Posted on March 18, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The story of what's probably Maine's smallest library is fascinating enough on its own.

The Matinicus Island Library began life as a single shed, expanded to two sheds (one is the children's library) with the help of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, and remains open year-round despite Maine's less than ideal winter weather.

But now, as libraries across the nation face an increasing number of challenges and bans, the library twenty-two miles out to sea has taken on a new mission.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the volunteers who stock the employee-less library have made it a point to collect books frequently targeted by bans.

Those titles include classics like The Handmaid's Tale, The Bluest Eye, and To Kill a Mockingbird, along with newer or newly challenged books like And Tango Makes Three and Maus.

Read more about the remarkable Matinicus Island Library in the Bangor Daily News.

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