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About the WHRL

A small non-profit doing big things.

WHRL Sitting Area

Library sitting area overlooking the Narraguagus River

Our mission is to advance and promote the health and well-being of the woman, her family and her community.  Our vision is a community where women are empowered to achieve optimum health.

The Women’s Health Resource Library was founded by executive director, Chris Kuhni to provide the citizens of Downeast Maine with quality health education materials and programming. Kuhni, a women’s health nurse practitioner, saw the acute need for a resource of this kind and assembled a group of volunteer and financial supporters to create this unique center.

WHRL is here in part because of the generous financial support of our corporate sponsors,  and the many in-kind gifts from our ardent supporters. We thank you all.

The Women’s Health Resource Library is the first of its kind in the state of Maine. Designed to provide all women in Downeast, Maine with current, reliable health information, the space was also designed for comfort. Several cozy seating areas, vibrant colors, homemade quilts, and cushy pillows invite guests to gather, linger and learn. The floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the Narraguagus Bay.

This very special space was designed by artist Carol Bass. Carol, formerly with Maine Cottage Furniture, donated the colorful furnishing as well as her design services. Local artists Joanne Halpin, Dorothy Somers-Pilloni, Sandra Priest, Janie Snider, Jeanne Driscoll, and Sarah Brandon all display artwork influenced by the natural beauty of Maine. The striking aqua colored rug that resembles tide pools is the work of Portland artist Angela Adams. Colorful pottery from Rhonda Friedman adds dimension to the mix. The fact that these contributions are from Maine women is no accident but rather an intentional move to highlight the creative opportunities available to women living in Maine.