In 2006, The Apprenticeshop, then operating under the name of Atlantic Challenge, received a $3,000 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the cataloguing of our Maritime Library. Our library was made accessible online through a partnership with Rockland Public Library. This partnership continues to support the missions of both organizations and the broader community. Now part of the statewide library system, users can search the The Apprenticeshop’s Marine Library collection online. This allows students, researchers, and the community access to one of the most extensive maritime collections in Maine.
In a press release, dated July 31, 2006, then Executive Director of The Apprenticeshop, Warren Kaericher said, “We are proud of the Maritime Library collection that has been compiled over the last 34 years of our organization’s history. This generous grant allows us to continue the cataloging of our 3,500 volume collection, making it a resource available to our students as well as our broader community. We are grateful for the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation and everyone who supports our efforts.”
Our maritime library has been improved with bookshelves built by apprentices and volunteers and by donations of books, charts, and periodicals from many generous supporters. The Apprenticeshop’s Library is a reference only collection (non-circulating.) The public is welcome to visit and use our library Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact us if you have a maritime collection in need of a home.
Apprenticehsop Volunteers Isabelle Davis & Judy Howlett in the Maritime Library. Isabelle & Judy were instrumental in getting the books and periodicals organized and shelved.