12/6: Tech Talk—I’ll Be On Zoom for the Holidays

I'll Be On Zoom...
Tuesday, December 6
1:00–2:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

Just in time for the holidays! In this workshop for tech users of all skill levels, we’ll learn all about video calling.

We’ll talk about the different video call apps available and discuss the pros and cons from each app. Then, we’ll practice making video calls and learn some of the special features of each app. We’ll go over pricing, free options and safety and security of video calling.

This free program is for all ages and levels of tech savviness.

Questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 or email our Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany at tech@bhmlnext100.org.

Best Halloween Parade Reboot Ever

Wow. Just wow. The Halloween Parade Reboot was spectacular; an example of community-wide collaboration at its finest. Starting in September with a call to Officer Larry Brown and then Jen, BHML Children’s Coordinator, going door to door to the downtown businesses to see who’s “in” for the parade, the event got its bones back after a two year pandemic pause.

With the downtown businesses excited for a reboot, we got even more excited to add in a trunk or treat section.  Our neighbor Bath Savings Bank enthusiastically agreed to turn over some parking spots. We hollered at a few organizations and businesses to if they’d like to participate: the American Legion Post 36 signed on, and First National Bank, Hannaford’s agreed, and Newcastle Reality came and brought Action for Animals into the fold, Sue Burge recruited Big Al, and Alyssa Allen looped in the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service. It was really something to see the chain reaction, very quickly the trunk-or-treat spots we’d planned for were filled!

And since the library closed on Mondays, why not haunt it? Jen and Bethany recruited LEGO and Gaming Clubbers to create dozens of Halloween decorations from bats to tombstones to weird little LEGO creatures. Girls Who Code club produced spooky animations that visitors could peer through a crack watch for a fright. At the library the weeks preceding the parade were messy with paint and cardboard from Halloween maker-space sessions. Harolyn and the volunteers could barely hear at the circulation desk over raucous sounds of the tasked young artists. I previewed a few scary animations by Girls Who Code members and then had to sleep with the light on.

On the morning of the parade, we decorated with props and items loaned from Slick’s Boutique, Bonnie Ginger, and Betsy Dunton, and all the Halloween maker-space decorations the clubbers produced. Abby Dunlap, Barbara Scorcia, and Elaine Ricci came to help us set up. At 2:30 Imij, Gretchen, and Chris Armstead swooped in for action.

For 3:00 we had Beetlejuice roaming the library and a creepy little bunny. Desiree Scorcia and Anna Rogers haunted the stacks as a soulless moaning remote worker and a dead fairy, respectively. The Children’s Room was festive, but sane, and Pam Utley read barely spooky stories to little ones and the fright-adverse. Lisa and Ben with the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce served cider on the lawn, and finally at 4:00 pm the parade began, led by Jen Betts and Meg Donaldson (or: a penguin and a unicorn).

The Boothbay Region Police Department kept the route safe. Townsend Avenue businesses from Two Salty Dogs down to First Methodist Church passed out a bazillion pieces of pieces of candy to a thousand costumed residents and visitors from neighboring towns. This was the biggest parade yet! A heartfelt thank you to all of those who made it happen, and to all those who came. It was quite a show! We can’t wait until next year.

Sincerely,

The Library

TL;DR
Thank you so much: Library Club Kids (you know who you are), Bath Savings Bank, American Legion, Action for Animals, Newcastle Realty, First National Bank, Hannafords, Big Al, Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce, Boothbay Region Police Department, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, Slick’s Boutique, Bonnie Ginger, Elaine Ricci, Abby Dunlap, Barbara & Desiree Scorcia, The Armstead Family, Anna Rogers, Betsy Dunton, Pam Utley, all of the downtown businesses and the paraders that make day!

Got pictures?! Tag us in in them @bbhlibrary on Facebook and Instagram!

11/5: Author Talk with Alan Derosby

Death & Mr. Foud Book Cover

Author talk with Alan Derosby

Death & Mr. Fould

Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm in the Great Room

Author Alan DarosbyAlan Derosby, a Maine native, will talk about his latest novel Death and Mr. Fould at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 5th at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Alan spent several years focusing on his passion: writing. He has created original spooky short stories, having The Ghost at Old Mill’s Pub and Windowsill published online and five in-print anthologies: Going Home, Full Moon, Kunk, Cries and Under the Bed. Six more short stories are to be published by the end of the year. He made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel awards with his young historical fiction novel Lost Souls of Purgatory. His debut novel, Man of Clay was released by Spellbound Books Publishing out of the UK in N

When not writing, Alan teaches history at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, spends time with his family, or watches the New York Mets push for a World Series run.

11/8: Tech Talk—Streaming Services

Tech Talk Streaming Services
Tuesday, November 8
1:00–2:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

Join us for our next Tech Talk with Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany.

We’ll talk all about the multitude of streaming service options you can use to watch your favorite movies and TV shows. We’ll discuss how to use the services on your TV and/or smart device and if your devices are optimal for streaming. Plus, we’ll talk about streaming bundles and free options for watching the shows and movies you love.

This program is for all ages and levels of tech savviness.

Questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 and ask for Bethany, or email her at tech@bhmlnext100.org.

Booktoberfest this Saturday!

Booktoberfest Simple Header
Saturday, October 15, 2022
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on the Library Lawn

The weather may look gloomy, but Booktoberfest is here to brighten up your weekend!

Featuring:

Used Book Sale

Pumpkin Bookstack

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.

Books and WheatBiergarten

Grab a pint of local craft beer or imbibe in some Maine apple cider. Brews are generously donated by our friends at Footbridge Brewery.

Goat on Book

Animal Friends from
Saffron & Honey Homestead

Visit with the critters of Saffron & Honey, an education homestead that focuses on raising awareness of heritage breed animals.

Join us for an

Early Bird Book Sale

Friday, October 14, 2022
2:00–4:00 p.m. on the Library Lawn
Cancelled due to forecasted inclement weather.
Join us on Saturday!

 

Booktoberfest is sponsored by:

Footbridge Brewery      Friends of the Library

10/20: Tech Talk—Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts
Thursday, October 20
1:00–2:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

Join us for our next Tech Talk with Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany.

We’ll discuss keyboard shortcuts (a.k.a. Hot Keys) and learn how to use them in everyday computer work to make typing, formatting documents and using computer programs easier and more efficient.

Bring your own laptop or use a keyboard supplied by the library to practice what we’ve learned.

This program is for all ages and levels of tech savviness.

Questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 and ask for Bethany, or email her at tech@bhmlnext100.org.

10/12: Halloween Maker Space

Bats

Halloween Maker Space

Three-week program:
Wednesdays, October 12, 19 & 26
3:00—4:00 p.m.
For students in grade 3 and up!

Get your creative juices flowing in this open Halloween-themed maker space for students in 3rd through 12th grade!

Design your dream costume and use upcycled materials to bring your ideas to life. Plus, help us design and create decorations to hang up at the library for Halloween.

Register in person or by calling the library at 207-633-3112.

Line of Pumpkins

10/15: Booktoberfest 2022

Booktoberfest Simple Header
Saturday, October 15, 2022
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on the Library Lawn

Join us for a super spectacular book sale extravaganza on the library lawn!

Featuring:

Used Book Sale

Pumpkin Bookstack

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.

Books and WheatBiergarten

Grab a pint of local craft beer or imbibe in some Maine apple cider. Brews are generously donated by our friends at Footbridge Brewery.

Goat on Book

Animal Friends from
Saffron & Honey Homestead

Visit with the critters of Saffron & Honey, an education homestead that focuses on raising awareness of heritage breed animals.

Join us for an

Early Bird Book Sale

Friday, October 14, 2022
2:00–4:00 p.m. on the Library Lawn

 

Booktoberfest is sponsored by:

Footbridge Brewery      Friends of the Library

10/1: Author Talk with Fred Hill

Beyond the Tides

Richard M. Hallet
Author Talk with Fred Hill

Beyond the Tides: Classic Tales of Richard M. Hallet

Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Great Room

Join author and editor Fred Hill for a celebration of Richard M. Hallet, author and first president of Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Fred Hill

Hallet, a long-time resident of Boothbay, passed up a career in law after graduation from Harvard Law School and became a popular writer in the first half of the 20th century often compared to Jack London and Joseph Conrad. His life of adventure and literary success turned on a decision to go to sea at 23 and trek across the wilds of Australia – leading to well-paid articles and a short story based on his work in the boiler room of a steamship.

Over his life, Hallet wrote many novels, an autobiography and more than 200 short stories that were published in the most widely read magazines of the day, including the Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s, Atlantic, Collier’s, etc.

The stories gathered here include vivid tales of the sea, both in the days of sail and in the midst of war, often built around ship-board tensions and tumult; and stories of Maine and New England and their small-town values and rivalries. His editorial campaign in the Portland Press Herald proved to be a key factor in establishment of the Maine Maritime Academy.

About the author:
Hill, a foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun and later wargaming strategist for the Department of State, will discuss Hallet’s remarkable life story, and read a few examples of Hallet’s writing, with time for questions and answers.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Sherman’s Bookstore.