Swan’s Island gets new library to replace one destroyed by lightning

Posted July 07, 2011, at 5:14 a.m.

SWAN’S ISLAND, Maine — A new library is opening on Maine’s Swan’s Island three years after lightning destroyed the old one.

The old library on the eastern Maine island burned to the ground after being struck by lightning in July 2008. The building had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The new 3,500-square-foot library is opening its doors during a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Thursday. Funding for the building was helped out by a $398,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Officials say they expect more than 300 people to attend.

Swans Island has about 350 year-round residents, and a summer population of about 1,000.

 

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