational, personal and technological needs. The Library serves as an educational and recreational resource for all residents of the town.
Ways You Can Help
The library accepts donations of books (any type except encyclopedias and dictionaries), DVD's, and audiobooks that are not stained, ripped, falling apart, or otherwise in poor condition. The library will add donations to its collection whenever possible, and reserves the right to add donations to its book sale or Amazon online sale if not added to the collection.
Hollis Center Public Library is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to "Hollis Center Library Association, Inc."
The library also collects used printer cartridges and cell phones for the Buxton/Hollis Garden Club. The money raised supports the Horticultural scholarship for a Bonny Eagle High School Senior.
Thanks for thinking about volunteering! Meet Caroline, the Library Director, to discuss interests and availability. Join our dedicated group of volunteers to do one or more of the following tasks:
- Train to work behind the desk, checking books in and out.
- Process newly acquired books.
- Shelve returned books.
- Check the shelves to make sure items are in alphabetical order and facing the right direction.
- Keep the library clean, tidy, and safe, inside and out.
- Weed the collection so we have more space for new items.
- Other projects. There are always more projects. Always.
Suggest a New Program or Item
We welcome suggestions for programs and requests for new books and other items! Stop by, call us, or send us an email with your thoughts.
Support the library by shopping on Amazon at smile.amazon.com and choosing "Hollis Center Library Association" as your favorite charity.
- Caroline Nickerson
Board of Trustees members
- Angela Mackie, Chair
- Kathleen Kendrick
- Heidi Lynch
- Paul Nickerson
- Barbara Sheahan
- John Sheahan (on leave of absence)
Hollis Center Library Association officers
- Heather Sullivan, President
- Meredith Fuller, Vice President
- Elaine Beattie, Secretary
- Corinna Walsh, Treasurer
- Diane Sanborn, Treasurer