4/25: Moms Night In Book Club

Moms Night In Book Club

4th Thursday of the month, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the Great Room
Next meeting: Thursday, April 25

Ever feel alone yet you’re surrounded by humans, some little and some not? “Momming” can be tough, but we aren’t alone.

Come join other moms in reading literature which will spark real and raw discussions, and share your own personal experiences (if you choose). The struggles and joys, the emotions…highs and lows.

This group is for moms, by moms! Whether you are changing diapers or filling out college applications this group is for you. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Bethany at tech@bbhlibrary.org or 207-633-3112.

We’ll discuss:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

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4/27: Maine Energy Options

Maine Energy Options

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.

My Energy DoctorsDo you have questions about your power bill? Do you wonder why and how the cost of your power increases and decreases? Do you want to know how to get a better supply rate?

Join Rodney Tillotson, founder of My Energy Doctors as he walks you through answers to these questions and more. Topics will include energy costs, Maine as a deregulated energy state, and Community Solar Programs. The program will include ample time for questions and answers.

My Energy Doctors is a Maine-based, veteran-owned business that strives to empower business owners and homeowners to save the most money possible on their energy bills.

5/3: The Lost Art of Needle Tatting

The Lost Art of Needle Tatting

3 Weeks: Friday, May 3, 10, & 17
10:00–11:30 a.m.

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In this three-week workshop, local tatting expert Jean Larkin will walk you through the basics of needle tatting.  All supplies for this class will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas for a small project they hope to work on in the class.

Space is limited to 6 participants and registration is required. To register contact Bethany at tech@bbhlibrary.org or at 207-633-3112.

4/19: Family Read & Watch—Hoot

Hoot movie coverFamily Read & Watch:
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for our next Family Read & Watch! We’ll be reading the Newberry Honor Book, Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and watching the movie adaptation of this heroic adventure.  Recommended for ages 9 and older.

  • Step 1: Register for the event at bbhlibrary.org/readwatch on the Youth Page on our website. This program is recommended for kids ages 8+.
  • Step 2: Borrow a copy of the book and start reading!
  • Step 3: Join us for a discussion of the book over a pizza dinner and then watch the movie on Friday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Popcorn provided!

Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at: bbhlibrary.org/readwatch.

This Read & Watch is sponsored by:  Harbor Theater, First National Bank, First National Bank Wealth Management and Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops

4/19: Exploring the Planet with Ret Talbot

Exploring the Planet
with science journalist Ret Talbot

Friday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.

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Photo by Ret Talbot | Photographer Ret Talbot takes a group portrait in the Solomon Islands.

Science journalist and author Ret Talbot will share stories and photos of some of the biggest environmental stories he’s covered, including endangered species in Indonesia, invasive species in Florida, wildlife crime in the Philippines, and the restoration of apex predators to ecosystems.

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Photo by Ret Talbor | A fishing boat in Bali and the reef below the surface.
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Photo by Ret Talbot | The Banggai cardinalfish, photographed in a reef of Indonesia, is considered an endangered species because of its low population size at the hands of the illegal pet trade.

Ret Talbot is an award-winning journalist with over two decades of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace and not-so-commonplace ideas and issues.

A graduate of the writing programs at both Wheaton College (MA) and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Talbot launched his career balancing work as a mountaineering and fly-fishing guide, freelance writer and English teacher. His articles appeared in publications such as Outdoor Sports, Rock & Ice, Fly Fisherman, Shallow Water Angler, and American Whitewater. While not in a river, on a glacier or at the front of a classroom, Talbot traveled extensively lecturing on his own expeditions to places like North Africa, Alaska, Norway, Ecuador, and Peru.

4/20: Earth Day Fest 2024!

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Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
on the Library Lawn

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Join us for an afternoon of love for our planet out on the library lawn! This event is FREE and will include something for everyone! We’ll be joined by amazing community partners for games, crafts, and learning all afternoon.

Join us for special events!

  • 10:30—11:30 a.m.: Special community art project with author/illustrator Charlene Lutz
  • All afternoon: Free bike safety checks with Bikeman
  • All afternoon: E-bike demos with Pedego Electric Bikes all afternoon

This year we are joined by amazing community partners Bigelow Laboratory, Boothbay Region Clean Drinking Water Initiative, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Sea & Science Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Girl Scouts of Maine, Healthy Lincoln County, Hearty Roots, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Merrymeeting Audubon & Neighborhood Naturalist.

Join our community partners for
games, crafts, and learning including:

Boothbay Region Land Trust
Get information about the Boothbay Region preserves and learn about our local flora and fauna. Enjoy a touch table filled with natural objects from our region and try your hand at dissecting an owl pellet.

Boothbay Sea & Science Center
Where our hands meet the sea! BSSC invites one and all to join them in creating unique works of art using shells from oysters grown in the Damariscotta River and seaweed from the shores of the River and the Boothbay Sea and Science Center on Linekin Bay. Take home lifelong treasures and a gentle reminder of why we need to take good care of our beautiful oceans!

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Join us to celebrate Earth Day and garden with the Gardens! Activities include a seed planting project to take home and a raffle for a family membership. At nearly 325 acres, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is the largest public garden in New England. With two miles of hiking trails, 19 acres of ornamental and themed gardens featuring native plants of Maine, a children’s garden, a sensory garden, and so much more, there’s something for everyone. The mission of the Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research.

Healthy Lincoln County
Make a special bird feeder out of recycled gingerbread houses!

We’ll also provide safe storage and disposal materials for prescription drugs. Keeping medication runoff out of the groundwater is a super important way to protect water sheds and community members at the same time. We will be promoting National Drug Take Back Day locations (NDTBD will be that same Saturday), promoting permanent disposal sites, and giving out free Deterra Drug Deactivation Systems.

Neighborhood Naturalist
Spring is in the air and so are the birds! Come learn about being a neighborhood naturalist, put your bird identification skills to the test, and participate in a bird watching challenge!

4/2: Tech Talk—Demystifying A.I.

Tech Talk:
Demystifying A.I.

Demystifying AI

Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

Curious about artificial intelligence and what’s in store for A.I.-based technologies? Worried about what A.I. could mean for the future?

Join BHML’s Technology Manager, Bethany, as she gives a brief introduction to A.I. and introduces A.I. tools that you can use and enjoy at home like Grammarly and ChatGPT.

Come with questions and an open, exploratory mind.

4/12: Author Talk—Tom Verde

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Tom Verde

In a Class All Their Own:
Unique and Historic Boats of New England

Friday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Room

Join us for an Author Talk with New England author Tom Verde. Verde will offer a glimpse at some of the classic boats of New England including some of Maine’s unique vessels. He’ll also take us on an in-depth exploration of the histories of some of these unique boats through stories, photos and videos.

Tom Verde is a freelance journalist who writes for the New York Times, National Public Radio, AramcoWorld magazine, the New London Day, and the Westerly Sun. On his first solo sail, on the Charles River in Boston, he ran aground, collided with the Longfellow Bridge, and generally enjoyed himself. He lives in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.

Book description:

Each boat has a tale to tell. In a Class All Their Own: Unique and Historic Boats of New England (Globe Pequot Press, 2020), Tom Verde recounts the colorful stories of nearly forty classic/unique New England vessels.These include the fabled history of the cat boat; the first fiberglass sailing yacht; a NY ferry boat repurposed as a houseboat; the oldest working fishing boat in Stonington, CT; racing rivalries in the Sound; the French love affair with American boat designs; and the Jazz Age era of luxury yachting, among others. In his presentation, Verde will discuss several boats featured in his book, including their classes and designers, as well as their relationships to the waters in which they sailed, raced, and cruised.

3/16: Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes—Part 2

Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes: Part 2

Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

Big conversations Feb #2

Join people from around the state via Zoom in this new program that lets participants get to know a fellow Mainer in ten short minutes. 

Participants have three conversations with three different people in Maine. The prompts are simple. The conversations are non-political. What can you learn about (or from) your fellow humans? Let’s find out.

We’ll connect via Zoom and discover a little pocket of meaning together. There is no goal or agenda, other than a brief conversation. 

This program is offered in February and March in collaboration with 11 other libraries around the state: Camden Public Library, Curtis Memorial Library, Falmouth Memorial Library, Kennebunk Free Library, Lubec Memorial Library, Merrill Memorial Library, Prince Memorial Library, Scarborough Public Library, Walker Memorial Library, Waldoboro Public Library, Windham Public Library and York Public Library.

Register below. You will be sent the Zoom link for the conversation the week of the event.

Big Conversations in 10 Short Minutes

You will receive a Zoom link for the event via email.

MHC Discussion Project

Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project 2024

Shadows of the Future:
A Century of Dystopian Fiction

Choose from two cohorts:

Cohort 1 meets on the following Thursdays from 5:00–6:30 p.m.:
March 28, April 18, May 23
Cohort 2 meets on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.–noon:
March 30, April 27, May 18 (this cohort is FULL—there are still spaces in Cohort 1)

We are thrilled to welcome the Maine Humanities Council back for its seventh year at BHML! The Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project is a mini book club that will gather monthly from March through May to discuss books revolving around a central theme.

This year’s Discussion Project centers around a century of literary connections in the stories of three science fiction novels. We begin with a translation of the book We by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin (first translated into English in 1924), largely believed to be the inspiration of our second book: George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984. We round out our discussion project with the 2023 novel Julia by Sandra Newman, a modern retelling of Orwell’s 1984.

Reading List:

We book coverWe by Yevgeny Zamyatin

1984 MHC cover1984 by George Orwell

Julia MHC coverJulia by Sandra Newman


Registration is required. Register soon as space in the discussion is limited. Please fill out the registration form below or call the library to register (207-633-3112).  Registrants must be prepared and able to attend all three book discussions. Discussions will take place in person, in the Great Room.

Meet our facilitator: A native of Maine and resident of Topsham, Larissa Vigue Picard has been Executive Director of Pejepscot History Center since 2015. Formerly, she was Director of Education at Maine Historical Society in Portland and, before returning to Maine in 2010, she worked for seven years at Vermont Humanities Council, where she was Director of Community Programs. Larissa sits on the Maine Historic Records Advisory Board.

Get the books: Each participant will receive their own copy of each title to keep, courtesy of the Maine Humanities Council. Copies will be available for pickup at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library after you’ve completed your registration.

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Register below:

Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project 2024

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