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On the Road: Maine State Library

There’s Something About The Maine State Library

For the first time, I visited the Maine State Library and – shocker – it was fantastic.

My trip was prompted by the latest book chosen for the #AnHistorianReads book club. The library I frequent did not have a copy, and I could not request the book from the Maine State Library (to be delivered to a nearby library they are connected to) without a state library card. So I decided to spend a lovely Saturday morning making the trip up to Augusta (the capital of Maine) to get a card and the book.

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Singing Bone

“A certain country was greatly troubled by a wild boar that attacked workers in the fields, killed men, and tore them to pieces with its terrible tusks.”

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Old Hildebrand

“Once upon a time lived a peasant and his wife, and the parson of the village had a fancy for the wife, and had wished for a long while to spend a whole day happily with her, and the peasant woman, too, was quite willing.”

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Robber Bridegroom

“There once was a miller who had a beautiful daughter, and when she was grown up he became anxious that she should be well married and taken care of; so he thought, ‘If a decent sort of man comes and asks her in marriage, I will give her to him.'”

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Fitcher’s Bird

“There was once a wizard who used to take the form of a poor man.”

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Clever Gretel

“There was once a cook called Gretel, who wore shoes with red heels, and when she went out in them she gave herself great airs, and thought herself very fine indeed.”

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