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Hugh’s Book Registry

Hugh, like any good humanities mascot, loves Maine’s library programming. But he’s seen what it takes from the inside, too, especially with all those books. Each MHC Let’s Talk About It series needs book replacements—for damaged books or out-of-date books (or books that just don’t work with the series for which they were intended). And… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Rockland

Hugh’s 45th, and FINAL, mystery site was the Rockland Public Library! From the library: “Hugh made a new friend in the children’s room, did some work at the reference desk, took a selfie to show his love for the library and visited the ornamental grillwork and more.” To submit a guess, please post as a comment on… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Machias

Hugh’s 43rd mystery site was the Machias Memorial High School Library! From the library: “Hugh has been sitting on our “New Books” shelf. Our town’s name is a Wabanaki word and it’s translation (Bad Little Falls) is the title of one of the books in Paul Doiron’s series about game warden Mike Bowditch which takes place here.”… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Windham

Hugh’s 44th mystery site was the Windham Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bath

Hugh’s 42nd mystery site was the Patten Free Library in Bath! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Rockport

Hugh’s 41st mystery site was the Rockport Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Newcastle

Hugh’s 40th mystery site was the Lincoln Academy library in Newcastle! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Pittsfield

Hugh’s 39th Maine site was the Pittsfield Public Library!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Hartland

Hugh’s 38th mystery site was the Hartland Public Library! Clues from the library: Hugh came to this library so he could work on his ‘tan’ while looking for an extremely large woodland creature in liquid form. Hugh likes a good Maine mystery and this is his favorite author. Don’t let his mild appearance fool you. Hugh… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Waterville

Hugh’s 37th Maine mystery site was the Waterville Public Library! “Here’s Hugh posing with our Director, Sarah Sugden next to the building dedication plaque.  Ours is one of the earliest Carnegie Libraries in Maine.” Hints from the library: “In one, Hugh is next to our unofficial library mascot — Dobby. Dobby was rescued from a dusty storeroom… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Portland

Hugh’s 36th mystery location was the Brown Library at Maine Historical Society!   The clue: “It drives me in upon myself and to the fireside gleams. To pleasant books that crowd my shelf, and still more pleasant dreams” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Belfast

Hugh’s 35th mystery site was the Belfast Free Library! Here’s their director, Steve Norman, with one of their unpaid staff members.   From the library: “If there wasn’t so much snow out there behind the fairy, you would be able to see our lovely garden area, which is generously maintained by our local garden club.” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Winslow

Hugh Manatee’s 34th mystery visit took him to the Winslow Public Library! Fun fact from the library: “Our building was a roller skating rink in its former life.”   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bar Harbor

Hugh’s 33rd mystery visit was to the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bridgton

Hugh’s 32nd mystery site was the Bridgton Public library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Falmouth

Hugh’s 30th site was the Falmouth Middle School Library! From the library: “Once upon a time, in a galaxy near to home, Hugh Manatee visited yet another library. He began his visit with a little view on the world of this one-room space – he shared tea and crumpets with Webster the library cat. While… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Carmel

Hugh’s 31st mystery site was the Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel! From the library: “Hugh arrived on a warm sunny day. He visited with Teddy Bo, one of the “locals bears” that live at the library. He enjoyed hanging out with Teddy and peaking out one of the front antique windows at the village. Hugh helped Abby pick out books in the Junior Nonfiction… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Dover-Foxcroft

Hugh’s 29th mystery site was the Muriel Philpot Watson Library at Foxcroft Academy!   From the library: “Hugh arrived, and was so happy to see green with all the snow we had he asked if he could hang out in the plants for a while.  I of course said yes, I do understand. Once Hugh… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Falmouth

Hugh’s 28th site was the Falmouth Memorial Library! From the library: “The area around our front sign has several feet of snow around it, so Hugh stayed inside during his visit.  He did enjoy the telescope as you can see in the photo.  Then he spent some time in our Teen Area looking at Manga.”… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Augusta

Hugh’s 27th mystery site was the Maine State Library in Augusta! Hugh was lucky enough to meet Maine’s new State Librarian, Jamie Ritter! Mr. Ritter showed Hugh the state library’s very busy calendar. Hugh also checked out a Civil War display with Shannon Schinagl!   Some highlights from Hugh’s visit: “Hugh learned how to use the 3-D printer…. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Acton

Hugh’s 26th mystery site was the Acton Public Library! From the library: “Our little one-room library used to be a one-room school house! We help carry the tradition of the Boston Post Cane, have a large, framed map of York County dated 1856 by J.L. Smith and Co. and George Washington hangs behind our circulation desk…. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Springvale

Hugh’s 25th mystery site was the Springvale Public Library! From the library:  “Cat In The Hat Winter Reading Program fun with Hugh!” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bangor

Hugh’s 24th visit was to the Beal College Library in Bangor! From the library: “Hugh has had a wonderful week! He helped students choose their new year resolutions (better late than never), learned about his digital footprint, helped with a new book display and read some books about Mexico in hopes of warming himself up against… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Mechanic Falls

Hugh’s 23rd visit was to the Mechanic Falls Public Library! From the library: “The murals in our children’s section were done by two sisters, Whitney and Hallie Frost who were 14 & 11 at the time in 2012. The inner room is painted like a castle and the outer area is a sort of forest with… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Hampden

Hugh’s 22nd site was the Edythe Dyer Community Library in Hampden! Fun fact: This library was a private home with an indoor swimming pool before it was a library.  The pool has been filled in and is now the Children’s department. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Paris

Hugh’s 21st site was the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum in Paris! Fun fact: “Our library and museum is housed in what used to be the county jail for Oxford county. The small model of the jail (our building!) that Hugh is next to in the first picture was a local child’s school project that they donated… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Carrabassett Valley

Hugh’s 19th site was the Carrabassett Valley Public Library!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Harpswell

Hugh’s 20th site was the Cundy’s Harbor Library in Harpswell! Library hint: Hugh is reading a book that was written about Hoover the Seal, who was rescued here in this town in 1971. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in South Berwick

Hugh’s 18th site was the South Berwick Public Library! From the library: “Hugh Manatee is checking out Easy biographies on Rosie the Riveter and Nelson Mandela, visiting the children’s play area, and being creative with the Get Creative winter display!”   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Brewer

Hugh’s 17th mystery site was the Brewer Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Berwick

Hugh’s 16th site was the Berwick Public Library! Notes from the mystery library: “We photographed Hugh by our newly acquired antique clock that was built in Berwick by Abner Rogers, a memorial statue to our former director Sandy’s late husband who started our Friends group, our new 3D printer, our traincar shelving, a castle built and… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in South Thomaston

Hugh’s 15th mystery site was at the South Thomaston Public Library!  A clue to our location: Hugh visited the local historical society adjacent to our one room schoolhouse library near the ocean. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in North Berwick

Hugh’s 14th location was the D.A. Hurd Library in North Berwick! Fun library fact: “Our children’s librarian said that the first children’s “room” was a 4’round table in the center of the library with books on it. We now have a wonderfully colorful and fun-filled room that holds a collection of 11,645 books, movies, magazines, toys, and audio… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Presque Isle

Hugh’s 13th site was the Roland B. Andrews Library-Media Center at Presque Isle High School! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Library hint:  “Hugh met some young patrons who showed him our painting by William Thon, then met a friend who took him tree climbing!  Afterward, they rested on our circulation desk. … Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Caribou

Hugh was at the very creative Caribou Public Library! I think we’re all a little jealous of their cardboard cutouts. To submit a guess, please post as a comment on any of MHC’s social media sites. Correct responses will be entered into a raffle drawing for a set of books from MHC! This library got their city… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Orono

Hugh was at the Orono Public Library! Check out the map of all the participating libraries. Desk Clerk Alexis Dixon and Youth Services Librarian Louise Jolliffe in front of the donor wall. Hints from the library: “Our new library at 39 Pine Street was opened to the public in 9/9/2009.  The community raised funds to replace the prior facility, in… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Lincoln

Hugh’s ninth mystery site was the Lincoln Memorial Library! To see all the sites, check out this map of all the participating libraries. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in New Gloucester

Hugh’s 11th visit was to the New Gloucester Public Library! Check out this map of all the participating libraries. Hugh with Baxter the Maine State Library cat! Here you’ll see Hugh checking out his travel plans, posing by an Ipcar painting, and helping a 4H group test their spaghetti and marshmallow bridges made by our 4Hers.  Everyone had to… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Sanford

Hugh’s 8th mystery location was the Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library in Sanford! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Library hint: “The gentleman in the painting (the man our library is named after) believed in play as well as work…Hugh is doing just that…playing hard and reading hard.” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Deer Isle

Hugh was at the Chase Emerson Memorial Library in Deer Isle! Check out this map of all the participating libraries. Note from the library: “Here is a picture of Hugo bird watching out our window with a view of our fantastic cove. He spent the day searching for our resident great blue heron who has not ventured south… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Sullivan

Hugh was at the Frenchman’s Bay Library in Sullivan! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Here is an interesting fact from Sullivan: “After a fire in 1959, this library moved to it’s present location. An old Jeep Cherokee was used to bring books to patrons who lived nearby. We continue this… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Calais

Hugh was at the Washington County Community College Library! We’re going to take a break for the holidays, but look for the next mystery site in January! For a hint on future sites, take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Cherryfield

Hugh was at the Cherryfield Free Public Library! For a hint on future sites, take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Auburn

Hugh at Auburn Public Library! For hints on future sites, take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Lewiston

Hugh with the staff of the Lewiston Public Library! For hints on future sites, check out this map of all the participating libraries.     Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Steuben

Hugh has been visiting the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben, Maine! Keep an eye out for the next mystery location! A note from Jeanne Benedict, Library Director: “We sure loved having Hugh Manatee visit us!” Photos from Hugh’s visit:                 The Hugh Manatees are visiting libraries around the… Read more

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Where are the Hugh Manatees in Maine?

Welcome to our Maine library challenge! Our goal was to highlight our partners and friends across the state. We shared photos on our social media pages, website, and e-newsletter to get our audience guessing, “Where are the Hugh Manatees in Maine?” See which libraries Hugh visited! Follow MHC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. *Hugh was created by Gund* Read more

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