The Heart of Our Community
Parsons Memorial Library provides the Alfred community with extensive materials and a comfortable environment. Since our foundation in 1903, we have been proud to be a positive resource for our patrons.
Our library is the result of a dream held by members of the Alfred Reading Club, which was organized in 1876. The club reached out to Rev. John Parsons, suggesting the Parsons Family might wish to donate a library in memory of Edwin, John's brother. The Parsons were early Alfred settlers; William Parsons was Alfred's first Justice of the Peace.
The ground breaking was held in 1900. When the building was complete and dedicated in 1903, the Reading Club donated its books (about 1,400 volumes).
Since then, our Library has transformed into a community hub that contributes much more than just free books. We provide access to ideas, information, and experiences that support and enrich lives for people of all ages, abilities, and means.
Get to Know Us
Isabel is a life-long Portland resident. She graduated with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, in 2013. Since graduating, she has been working at the Maine Historical Society's Research Library in Portland. She loves all things history related, and is excited to learn more about Alfred's past, present and future.
Roycean has over two decades of experience working with families and young children throughout local communities. As the Library Assistant she will be able to continue her passion for bringing literacy experiences to families. She and her family have a funny little hobby farm in Alfred, which includes goats, chickens, ducks, bunnies, and now a kitten. If Roycean isn't inside with a book or crafting project, then she is outside digging in the dirt somewhere.