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Islandport “opens” Little Free Library at 317 Main in Yarmouth

10/09/2019

Local book publisher unveils program as part of anniversary celebration

To kick off a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary, Islandport Press will unveil a real-life small replica of its iconic wharf house logo that will serve as a Little Free Library at 317 Main Community Music Center, an all-ages music school on Yarmouth’s Main Street. Starting in the spring of 2020, Islandport will roll out several additional small libraries in other areas of Maine to help promote literacy and increase the exposure of Maine authors and illustrators.

The initial Islandport library, designed and built by Michael Butler of Caribou, will be pre-stocked with popular Islandport Press titles and will officially “open” at 317 Main on Tuesday, October 15 at 9:45 a.m. The library will be registered in the Little Free Library program, which means the public is encouraged to freely take and return books. The library will remain on the deck at 317 Main in Yarmouth until at least Thanksgiving, weather permitting. 

“We hope these small libraries will not only increase visibility for some great Maine authors, but encourage people to explore new genres, learn about Maine, and promote literacy in general,” said Dean Lunt, publisher and founder of Islandport Press. “Teaming with 317 Main, an extraordinary local promoter of the musical arts and a wonderful story itself is a perfect partnership for this kind of project.”

Yarmouth-based Islandport Press released its first title in the spring of 2000 and has since released more than 200 books including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s picture books, by such authors as Dahlov Ipcar, Sen. Angus King, John McDonald, and Gerry Boyle. The company was started by Lunt in the basement of his Yarmouth house with the attached garage serving as the company’s first warehouse. After changing locations several times due to growth, the company, which employs six people, is now located on Portland Street. The company’s logo is based on the childhood home of Lunt’s grandmother, who lived on Frenchboro.

317 Main, which has been celebrating its 15th Anniversary throughout 2019 encourages creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music lessons and performances. In addition to a wide variety of classes ranging from songwriting to fiddle to piano, it hosts the Yarmouth Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Henryfest every September. The center is located at 317 Main Street in Yarmouth.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of Maine and New England. For more information, Islandport Press can be reached at 207-846-3344 or via email at info@islandportpress.com and 317 Main can be contacted at (207) 846-9559 or by emailing via its website at 317maine.org.