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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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!
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Alan 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.