On August 21, 2017 we will be in the path of a solar eclipse!
All children who sign up for summer reading will receive eclipse viewing classes. Remember, safety first when viewing the eclipse, please read How to View an Eclipse Safely before you try. Plus, join us for these fun, hands-on, programs to explore different ways of viewing the eclipse:
Making Binocular Stations for Eclipse Viewing
Saturday, August 12, Noon – 1:00 PM, Upstairs Community Room
Learn how to use binoculars or a telescope to safely project an image of the solar eclipse onto a piece of paper. All ages. Bring your own binoculars if you have them, the Library has limited pairs to share.
Making Pinhole Projectors for Eclipse Viewing
Saturday, August 19, Noon – 1:00 PM, Upstairs Community Room
Learn how to use a cereal box, shoe box, or even two pieces of cardstock to safely project an image of the solar eclipse onto a piece of paper. All ages.
I’m a constituent and am writing today with two requests –
1) Before May 19, please sign two bipartisan “Dear Appropriator” letters.
The first, circulated by Sens. Reed and Collins, supports $186.6 million in FY 2018 funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) for FY 2018. These funds go to every state in the country according to a population-based formula and help libraries serve many diverse populations across our state, including: students, veterans, job seekers, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The second letter is also backed by Sen. Reed with Sens. Grassley and Stabenow. It asks the Appropriations Committee to again provide $27 million in FY 2018 for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. It helps school libraries and non-profit groups buy books and other materials for the nation’s poorest children.
2) When the time comes, please oppose any legislation that would eliminate or defund the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as the President has proposed. IMLS is the small and respected federal agency through which the bulk of LSTA funds are passed on to every state according to a population-based formula for state library authorities to determine how they may best be used.
America’s 120,000 libraries may well be taxpayers’ highest returning investment. Thank you for supporting LSTA, IAL and IMLS.
By Hilary E. Bartlett (Volunteer Art Exhibit Coordinator)
When World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson promised neutrality, which most Americans favored. Within three years the tide of public opinion had turned and the President asked Congress to approve sending U.S. troops to Europe. He gave two reasons for entering the conflict: the Germans had violated their pledge to refrain from attacking passenger ships and they had attempted to entice Mexico into an alliance against the U.S. The Legislative Branch supported the President and America declared war against Germany on April 6th, 1917.
Wilson asked the country to sacrifice in order to defend democracy and posters appeared encouraging citizens to support the war effort. Millions of loyalty leaflets were also printed in fourteen different languages. Meanwhile the President was making plans for a military draft and subsequent notices encouraged people to enlist. Thousands of men marched into city halls to register, including many from our community. Women also signed up to serve in the Army Corps of Nurses or the Red Cross. Posters were produced to entice people to buy Liberty Bonds to fund the war. Others motivated people to reduce their consumption of wheat, meat and sugar in the cause of freedom. Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is marking America’s participation in WWI with an exhibit of some of these posters. They belonged to the late Gertrude Mather and were kindly lent by Tom Tavenner. Thanks are also extended to Barbara Rumsey of Boothbay Harbor’s Historical Society and Fran Nicoletta of American Legion Post 36, for providing pamphlets, photographs and newspaper articles. These provide images and accounts of the Local Coast Patrol from 1917-18, Armistice Day and the 1919 Welcome Home Celebration for veterans from Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Monhegan. The exhibit will run through May in the Great Room of the library, where a WWI Honor Roll is displayed above the fireplace. Residents are invited to attend a reception on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5 – 7 p.m.
General Pershing was given command of an ethnically diverse US army with forty two spoken languages. Worn down after three years of heavy fighting, the Allies welcomed the arrival of American Forces and Germany was surprised at the speed with which the US trained and transported their troops. They were known as doughboys, because of their doughnut shaped buttons. Yet our country was divided and protests sprang up against the draft, as it ran counter to the notion of American individualism. A sense of unease and distrust swept through the States. Vigilante groups sprang up to ensure neighbors did their patriotic duty. A Sedition Act was passed and camps were set up to imprison anyone who threatened US security. The right to free speech was the price paid to wage war in Europe. Anti-German hysteria was rampant, beer steins were publicly smashed and many Americans with German ancestry changed their surnames.
By the summer of 1918, there were more than a million American fighters in France and casualty lists in newspapers were staggering. A grim influenza pandemic also accounted for many deaths. The US army helped to stop the enemy from reaching Paris and Germany acknowledged that they had underestimated the Americans. The enemy calculated that fresh US troops would keep on coming, while their own were depleted and this fact helped to forge a peace. An Armistice was declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In Boothbay Harbor the Navy’s Coast Patrol (stationed in the Carbone’s building) picked up the news from a wireless communication at 3 a.m. Word soon got out and spontaneous celebrations sprang up between 5 – 6 a.m. with the firing of the Yacht Club cannon, ringing of church bells and Navy boys blowing horns and beating drums. Townspeople joined in with a fanfare of cheers and banging on tin cans. A holiday was declared, bunting appeared and by 7 o’clock separate parades combined to form one large group with three bands. The town’s hearse led the way with a sign reading, “To hell with the Kaiser.” A funeral pyre was built on the ledge behind the bank building and an effigy of the infamous German leader was burned to the roar of crowds watching from vantage points on Oak Street and Townsend Avenue. Our boys would soon be coming home.
Earth Day Fest is coming up fast! We can’t wait to host the co-sponsors who are making this fun-filled menu of activities possible:
Boothbay Railway Village
Boothbay Sea & Science Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Crow Point Yoga
Glidden Point Oyster Co.
There will also be a very special re-dedication of the Rachel Carson Plaque that has lived at The First Bank for more than 20 years. Rachel Carson, marine biologist, conservationist, and author of the prescient environmental classics The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring built a summer cottage on Southport Island in 1953 and made her indelible mark on the region and environmental science. The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is honored to be the new home for the plaque.
This event is taking place rain or shine! In case of rain we will move the outdoor activities over to the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station*.
*The event is not sponsored by the municipality of Boothbay Harbor, nor does it necessarily represent the values and opinions of the Board of Selectman or the community at large.
10:00 AM -11:00 AM: Chalk Where We Walk
Working together, we’ll create a sidewalk chalk mural between the Children’s Garden and the Used Book Store in homage to Mother Earth. This event was inspired by Jim Taliana’s Chalk on the Hill event at Fishermen’s Festivals past!
11:00 AM -Noon Tide Pools: Life on the Rocky Shore (Chewonki)
The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Which species can endure the waves, tides and temperature changes of the rocky coast? Using this interactive display, participants will dip their hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem and touch some of the ocean’s most magnificent species.
Noon-12:45 PM: Family & Friends Yoga
Join Brittany Warren from Crow Point Yoga for a family friendly yoga session for all levels and bodies. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat, or use the grass and roll around on our home planet. Brittany received her 200 our teacher certification through the ShivaShakti School of Yoga, where she studied with Aiyana Athenian and Krishna Peter Perry.
12:30 PM: Glidden Point’s Positive Impact
What kind of relationship does an oyster farm have with the environment? Find out from Ryan McPherson of Glidden Point Oyster Company, and learn about the Oyster Co.’s practices that aim to leave a positive impact on the environment.
12:45 PM: Whose Trash Is This?
The Boothbay Region concerns itself with the integrity of its natural resources and depends upon future generations to understand and appreciate the impact that they have on its sustainability. Pauline Dion (President, BSSC) and Michelle Miclette will talk about the impact of plastic on oceans, from the surface to the sea floor.
1:00 PM: Re-Dedication of the Rachel Carson Plaque
A short history, rededication, and unveiling of the Rachel Carson Plaque by the Boothbay Region Garden Club. This plaque is being relocated from First National Bank to its new home on the Library grounds.
2:00 PM Film: PBS American Experience—Rachel Carson (120 min)
Join the Botanical Gardens and the Land Trust for a screening of the PBS documentary exploring the contribution of the groundbreaking scientist and writer, Rachel Carson. *There is no elevator access to the Upstairs Community Room at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
10:00 AM – 2:00PM
Planting for Pollinators Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Learn about pollination, the diversity of pollinators, and the importance of having different colored, shaped and even different smelling flowers for our pollinator friends. Make a wildflower seed bomb to take home to plant in your garden to attract pollinators!
Victory Gardens Boothbay Railway Village
During World Wars I and II, Americans were encouraged to grow their own food, to ensure that everyone had enough food during the war years. Millions of vegetable gardens were planted across the country, in backyards and in public spaces. Plant your own Victory Garden with heirloom vegetable seeds, dirt, and pots, plus learn recipes, and a history of each vegetable.
Upcycling Boothbay Sea & Science Center (BSSC)
Join Pauline Dion (President, BSSC) and Michelle Miclette (Boothbay Region Elementary School Science Teacher) and upcycle plastic cup lids into unique and fun works of art.
Local Wonders Boothbay Region Land Trust
Get information about the Boothbay Region preserves and learn about our flora and fauna. See and touch pelts, bones, seeds, cones, rocks, and other natural objects from our region.
Seating registration is free, or $12 for a catered lunch from Boothbay House of Pizza. Register for catered lunch by Wednesday, March 15. Call 633-3112 or visit to register.
Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard is a historical novel about one of that war’s genuine heroes, a college professor with no formal military training who, together with a small company of men, turned the tide of the battle and the war with a bayonet charge at Gettysburg. This was not the end of his exploits, however, and by war’s end, he was so respected that Ulysses S. Grant chose Chamberlain to accept the South’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.
The novel traces his evolution from an arrogant, overbearing professor to unwitting and unlikey hero and leader of men. Interwoven are subplots including the coming of age of his young orphaned aide, a complicated marriage, and of course, lots of rousing battle scenes.
The story begins with a ferocious battle scene that orphans fourteen-year-old Emmett Collins. Following the last instructions of his father, Emmett shows up on Chamberlain’s doorstep in Brunswick, Maine, where he joins Chamberlain and the 20th Maine as they embark for war in the late summer of 1862. He grows from a boy into a man over the next three years as he accompanies Chamberlain on his rise through the ranks to Major General and recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Matthew Langdon Cost graduated with a B.A. in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Right after graduation he wrote a yet unpublished historical novel about the Cuban Revolution of 1953-1959. He has since published two mystery novels, Mainely Power and Mainely Fear. In 2007, after taking a two-week class on teaching biography in the classroom, Cost decided to return to historical fiction, choosing Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War as his topic. The novel was published in April of 2015 and has been getting extremely good reviews from national publications such as “KIRKUS REVIEW” and the “Civil War News”. Cost was a business owner for ten years in Brunswick, Maine. His ventures included a video store, a fitness club, and a bookstore. He was then a middle school social studies teacher for ten years, and has now dedicated himself to life as a writer.
Maine has switched e-book platforms to 3M’s cloudLibrary. It is significantly easier to sign up and use, but has some drawbacks including an incompatibility with Kindle Paperwhites and other e-ink readers. In order to use the cloudLibrary you need to be able to download the cloudLibrary app (or you can stream on-screen, from your browser).
As you know, the IRS has been moving filing and preparation materials online. This has been difficult for more than some of us! The best way to avoid frustration while your filing is to give yourself time by preparing. The IRS has provided a guide (yes, online!) to help us get through another filing season, visit: ww.IRS.gov/getready.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Native American life and culture has been intertwined with American life since colonialists first arrived and still influences us today; from the first Thanksgiving with the Wampanoags to the Sioux water defenders. Below are some sites to visit to read about Native American history, and news today.