BHML is Curbside/Window Service Only.
Call 207-633-3112 when you arrive or go directly to the window by the book drop.

5/1: Author Talk: Peter Ilgenfritz “Testing the Wind”

Testing the Wind book cover

Author Talk: Peter Ilgenfritz “Testing the Wind”

Saturday, May 1 at 10:00am via Zoom

Join BHML for our next virtual Author Talk featuring local author (and BHML patron!) Peter Ilgenfritz. He will discuss his new book, Testing the Wind (published April 14).

Peter Ilgenfritz Peter is a pastor, life coach and published author. He is currently the interim pastor at Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor.




This author talk is FREE and open to the public. Register for the event»

Book description: There are journeys in life we would never choose to take, but we do so anyway, because we know that our lives depend on our taking them. In a tippy little boat, on a tiny lake in downtown Seattle, I learned to sail. I discovered a practice that helped me let go of the life I had and discover a new life I’d never imagined. Along the way, I crashed into waves of grief and despair but did not drown. I was tossed by anxiety but did not die. Instead, I discovered parts of myself I’d never dared to embrace. Eventually, I learned what was on the other side of letting go

4/25: Midcoast Literacy Reader’s Theatre

Midcoast Literacy Reader’s Theater

Sunday, April 25 at 4:00pm via Zoom

Get ready to enjoy storybooks in a whole new way! Midcoast Literacy is putting on its second FREE, live Readers Theater production. It will feature local, professional actors reading Doctor DeSoto by William Steig and Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems. Due to COVID restrictions, the event will be held over Zoom. Viewers will need an online performance link which you can get by going to or by contacting Midcoast Literacy at  

The event will feature actors performing all the parts in the two books over Zoom, using fun voices and entertaining expressions to immerse the audience in two classic children’s stories. In Doctor DeSoto, a mouse dentist and his wife agree to treat a dangerous fox with a toothache—but can they trick him into not eating them once the ache has been cured? In Today I Will Fly!, Piggie tells her best friend Gerald the Elephant that she’s going to fly, only to be met by his skepticism, until she gets some unexpected and hilarious help with her dream.

Donations will be accepted to support Midcoast Literacy’s Read Together program which provides free, one-on-one tutoring for students ages 6-14 who are reading below grade level. To RSVP for this one-time-only show, you must register in advance through 

Midcoast Literacy is a non-profit organization based in Bath that has been providing free literacy programs to people of all ages in Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and northern Cumberland counties for 50 years. Through a wide range of Family Literacy and Adult Literacy programs, the dedicated staff and volunteers strive to help children and adults develop their literacy skills, so they can succeed through all stages of life.  

4/30: Grow with Google

Grow with Google: Reach Customers Online with Google

Friday, April 30, Noon to 1:00 PM online by virtual webinar

BHML is partnering with Grow with Google to help our community learn digital skills!

Join our presenter, Sixcia Devine, in learning how you can use Google tools to help increase your business’s visibility online.

This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve your website’s visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more.

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google

RSVP for this FREE workshop

4/14: MOBA: Dopplehangers

Museum of Bad Art: Dopplehangers

Museum of Bad Art: Dopplehangers

Wednesday, April 14 at 6pm via Zoom

Join us for an evening filled with laughter and art!

Michael Frank, curator of the Museum of Bad Art, will present this virtual exhibit through Zoom and in collaboration with 7 regional libraries (Boothbay Harbor Library, Gibbs Library, Hope Library, Liberty Library, Vose Library, and Waldoboro Library).

This event is FREE and takes place virtually via Zoom. Please email prior to 3pm on the day of the event to register.

For more information, call the Vose Library at 207-785-4733.

4/24: Earth Day Fest 2021

Earth Day Fest

Don your most earth-friendly mask and join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun on the library lawn!

Earth Day Fest

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10a.m. til 1p.m.

Browse through our used books sale, grab a take-home art project and join our co-sponsors for information about their organizations and activities.

There will be plenty of space to socially distance, but for Earth Day Fest, we’ll call it fresh air space! Prizes for best earth-themed face masks.

We will be joined by co-sponsors Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Lincoln County Gleaners, Maine Community Solar, Merrymeeting Audubon, The Maine Monitor and Plastic Free Peninsula.

Please note there is no rain date for this event. We will post any severe weather-related updates through our Facebook page and on this event page.



3/31 & 4/7: Wall Street Smarts: An Introduction to Wise Investing

Join BHML for this two-part series as Marta Haydym, AAMS®, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, leads us through the recent erratic behavior of the stock market and helps guide us through responsible investing for first-time investors. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wall Street Smarts: An Introduction to Wise Investing

Wednesdays, March 31 & April 7, 2021
5 p.m. via Zoom

Part 1
GameStop, Robinhood, & Reddit: A Market Volatility Story

Register for Part 1!

Part 2
Investing 101: Getting Started on Your Financial Future

Register for Part 2!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. We will send a reminder email the day before each event, which will have your link to join the Zoom meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Marta Haydym

Meet Marta!

While I was not born in this magnificent state, I consider myself a Mainer. My family and I are originally from Ukraine, so I am fortunate enough to speak Ukrainian, Russian and English. My passions in life include rescue dogs, baking and helping people get to where they want to be financially. Everyday, I strive to make a positive impact in my clients financial wellbeing using Edward Jones’s expansive resources.

The financial world can be intimidating and confusing. At Edward Jones, we pride ourselves on using our established process to work one-on-one with our clients to educate them and help them feel more informed as well as in-control of their finances. In our branch, we utilize the cognitive-behavioral approach. That means that we realize that your values, attitudes, and beliefs are important and look for ways to incorporate them into your investments. We also aim to educate so that we can work together to replace negative beliefs around finance with positive attitudes. Whatever your needs may be, let us create a unique solution to put your mind at ease.

Are you especially interested in sustainable investing? Let’s talk.

Black History Month

Any time is the right time to celebrate Black voices and their prolific role in American culture! We’re going to take the opportunity for a look back at all of the amazing authors BHML highlighted for Black History Month. Don’t see one of your favorite authors? Let us know by suggesting a purchase.

…And, here are a few lists of even more authors you can read: O Magazine, Penguin Random House, Essence, PBS, BET, Biography, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Book Riot, NBC News.

Happy Reading!

Angie Thomas Michelle Alexander Colson Whitehead James McBride Jacqueline Woodson Jesmyn Ward Maya Angelou Langston Hughes Ashley Bryan Alice Walker Brit Bennett James Baldwin Mildred D Taylor Toni Morrison Tomi Adeyemi Carole Boston Weatherford Nikki Grimes Ta-Nehisi Coates Isabel Wilkerson Jason Reynolds N.K. Jemisin 

A Valentine for Book Lovers

Ahh, Valentine’s Day, a day to express love.  Grab a blanket, grab a book, and enjoy the cerebral embrace of literature.

Don’t love digital?
Check out this selection of titles where we cast a wider net on the theme!




Happy Valentine’s Day from BHML <3

Library of Things

Welcome to the Library of Things!

In addition to books, DVDs and audiobooks, BHML now offers a cornucopia of “Things” for you to borrow–from laptops to Kindles to telescopes and games. You can check out any “Thing” the same way you check out a book.

Need a VHS player to watch an old tape? Want to borrow a Kindle for your trip instead of lugging 10 books? Have company coming and want a game on hand?  Grandkids need some entertainment?  BHML has got you covered!

Below is the beginning of BHML’s Library of Things. You will need your library card to request and pick up these “Things” and a few “Things” require you to sign a borrowing agreement. If you have a suggestions for some “Thing” you’d rather borrow than buy, let us know!


Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire 7
VHS/DVD Player (call for availability)





GoPro Selfie Mount
GoPro Selfie Mount
GoPro Head Mount
GoPro Head Mount
GoPro Chest Mount
GoPro Chest Mount
GoPro Dog Mount
GoPro Dog Mount
Zoom Audio Recorder
Zoom Audio Recorder
Travel Scope
Travel Scope









Learn & Play

Chess Set
Chess Sets
Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples card game







Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Yellow
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Yellow — ABCs
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Red
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Red — 123s
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Purple
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Purple — Colors
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Blue
Early Childhood Literacy Backpack Blue — Shapes










Items from the Library of Things have varying check-out periods, so make sure to keep track of your item’s due date! And remember, all “Things” must be returned in person to BHML staff member–NO using the bookdrop!

Want to see more in our Library of Things? Email us with your suggestions:

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

The MaineHealth Vaccine Clinic site at the Boothbay Region YMCA. The clinic is open by appointment only. Please see detailed information on the State of Maine website to sign up for an appointment.

Not sure where you fall in line for the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Please note, this information is provided from by the State of Maine Governor’s Office. BHML cannot provide additional information about the vaccine not listed here or provided through the links below. Please consult your health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine.

Covid-19 Vaccination in Maine

Vaccine Facts from the CDC

State of Maine Vaccine FAQ page

Maine Vaccine Updates

Covid-19 Vaccination Sites

The information below is current as of January 26, 2021 from the State of Maine Governor’s Office, visit for the most up-to-date information:

Maine residents age 70 and older are now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 as part of Phase 1b.

If you are age 70 or over, you may hear directly from your health care provider about getting a vaccine, or you may contact the locations below for an appointment. All sites require an appointment.

Please note:

  • Because Maine’s supply of vaccine is limited, appointments may not be immediately available and will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
  • There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you should be prepared to provide any insurance information and proof of eligibility at the vaccination site.

Phase 1a: December through January

    • Health Care Personnel Needed to Preserve Critical Health Care Services: This group includes Paid and unpaid personnel, including both clinicians and support staff, who physically work in hospitals, acute care settings, Emergency Medical Services, or home health on a regular basis and have direct contact with patients, or have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This includes outpatient clinicians and their staff who provide care to patients at risk of hospitalization such as providers in urgent care centers, medical practices providing acute care, dialysis centers, and oncology practices. This does not include administrative personnel.
    • Residents and Staff Of Long-Term Care Facilities
    • Other Patient-Facing Health Care Personnel: This group includes paid and unpaid personnel, including both clinicians and support staff, who physically work in other health care settings on a regular basis and have direct contact with patients, or have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Examples include personnel who work with aerosols, such as in dental fields; health care providers with prolonged contact with patients; practitioners in behavioral health, optometry, school nurses, and environmental services workers at health care practices. This does not include administrative personnel.
    • Public Safety Personnel: This group includes public-facing personnel at fire departments, federal, state, and local law enforcement, and officers at correctional facilities. This group does not include administrative personnel.
  • Critical COVID-19 Response Personnel:These individuals include people who manufacture, distribute, process, or report COVID-19 tests, whose work, if disrupted, would severely hamper the ability of Maine or the United States to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, this includes people who work in-person directly on COVID-19 response at Maine CDC, which spearheads the State’s COVID-19 response, and private companies such as IDEXX, which supports Maine’s COVID-19 testing capabilities; Abbott Laboratories, which manufactures COVID-19 tests for use in Maine and across the nation; Puritan Medical Products, which manufacturers swabs for COVID-19 tests; and Jackson Laboratories, which is conducting whole genome sequencing to detect COVID-19 variants for Maine.

Phase 1b: February through April

    • People Aged 65 and Older: Given the limited number of vaccines, people aged 70 and older will be vaccinated first in Phase 1b. Maine will then move to residents aged 65 to 69.
    • Adults With High-Risk Medical Conditions: Individuals whose pre-existing health conditions put them at greater risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19. The U.S. CDC has identified such conditions; which Maine health care experts and clinicians will review. Depending on the size of this group, individuals may be vaccinated in stages, for example, starting with older high-risk people or people with two or more pre-existing conditions.
  • Critical Frontline Workers (to be determined): The U.S. CDC advisory committee has recommended that the following critical workers be considered frontline: food and agricultural workers, Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, those who work in the education sector (teachers, and support staff), and daycare workers. The State of Maine will review this list and make determinations as this phase approaches.

Phase 1c: May and June

  • Other Critical Frontline Workers (to be determined): The U.S. CDC advisory committee has recommended that the following critical frontline workers be considered in Phase 1c: transportation and logistics, food service, shelter and housing (construction), finance, information technology and communication, energy, media, legal, public safety (engineers), water and wastewater. The State of Maine will review this list and make determinations as this phase approaches.

Phase 2: June and Beyond

  • Persons aged 16-64, who were not already eligible in a prior phase.