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Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a fantastic fall festival on the Library Lawn! 

Festivities include:

  • Used Book Sale – Name your own price! Find books for all ages in a huge assortment of genres. Books are generously supplied by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from the sale of books go toward supporting the library, which supports the community!
  • Craft Fair – Featuring amazing handmade goodies from BHML’s fiber arts group, Stitch Craft!
  • Plot Twist Pretzels – Grab a literary-themed soft pretzel to satisfy your bookish appetite.
  • Veggies to Table – Find beautiful bouquets that support a mission to feed Mainers in need! 
  • Footbridge Brewery – Spend $10 at the booksale and get a free 4 oz. pour of your favorite brew at Footbridge Brewery! 
  • Boothbay Region Amateur Radio Station – Join members of the N1MHC Ham radio team to learn about the fascinating world of amateur radio and send a message to a friend anywhere in the world!

Plus, we’ll have lawn games and raffles throughout the day! Our generous sponsors are Friends of the Library Used Book Store & Footbridge Brewery.

Focus on the Past

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and BHML has always been picture perfect!

For close to 100 years, people have been creating memories, reading stories, and accessing essential resources at this very spot. We love seeing photos and artistic renderings illustrating the myriad of ways people continue to enjoy this wonderful community space. 

During the month of September, we welcome you to share YOUR favorite photo(s) that you have captured on library grounds. Maybe it is a picture of the Halloween Parade, or a Booktoberfest event, or one of our Summer music events – we want to see them all! 

E-mail your pictures to us now at

Girls Who Code

Girls who code bannerWednesdays starting October 4,  4:15–5:15 p.m.

This club is an opportunity for 5th-8th grade girls and non-binary students to join a network of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. BHML’s Girls Who Code Club is led by two awesome volunteers who are Bigelow scientists by day, girls who code by night!

Registration is required. Register online at or by calling the library at 207-633-3112.

2023 Summer Reading Recommendations!

Find your next great read from book recommendations from our Adult Summer Reading participants!

Books you WOULD recommend!

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Breaking Point by C.J. Box
The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Fairytale by Danielle Steel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun
Raising Ryland by Hillary Whittington
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvag
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Yellow Face by R.F. Kuang
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson
Tumble by C. Perez
The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert Lustig
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
I Will Find You by Harlan Coben
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Bridge to Terribithia by Cahterine Patterson
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
Running Blind by Lee Child
The Spy’s Daughter by Adam Brookes
Lyrial by Garth Nix
Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder
Jennie O. by Elizabeth Ogilvie
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
This Other Eden by Paul Harding
The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor
Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
Between the Mountain and the Sky by Maggie Doyne
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

Red at Night by Jerry Farnham
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
Undercover Protection by Maggie K. Black
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Rooks and Ruin by Melissa Caruso
Starstruck by Sarafina El-Badry Nance
The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren
The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley
The Light Pilot by David Johnston
Holes by Louis Sachar
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
The Outdoor Cook
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Misery by Stephen King
A Coup of Tea by Casey Blair
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
American Whitelash by Wesley Lowery
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Genealogy of a Murder by Lisa Belkin
American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
Untold Power by Rebecca Roberts
Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach
Sloop of War by Alexander Kent
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Four Novels of the Eighties by Elmore Leonard
Ace by Angela Chen
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Old Enough by Haley Jakobson
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Books you would NOT recommend!

It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
Fairy Tales by Stephen King
Save the Girls by Terry Toler
Red Queen by Juan Gomez-Jurado
Where are the Children Now? by Mary Higgins-Clark
Hatchet Island by Paul Doiron
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Welcome to Beach Town by Susan Wiggs
On Earth as It Is on Television by Emily Jane
Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napalitano
The Poseidon Project by David Bosco

Hearts of Hope

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Wednesday, September 13, 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Drop in to paint a Heart of Hope for a Maine veteran. It takes approximately 30 minutes to paint a heart, write your message of Hope and give a tangible creation of love to our Maine veterans returning from their Honor flight from Washington DC.

We’ll provide the hearts, paint, and all the other supplies needed to complete your project. Hearts will be provided on a first-come basis, until they are all painted.

Learn more about Hearts of Hope at and upcoming Honor Flights for Maine Veterans at

Set for Success

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Thursday August 31, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Come and visit our Boothbay Region Memorial Library table in the BRES gym at this year’s Set for Success event. We’ll be giving away bookmarks, free used book store vouchers, exciting upcoming fall program info and much more!

Stitch Craft

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Weekly Drop-in Every Thursday from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Get crafty and socialize with other fiber arts enthusiasts at this weekly get together! Bring your own small handwork to the circle including quilting, cross stitching, needlepoint work and other small projects. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Stitch Craft – Keeping You Sharp!

Elaine Ricci is a lifelong crafter. “This is something I have been enjoying since I was a little girl” she says “ and I will be doing it for the rest of my life, no doubt.  It is my hobby, my relaxation, a way to still my mind when the rattle of life becomes too loud, and most of all, it has become a way to bring people together and unite over a common interest.”

Ricci has been meeting with a group of like minded crafters under the banner of “Stitch Craft” every Thursday at 2:00 p.m  in the great room in the library for the past 6 months. “We have a dedicated group of 6-8 ladies, who have been coming regularly. They each bring their own projects and we work on everything from knitting, crochet, quilting to felting – anything goes!” Between us, we have a lot of experience and although this is not a class, we could probably talk someone through a project if they were stuck. 

Ricci moved to the area 5 years ago, and  ran a similar group in Rhode Island for many years. “I had been missing this sense of creative community since we moved here” Ricci continued, “especially during the Pandemic, so once it was over I thought – now would be the perfect time to do this here. Even if you don’t yet have a project, but have an interest, Ricci encourages interested parties to come along and meet the group. “This is as much about companionship and an opportunity to get together with like minded people, as it is about the craft itself.”

Crafts can be very solitary practices, but they don’t have to be, they can be social too. It has also been acknowledged in recent years that crafting has also shown to improve mental agility, improves both gross and fine motor movements, and also decreases cognitive decline. It has even been shown to be a natural antidepressant!

“When I’m stitching something, I have to focus on what I’m doing, so I forget all  the other worries that are going on in the world, which is a very good thing. It is like a meditative state that enables you to clean the slate and empty your mind of all the unnecessary clutter. ” 

“Creativity is the use of the imagination in the production of an artistic work.”  

Lego & Gaming Clubs

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Wednesdays from 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Power up and make friends after school!

Lego Club for 1st-3rd graders* – We provide the LEGO, you provide the imagination! Get creative and build anything you choose or tackle Jen’s Lego Challenge of the day.

Gaming Club for 3rd-5th graders* – Join your friends at the library for an hour of gaming. Bring your own device or use one of ours.

*New this year: 3rd graders may choose to join Lego Club OR Gaming Club.


Space is limited! Pre-registration is required. Register using the form below or by calling the library at 207-633-3112 and a staff member will help you sign up over the phone.

BHML Afterschool Clubs '23-'24

Join your friends at the library for an hour of LEGO, gaming or coding fun!

Club choice:(Required)
New: 3rd graders may choose to join LEGO club OR Gaming Club.
Photo Release(Required)
I give permission for my child’s name and/or photo to appear in library sponsored publications, library social media pages, newspaper articles, library website, and/or in other communications related to the mission of Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Homeschool Connection

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3rd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

With kids starting new grades and in some cases, families experiencing Homeschooling for the first time, this is a great opportunity to check-in with others and get some tips on what has worked for them. Keeping your child fully engaged and time management both seem to be issues that are regularly discussed.