Gibbs Library says goodbye to founding member and longtime volunteer Budd Sloat.

Hubert L. (Budd) Sloat Jr., 94, of 18 Chapel Street, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Riverside Rest Home with his family by his side.

He was born April 2, 1927, in Montclair, N.J., the son of Hubert L. Sr. and Theodora Scrivener Sloat.
After graduation, and several attempts to enlist in the United States Army, Budd was accepted and eventually became a sergeant in the Transportation Corps. He was stationed in Berlin, Germany, from 1951 to 1954. After the Army, he lived in California with his wife and son.
During Budd’s childhood, he fell in love with Damariscotta while summering there with his family. As time went on and family dynamics changed, he returned to his beloved Maine in 1983, settling in Washington. He realized that is where he was meant to be. He worked different small jobs, but his main work was cutting wood. There was not a tree, standing or fallen, Budd was not ready to cut, chop and stack.
Budd was a dedicated soldier, an avid reader, romantic poet, good friend to all he met and an accomplished woodsman who collected volumes of books and a room full of typewriters. He was an integral part of making the new library in Washington a reality and volunteered in the Gibbs Library after it opened. His love of books was unmatched.
Budd moved to Dover, N.H., to be closer to family but yearned to get back to Maine. He was always willing to listen and compare thoughts and ideas to make a better world for everyone. His mantra was “read, think, talk and decide.”
Budd is survived by his son Andrew Sloat, of Fraizer Park, Calif., Andrew’s wife Kim, their six children; eight grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews to count, but he was loved by all. Budd had many friends that will miss him dearly.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Peter Sloat, and sisters Audrey Stehlin and Linda Ward.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name, Budd Sloat, to the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington, Maine, 04574.
A Celebration of Budd’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Email Stephanie at for details.
A Military Graveside service will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Montclair, N.J., at 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2022

The Gibbs Library Community says goodbye to long time library desk volunteer and Board of Trustees member Barbara Sager.

Barbara passed away March 8th, 2022 at Togus VA Hospice unit with her husband Ken by her side.

Long before the Gibbs Library officially opened its doors to the public in June 1993, Barbara partnered with our first Librarian, Betty Cowan, to organize and set up our card catalog and book collection. In fact when it came time to get a library card, Barbara had #2 just after Betty’s #1!


Barbara dressed as Mother Goose, sharing her love of children’s books with the community children for story hour. –>

She was a valued member of our Library Board of Trustees working on fundraising events and helping the library grow; after 10 years of service she earned the title of Emerita Trustee.

Barbara could be found behind the circulation desk every Tuesday morning calling the patrons who had overdue books that needed to be returned. Always polite and efficient, Barbara holds the record for getting the books back and not letting too many go astray.

Barbara “retired” from the Gibbs Library Board of Trustees several years ago but her input and dedication to duty is felt to this day.

May you Rest In Peace dear book lover and Friend of the Gibbs.