8/5: Fairweather Film

Fairweather Film

Friday, August 5
8:00 p.m.
on the Library Lawn

Bring your own snacks and lawn chairs for a free movie on the library lawn.

The final film of the summer will be…

🥁Drumroll, please🥁…

Gulliver’s TravelsGulliver's Travels

This original movie adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 adventure novel of the same name is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages.

Gulliver’s Travels (1939): Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefuscu spies manage to steal Gulliver’s pistol.

Fun fact: You may recognize some of the voices in the film from other roles; the voice of Gabby is provided by Pinto Colvig (a.k.a. the original voice of Goofy and Pluto) and Jack Mercer (better known as Popeye the Sailor and Felix the Cat) voices numerous characters in the film.

8/5: Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation Photo Show

The Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation Research Collection Photo Show

Friday, August 5Maritime Foundation
5:00—7:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

The collection is currently on display in the Great Room.

Boothbay’s rich fishing history is on display in an exhibit of historic and contemporary photographs at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. The exhibit is drawn from a research collection of fishing-related photographs from various organizations and community members and hosted in an online database. The Boothbay Regional Maritime Foundation (BRMF) was formed in 2018 to preserve working waterfront but also to educate the public on the region’s important maritime history. As part of this effort, the foundation has collaborated with the Boothbay Region Historical Society (BRHS) and the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) to build a research collection of photographs and make them available to the public. Photos from the Historical Society collection have been digitized as well as hundreds of photos and negatives from the Department of Marine Resources, historical photos from BHML and the Boothbay Register and many individuals.

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The Research Collection is an online archive of stunning photos that will give you a glimpse into the colorful maritime history of the Boothbay region. You will find photos of shrimping, herring and mackerel seining, pogy fishing, lobstering, Fishermen’s Festival, the Boothbay Harbor tuna tournament and more. There are photos of the fishing industries that long ago dominated the inner harbor and outlying areas and include canneries, smoke houses, cold storage facilities, sail makers’ lofts, boat shops, and fertilizer and fish oil factories. These photos document the lives and livelihoods of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

A selection of 22 photos will be sold by silent auction at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library exhibit. High resolution photo reprints in 16×20 frames and four 30×40 gator board prints are available. The photo show is sponsored by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

This is a community-sourced collection that relies on individuals and organizations from the Boothbay region for photos as well as background information. Photos and artifacts loaned for the project will be returned to their owners or may be donated to the Boothbay Region Historical Society or the Penobscot Marine Museum. Recent donations include 39 photos taken by Alden Stickney, a talented artist, avid photographer and scientist who worked at the Department of Marine Resources. The Stickney photos were donated by sons William Stickney and Christopher Stickney and include some amazing shots of local fishermen and fishing wharves.

BRMF is excited about this opportunity to work with PMM, BRHS and the community to preserve and provide access to photos that are of vital importance to the region’s culture and identity. This is a unique opportunity for people to share their photos while still maintaining ownership of them and for the community to work together to create a digital photo archive reflective of our way of life. This is an ongoing project and your donations or loans are welcome. Your personal memories and reflections are also appreciated and can be added to the photo records.

The Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization formed in 2018. Its mission is to preserve working waterfront and the maritime heritage of the Boothbay Region. Contact them at BRMaritimeFoundation@gmail.com. Click here for more information about their projects and programs. The Penobscot Marine Museum is located in Searsport and their online photo collections can be view online.

7/9: Books in Boothbay

Books in Boothbay 2022Books in Boothbay

Saturday, July 9, 2022
9:00 a.m.—noon and 1:00—4:00 p.m.
at the Boothbay Railway Village Museum

Books in Boothbay is back for its 18th year! With nearly 40 authors scheduled to appear, Maine’s largest and longest-running book fair will be split into two sessions. This event is FREE and open to readers of all ages.

Author Line-Up*

Morning Session 9:00am–12:00pm
Hilary Bartlett, Ellen Booream, David Brook, Sarah Carlson, Laurie Chandler, William Chanler, Katina Currin, Hillary Dow, Irene Drago, Gail Donnovan, Justine Dymond, Kate Flora, S.G. Grant, Kristy Lagaroos, Cynthia Langdon, Elizabeth Miller, Sandra Neily, Jim Nichols, Anne Britting Oleson, Maria Padian, Terri Blen Parker, Jule Selbo, David Sloan

Afternoon Session 1:00pm–4:00pm
Charlotte Agell, William Anthony, Danielle Bannister, Cheryl Blaydon, Rae Chalmers, Matt Cost, Ed Crockett, Charlene D’Avanzo, Luca DiMatteo, Jennifer Dupree, Carol Ekster, Tory Gates, Vaughn Hardacker, Julie Lane, Lincoln County Historical Society, BJ Mangnani, S. Lee Manning, Len Mattano, Shawn McCarthy, Hunter Nichols, Lynne Schmidt, Robert Spencer, Kevin St. Jarre, Alexandra Thompson

*Author line-up subject to change

A portion of the proceeds of sales from this event will benefit Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Boothbay Railway Village.

Visit the Books in Boothbay website to get more detailed information about the authors set to appear or follow their Facebook page for up-to-date information about the authors and the event.

7/16: Author Talk with Matt Cost

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Author talk with
Matt Cost

Mouse Trap: A fictional Boothbay Harbor mystery

Saturday, July 16 at 1:00pm on the library lawn

Join us on the library lawn to hear Maine author Matt Cost discuss the latest book in his Clay Wolfe/Port Essex series.

Mouse Trap book description: When Clay Wolfe is hired to find who tried to steal a mouse, he thought it was akin to a fireman getting a cat out of a tree. It wasn’t.

“Sometimes bad genes need to be stamped out and good ones need to be fostered,” Bridget Engel said. “There’s really no difference between mice and human beings when it comes to genes.” She wore a gray suit, and her blond hair was cut short in the style that Hillary Clinton had made popular.

When Clay Wolfe rekindles an old romance, the summer is looking bright. It wasn’t.

He woke in the middle of the night, gathered his things, and slipped away. After Clay left, Victoria rose from the bed and went into the bathroom, carefully removed the condom from the Kleenex it was wrapped in and put it in a plastic baggie.

Who is the mysterious man who clubs Westy with a hammer and threatens the life of everybody Clay Wolfe holds dear?

Now, Clive Miller was a fixer. He took care of problems that arose. Once given a task, his hands weren’t tied, and he was well-paid for his troubles. There were two simple rules. Eliminate the problem. Don’t draw attention.


Matt Cost

Matt Cost was a history major at Trinity College. He owned a mystery bookstore, a video store, and a gym, before serving a ten-year sentence as a junior high school teacher. In 2014 he was released and began writing. And that’s what he does. He writes histories and mysteries.

Cost now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A chocolate Lab and a basset hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer, writing.

7/1: Fairweather Film

Fairweather Film

Friday, July 1
8:00 p.m.
on the Library Lawn

Bring your own snacks and lawn chairs for a free movie on the library lawn.

The first movie of the summer will be…

🥁Drumroll, please🥁…

Battling Butler!Battling Butler

In honor of the library’s 98th birthday this year, we’ve chosen a movie that’s almost as old as BHML! This silent film will have you in stitches with classic scenes from one of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the era, Buster Keaton.

As an added bonus, this film features written text in lieu of a spoken script, so it’s essentially reading, which is very on brand!

Battling Butler (1926): Meek millionaire Alfred Butler goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant. Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming mountain girl, who wants nothing to do with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred masquerades as boxing star “Battling” Butler.

6/23: In the Garden—Composting 101


In the Garden Composting

Thursday, June 23
10:00—11:00 a.m.
on the library lawn

Join Maine Master Gardener Lucian Laurie in the BHML Community Garden for a summer series on all things gardening!

During this program, he’ll go over the basics of composting and setting up your own home composting system.

This free program is open to everyone! In the event of inclement, the program will meet in the Great Room.

6/28: Windjammers for Wee Mateys!

Windjammers for Wee Mateys!Lighthouse Book

Tuesday, June 28
10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
on the Library Lawn

Yo Ho, Wee Mateys!

Drop yer anchor on the library lawn for an afternoon of pirate stories and mermaid tales. Get yer arm inked in our (temporary) tattoo parlor and grab some pirate-y accessories to wear for our pirate-themed story time

We’ll have bubbles and sidewalk chalk and plenty of books to read. Plus, sign up for Summer Reading and start earning reading prizes and raffle tickets!

This FREE event is part of Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days.

6/17: Summer Reading Kick-Off!

Summer Reading Kick-Off!Jellyfish reader

Friday, June 17
10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
on the Library Lawn

Start your Summer Reading adventure with a special party at BHML!

Sign up for your Reading Passport and help us make ocean animal decorations for the Kids’ Room. Eat special ocean-themed treats, enter to win fun raffle prizes, and play some giant yard games. Plus, check out the prizes you can enter to win with your Summer Reading prize tickets.

We’ll have bubbles blowing, sidewalks ready decorate with your chalk creativity, and plenty of books to read.

Bring your friends…this party is free and open to everyone (grown-ups, too)!

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