80 Maine Libraries Gifted Books in Memory of Joe Bornstein

Thank You Joe

Thanks to a generous donation from The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, 80 Maine school and public libraries won copies of the acclaimed picture book Together We Grow.

The donation and the books were given in memory of Joe Bornstein whose commitment to literacy and equality is continued by his family. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has been supporters of I’m Your Neighbor Books since 2013, including funding one of Maine’s touring Welcoming Libraries.

“Through his Jewish faith, Joe exemplified tzedakah – or charitable giving – to heart.” —Portland Press Herald

A perfect picture book for story hour or classroom exploration, this Welcoming Edition bears Welcoming Library’s signature discussion questions about welcoming and belonging (affixed to the back endpapers). The front endpapers include a bookplate about the mission of the Welcoming Library and a message honoring Joe Bornstein.

Programming Materials

Curious City and I’m Your Neighbor Books created a read-aloud video for online events, a barn paper craft, SEL discussion questions, and community posters that deliver empowering messages. You can find those all at the bottom of this page.

Congratulations to the Winners

Parsons Memorial Library Alfred
Auburn Public Library Auburn
Washburn School Auburn
Fairview Elementary School Auburn
Lincoln Elementary School Library Augusta
Fourteenth Street School Bangor
Fahey Library, Bangor High School Bangor
Belfast Free Library Belfast
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Bernard
McArthur Public Library Biddeford
SAD 13/ Valley High School Bingham
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Boothbay Harbor
Camden Public Library Camden
Thomas Memorial Library Cape Elizabeth
Prince Memorial Library Cumberland
Cushing Public Library Cushing
Great Salt Bay Community School Damariscotta
Thompson Free Library Dover-Foxcroft
Bridge Academy Public Library Dresden
Waterboro Public Library East Waterboro
Easton School Library Easton
Peavey Memorial Library Eastport
Ellsworth Public Library Ellsworth
Cascade Brook School Farmington
Gardiner Public Library Gardiner
B.A. Dunn Elementary School Gray
Guilford Memorial Library Guilford
RSU21/Kennebunk High School Kennebunk
Kennebunk Free Library Kennebunk
Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library Kennebunkport
Lewiston Public Library Lewiston
Liberty Library Liberty
SAD 42 Mars Hill
Mechanic Falls Public Library Mechanic Falls
Milbridge Public Library Milbridge
Greenville Consolidated School / Union 60 Monson
New Gloucester Public Library New Gloucester
Memorial School New Gloucester
New Portland Community Library New Portland
Tri-Town Bookmobile North Berwick
Libby Memorial Library Old Orchard Beach
Leonard Middle School Old Town
Auburn Public Library Portland
Portland Public Library Portland
Lyseth Elementary School Portland
Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School Portland
Presumpscot School Portland
Rangeley Public Library Rangeley
Raymond Village Library Raymond
Isaac F. Umberhine Public Library Richmond
Rumford Public Library Rumford
CK Burns School Saco
Dyer Library Saco
Saco Middle School Saco
Wentworth Intermediate School Scarborough
Scarborough Public Library Scarborough
Scarborough Middle School Scarborough
Coolidge Public Library Solon
Southwest Harbor Public Library Southwest Harbor
Springvale Public Library Springvale
Henry D. Moore Library Steuben
Sumner Memorial High School Sullivan
MSAD 72 Sweden
Mt. Ararat High School Learning Commons Topsham
Vose Library Union
Waldoboro Public Library Waldoboro
Helen Thompson School MSAD 11 West Gardine
West Paris Public Library West Paris
Westbrook Middle School Westbrook
Academy Hill School Wilton
Wiscasset Public Library Wiscasset
Coastal Ridge Elementary York
York High School Library York
York Public Library York