While the Library building is closed, library staff is still here to serve you.
Email us at bbhlibrary@bmpl.lib.me.us or call 207-633-3112.

Curbside Pickup Service scheduled to launch June 2...Details below!

BHML Curbside Pickup Service Scheduled to Begin June 2

What a long strange trip it’s been…and will continue to be!

Since the statewide closures, BHML has connected patrons to digital books and content, collected dozens of poems by local poets through the POETRY NOW project, shared virtual storytimes and remote reference; now, BHML is excited to reconnect patrons with the library’s *physical* collection.

Beginning June 2, we will offer curbside pickup service. Library members will be able to request Boothbay Harbor Library-owned materials using the online catalog (or by phone/email) and we will pack them up for you and arrange a pick up time.

Providing this service in the safest possible way while adhering to state and CDC guidelines is our number one priority. Your cooperation and understanding are essential as we navigate this new lending model! Patrons are welcome to start browsing the online catalog and placing requests now, however we won’t begin scheduling pickup times until June arrives.

From everyone at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library: we hope all is well with you and yours. We can’t wait to see (the top of) people’s faces again!

Happy Spring,

Joanna M. Breen, Executive Director

Curbside Pickup Service By Appointment, Beginning June 2

Here’s How…It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1) Request your items. *Items must be available at BHML. Help us preserve PPE and bagging materials: please request multiple items at a time and limit trips.

2) BHML staff will call you to schedule your pickup within two business days of your requests (beginning June 2).

3) Arrive at BHML at your appointed time to pick up your items. We ask that patrons please note signage and follow all instructions. Social distancing and masks required.

Learn more about how to request BHML owned items.


Please note, appointments and pickups will not begin to be scheduled until June 2.

Q: When can I pick up my items?

A: BHML staff will call you to schedule a pickup time. Unfortunately, no walk-up or unscheduled contact is allowed at this time. All items must be pre-requested. Pickup times will be offered on the following days and hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: Noon – 2:00 PM AND 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – Noon

Q: How long will it take to get my items?

A: BHML staff run a pull list every morning. We will contact you within 2 business days of your request for items to schedule a pickup time.

Q: How do I know if BHML owns the item(s) I want?

A: Start your search in the Minerva Catalog using this link https://minerva.maine.edu/search~S8 to pre-limit the search to BHML materials. Or, use these instructions to limit your online search to BHML materials: https://bbhlibrary.org/how-to-request-items-using-the-minerva-catalog/. If you have trouble, feel free to reach out!

Q: Can I order books from other libraries?

A: Not at this time. Currently, requests can be made on BHML owned materials only. BHML always wants to hear your suggestions for future purchases: https://bbhlibrary.org/services/suggest-a-purchase/

Q: How many items can I request?

A: For now, 10 items total (including max of 7 DVDs and 7 audiobooks)

Q: What if I can’t pick up my items at my scheduled time?

A: Let us know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule your pickup time. Please do not just drop by. If you have not made contact in the 1 week following your missed appointment, we will re-shelve your items. We are not allowing unscheduled pickups.

Q: I don’t have a library card, how do I get one?

A: We are happy to mail you a library card. Please fill out the form at: https://bbhlibrary.org/library-card-registration-form/ or call 207-633-3112.

Q: Is curbside service going to be available all summer?

A: Yes, unless federal, state, or local guidelines change or there is a surge in Covid-19 cases in the State of Maine. If necessary to keep everyone safe, closing the library at any time is at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Q: What safety measures are in place?

A: For curbside service the BHML staff will be following the CDC guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks and gloves while preparing your items for pick-up. All items will be packed into clean bags and marked with the name of the person picking up, with social distance procedures and signage directing pickup. Cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be strictly adhered to. All returned items will be quarantined for a minimum 7 days. We ask that you help us too, by wearing masks, staying in your car until you are waived on to get your bag of items, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing at all times between other people.



Special thanks to the following organizations and businesses for helping us with the supplies necessary to lend library materials as safely as possible!

VirtuallyYours: Storytimes!

Missing storytime?  Us, too! While we’re apart check out this little list of places on the web where you can go for an online storytime!  (Grownups, there’s even one for you!)  Keep an eye on bbhlibrary.org/online-storytimes where we will keep and grow this list.

Miss Harolyn

  • Author Chris Van Dusen reads his books! Watch him on Facebook or YouTube.

  • Rockport Public Library is posting storytimes on their website ; watch Mr. Ben read some of his favorites.

  • The Brooklyn Public Library is taking its storytimes online! Watch ’em live via their website and Facebook.

  • HarperKids from Home: the team at HarperKids will hold a storytime with read-alouds and activities, pure entertainment every day at noon. Via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube every weekday at noon.

  • Storyline Online is an award-winning, interactive children’s literacy site that features famous actors like Kevin Costner, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria, and others reading children’s books alongside minor animation elements.

Storytime Hashtags to follow on Instagram!

And for the grownups….Check out this Podcast LeVar Burton Reads “The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story.”

VirtuallyYours: Newspapers – State, National, & Worldwide

The Boothbay Register keeps us up to date with important state and local information–everything you need to know about news in the Boothbay Region.

The Digital Maine Library connects you to thousands of newspaper publications to keep you connected to the nation and the globe.  You don’t need a library card to access these resources, all you need to be is in the State of Maine.

BHML staff is monitoring phone and email messages Monday – Friday.  If you need help accessing any of the following sites, call the library at 207-633-3112, or email bbhlibrary@bmpl.lib.me.us

  • Wall Street Journal (ProQuest) A daily business and financial newspaper with high marks for factual reporting. It has a focus upon business and economy but often reports on related topics in politics, arts and world events.
  • Maine News (ProQuest)  Search through the Bangor Daily News, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, Maine Times, Portland Press Herald and Sun Journal dating back to 1980.
  • Newsstand (Gale) A full-text newspaper resource searchable by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. Access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • US Newsstream (ProQuest) US Newsstream provides access to the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.



VirtuallyYours: Ebooks & Audiobooks – No Library Card Required

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Features: K-6 Children’s Ebooks; Grades 7-12 Ebooks; All Ages Audiobooks; and Romance Novels.

*If you’re reading this on the Boothbay Register, visit: https://bbhlibrary.org/2020tumblebooks/ to access the materials. 

K-6: Children’s Ebooks

TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

K-6: Math Ebooks

TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere- all in our world famous TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.  The books are all accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans, educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress. TumbleMath is your one stop destination for engaging and entertaining math stories; educators have long known that one of the most effective ways to teach math concepts, especially to reluctant learners, is by using stories and literature!

Grades 7-12: Ebooks

Teen Book Cloud features over 1,000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more! The site supports a wide range of readers’ interests and levels. We’ve partnered with Orca Books and Saddleback books to bring you hundreds of High-Interest/Low-Level content. In addition, our new AP English section makes hundreds of curriculum books available to readers at the click of a button.

All Ages: Audiobook Database

AudioBookCloud features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more! The audio books are always available; there are no special programs to install, or files to download. The site’s also completely mobile compatible, and the audio books can be streamed directly to whichever device you wish to use.

A collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!



These digital services are brought you for FREE from the folks at Tumblebooks. 

Thanks, Tumblebooks!

BHML Closed in Response to COVID-19

March 31, 2020


Please see Governor Mills “Stay Healthy at Home” Mandate

Call us at 207-633-3112

Or email us

Patron Accounts: bbhcirc@bmpl.lib.me.us

General inquiries: bbhlibrary@bmpl.lib.me.us

Email – Joanna M. Breen, Executive Director
Email – Desirée Scorcia, Assistant Director: Nonprofit & Community Engagement
Email – Harolyn Hylton, Public Services/Children’s Librarian
Email – Meg Donaldson, Circulation Coordinator

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet for the Boothbay Region

For the latest information on coronavirus in Maine, visit the Maine CDC website.

If you think you might have coronavirus, both Lincoln Health and the Boothbay Region Health Center ask that you call first before coming in.

From the Maine CDC:

“”The risk to the public remains low, but we must prepare for the potential spread of coronavirus,” said Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine CDC. “As we focus on the health of the public, we urge Maine people to take care of their personal health. Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and practice good hygiene. Healthy habits save lives.”

The best thing that Maine people can do to protect their health is to take the same preventive measures that help to avoid catching a cold: Wash your hands often. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you are sick.”

For more information, check out the Johns Hopkins website, or the WHO’s Coronavirus Mythbuster site.

3/12-26: Memoir Writing Workshop

**PROGRAM CANCELLED. Will reschedule for another date!**

Thursdays from 1- 3:30 p.m. March 12, 19 and 26

Workshop enrollment is limited to 10. To sign up, call the Library at 633-3112 or send an email to director@bbhlibrary.org. There is no charge for the workshop.

During three Thursday afternoons in March, people who would like to capture, in writing, a story from their life can take part in a workshop at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML), 4 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor,  led by Barbara Burt, founder of From Memories to Memoir.

The workshop will consist of three sessions on consecutive Thursdays from 1- 3:30 p.m. March 12, 19 and 26. During the three sessions, each participant will work on completing a story about one particular happening from their life. There will be time to write during the sessions, but participants will also be encouraged to continue their working on their projects between sessions. Sharing written work, learning by hearing others’ stories, and receiving helpful feedback are all part of the workshop, as are a variety of creativity exercises and other games used to elicit detailed memories.

“We all have a life full of stories, but sometimes we don’t recognize the importance of our own,” explained Burt. “I firmly believe that everyone is a writer. If you can speak, you can tell a story. And your stories, which you may think are mundane, are fascinating to others.”

Burt says that personal narrative, while specific to the teller, often has universal appeal. Her goal as workshop leader and writing coach is to help writers—no matter their level of experience—to shape and polish their stories for others to enjoy.

“Memoir writing isn’t autobiography, it’s about finding those slices of life that illuminate an important relationship or event in one’s life,” says Burt. “Often we learn something surprising about our life in the course of writing about it.” The stories that come out of the workshop may be written for personal satisfaction, given to family members or friends as a sort of history, or offered for publication. No writing experience is necessary. (For more information on the philosophy behind the workshop, visit memories2memoir.com.)


3/17-21: Amateur Radio Bicentennial Kickoff

It’s not every day that a public library transforms into a radio station.

But that’s just what’s going to happen at BHML when ham radio operator and library friend Al Sirois sets up a portable station W1L (whiskey 1 lima) in the Great Room and an antenna on the lawn as part of the Amateur Radio Relay League’s Maine Bicentennial Special Event. 

On Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., patrons of all ages will be able to initiate and receive calls to and from amateur radio operators all over the world. 

The ARRL’s Maine Bicentennial Special Event will involve eleven other special event call signs in both Maine and Massachusetts. Each represents one of Maine’s nine original counties, plus three special locations that have historical significance. These include the city of Boston (K1B), which was the capital of the District of Maine while it was still part of Massachusetts; Jameson Tavern in Freeport (K1J), where the papers were signed that separated Maine from Massachusetts; and the town of Portland (K1P), which was Maine’s first capital. The original nine counties will be represented by the following call signs during the event: Cumberland (W1C), Hancock (W1H), Kennebec (W1K), Lincoln (W1L), Oxford (W1O), Penobscot (W1P), Somerset (W1S), Washington (W1W), and York (W1Y). 

Certificates will be awarded to hams who contact special event stations, with endorsements available for bands, modes, and a clean sweep for contacts with each of the Maine 200 Special Event call signs.

Please visit: https://maine200specialevent.com/ for more information and announcements leading up to this special on-air activity.

3/24: Author Talk: Bruce Robert Coffin

**PROGRAM CANCELLED. Will reschedule for another date!**

Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 PM

Join us for a book talk and signing with mystery author Bruce Robert Coffin.

A former detective sergeant with nearly thirty years in law enforcement, Bruce is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron Mystery Series. Winner of Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion for Best Procedural, Bruce’s third novel, Beyond the Truth, was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Contemporary Mystery and Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies including 2016 Best American Mystery Stories.

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