8/22: Lecture | Rare Books with Ken Gloss

Thursday, August 22, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Join Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, for a discussion about the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

Career Support with New Ventures

Work! A simple fact of life. Join us at BHML to gain skills and explore ways to customize and pursue the work that’s right for you. Brought to you in partnership with New Ventures Maine.


Exploring Careers
Thursday, May 23, 10 AM -12:30 PM
Identify your career interest code and learn how to search for occupations, discover wage information, and find the needed training. Make a plan for your next steps.


Putting Your Personality to Work
Thursday, June 6, 10 AM-12:30 PM
You will discover your unique personality style and consider how to find the work environment that fits your natural strengths and style. Learn how to move up in your current job or find new employment.


Finding Your Best Job
Wednesday, June 19, 4:30-6:30 PM
Learn how to search for a job, write a winning resume, and prepare for the interview.

All classes will be held in the community room of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, 04538

Register with this link or contact the library to sign up:

Register: https://forms.gle/y9gsZmPfLiwaGwQRA

5/22/19: Author Talk | Peace Works

Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 PM

>Reserve the Book<

Join us in the Great Room for a conversation with Frederick D. Barton author of Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.  The conversation will be facilitated by Bill Hammond, local foreign policy enthusiast and indispensable Used Book Store volunteer.

Copies of the book will be on sale and light refreshments will be served.

About the author:

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a diplomat, foreign policy expert, and State Department advisor, Rick Barton grapples with the fact that the U.S. is strategically positioned and morally obligated to defuse international conflicts, but often inadvertently escalates conflicts instead. Guided by the need to find solutions that will yield tangible results, Barton does a deep analysis of our last several interventions and discusses why they failed and how they could have succeeded. He outlines a few key directives in his foreign policy strategy: remain transparent with the American public, act as a catalyzing (not colonizing!) force, and engage local partners. But above all else, he insists that the U.S. must maintain a focus on people. Since a country’s greatest resource is often the ingenuity of its local citizens, it is counterproductive to ignore them while planning an intervention. By anchoring each chapter to a story from a specific conflict zone, Barton is able to discuss opportunities pursued and missed, areas for improvement, and policy recommendations. This balance between storytelling and concrete policy suggestions both humanizes distant stories of foreign crises, and provides going-forward solutions for desperate situations. The book begins and ends in Syria – the ultimate failure of our current approach to foreign policy, and with devastating consequences

5/29/19: Author Talk | Brian Daniels

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 PM

Meet author Brian Daniels and hear excerpts from his new book “It Seemed Like A Compliment to Me.” Enjoy a few laughs, and maybe even a few songs.

About the author:

Brian Daniels is an avid outdoorsman, a newspaper columnist, novelist, musician, and songwriter. Many of his songs, including four title tracks, have been recorded by eight different artists. His first novel, Luke’s Dream, was released in January, 2011. He has, for several years, written a humorous column, Thoughts of an Average Joe by Joe Wright (Thoughts of an Average Brian just doesn’t have the same ring), which is featured in newspapers throughout northern New England. Since 1984, he has practiced optometry in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Laurene. 

Author Brian Daniels

About the book:

Average Joe Wright is back! Joe, still an average middle-aged, thick-around-the-middle man living in Smalltown USA is also still hopelessly clinging to the twentieth century. The modern world just confuses and frustrates him, prompting him to offer his hilarious takes and wry observations on just what is wrong with it all. In this second book, Joe, the alter ego of author Brian Daniels, offers more thoughts about the many issues that interest, confuse, or irritate him, including: winter driving, festival season, barbershops, GPS navigation and complicated gadgets. Maybe you’ll agree with some of his thoughts. If not, he’ll be quick to tell you . . . well . . . you are just wrong.



April Break

Take it easy during April break and come hang out in the Children’s Room for drop-in Lego building.  We’ll have of all the snacks, Legos, books, and bean bag chairs one could ever want during a vacation!  Parade in on Wednesday in your PJs for a special movie night!

Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19
Noon-4:00 PM: Drop-in Lego Building

Wednesday, April 17, 5:00 PM
PJ Storytime will replaced with PJ Movie Time.  Join us to watch BERNIE THE DOLPHIN!

PLUS Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM is the Third Annual Earth Day Fest!

Jazz Sponsors

Thank you for choosing to sponsor BHML and BSSC’s weekend of jazz in support of our organizations’ youth programs!  It is through business and individual donor support that we are able to continue offer vibrant and diverse opportunities for children and youth in the Boothbay Region…We thank you.

Help! Mission Statement Update

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb.

“It takes a village to define a library” is something BHML’s executive director likes to say.

Over the next few weeks we are going to gather your responses. Then we will mash ’em up and boil ’em down, and write a new, brief, mission statement.  Leftovers may be found in other forthcoming statements, like our vision and values, in pamphlets, posters etc.

We are here because of you, and for you! Thank you for your help.

Click here if you’d like to read our current mission statement.

Earth Day Fest III

3nd Annual Earth Day Fest! Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Library Lawn (rain or shine!)

Featuring the  Chewonki BUG MOBILE at 11:00 AM
Is a bug an insect? Is a spider a bug? Chewonki’s “Bugmobile” transports the world of arthropods—insects and their relatives—right to BHML. Learn about the unique characteristics of four major groups of arthropods. The live “bug” species will introduce you to some of the fascinating adaptations essential for survival, such as mimicry, camouflage, armor, and the use of venom.

Family Yoga with Crow Point: 12:00 Noon

Learn, craft & celebrate the earth with our Co-Sponsors 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:

Bigelow Labs
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Boothbay Region Refuse Disposal District
Boothbay Sea & Science Center
Boothbay Region Water District

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay Harbor Sewer District
Crow Point Yoga
Lincoln County Gleaners
Plastic-Free Peninsula

Crow Point Yoga
Join certified instructors from Crow Point Yoga at 12:00 Noon for family yoga in the Community Room. Tree pose anyone?

Bigelow Laboratory
How do deep-sea microbes affect the planet? Stop by and visit Dr. Anne Booker, a microbiologist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences who studies the microbes that live deep within the ocean and how they influence ocean health. Bigelow Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit research institute located on the Damariscotta River estuary in East Boothbay. Our research ranges from the microscopic life at the bottom of marine food webs to large-scale ocean processes that affect the entire globe.

Boothbay Sea and Science Center
Whose Trash Is This?: The Boothbay Region concerns itself with the integrity of its natural resources and depends upon future generations to understand and appreciate the impact that they have on its viability and sustainability.
One of the goals at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) is to encourage the responsible use and long-term stewardship of the ocean and its resources by cultivating a greater understanding and appreciation of the coastal environment and maritime history. BSSC invites one and all to join them in “up-cycling” cups, lids, bowls, etc. into unique and fun works of art!

Boothbay Region Land Trust
Get information about the Boothbay Region preserves and learn about our flora and fauna. See and touch pelts, bones, seeds, cones, rocks, and other natural objects from our region.

Lincoln County Gleaners
Come and learn about how the gleaners are recovering produce from local farms in Lincoln County to help feed hungry people, and find out how you can become a volunteer. Sample a snack made from gleaned food.

Boothbay Region Water District
Adams Pond and Knickerbocker Lake are the public water supplies for the Boothbay Region. What happens in their watersheds – the area of land that drains to the lakes – affects the quality of our drinking water. The Water District will have a watershed model to explore and show the effects of stormwater pollution and runoff on water quality, as well as information on ways to protect all water bodies.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Come and learn all about seeds from CMBG as we dissect a bean and make seed pod prints in clay.

3/26/19: Parade Route Convo

When we’re not parading, we’re planning!

Tuesday, March 2611:00am – 12:00pm

Please join library staff and Officer Larry Brown for a discussion about the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

We will discuss both past routes and potential routes in an effort to make sure the event is as safe and sweet as possible.

*Who should come?*
Business owners, community groups, or parents/caregivers with questions, concerns, or praise for the past parade route, or ideas for new routes.

RSVPs appreciated, please email Desiree: desiree@bbhlibrary.org.

3/23/19: Meet Your Rep.

10:30 – Noon
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Great Room

“Conversations with Holly”

Join Maine State Representative Holly Stover (House District 89) for informal and informative conversation in the Library Great Room.  Drop in to learn about Holly’s goals and activities during her first few months in the Maine House, and share your ideas with her.

All members of the community are welcome; refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Holly Stover, holly.stover@maine.legislature.gov.

Read more about Stover »

This event is sponsored by the officers of the Democratic Committees of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and Southport.