Mango Languages – Ends August 30

Dear Users of Mango Languages,

BHML will discontinue Mango Languages on August 30, 2018.

The Maine State Library recently added Pronunciator Language Learning; which is an online language learning tool similar to Mango Languages.  Users can download the app, or take lessons from a laptop or desktop.

Where we have been subscribing to Mango with library funds, access to Pronunciator Language Learning is free. By discontinuing Mango, the Library is able to maximize its budget, and still provide free online access to language learning.  We hope the dedicated users of Mango Languages will understand!

If you need any assistance setting up your Pronunciator Language Learning account, please don’t hesitate to call or visit the Library.

Yours Sincerely,
Joanna Breen
Executive Director

7/25 Inner Peace as a Way of Life

Inner Peace as a Way of Life 
Discussion and Book Talk with Janet Kathleen Ettele
Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 PM

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Janet Ettele will be giving a combination book talk and discussion of methods to develop inner peace. She will tell the story of her journey into studying Buddhism, how she came to write books based on Shantideva’s teachings of The Six Perfections and about the every-day practicality of certain Buddhist principles. These principles include interdependence, impermanence, karma, compassion and equanimity.

By incorporating observable realities of daily life with mindfulness we can develop a more compassionate and peaceful way of life. Although her books are rooted in Buddhist teachings, this talk is intended to present its philosophies and wisdom through a lens that is applicable to anyone regardless of faith or tradition.

As a student of Buddhist dharma, Janet Ettele is inspired to bring its teachings into contemporary practice through her writing, her music, and mindfulness based coaching. Her work brings one of the world’s most profound teachings on compassion and wisdom into common language through the art of contemporary fiction, and by cultivating familiarity with the teaching, brings peace to readers, and thereby to others.

Janet Kathleen Ettele ( is the author of How Generosity Works, How the Root of Kindness Works, and How Patience Works; the first three books published by Karuna Publications from a series that is based on the teachings by the eighth century Buddhist monk, Master Shantideva. Known as The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, or The Six Perfections, his teachings are known as one of the most renowned texts in Buddhism. Her CD of Piano Mandalas is meditatively inspired piano music that is an accompaniment to her books.

Janet graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and worked in the entertainment industry prior to becoming a mother. In 2012 Janet served on the committee that brought the Dalai Lama to Danbury, CT where His Holiness gave two public talks at Western Connecticut State University. In 2017 she worked to help organize and then performed in the concert at Ridgefield Playhouse: Living Compassion, The Dalai Lama’s Life Story in Music, Words and Pictures that also featured Tencho Gyatso, the niece of the Dalai Lama, and Nawang Khechog a Grammy nominee and renowned Tibetan flutist.

7/11: Anger in Dante & Aquinas

Anger in Dante and St Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, July 11 4:00-6:00 PM

Join us for a talk by Dom Henry O’Shea that will examine the literary and philosophical treatment of anger in Dante’s Inferno and in the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. There will be time for questions.

Dom Henry O’Shea, OSB, is a Benedictine monk from Glenstal Abbey in Co., Limerick, Ireland, where he is Master of Studies and Archivist. Dom Henry has a degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, a License (M.A.) in Theology from Wuerzburg University in Germany, and a Ph.D. in German Literature from Trinity College.

7/14: Books in Boothbay

Original Books in Boothbay artwork by Thomas Block.

The 14th annual Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Boothbay Railway Village in scenic Boothbay, Maine. Dozens of authors from around the state will attend to sign their books, discuss their writing, and meet their fans.

2018 Attending Authors:
Anne Britting Oleson
Barbara Ross
Cheryl Blaydon
Christine Schutt
Elizabeth Garber
Estep Nagy
George Smith
Gillian French
Irene Drago
Jacob Appel
Jake Morrel
Jean Flahive
Jen Blood
Jessica Berger Gross
Joan Dempsey
Joey Kelley
John Branning
Joseph Rosenbloom
Julia M. O’Brien-Merrill
Kari Wagner-Peck
Kate Flora
Laurie Chandler
Lea Wait
Lisa Steele-Maley
Lynn Plourde
Mark Okrant
Mary Lawrence
Matt Lambros
Paul Doiron
Resolute Bear Press
Richard Cass
Robert Atkinson
Roger Guay
Ronni Arno Blaisdell
Sandra Neily
Shannon M. Parker
Thomas J. Torrington
Tom Huntington
Vaughan Hardacker
Wendy Ulmer

7/17: Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
11:00 AM – Noon
in the Children’s Room

Join us for a GIANT PUPPET show!

Lindsay’s highly interactive, comedic performances delight the young and the young at heart! These larger than life, hand crafted puppets charm even the most timid audience members and provide memorable characters for positive short stories and skits. Kids chatter about their favorite puppets and funny moments long after a show!

Space in the children’s room is limited, please come early to assure your space.

All Ages (especially ages 3-8!)

7/27: T.S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets

John Farrell, principal in Maine’s groundbreaking Figures of Speech Theatre, recites from memory Four Quartets, a suite of poems often considered T.S. Eliot’s greatest, at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Performer John Farrell

The performance will take place after hours in the Great Room on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, a ticket is required.

Tickets will be given out on a first-come first-served basis, admission is free, but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

Tickets will be released after the 4th of July.

This performance is a part of Figures of Speech Theatre’s 2018 Maine LibraryTour.  An informal conversation with John Farrell will follow. For more information, please call 633-3112.

First undertaken in 2011 with permission — rarely granted — from Eliot’s estate, Farrell’s recitation of Four Quartets affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in 1,000 lines of poetry exploring humankind’s relationship with time and with experience itself.  An unquestioned masterpiece of 20th-century literature, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is a complex, deeply moving meditation on time, memory, and human striving toward the divine.

Eliot completed Four Quartets in 1941, as Britain slid into the abyss of World War II, and he feared that civilization itself might perish in the coming years. Writing at the height of his artistic powers, Eliot packed into the suite of poems a summation of his views on poetry and art, on mystical experience, and on the never­ceasing search for the divine. The library tour’s first stop was at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth, Maine, for a standing­-room­-only audience. Mary Dowd, curator of Poetry at the Library, wrote: “John Farrell was our bridge to the infinitely rich world of Four Quartets, in a milestone performance that surpassed what I expected, or could even imagine.”

“Unlike encountering the poems in a book,” Farrell says, “hearing them recited out loud gives people a chance to absorb a complex and nuanced work in a very direct way. At the same time, I bring an actor’s sensibility to the text and a commitment to delivering the poems in a way that allows the poetry to speak for itself.” The tour of Four Quartets is generously supported by the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, in addition to an Arts & Humanities grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2011, with rarely granted permission of the Eliot Estate, John Farrell committed to memory the one-thousand lines of Eliot’s masterpiece and prepared them for performance. John’s recitation of Four Quartets affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in these gorgeous lines of poetry, spoken from memory, and renew their understanding of one the 20th century’s most exceptional poets.


Some commentaries on the poem:

8/4: Revolution of Her Own

Photo: Scot Langdon / SUN

Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:00 PM
Library Lawn


Judith Kalaora, Founder and Artistic Director of History At Play, has garnered nationwide attention for her one-woman, living history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society.  Her breakout performance in A REVOLUTION OF HER OWN!  has received accolades from journalists, actors, and historians alike and has earned national recognition, as the performance was an Official Selection of the United Solo Theatre Festival, performing on 42nd Street, New York City. Now, Deborah Sampson travels to Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library…

Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man’s world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. Without the ability to vote or to own property, Deborah knew her options were limited; breaking the rules may be necessary to accomplish a greater goal in life.

As a self-educated woman, Deborah was the only schoolmarm in Middleborough, Massachusetts; however, she felt a higher calling, as she heard news of the rebellion, while working in the local tavern. After ten years working as a farm hand, Deborah was strong and possessed the physical capabilities of her male counterparts. And then, on May 23, 1782, wearing an old soldier’s uniform, Deborah bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias “Robert Shurtlieff.”

Experience Deborah Sampson’s arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire. Deborah’s passion will take you back in time!

Suitable for all ages. Running Time: Approx. 60 minutes. 

8/17: Ragtime Jack

LIVE MUSIC: Friday, August 17
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Library Lawn

‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe has been performing for more than 45 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and harmonicas and has lately added the fiddle to his arsenal of musical weapons.

He was a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His major early musical partnership was with Georgia country blues guitarist and singer Larry Johnson, in 1968 -1970. His band ‘The New Viper Revue’ pushed the genre envelopes of blues, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz from 1972 -1976. Jack resumed his solo career in 1977, then teamed up with reed player Al Oliveira in 1983.

He retired from the music business, except for occasional local engagements, in 1987 to raise his sons. Now he’s back full-time in the music, directing Wepecket’s operations, producing other artists’ recordings and touring with the Rolling Roots Revue.

Jack was inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in August, 2014.

Fair Weather Films 2018

Join us for a “sit-in” movie on the library lawn. Bring a blanket or a camp chair, some snacks, and a friend to watch a film in the center of town!  Movies are screened in fair weather only!***

All movies start at 8:00 PM

Friday, July 06:  Raiders of the Lost Ark

Friday, July 13: What About Bob?

Friday, July 20: Jaws

Friday, August 3:  Mulan

Friday, August 10: I Know a Man…Ashley Byan

Friday, August 17: The Sting

Friday, August 24: TBD

***Weather cancellations are made by 4:00 PM on the day of the show, and will be based on the forecast by WCSH6

Storytime Picnics @ Harold Clifford Park


Harold Clifford Park Storytime Picnics

Thursdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Miss Harolyn, Children’s Librarian, for a lunchtime story at the park.  Enjoy your lunch and story!

6/28/18 Storytime Picnic

7/5/18 Storytime Picnic

7/12/18 Storytime Picnic

7/19/18 Storytime Picnic

7/26/18 Storytime Picnic

8/2/18 Storytime Picnic

8/9/18 Storytime Picnic

8/16/18 Storytime Picnic

8/23/18 Storytime Picnic

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use the mapping tool below to find a site near you.

Summer Meals Finder: