MHC Discussion Project

Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project 2024

Shadows of the Future:
A Century of Dystopian Fiction

Choose from two cohorts:

Cohort 1 meets on the following Thursdays from 5:00–6:30 p.m.:
March 28, April 18, May 23
Cohort 2 meets on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.–noon:
March 30, April 27, May 18

We are thrilled to welcome the Maine Humanities Council back for its seventh year at BHML! The Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project is a mini book club that will gather monthly from March through May to discuss books revolving around a central theme.

This year’s Discussion Project centers around a century of literary connections in the stories of three science fiction novels. We begin with a translation of the book We by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin (first translated into English in 1924), largely believed to be the inspiration of our second book: George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984. We round out our discussion project with the 2023 novel Julia by Sandra Newman, a modern retelling of Orwell’s 1984.

Reading List:

We book coverWe by Yevgeny Zamyatin

1984 MHC cover1984 by George Orwell

Julia MHC coverJulia by Sandra Newman

 

Registration is required. Register soon as space in the discussion is limited. Please fill out the registration form below or call the library to register (207-633-3112).  Registrants must be prepared and able to attend all three book discussions. Discussions will take place in person, in the Great Room.

Meet our facilitator: A native of Maine and resident of Topsham, Larissa Vigue Picard has been Executive Director of Pejepscot History Center since 2015. Formerly, she was Director of Education at Maine Historical Society in Portland and, before returning to Maine in 2010, she worked for seven years at Vermont Humanities Council, where she was Director of Community Programs. Larissa sits on the Maine Historic Records Advisory Board.

Get the books: Each participant will receive their own copy of each title to keep, courtesy of the Maine Humanities Council. Copies will be available for pickup at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library after you’ve completed your registration.

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Registration opens 2/20/2024 at 10:00 a.m.:

Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project 2024

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2/13: Healthy Relationships with New Hope Midcoast

Healthy Relationships with New Hope Midcoast

Tuesday, February 13 from 10:00–Noon in the Great Room

Join a Community Prevention Educator from New Hope Midcoast for this drop-in session about healthy relationships. This is a safe space to ask questions and get information on healthy relationships, emergency shelters, legal & court help, and other domestic violence resources.

New Hope Midcoast is the Regional Domestic Violence Resource Center serving Midcoast Maine. Since 1981, our staff have been here to serve individuals affected by domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking.

2/27: Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes

Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes

Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30–7:30 on Zoom

Big conversations Feb #2

Join people from around the state via Zoom in this new program that lets participants get to know a fellow Mainer in ten short minutes. 

Participants have three conversations with three different people in Maine. The prompts are simple. The conversations are non-political. What can you learn about (or from) your fellow humans? Let’s find out.

We’ll connect via Zoom and discover a little pocket of meaning together. There is no goal or agenda, other than a brief conversation. 

This program is offered in February and March in collaboration with 11 other libraries around the state: Camden Public Library, Curtis Memorial Library, Falmouth Memorial Library, Kennebunk Free Library, Lubec Memorial Library, Merrill Memorial Library, Prince Memorial Library, Scarborough Public Library, Walker Memorial Library, Waldoboro Public Library, Windham Public Library and York Public Library.

Register below. You will be sent the Zoom link for the conversation the week of the event.

Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes

You will receive a Zoom link for the event via email.

Grandparents Group

Grandparents Group

First Wednesday of the month from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 7

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Are you a grandparent raising your grandchild? Are you looking for resources and a community of support with other grandparents? 

Join us for this informal get together for grandparents. Each month we will discuss a different topic ranging from legal issues to addiction and recovery resources to fun activities to do with your grandchildren.

This group is led by Boothbay Region High School science teacher Emily Higgins.

Free childcare will be provided. 

Questions? Email Bethany at 207-633-3112 or tech@bbhlibrary.org.

Show Your Library Some Love!

Have you ever thought about supporting BHML
but weren’t sure where to start?

Here are some ways to show your library some love for every budget:

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  • Keep an active library card!
  • Borrow books with your library card.
  • Attend a library program.
  • Read a magazine or newspaper at the library.
  • Work or study from the library.

Using the library supports the library! 

$1–24

  • Donations can be made anytime at the front desk of BHML or through our Donation Page.
  • Gifts of this size are used to purchase snacks for After School Clubs, magazines and newspapers for the Reading Room, games for our Library of Things, and more!

$25–100

Make your donation do double duty!
Join us for Library After Hours: Trivia Date Night.

All proceeds from ticket sales support library services AND you’ll spend an unforgettable evening between the stacks of BHML!

Library After Hours: Trivia Night

Saturday, February 10, 2024
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Your ticket includes delectable hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and mocktails, complete with six rousing rounds of trivia!
Maybe you’ll get lucky…and win a prize!
  • First place: Dinner & a movie for two! Thanks to our friends at Whale’s Tale and Harbor Theater
  • Second place: Eventide Specialties $25 gift certificate
  • Third place: 6-month online subscription to Great Courses Online

This Library After Hours fundraiser promises not just a memorable night, but an opportunity to give back to BHML, an organization at the heart of our community for over 100 years. This event is made possible by a little love from our friends… Eventide Specialties, Harbor Theater, Mine Oyster, Topside Inn, Whale’s Tale, and the BHML Board of Trustees & Volunteers.

Tickets are on a sliding scale of giving capacity. This is an 18+ event.

For questions or help with acquiring tickets for this event, please email Savannah Fields at development@bbhlibrary.org.

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Biography & Memoir Book Club

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This group meets on the
1st Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room.
Next meeting:
Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Next Book: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

This after hours book club will delve into the expansive world of memoirs and biographies. Come explore a diverse collection of books from this popular genre!

Questions? Contact our Programs and Tech Manager, Bethany at 207-633-3112 or tech@bbhlibrary.org.

Upcoming dates: March 7, April 4, May 2.

Midday Books at Oak Point Farm

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This group meets on the
4th Thursday of the month at noon at Oak Point Farm.
Next meeting:
Thursday, February 22 at noon
Next Book: An Immense World by Ed Yong

STEM isn’t just for kids! Join us for this new book group focused on the fascinating world of nonfiction science.

This book club meets during lunch to discuss titles like Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer, How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan, and What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman.

This group is a collaboration with the Boothbay Region Land Trust and meets at Oak Point Farm: 60 Samoset Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.

For more information, contact Bethany at 207-633-3112 or at tech@bbhlibrary.org.

2/10: Library After Hours—Trivia Night Fundraiser

This event is sold out!
Look out for future After Hours Fundraisers at BHML.

Saturday, February 10, 2024
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Picture a charming evening “between the stacks” at BHML with your sweetie or bestie, indulging in delectable hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and mocktails, complete with romantic ambiance, music, and trivia!
Maybe you’ll get lucky…and win a prize!
  • First place: Dinner & a movie for two! Thanks to our friends at Whale’s Tale and Harbor Theater
  • Second place: Eventide Specialties $25 gift certificate
  • Third place: 6-month online subscription to Great Courses Online

This Library After Hours fundraiser promises not just a memorable date night, but an opportunity to give back to BHML, an organization at the heart of our community for over 100 years. This event is made possible by a little love from our friends… Eventide Specialties, Harbor Theater, Mine Oyster, Topside Inn, Whale’s Tale, and the BHML Board of Trustees & Volunteers.

Tickets are on a sliding scale of giving capacity. This is an 18+ event.

For questions or help with acquiring tickets for this event, please email Savannah Fields at development@bbhlibrary.org.

This event is sold out! If you’d like to make a contribution to help support library services, consider making a donation through our Online Giving page.

Homeschool Connection

Tuesday, January 16, 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

A time for families to meet, socialize and share ideas. Families considering homeschooling are also welcome.

Homeschool Connection is an opportunity for parents who homeschool their children to talk to each other, share ideas, and support each other.  While parents discuss homeschooling topics and concerns, kids connect with each other through activities provided by the library.  Families can also explore the books and resources that are available for homeschool families at the library.

Author Talk – Jerry Farnham

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Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. in the Great room

Join us for an Author Talk with Boothbay Harbor native Jerry Farnham. Jerry will talk about his hit book Red at Night, which is set in Boothbay Harbor.

About the book:

jerry cover USEThe town of Boothbay Harbor on the coast of Maine is a mix of summer people and locals. Jack Finn is a lobsterman. He is hard working, well liked but not enjoying life since the tragic death of his girlfriend. Melissa Andrews is a celebrity actress and singer. She came to Boothbay Harbor to escape the despicable Hollywood press and consider a career change. Find out what happens when two people of vastly different backgrounds meet. And, why does a lobster boat leave the dock after others have returned? This is a story of mystery, suspense and romance. Jerry Farnham takes you into a Maine lobstering family and the hidden side of their community as only one who has lived and worked there can.

About the author:

Author Jerry Farnham (1)Jerry Farnham grew up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where he worked on a lobster boat with his father.

After serving his country in the US Navy he was employed as a boat diesel engine mechanic for several years. Jerry lives in southern Maine with his wife and two children.