#GivingTuesday: Give BHML 5 Minutes

Of course, also feel free to donate funds, too!  BHML is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, powered by the generosity of free public library supporters.  Your financial support makes everything possible. 

Boothbay Lights & Winter Fest 2021

Boothbay Lights and the Boothbay Winter Festival 2021!

Drop by the Boothbay Common starting Friday, November 19 and visit our mobile library prototype: Pop-Up BHML! We will have gently used books and BHML merchandise for sale—just in time for the holiday season.  There will also be free take-and-make crafts available for kids, plus a cornucopia of exciting FREE activities at Winter Festival as well as a very special live stream Storytime with Mr. & Mrs. Claus for Boothbay Lights!

Winterfest Story Time, Saturdays, 12:15 pm (Boothbay Common)
November 20 through December 18.  Enjoy some hot chocolate and a story on the Common.

Saturday, November 20, 1:00 PM (Boothbay Common)
Zumba-thon with our very own Miss Meg. This is a free Zumba class for all! $10 donations encouraged, and all proceeds will go to launch BHML’s “Books for Babies” initiative.

Saturday, November 27 & Saturday December 18, 1:00 PM (Boothbay Common)
Cardmaking! Drop-in to make a card for someone special.  All supplies will be provided.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM in December (Boothbay Common)
Coding on the Common with the tech team Bethany and Bailey. As long as the computers don’t freeze, we’ll be projecting coding games on the side of the trailer, taking turns watching, coding, and drinking hot chocolate!

Saturday, December 4, Noon – 4:00 PM (Boothbay Common)
Critter Meet and Greet with Saffron & Honey Homestead
Saffron and Honey is a small homestead in Windsor, Maine dedicated to the breeding and care of endangered heritage  breeds.  They live on just under five acres where they raise Soay sheep, San Clemente Island Goats, American Buff geese, several heritage chicken breeds and American Chinchilla rabbits. Come meet a few of their friends!

December 11, 2021 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm (online)
Livestream Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Boothbay Lights Signature Event
Join us from the comfort of your own home for live-streamed storytime with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Cozy up and listen to the season’s stories read by the Claus’s from your very own local library. Watch live on Channel 1301, or on Facebook on the Library’s page, the Chamber’s page, or BRTV’s page!

Art Show: Jeff Kowalski

Art Show extended through the end of December!

Jeff Kowalski Powderhorn
‘Powderhorn Sunset’ by Jeff Kowalski

Jeff Kowalski Art Show

Jeff Kowalski’s art work may be viewed from August 28th though December in the Great Room during normal library hours.

About the artist: Jeff grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his grandfather founded a commercial art studio. Visiting museums and taking art classes as a child honed his interest in art. After earning a PhD in Art History at Yale University in 1981, Jeff taught at Temple University and Northern Illinois University, where he headed the Art History Division from 1996 to 2004. A specialist in the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes, he has authored numerous articles interpreting the visual culture of ancient Maya civilization. Along with his teaching and scholarship, from the 1980s to the present, Jeff has been painting regularly during summer visits to Maine, where he has exhibited and sold his work at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery and at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Speaking of his paintings, Jeff notes that his work, “Often deals with recognizable places where I have spent time, have personal memories and associations, or simply have visited and whose subject matter and mood captured my attention.” While his subject is generally representational, he has been inspired by artists such as Fairfield Porter and Wolf Kahn, and he enjoys simplifying or exaggerating aspects of form and color to create compositions that keep this imagery more visually effective and engaging.

The library, at 4 Oak Street in Boothbay Harbor, is open Tuesdays, 9:30am—4:30pm, Wednesdays 9:30am—7:00pm, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am—4:30pm and Saturdays 10:00am—4:00pm. Masks required.

Jeff Kowalski Sprucehead Pier
‘Great Sprucehead Pier, Morning Light’ by Jeff Kowalski

Halloween Story Stroll!

Story Stroll sign

Attention all witches, fairies, monsters, and ghouls!

Five Little Pumpkins

Get in the Halloween spirit by walking our Halloween Story Stroll on the lawn! Start at the ‘Five Little Pumpkins’ display to the left of the library entrance and then follow the walking path around the front of the library while reading a great story.

Also, be sure to stop in the library between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday, October 30, for a sweet treat and a to-go craft kit. While supplies last!

Story Time Thursdays

Join us for Story Time with Jen!

story timeJoin us on Thursdays at 10:30am to hear a story read by our Children’s Coordinator, Jen. We’ll have crafts to do, too!  If the weather is nice, we will be outside on the lawn. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will be in the children’s room and spaces will be limited.

Please call 633-3112 that morning to be sure we have space available.

We look forward to seeing you!

10/19: ‘Pinkalicious’ Virtual Storytime


Virtual Storytime with Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann

Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00pm on Facebook Live

PBS Books is proud to partner with GPB and the Georgia Public Library Service for a pinkaperfect evening with award-winning illustrator and author, Victoria Kann.

Join us for a special reading of Victoria’s newest book, Rubylicious. This gem of a book about generosity and kindness looks at how being selfless can be its own reward. Following the story, Victoria will share thoughts and insights about Pinkalicious, Peterrific, and all of their friends in Pinkville. She’ll also be answering questions from the PBS Books FB chat! Or tweet your questions using the hashtag #GPBLovesPink and follow along to learn more about these pinkatastic friends!

This event is FREE and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Visit the PBS Books Facebook page at the time of the event to attend.

Banned Books by Latinx Authors

National Hispanic American Heritage Month takes place from September 15 through October 15. National Banned Books Week takes place from September 26 through October 2. So we’ve decided to mark both occasions with a bookshelf of banned books by Latinx authors!

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peňa
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Dreaming in Cuban
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuňa
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire; Freire


Looking for more books by Latinx authors? 

Books to Read for Latinx Heritage Month Penguin Random House

13 Must-Read Books by Latinx Authors Out in 2021 HipLatina

28 Books with Latinx Representation You Should Read Epic Reads

Looking for more banned books?

ALA Top 10 Most Challenged Books List American Library Association

Banned Books Week: We defend 30 challenged books including ‘Beloved’ and ‘1984’ USA Today

12 Must-Read Banned Books By Writers of Color ColorLines


9/23: NARCAN® 101 *New Date*

NARCAN® 101—Why Carry It?

Rescheduled for: Thursday, September 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Did you know that overdoses and relapses are at an all time high? Did you know NARCAN® is used to treat elderly patients who may accidentally take too much medication?  Or for children who accidentally get into their parents medicine cabinet?

In this talk with Sherri Talbot, Sweetser’s OPTIONS clinician for Lincoln County, you’ll learn what NARCAN® is, how it works, how it’s used, and why everyone should carry it. 

OPTIONS Save Lives

The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS) initiative is a coordinated effort of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and other state agencies to improve the health of Mainers using substances through harm reduction strategies, helping them on the road to recovery, and dramatically reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses.

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day.



9/18: Author Talk with Bruce Robert Coffin

Within Plain SightAuthor Talk with Bruce Robert Coffin

Within Plain Sight

Saturday, September 18 at 2:00pm
on the library lawn

Join us to hear bestselling mystery author Bruce Robert Coffin discuss his newest book, Within Plain Sight.

Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

Winner of Killer Nashville‘s Silver Falchion Awards for Best Procedural and Best Investigator, the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel, Bruce was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller WritersMystery Writers of AmericaSisters in CrimeShort Mystery Fiction Society, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blog.

Bruce is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary.

He lives and writes in Maine.

Book description:

Amid the dog days of summer, Detective Sergeant John Byron is called to the scene of a horrific crime: a young woman’s body dismembered and left in an abandoned Portland lumber yard. The killing shares striking similarities with a spate of murders committed in Boston by a serial killer known only as the Horseman.

As Byron’s team investigates the case, they quickly push up against powerful forces in town. But Byron will stop at nothing to find the truth, not when there is a killer on the loose and everyone is a suspect. Has the Horseman expanded his killing field? Is this the work of in ingenious copycat-or is nothing as it seems? One thing is certain, Byron must uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.


“Flawless prose, witty dialogue, startling twists. Authenticity seeps from every page, from the police work to the resonating emotions. Unforgettable”

International bestselling author of Skyjack K.J. Howe

“A gripping atmospheric thriller that finds the dark side of Portland, Maine. The Detective Byron mystery series is one of the finest to arrive in a long time.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

9/29: Front Porch Project

The Front Porch Project of Maine
Child Abuse Prevention Training

Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00pm-9:00pm
on the library lawn

Front Porch ProjectHave you found yourself concerned for a child and thought about how you could have gotten involved? Or more importantly, wondered why you didn’t?

This training is free and open to anyone. Snacks will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Register by calling BHML at 207-633-3112 or email circ@bbhlibrary.org.

The Front Porch Project® training for community members looks at why people do (and don’t) get involved and provides strategies on how you can help by stepping in and supporting families. As the pandemic continues, families continue to face immense stress. It’s important, now more than ever, to know how you can help to support families. By attending this training, you are joining a community of Mainers committed to help prevent future tragedies from occurring to any more of our children. 

Specifically, this training teaches you to:

  • Increase your awareness of importance of prevention in helping to protect children and support families.
  • Identify and develop comfort with a range of parenting approaches.
  • Identify when and how to get involved in situations involving a child.
  • Think of possible responses, interventions and problem-solving strategies.
  • Identify “roadblocks” to stepping in and find safe ways around them.
  • Increase your comfort level with stepping into those situations.
  • Understand the impact that culture, gender and socioeconomic status can have on parenting and on actions to you might take on behalf of children.
  • Reach out to others in your community to protect children and support families.

The Front Porch Project® of Maine is a community response initiative, funded in part by donations to the Maine Children’s Trust on behalf of Marissa Kennedy, a child tragically lost to child abuse.

For more information about the training and for a list of FAQs, visit the Front Porch Project website.