Earth Day Fest!!! Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

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.

Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War

Author Matthew Cost

LITERARY LUNCH Featuring Matthew Cost

Friday, March 17, 11:30 AM

Registration is required. 

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.



Goodbye Overdrive, Hello cloudLibrary

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).

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Taxes – Get Ready!

IRS LogoAnother new year, another tax season!

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:

To search for, download, and print Tax Forms, visit:

Native American Heritage Month

The First Thanksgiving 1621. J. L. G. Ferris. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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.

Last Real Indians (news/blog)

Indian Country Today (news)

Native Appropriations (blog)

American Indians in Children’s Literature

National Museum of the American Indian: American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

Exhibits and Collections by the Library of Congress

Election Day: Nov. 8 : Information & Guide to the Referendums

Image result for maine votesNovember 8, 2016 – General Election and Referendum Election

Are you ready for the upcoming election? Find out:

  1. Where to vote:
  2. What the issues are: Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election (PDF version)
  3. Who is on the ballet: List of General Election Candidates (as of 5 p.m. on September 30, 2016) [Excel spreadsheet]

For all election information visit

Happy voting!


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We’ve been hard at work updating our website to make it easier to access the wealth of online resources BHML offers.  Some features we hope you like are:

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