4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME | The world at your fingertips
The Library will be closed on Tuesday, October 17. We apologize for any inconvenience. Staff will be re-arranging, and preparing to welcome the public back for regular hours on Wednesday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Monday, August 21 – Thursday, August 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon
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!
On August 21, 2017 we will be in the path of a solar eclipse!
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.
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.
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.
By Hilary E. Bartlett (Volunteer Art Exhibit Coordinator)
When World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson promised neutrality, which most Americans favored. Within three years the tide of public opinion had turned and the President asked Congress to approve sending U.S. troops to Europe. He gave two reasons for entering the conflict: the Germans had violated their pledge to refrain from attacking passenger ships and they had attempted to entice Mexico into an alliance against the U.S. The Legislative Branch supported the President and America declared war against Germany on April 6th, 1917.
Wilson asked the country to sacrifice in order to defend democracy and posters appeared encouraging citizens to support the war effort. Millions of loyalty leaflets were also printed in fourteen different languages. Meanwhile the President was making plans for a military draft and subsequent notices encouraged people to enlist. Thousands of men marched into city halls to register, including many from our community. Women also signed up to serve in the Army Corps of Nurses or the Red Cross. Posters were produced to entice people to buy Liberty Bonds to fund the war. Others motivated people to reduce their consumption of wheat, meat and sugar in the cause of freedom. Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is marking America’s participation in WWI with an exhibit of some of these posters. They belonged to the late Gertrude Mather and were kindly lent by Tom Tavenner. Thanks are also extended to Barbara Rumsey of Boothbay Harbor’s Historical Society and Fran Nicoletta of American Legion Post 36, for providing pamphlets, photographs and newspaper articles. These provide images and accounts of the Local Coast Patrol from 1917-18, Armistice Day and the 1919 Welcome Home Celebration for veterans from Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Monhegan. The exhibit will run through May in the Great Room of the library, where a WWI Honor Roll is displayed above the fireplace. Residents are invited to attend a reception on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5 – 7 p.m.
General Pershing was given command of an ethnically diverse US army with forty two spoken languages. Worn down after three years of heavy fighting, the Allies welcomed the arrival of American Forces and Germany was surprised at the speed with which the US trained and transported their troops. They were known as doughboys, because of their doughnut shaped buttons. Yet our country was divided and protests sprang up against the draft, as it ran counter to the notion of American individualism. A sense of unease and distrust swept through the States. Vigilante groups sprang up to ensure neighbors did their patriotic duty. A Sedition Act was passed and camps were set up to imprison anyone who threatened US security. The right to free speech was the price paid to wage war in Europe. Anti-German hysteria was rampant, beer steins were publicly smashed and many Americans with German ancestry changed their surnames.
By the summer of 1918, there were more than a million American fighters in France and casualty lists in newspapers were staggering. A grim influenza pandemic also accounted for many deaths. The US army helped to stop the enemy from reaching Paris and Germany acknowledged that they had underestimated the Americans. The enemy calculated that fresh US troops would keep on coming, while their own were depleted and this fact helped to forge a peace. An Armistice was declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In Boothbay Harbor the Navy’s Coast Patrol (stationed in the Carbone’s building) picked up the news from a wireless communication at 3 a.m. Word soon got out and spontaneous celebrations sprang up between 5 – 6 a.m. with the firing of the Yacht Club cannon, ringing of church bells and Navy boys blowing horns and beating drums. Townspeople joined in with a fanfare of cheers and banging on tin cans. A holiday was declared, bunting appeared and by 7 o’clock separate parades combined to form one large group with three bands. The town’s hearse led the way with a sign reading, “To hell with the Kaiser.” A funeral pyre was built on the ledge behind the bank building and an effigy of the infamous German leader was burned to the roar of crowds watching from vantage points on Oak Street and Townsend Avenue. Our boys would soon be coming home.