May 26: Plant Sale & Silent Auction (Open for bidding)

Join us for our favorite fundraiser…



View the 2018 Silent Auction List – Click!

Visit the library during operating hours to bid.
Call the Library at 207-633-3112 or email to place your bid remotely.  (Phone and address are required for remote bids!)

Bidding ends at 4:30 pm, Saturday, May 26.


The Library Plant Sale!

Saturday, May 26, 2018
9:00 AM to Noon on the Library Lawn

Annual, perennials, seedlings, and more!  PLUS, a garden themed silent auction (Bidding OPEN, view list)

Fill your garden with beautiful plants while supporting the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.  The Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Got plants?

Are you perennials screaming to be divided?  Love sprouting seedlings, but can never plant them all….Support the Library plants sale fundraiser:  Donate Plants!

If you have plants to donate to the sale, please drop them off at the library on Friday, May 25.  Please have your plants labeled so we know what they are. Thank you!  For any questions about donating to the plant sale, contact Joanna at the Library or email Bonnie at

May 2 @ Railway Village: Celebrate Service

On Wednesday, May 2 from 4 – 6 pm the entire region is invited to Celebrate Service with more than 20 not-for-profit organizations and the hundreds of volunteers that make our community such a wonderful place to live and work. The free event will take place inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall and on the Village Green at the Boothbay Railway Village.

The participating organizations have arranged for activities to thank those who volunteer to make our community better. There will be Model T Ford and barrel train rides as well as delicious refreshments and snacks. Guests can also pick up seeds and expert advice to start growing Atlantic Giant Pumpkins from the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. Kids of all ages will enjoy a touch-a-truck with the Boothbay Fire Department.

There will also be opportunities to give back starting with a ‘stuff the Y bus’ to restock the food pantries at the Boothbay Middle and High Schools where students can have easy and confidential access to food with no questions asked. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter is bringing a van to accept donations to support their furry residents as well. Wish lists for both collection drives will be posted in the Register next week.

The participating organizations include Boothbay Community Resources Council, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Bigelow Laboratory, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay Sea & Science Center, Boothbay Region Health Center, New Hope for Women, Windjammer Days, FISH, Rebuilding Together, Lincoln County Dental, The ‘Greens’, Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, Boothbay Region YMCA, St. Andrew’s Village, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library & Used Bookstore, Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club, People Helping People, Boothbay Charities Classic, Boothbay Fire Department, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Catholic Charities SEARCH and the Keepers of the Burnt Island Light, Boothbay Region Lion’s Club.

Each participating organization will also have a table inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall where guests can find out about opportunities to volunteer. The Boothbay Region YMCA will provide an onsite babysitting service at the swing set, sand box and craft station for those with small children so they can visit the volunteer fair.

The event will take place inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall and on the Village Green at the Boothbay Railway Village. The event is free and there is no reservation required to attend. Parking is plentiful.

May Artist: Dave Higgins


An exhibit by Dave Higgins will be on display in the upstairs Community Room throughout May at normal library hours.

Born in Portland, Maine, Dave has been a photographer and educator for more than fifty years. He is a tech school graduate of graphic arts and over the years earned a BS in vocational education and a Master of Fine Arts – Visual Arts. Higgins taught photography and graphic design for twenty-five years and in 1999 he was Technology Teacher of the Year in New Hampshire. He retired from public education, but continued to teach photography and design at local art societies and workshops. Higgins’ work has been exhibited and published throughout New England as well as online. In 2005, he was Artist in Residence at Carina House on Monhegan Island.

Photography is Dave’s first love, and his images cover a wide spectrum of interests. Although much of his work could be called landscape, Higgins feels it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. He places emphasis on line, tone, form and relationships. Minimalism is often an important concept in his work. Twenty years ago he moved completely into digital photography which allowed him to simplify and blur borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived.

These ideas led him back to painting, a medium he had not used since he was in his twenties. Compositional techniques and camera ‘points of view’ in his photographic work readily transferred to his painting and drawing. He soon found that his photography and painting influenced each other. In 2012, he had an epiphany and began to combine both art forms with computer technology. These images often start with a photograph and digital brushes, various software, filters and/or screens are used to develop a scene. The resultant works are neither photographs nor paintings, but an amalgamation of the two into something new. Higgins now finds his options for expressing his vision are truly limitless.

More of Dave’s work can be seen on his website:

April 21: Earth Day Fest!

2nd Annual Earth Day Fest! Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Library Lawn (rain or shine!)


Boothbay Railway Village
Boothbay Region Garden Club
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Boothbay Region Refuse Disposal District
Boothbay Region Water District
Boothbay Sea & Science Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Hearty Roots
Lincoln County Gleaners

Featuring a Chewonki Natural History Program
11:00 AM: Animal Adaptations
Webbed feet, camouflaged fur, or spines on their back are all amazing ways that animals use adaptations to survive in the wild everyday. In this fun-filled hour, participants will learn about adaptations,
try on fun costumes, and see firsthand how live animals adapt to thrive in specific habitats.




Boothbay Sea and Science Center
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 viability and sustainability.

One of the goals at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) is to encourage the responsible use and long-term stewardship of the ocean and its resources by cultivating a greater understanding and appreciation of the coastal environment and maritime history. BSSC invites one and all to join them in “up-cycling” cups, lids, bowls, etc. into unique and fun works of art!

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.

Boothbay Region Garden Club
Stop by the Garden Club booth and learn about planting for pollinators: butterflies, bees, and more!

Lincoln County Gleaners
Come and learn about how the gleaners are recovering produce from local farms in Lincoln County to help feed hungry people, and find out how you can become a volunteer. Sample a snack made from gleaned food.

Citizen Scientist: Maine Bird Atlas
Visit Meg Donaldson, our very own Circulation Coordinator (who doubles as a amateur birder), to view a display of common birds seen in our back yards, coasts and meadows. Get information on how to contribute to the four year update of the Maine Bird Atlas, utilizing the ezBird website. Learn how to contact our local Audubon chapter, where to find field guides in the library, or do a fun and simple craft that feeds the birds!

Boothbay Region Water District
Adams Pond and Knickerbocker Lake are the public water supplies for the Boothbay Region. What happens in their watersheds – the area of land that drains to the lakes – affects the quality of our drinking water. The Water District will have a watershed model to explore and show the effects of stormwater pollution and runoff on water quality, as well as information on ways to protect all water bodies.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
We’re celebrating butterflies all season long at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with our new Butterfly House opening in June. At Earth Day Fest, come and learn about these fascinating insects and their night-flying cousins. We’ll explore the differences between butterflies and moths, learn about their unique adaptations and their role as pollinators in our gardens. We’ll also look at their scales up close. Yes, that’s right, butterflies have scales! Participants will plant milkweed to take home for the butterflies in their garden.


April 17-18: KIDS Illustrated Poetry Workshop

Neatly inked on crisp clean paper
Are lines of a poem, the fruits of my labor
Before this it cluttered and clamored for space
On sheets of my notebook, now fully defaced

Do you scribble a lot in your notebook? Doodle in margins? Create nonsense words? Think in rhymes at times?

If yes to any of the above, then you may have poems in you trying desperately to escape! Come set them free at:

The Illustrated Poetry Workshop
Where: Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
When: Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18; 1:oo PM to 3:30 PM
Who: 4th – 8th grade

April is Poetry Month, so come to the library for a fun and relaxed workshop on poetry. We’ll read various poems, sample different styles and forms; pen our own poems, and then illustrate our creations any way we want. Books, materials, and snacks all provided by the library. You bring your words and creativity!

Tercet, quatrain, haiku or clerihew
all forms of poetry to discover by you
Funny, sad, many lines or few
you get to decide, and illustrate them too!

April Artist: Fran Scanell

Artist Fran Scanell’s work is on display throughout April in the upstairs Community Room, viewable during regular library hours.

Fran moved to the Boothbay Region from Massachusetts after marrying a ‘real’ Mainer in 1983.   For over thirty years she has lived on Southport Island, working at public relations and fundraising for the Maine Maritime Museum and then the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.Now retired, she has time for exploring, tennis and painting.Her life-long interest in art was revived through courses at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and with Plein Air Painters of Maine Mid-coast Chapter.She is also a member of River Arts in Damariscotta, where she often shows her work.

“Art is essential to my well-being; whether viewing the work by others or creating my own, it

provides a purpose and path for learning, growth and enjoyment.I am fortunate to have time to paint and to meet some of the amazing artists who frequent this region and who share their talent at exhibits, workshops and galleries.”

Her artwork in oil, watercolor and acrylic is usually of local scenes, the coast, boats and buildings you may recognize.

She can be reached by email:


RoboPots workshop is FULL!  Please call the library at 633-3112 if you would like to be put on a waiting list.

2 Day Workshop for kids in grades 4-8 brought to you by Miss Desiree and the Gizmo Garden

Create a self-watering plant pot! Space is limited! Registration is required!

Participants will:
1) sculpt a flower pot
2) assemble circuitry to make the pot self watering

Easy peasy 🙂

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Feb.-June: Refreshing the Whodunit Book Club

Sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council

This Let’s Talk About It series provides new and experienced mystery and detective fans with an opportunity for in-depth conversation about how this fiction has incorporated the contemporary world’s globalism; dilemmas of race, gender, ethnicity and class; religious conflict; historical revision; and others.

Get the books: Copies of each title are available for checkout at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.  Call the Library (207-633-3112) to reserve a copy, or drop by.

Facilitated by Larissa Vigue Picard, discussions will take place in the Great Room of the Library.

Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

To refresh the whodunit, participants will read from a selection of novels by writers more marginal and contemporary than Doyle and Christie – though in some cases playing off of the classics –and ponder questions of the mystery’s relationship to history and culture.  Does the mystery merely reflect its cultural environment or does it help to elucidate or even change that same environment?  What do contemporary mysteries bring today’s readers that we really need, though we may not have known we need it?  How much social change can a formulaic plot generate or reflect?

The perpetual argument about mystery fiction claims the publishers determine the possible plots, the plots determine the outcome and the genre determines plots again for every writer. Yet there must be some potential for social change or effect if Native American, women’s, gay and lesbian, Jewish, and other categories of mystery fiction are emerging for publishers, marketing departments, and consumers – and if the reinventions of Sherlock Holmes and Victorian England are even more fun than the originals.  This series samples writers from these categories and asks of ourselves how they are different, what they are teaching us, and what our pleasure in the mystery is – while providing the immense joy of reading and talking together about this popular but sophisticated and very modern genre.

About the Facilitator: A native of Maine, Larissa Vigue Picard has been executive director of Brunswick’s Pejepscot Historical Society since 2015. Larissa holds a B.A. in English Literature from Bates College and an M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She lives in Topsham with her husband and son and enjoys supporting local organizations and initiatives.

Mystery Book Discussion series starting in February at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Second Saturdays at 10:30 AM.

February 10: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
March 10: Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
April 14: The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
May 12: A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow
June 9: Murder at the Nightwood Bar by Katherine V. Forrest

Second Saturdays at 10:30 AM starting in February

Saturday, February 10, 10:30 AM: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

Saturday, March 10, 10:30 AM: Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 AM: The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison

Saturday, May 12, 10:30 AM: A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 AM:  Murder at the Nightwood Bar by Katherine V. Forrest



January 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?!

Books & Bites
in St. Andrews Village

Wednesday, March 21st at 2pm

Discussing: CARNEGIE’S MAID by Marie Benedict

In the St. Andrews Village library gather with fellow readers and Meg Donaldson, reader-extraordinaire and Books & Bites facilitator, to discuss the month’s read and choose the next!  Baked goods provided by Meg!

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

Phone: 207-633-3112 | Email:


Upcoming dates:

April 18

May 23

June 20