Imagine Maine’s Story

A bicentennial library toolkit

We believe Maine’s bicentennial presents a unique opportunity for Mainers to come together for meaningful commemoration, reflection, and engagement. And our libraries are important community hubs that bring people together to learn and grow and envision how life here should be. 

You play a vital – maybe even daunting – role in your community, and we want to support what you do. Throughout this bicentennial year, the Maine Humanities Council aims to serve as a partner and a resource for libraries hoping to make the most of this moment. With the support of the Maine State Library, we’ve created Imagine Maine’s Story: A Bicentennial Library Toolkit, using the Collaborative Summer Library Program as a model.

You’ll find:

  • A few Maine-related programs for each age group in your community
  • A list of organizations around the state you might want to get to know
  • Specific resources available to libraries this year

It isn’t an exhaustive collection of what you can do to connect your community and engage with Maine’s bicentennial – but we hope it lifts some of the weight off your shoulders and makes the important work you do a little easier.

Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas to this toolkit. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Explore the toolkit!