Join us for a fantastic fall festival on the Library Lawn!
Used Book Sale – Name your own price! Find books for all ages in a huge assortment of genres. Books are generously supplied by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from the sale of books go toward supporting the library, which supports the community!
Craft Fair – Featuring amazing handmade goodies from BHML’s fiber arts group, Stitch Craft!
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and BHML has always been picture perfect!
For close to 100 years, people have been creating memories, reading stories, and accessing essential resources at this very spot. We love seeing photos and artistic renderings illustrating the myriad of ways people continue to enjoy this wonderful community space.
During the month of September, we welcome you to share YOUR favorite photo(s) that you have captured on library grounds. Maybe it is a picture of the Halloween Parade, or a Booktoberfest event, or one of our Summer music events – we want to see them all!
This club is an opportunity for 5th-8th grade girls and non-binary students to join a network of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. BHML’s Girls Who Code Club is led by two awesome volunteers who are Bigelow scientists by day, girls who code by night!
Drop in to paint a Heart of Hope for a Maine veteran. It takes approximately 30 minutes to paint a heart, write your message of Hope and give a tangible creation of love to our Maine veterans returning from their Honor flight from Washington DC.
We’ll provide the hearts, paint, and all the other supplies needed to complete your project. Hearts will be provided on a first-come basis, until they are all painted.
Come and visit our Boothbay Region Memorial Library table in the BRES gym at this year’s Set for Success event. We’ll be giving away bookmarks, free used book store vouchers, exciting upcoming fall program info and much more!
Weekly Drop-in Every Thursday from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Get crafty and socialize with other fiber arts enthusiasts at this weekly get together!Bring your own small handwork to the circle including quilting, cross stitching, needlepoint work and other small projects. All skill levels and ages are welcome.
Stitch Craft – Keeping You Sharp!
Elaine Ricci is a lifelong crafter. “This is something I have been enjoying since I was a little girl” she says “ and I will be doing it for the rest of my life, no doubt. It is my hobby, my relaxation, a way to still my mind when the rattle of life becomes too loud, and most of all, it has become a way to bring people together and unite over a common interest.”
Ricci has been meeting with a group of like minded crafters under the banner of “Stitch Craft” every Thursday at 2:00 p.m in the great room in the library for the past 6 months. “We have a dedicated group of 6-8 ladies, who have been coming regularly. They each bring their own projects and we work on everything from knitting, crochet, quilting to felting – anything goes!” Between us, we have a lot of experience and although this is not a class, we could probably talk someone through a project if they were stuck.
Ricci moved to the area 5 years ago, and ran a similar group in Rhode Island for many years. “I had been missing this sense of creative community since we moved here” Ricci continued, “especially during the Pandemic, so once it was over I thought – now would be the perfect time to do this here. Even if you don’t yet have a project, but have an interest, Ricci encourages interested parties to come along and meet the group. “This is as much about companionship and an opportunity to get together with like minded people, as it is about the craft itself.”
Crafts can be very solitary practices, but they don’t have to be, they can be social too. It has also been acknowledged in recent years that crafting has also shown to improve mental agility, improves both gross and fine motor movements, and also decreases cognitive decline. It has even been shown to be a natural antidepressant!
“When I’m stitching something, I have to focus on what I’m doing, so I forget all the other worries that are going on in the world, which is a very good thing. It is like a meditative state that enables you to clean the slate and empty your mind of all the unnecessary clutter. ”
“Creativity is the use of the imagination in the production of an artistic work.”
A time for families to meet, socialize and share ideas. Families considering homeschooling are also welcome.
With kids starting new grades and in some cases, families experiencing Homeschooling for the first time, this is a great opportunity to check-in with others and get some tips on what has worked for them. Keeping your child fully engaged and time management both seem to be issues that are regularly discussed.