1/13/18 Author Afternoon: Sandra Neily

Back by popular demand (only a little different)!  Please join us for our first Author Afternoon, formerly known as Literary Lunches.  We’ve simplified it a bit: in lieu of a catered lunch, light refreshments will be served.  Participation is free and no registration is required. 

Saturday, January 13, at 12:30 PM

Author Afternoon with Sandra Neily

“Nature-themed Mysteries & Thrillers and … Truth”

Debut author Sandra Neily offers readers both entertainment and discovery. “I wrote this book to take people who love Maine (those who know its woods well and those who don’t) on a field trip into a world at risk. I wanted to create a story that urged readers on from page to page, so they’d arrive at the last page, feeling like they had pitch on their hands and a clear view of what might be lost.”

Join award winning author Neily at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library as she shares her novel “Deadly Trespass,” and how she and other authors have crafted story telling around urgent and timely stories that feature our natural world. Neily won a national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was a national finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s “Rising Star,” contest, and recently was a fiction finalist in Maine’s “Joy of the Pen” competition.


A native of East Boothbay, she’s been a local business owner, a Maine Guide, the Director of the Maine Conservation School, and Maine Audubon’s Outreach Coordinator. Sandra reads passages from “Deadly Trespass,” (reviewed as “…a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine’s mythical woods…”) and shares her own list of outdoor based mysteries and thrillers and the issues they illuminate. She hopes guests will bring their favorite out-door fiction to help grow her list.

Learn more about Sandra Neily on her website.

Talk will be held in the Library’s Great Room on the first floor.  Light refreshments will be served, no registration is required. 

Weather date: Saturday, January 20.

Books & Bites

Click here to see the flyer: BOOKS & BITES

Do you like reading?  Discussing characters?  Expanding your horizons? Yummy homemade treats?!

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library  wants to start up a monthly book group that meets in St. Andrews Village this Fall.

Please join us for a flagship meeting of:

Books & Bites
in St. Andrews Village

Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 AM

In the Common Area

Meet Meg Donaldson, the reader-extraordinaire and Books & Bites facilitator, to talk about which title to start with, decide the best time for the group to meet; and discuss other books people would like to read.  Baked goods provided by Meg!

If you have any questions, contact Meg at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Phone: 207-633-3112 | Email: mdonaldson@bmpl.lib.me.us

We will choose one of these books to start the group with:


MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Consumer Reports – How to Access

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library members have FREE online access to Consumer Reports.  BHML also carries the magazine, if you’d rather drop by and flip through the pages.

Below are the steps to access Consumer Reports online.  It’s fully searchable, so you don’t need to know what issue you are looking for.

Start at MARVEL! Maine’s Online Virtual Library.

There’s a link to MARVEL! on the Library’s homepage, for future access.


Switch the search bar to “Journal Finder” and >TYPE “Consumer Reports” >Click SEARCH!


This page gives you a little more information about Consumer Reports, and what databases host it. >CLICK Masterfile!


Here’s where you prove you’re a library member! >LOGIN! Don’t forget to include “BBH” in your library “barcode” 🙂


Choose the Consumer Reports publication you’d like to search >CLICK one!


Some more options for searching, or just >CLICK 1991 – Present!


>TYPE what you’re looking for! >CLICK Search!  >CLICK your article!



Eclipse Programs


Making Pinhole Projectors for Eclipse Viewing

Saturday, August 19, Noon – 1:00 PM, 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. All attendees will receive a pair of eclipse glasses to take home!

Movies on the Lawn 2017

Fair Weather Films Finale: Sacred Cod

Screening and Q&A 

Friday, August 25, 8:00 pm

SACRED COD is a feature-length documentary that captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish.

Join Camden International Film Festival, Down to Earth Storytelling Project, and Working Films for this free screening and discussion with local experts to learn more about the fight for this New England Tradition.

In case of rain, we will relocate across the street to the Town Meeting Room.  Watch the website for updates.

Join us on the lawn for a film screening.  Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a night out at the movies.   If it looks like rain, we’ll post the cancellation on our website and on Facebook by 4:30 PM on the day of.

Film Schedule:

July 7: Winged Migrations

July 14: Bridge to Terabithia

July 21: Hidden Figures

July 28: Ghost Busters (2016)

August 4: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

August 8: TBD

August 11: Walking Home

August 18: Eclipse Documentary + Star gazing party!

August 25: Sacred Cod Documentary

PRINT-A-PET: Apply by August 16

Folks said you can’t have a pet?  PRINT your own!

Calling all kids ages 10-15, apply to participate in Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s 4-day workshop to print your own pet using a 3-D printer and simple circuitry!

Lead by Youth Services Librarian Desiree Scorcia and Gizmo Mike from Skidompha Library, participants will learn computer assisted drawing (CAD) techniques, simple circuitry, and simple programming.  Everyone leaves with they’re very own pet.  Batteries included!

There are only 12 spots for this workshop; fill out the application below to apply.  We will notify selected participants by phone by August 16. 

Workshop dates:

Monday, August 21 – Thursday, August 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

PRINT-A-PET Application

  • Can you make for all four days: Monday August 21, Tuesday, August 22, Wednesday August 23, and Thursday August 24 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon?

This workshop was make possible by a Gizmo Gardens grant.

History of the 50’s & 60’s Through Popular Song

Wednesday, July 26

8:00 PM, Library Lawn*  (*Weather permitting, we’ll move inside in chance of rain)

Sing along to the history of the 1950’s and 60’s through popular song.  Join New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, for a musical tour through these two historically defining decades.  You’ll sing along with wonderful songs as diverse as “Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka -Dot Bikini” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison.  In addition to the music and discussion, this popular program features a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time.  Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from 1967:  “Happy” by the Blades of Grass!

Chairs will be set up, but feel free to bring your own seat or a blanket!






Books in Boothbay 2017


Books In Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair

Saturday, July 8, 9 AM – 1 PM

Boothbay Railway Village (See on Google Maps)

Admission to the Book Fair is free.


Attending authors:

Linda Greenlaw

Sarah Sherman McGrail

Lynn Plourde

Michelle Patch

Jen Blood

Paul Doiron

Kate Flora

Roger Guay

Tess Gerritsen

Paige Pendleton

Barbara Ross

Dorothy Cannell

Francine McEwen

Sandra Neily

Brenda Buchanan

Lea Wait

Terry Farish

Bob Atkinson

Michael Dekker

Robin Maccready

James Hayman

G.A. Morgan

Maria Padian

Liza Gardner Walsh

Charlene D’Avanzo

Jeannette de Beauvior

Steven Hantzis

Peter Bridgeford

Kristan Stockman

Susan Poulin

Mary Lawrence

Bruce Robert Coffin

Dick Cass

Sandra Neily

Dale Philipps

Richard Rubin

Wendy Ulmer

Jake Morrel

Lyn Smith

Chris Morin

Kathy Elisco

Barbara Kent Lawrence

Derek Lovitch

Kevin Hancock


Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017 we will be in the path of a solar eclipse!

Eclipse 2017 Emblem
Visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ to learn more!

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.

Diagram of a DIY pinhole projector.

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.


Act Now to Support Libraries — Keep IMLS Funded in FY18

Below is the text of the pre-written email in support of library funding you can sign and send by following this link:

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.