Dexter library’s reading room dedicated to memory of native

Posted Feb. 20, 2011, at 9:51 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — She loved her native town and she enjoyed reading, so it only seemed natural to Evelyn Crawford Bruce to remember the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter upon her death three years ago.

Bruce, who taught in Maine schools for about 30 years, left the library $35,595 for immediate projects and named the library in a trust fund that will provide money for future projects.

The Dexter native was remembered Saturday during a dedication of the projects her funds helped bring to fruition. Those included refurbishing a reading room, upgrading technology with the addition of flat-screen monitors and a wide-screen television, renovating a children’s room complete with a stage, and purchasing new furniture, Ann Marquis, chairman of the library board of trustees, told a roomful of Bruce’s family, friends and library patrons on Saturday.

Bob Crawford, who joined his sister Donna Crawford Lagasse at the dedication, unveiled a plaque in their sister’s honor that is posted in the reading room near the library entrance. He said his sister would have been pleased with the improvements.