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About TPL

Where can you find us? 

98 Matthews Way

Turner ME 04282

Google Map to the Library

When can you visit?

Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday 9 am - 2 pm

Saturday 9 am - 2 pm

What is the Turner Public Library Mission Statement?

Proceeding from the conviction that the sharing of information and culture is essential to an individual's flourishing and a vital society, the Turner Public Library provides a space for social gathering and the exchange of ideas in addition to curated collections and programs to address the community's needs and to advance its interests.

What is the history of the library?

The Turner Public Library was founded by members of the community in 1939. It is a non-profit corporation. Support for its operations comes from extensive fund raising efforts, from a bequest given by Oakes Kilgore, and from a contribution toward operating expenses given annually by the Town of Turner. The library also depends heavily upon its volunteers. They play a vital role in both fund raising and library operations.

Nicole Van Tassel
 Library Director
Sarah Sturtevant
Library Assistant

Nicole Van Tassel joined TPL in October of 2022. After visiting the library for years with her children she was delighted to join the team! Nicole is a homeschooling mom of five, runs a variety of programs for homeschoolers in the community, is active in her church and has a background in Early Childhood Education. For fun she loves to curl up with a good book, take a nap or work on her photography business. Her family keeps her busy but she loves meeting new people at the library!

Sarah joined TPL in August of 2023. Sarah has experience in teaching preschool/ elementary age children, teaching art, and running various community and outreach programs. Sarah has been a homeschooling mom for 15 years and in her spare time enjoys playing music and singing with her husband, connecting with friends over coffee, art, traveling globally for missions and investing into her local community and church family. Sarah has a deep love for people and an energetic outlook on life, she is thrilled to be part of the Turner Public Library team!

Emily Grant
Library Aide

Emily joined TPL in March 2023. Emily grew up in Leeds and graduated from Leavitt, and after some time away for college and grad school (she has her Master's degree in music therapy and is a board certified music therapist), she is back and so happy to be with the library! Emily also volunteers with the Leeds fire department, and enjoys yoga, and hiking with her dog.

Eileen Heidrich
Library Aide

Eileen moved to Turner 10 years ago and the first thing she did was get a library card! Her favorite section of the library is picture books in the Children’s Library. During the Covid pandemic, Eileen aka "Marlene" shared children’s stories via video with TPL (search Camp Marlene Reads on YouTube). You may also recognize her from her volunteer time at TPL. She loves music, dance and live theater. Eileen is very excited to join the TPL team!

Brittany Gilman
Library Aide

Brittany Gilman moved to Turner in 2021 with her husband, two young sons, their dog Maizy and their 10 chickens. She has a Bachelors in nursing from University of Maine and is currently a stay at home mom. She enjoys spending time outdoors and with friends and family. Her family visits the library weekly which inspired her to join the library team!

Turner Public Library Policies

We welcome you to read and understand our library policies before visiting the library.

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