NORRIDGEWOCK — The Norridgewock Library Trustees recently announced the Sophie Mae Library was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The grant will be used to restore the Library. The library is used to house the genealogical collection, town histories and other historical books that can be used for research.

The building will be rewired to provide ample power for more lighting and computer capability. The rooms will be refinished, new shelving will be installed for better presentation of the collection, and bathroom renovations are planned.

The grant application was drawn up by the trustees, and finalized by Town Manager Michelle Flewelling.

The Sophie May building was donated to the town in 1902, by resident author Rebecca Clark, who wrote numerous and popular children’s books using the pseudonym Sophie May. It had been used as the library since 1903, until 2009 when School Administrative District 54 donated a building next to the Mill Stream School for library use. The Sophie May building is now being used for genealogy and research and is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays.

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