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BHML COVID-19 House Rules

Effective Tuesday, October 13, 2020, until further notice folks:

Starting Tuesday, October 13, BHML is excited to welcome patrons back into the building for in-person browsing and checkout. In order to keep the community in good health, the following house rules will be applied:

  1. Capacity is limited to 5 patrons
  2. Visits are limited to 30 minutes
  3. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required
  4. Hands must be washed or sanitized upon entry
  5. Physical distancing must be practiced and respected

Additional adjustments:

  • Sign in. Patrons will be required to sign in. This information will be gathered for contact tracing purposes only. Sign-in information will be shred daily, after 14 days.
  • 2 laptops available, subject to a 30 minute time limit.
  • No public restroom.
  • For patrons who are not comfortable entering the building, or are unable to wear a mask, in place of Curbside Pickup, patrons may do a Windowside Pickup from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Drop by during those times to the window by the book drop to pick up your reserved items.
  • The email address curbside@bbhlibrary.org has been discontinued. To place requests for materials, visit: minerva.maine.edu/ or call us at 207-633-3112.
In-Person Browsing & Checkout
Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fridays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
*Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Windowside Pickup
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
*Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
No appointment required

 

Until further notice, all non-browsing and lending uses of the library will continue to be suspended. Due to space constraints, we are unable to accommodate meetings, gatherings, and library lounging.  In the event that a Library employee, volunteer or patron tests positive for COVID-19, the Library will close without notice and remain closed for 14 days.

Read more on the CDC website about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Finally, a parting joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? To maintain physical distancing requirements.

Womp womp.

New Normal Part 2

Starting Tuesday, October 13, BHML is excited to welcome patrons back into the building for in-person browsing and checkout. In order to keep the community in good health, the following house rules will be applied:

  1. Capacity is limited to 5 patrons
  2. Visits are limited to 30 minutes
  3. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required
  4. Hands must be washed or sanitized upon entry
  5. Physical distancing must be practiced and respected

Additional adjustments:

  • Sign in. Patrons will be required to sign in. This information will be gathered for contact tracing purposes only. Sign-in information will be shred daily, after 14 days.
  • 2 laptops available, subject to a 30 minute time limit.
  • No public restroom.
  • For patrons who are not comfortable entering the building, or are unable to wear a mask, in place of Curbside Pickup, patrons may do a Windowside Pickup from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Drop by during those times to the window by the book drop to pick up your reserved items.
  • The email address curbside@bbhlibrary.org has been discontinued. To place requests for materials, visit: minerva.maine.edu/ or call us at 207-633-3112.

Library Hours, effective Tuesday October 13:

In-Person Browsing & Checkout
Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fridays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
*Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Windowside Pickup
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
*Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
No appointment required

Until further notice, all non-browsing and lending uses of the library will continue to be suspended. Due to space constraints, we are unable to accommodate meetings, gatherings, and library lounging.  In the event that a Library employee, volunteer or patron tests positive for COVID-19, the Library will close without notice and remain closed for 14 days.

Read more on the CDC website about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Finally, a parting joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? To maintain physical distancing requirements.

Womp womp.

10/9 & 10/10: Bʊktoberfest

On the library lawn, with masks and physical distancing in play, join us for an outdoor Used Book Sale.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Buy up books from the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore, as well as duplicates and other items deaccessioned from the BHML collection (including art books and coffee table books, nonfiction, and more). 

For the past several years the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore has donated an incredible $30,000 from the sale of used books to support programs and lending at BHML.  COVID-19 restrictions put a real wrench in that goal.  Help us close the gap by shopping ’til you drop at Bʊktoberfest!

For every $6 you spend you will earn a raffle ticket entry for 2 delicious growlers from the Footbridge Brewery. Prost!

All proceeds go to funding free public library services in the Boothbay Region.  Help keep knowledge and information free!

Part Time Job Opportunity

***This position is now closed***

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) seeks an engaging and community-minded individual to provide digital literacy services to the region’s diverse array of library users. This new part-time position requires a creative individual who has an interest in or passion for learning and teaching in the digital world.

Responsibilities: The Community Technology Coordinator’s (CTC) overall responsibilities include but are not limited to designing and executing the library’s free public programs that promote digital literacy. The CTC will work independently and collaboratively with the executive director to provide youth and adult programming, and to manage the IT infrastructure of BHML.

Requirements: A 20 hour per week position – schedule to be determined.  Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.  High school diploma or equivalent required; a Bachelor’s degree is highly desirable.  One to three years’ experience in a related field, or with teaching experience and/or customer service, is strongly preferred.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse public in a friendly and professional manner are required.

BHML is a small but mighty non-profit library that operates in a highly collaborative environment. The right candidate will be hardworking, tech-savvy, creative, and open minded.

Compensation: $17-19.50/hour commensurate with experience.

Job Description: PT Community Technology Coordinator {click!}

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Joanna Breen, Executive Director, via email at director@bbhlibrary.org Position is open until filled.

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

9/23 & 9/24: Money Talk$ (via zoom)

Money Talk$
Join BHML and the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce for two free financial programs facilitated by Financial Advisor, Marta Haydym.

Registration is required, you can register at any time.

Students & Parents
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 PM
Do you have questions about what to do now that you have graduated in the midst of a pandemic? Are you thinking about taking a GAP year and have no clue how to start thinking about money? Please join us for this zoom call with Financial Advisor Marta Haydym to ask questions, learn about basic finances, and talk about next steps! To join us, register for Zoom the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-GvrDsqHNYyHPhvtQomSDxj8N-NUc__ 

Marta Haydym, Financial Advisor

Small Businesses & Investors
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM
Many small businesses in our state have been affected by COVID-19 AND it’s an election year. What does the impact look like? Join Financial Advisor Marta Haydym on a presentation about the state of the market, strategies to help your business weather future storms, and ask questions that have been on your mind. To join us, register for Zoom the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-usrjIpHtbhOk0P5U8PyBZaSkwITKaJ

In advance of the programs, please also feel free to reach out to Marta at Marta.Haydym@EdwardJones.com to ask her to touch on anything specific during the programs.

 

2020 Annual Fund

Annual Appeal PDF Version

Dear Friends,

This year, we’ve seen the best of our community as we have rallied together through challenging times. We’ve adapted, worked to protect public health, supported our local businesses, and found creative ways to support those who serve the needs of our community. Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) celebrates this collective spirit as we too adapt to continue to serve the educational and informational needs of all members of our community.

In March, BHML collaborated with the school libraries at BRES and BRHS to issue library cards by mail to over 200 students so they could access BHML’s digital library during the school and library closures. We launched a community-wide poetry project (POETRY NOW!) and collected works from dozens of local poets from first time writers to seasoned writers and students. Miss Harolyn joined the ranks of children’s librarians who delivered storytimes on-line as we worked to stay connected to budding readers. In June, BHML opened for curbside service following CDC, state, and professional guidelines and the staff is thrilled to see patrons again, albeit at a distance!

This year, summer reading has gone online; if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late, visit bbhlibrary.org/summerreading2020! Since the onset of closures and quarantine, use of online resources has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. Hoopla use increased 40%! And, you can still call, email, and place orders directly in the catalog for physical books.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 we were forced to cancel many of our summer fundraising events and activities. These include our annual fundraiser, crafters on the lawn, Books in Boothbay, and walk-in donations. In a “normal” summer, these activities would make up over $10,000 of our annual income, and they were an important part of meeting this year’s annual fundraising goal of $95,000.

With your support and generosity, we hope that you can help us close the gap. Please consider contributing what you can this year to BHML to make sure we can keep curbside service going and safely deliver new books, old favorites, DVDs, and audiobooks in our contact-free curbside service.

Read about ways to donate here at bbhlibrary.org/donate/ or make an online donation now.

When the time comes, we cannot wait to welcome the community back into the Library!

Sincerely,
BHML Board of Trustees

I Love a Mystery Book Group in the “old” days, January 2020
Screenshot of Miss Harolyn’s online storytime.
Curbside pickup service as visualized by staff in the planning process.
Breen and Scorcia promote real life curbside pickup service.
Zeus advertises summer reading in an unpaid modeling gig.

8/12: LiveStream: I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone

On August 26, 1920, three quarters of the state legislatures ratified the Nineteenth Amendment and American Women won full voting rights. Join BHML online on Wednesday August 12, 2020 to celebrate the suffrage movement 100 years later.

For the last two summers BHML has been thrilled to welcome Judith Kalaora from History At Play to perform her historical reenactments on the library lawn. This year, we’re hopping on the virtual bandwagon and are excited to offer a live-stream performance of:  I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30 PM, Join us on Zoom

Step in to the immersive world of History At Play!  After the show, there will be time for questions and answers.

About Lucy Stone:

Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone is never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy defies every obstacle and is an ardent supporter of human rights. Always fierce, her belief that women and men be equal is evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands of women to join the suffrage movement; Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement.

As a scholar, Lucy intensely studied Greek and Hebrew and vehemently insists that the Holy Bible has been mistranslated to oppress and objectify women. There is no way Lucy will settle for second best, even in her marriage! She created a marriage protest to be read in place of her wedding vows and refused to take her husband’s surname, leading to the moniker of a “Lucy Stoner” to describe a woman who does just that!

In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists! Their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride! Suitable for all ages. Running Time: Approx. 60 minutes.

About Judith Kalaora:

Judith is a professional educator, actress, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. She attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England. Judith founded History At Play™ in 2010 to provide educational entertainment, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Judith researches, writes, produces, and performs.

Check out: Kalaora talks to the Boston Globe about going virtual.

Join Zoom Meeting

Topic: History At Play, LLC Presents “I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone”
Time: Aug 12, 2020 06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83018944061?pwd=blVCY094cGpuQ3FINmlsK0oya3F3dz09
Meeting ID: 830 1894 4061
Passcode: 205950

7/28: Virtual Author Talk

Author Talk: Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020, 10:00 AM

Join us for a “Coffee Talk” with Len Mattano author of “Celtic Crossing.”  BYO coffee to an internet-enabled device near you, and Zoom in for a chat with a local novelist.  Q & A will follow a short presentation. We hope to see you there!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsd-2vqD8oGNWKBd-RHZMpz6SO0Kkdpa7k  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting!

Len Mattano is an author and physician whose experiences caring for children with cancer underlie the heart of this story. When not at their home in Mystic, Connecticut, Len and his wife work from their strictly seasonal cabin in East Boothbay, Maine.

ABOUT CELTIC CROSSING

For generations Aideen Callaghan’s ancestors were miraculously cured of cancer through the power of a holy relic—the very relic that inspired the Celtic cross—until it vanished from history in 1866 and became Irish lore. Raised on faith but with an inheritance of death, Aideen has been at odds with religion since losing her daughter to a brain tumor. Now it is her orphaned grandson who lies dying. In desperation Aideen turns to a priest-scholar, Fr. Kevin Schaeffer, for help. Armed with a priceless family Bible and a sacred pendant worn by Aideen’s great-grandmother—the last to be cured—Fr. Kevin abandons his research in Dublin and sets his sights on finding the relic in time to save the child.

REVIEW EXCERPTS

“Mattano makes a moving debut with this story set in contemporary Ireland that…will be of interest to faith readers who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but prefer lower stakes.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wistfully beautiful.”

     —John Jude Palencar, master American fantasy artist for Game of ThronesLord of the RingsThe Inheritance Cycle, and others

“To read this novel is to embark on a pilgrimage that takes us to an unexpected and holy place.”

Suzanne M. Wolfe, award-winning novelist, author of A Murder by Any NameThe Confessions of X, and Unveiling

“While humanity struggles to understand why a loving God allows such things [as childhood cancer], Mattano’s messengers offer God’s miraculous gifts of faith, hope, and love.”

Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick’s Foundation

“This is a story that will cause sleepless nights as readers turn just one more page—over and over—being drawn with the characters into their own spiritual journeys.”

Rev. Thomas F. X. Hoar, SSE, PhD, President & CEO, St. Edmund’s Retreat, Enders Island, Mystic CT

“For a refreshing touch of spiritual reawakening, reward yourself with Celtic Crossing.”

Raymond J. Hutchinson, MS, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean, University of Michigan

“Move over Andrew Greeley! Here is a novelist with your talents and multi-layer plotting, the sort of which you would be proud.”

Paul L. Maier, PhD, Professor of Ancient History (Em.), Western Michigan University; best-selling novelist, author of The Skeleton in God’s Closet and others

 

Curbside Catalog Quick Links

There are several major bummers about closing the library building to the public.  Top of the list for us staff is not working in the bustling and dynamic company of our patrons.  We’re hearing that top of the list for patrons is the inability to browse the collection.  We feel you. Browsing in a library is where the magic happens, the heart of intellectual serendipity and discovery. There’s nothing more exciting (in our humble opinion) then walking into a library to look for one thing and discover another.

In an attempt to simulate sweet serendipitous browsing, we’ve pulled together some digital shelves for you. We know it’s not the same, but hey, nothing is these days…except for the solace and escape provided by a good book.

Follow the links, all lists are sorted newest to oldest. Click here for a quick and dirty “How to Request in the Online Catalog” tutorial.

How to browse…online!

“Browse” Fiction

“Browse” Mysteries

“Browse” Biographies

“Browse” Cookbooks (yumyum)

“Browse” DVDs

“Browse” Audiobooks

“Browse” the non fiction stacks:

100s (Philosophy & psychology)

200s (Religion and Spirituality)

300s (Social Science)

400s (Languages)

500s (Sciences: Math, Earth Sciences, Biology, etc.)

600s (Applied Sciences: Health, cooking, gardening, DIY, etc.)

700s (Art and recreation)

800s (Literature: Essays, writing, etc.)

900s (History and Geography)