Who’s your hero?

Young students across the state will have brave characters on their minds as they participate in the summer reading program, Every Hero has a Story, at libraries across Maine. For librarians, those heroes could well include Rose and Samuel Rudman, whose trust has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to small Maine libraries over the past three decades.

As Samuel Rudman traveled through Maine on business, he noted that most communities – even the smallest – had their own libraries. He was so impressed by their commitment to reading that he and his wife, Rose, established the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust.

This year the Rudman Library Trust awarded grants to 41 libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties.

In Limestone, a Rudman grant will bring Maine author Fran Hodgkins to the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library to present a program about her book, The Secret Galaxy. North Haven’s library will use its grant to celebrate Elizabeth Bishop, former Poet Laureate of the United States, who spent summers on the island.

The Maine Community Foundation also holds agency funds for 28 libraries in Maine, with more than $8 million under management. They include Chebeague Island Library, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in July, and Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport, which marks its centennial year in September. 

Photo: This detail from a page of The Secret Galaxy by Maine author Fran Hodgkins features a photo of the northern lights over Pemaquid Point by photographer Mike Taylor. Text over the photo reads: "The Algonquin viewed me as the path of departed warriors, and the Micmac said I was made of fire birds. To the Cherokee, I was corn meal scattered by a naughty dog. Bad dog!"

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