10/12: Halloween Maker Space


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

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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!


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.

After School Clubs 2022-23

After school clubs are back at BHML!

Starting October 4 & 5, 2022
This year you’ll recognize some classic clubs, plus we’ll offer a new club for a new year.

Lego Club Circle
Wednesdays from 1:30—2:30 p.m.
Join Children’s Coordinator, Jen, in the Kids’ Room to explore the world of engineering by building amazing lego creations! For students in 1st and 2nd grade.

Girls Who Code Circle
Tuesdays from 3:15—4:15 p.m.
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit that aims to close the gender gap in the world of technology. This club is an opportunity for 5th-8th grade girls and non-binary students to join a network of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world.

BHML’s Girls Who Code Club will be led by two awesome volunteers who are Bigelow scientists by day, girls who code by night!

Gaming Club 3:4 Circle
Wednesdays from 1:30—2:30 p.m.
Join Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany, in the Technology Room to explore new worlds and engineer virtual creations of your own! For students in 3rd and 4th grade.

Gaming Club 5-8 Circle
Wednesdays from 4:15—5:15 p.m.
Continue to explore new worlds and game with friends in this NEW club for students in 5th through 8th grade!

As always, clubs are free and open to all area students.

Pre-registration is required. Register for a club by coming to the library and filling out the form or call the library at 207-633-3112 and a staff member will help you sign up over the phone.

Please note: Due to space restrictions in place in the library, Lego Club is limited to 10 participants. Register soon to reserve your spot!

Please call the library for more information or if you have questions.


Extra information about After School Clubs at BHML:

  • Check in with the school if you want your child to ride the bus to the library
  • We’ll provide a snack and water for students when they arrive at BHML
  • Please arrive promptly at the end of club meeting time to pick up your participant

9/15: Smartphone Photography Workshop

Smartphone Photography
Thursday, September 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
on the Library Lawn

Learn tips for taking better photos with your smartphone—then practice your skills on the library lawn. Plus, we’ll learn about photo editing on your phone and cloud storage options to keep your photos safe, sharable and easily accessible.

Bring your own smartphone and passwords for App Store, Play Store, and cloud storage services you use like iCloud.

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

Note: this workshop will take place primarily outdoors so dress accordingly.

Questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 or email Bethany at tech@bhmlnext100.org.

9/1: Family Book & Movie Event

Special Family Book & Movie Event
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Marcel the ShellThursday, September 1
at the Harbor Theater
movie starts at 4:00 p.m.
(special raffles and fun will start at 3:30 p.m.)

Join BHML at the Harbor Theater for a special movie extravaganza including:
$20 Family admission for up to 5 family members
Free Extra Large popcorn to share
Shell pets available for adoption
Door prize drawings

“Adorable”, “Delightful”, “Quirky”, and “Winsome”. Who could bear to miss getting
acquainted with Marcel? The Harbor Theater and Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
are partnering to bring Marcel home to area families in a very special event, sponsored
by the Boothbay Harbor Waterfront Preservation/Eastside Waterfront Park.
On Thursday, September 1, at 4 pm, the film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On will run at
a special time with discount tickets for families. The $20 Family Ticket includes
admission for a family of up to 5, free X-LG popcorn to share, a shell pet for each child,
and a drawing for some terrific Door Prizes.

The shell pets were created by BHML’s Children’s Coordinator, Jen Betts. They are
available for adoption at the library and their “Shell-ter” will be at the Marcel the Shell
movie event for on-site adoptions. Raffle prizes will include a Marcel stuffed animal and
the hit children’s book Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me. The raffle
will also include a copy of Little Weirds a book of essays for adults written by actress
and comedian Jenny Slate, the voice of Marcel the Shell. The Marcel stuffed toy and
books are all courtesy of BHML. Harbor Theater is throwing in a Marcel movie poster
and three Marcel 8×10 photos for the drawing.

If you haven’t yet read the children’s book or heard about the film, it is interesting to
know a little of their background. Both the book and feature film are expanded versions
of a popular Internet three-and-a-half minute Stop Motion video made by Jenny Slate,
an actress, and Fleischer-Camp, a director, that went viral in 2010. The children’s
picture book “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me” (2011) features
luminous oil painting illustrations by Amy Lind. Jenny Slate’s adult book “Little Weirds”
(2019) is a collection of essays that “tend toward the short, casual, and mildly silly, and
her language strikes a balance between oddly flat statements and endearingly specific
word choices enlivened by the occasional Seussian rhyme . . .” (NPR, Lily Meyer).
Of the film, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, Carla Renata of RogerEbert.com says, it
“will make your spirit soar and remind you to enjoy those you love, inhale a bit of fresh
air, and respect the earth every second as though it were your very first time. It’s a
reminder to embrace all the stages of grief and see our dark chapters as changes that
somehow make us better on the other side.”

Family Tickets are available at the door, starting at 3 pm on Thursday, September 1. Click here to purchase tickets in advance online.

8/25: Read ME Statewide Author Talk with Meredith Hall

Meredith Hall

Statewide Author Talk with Meredith Hall
Hosted by Maine State Library and Maine Humanities Council
August 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Register now | Submit a question for Meredith

Every summer, Read ME gets Maine adults all reading two books recommended by a well-known Maine author. This coming summer, recommending author Christina Baker Kline has chosen Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran and Beneficence by Meredith Hall.

Read ME 2022

View the recording of the statewide Author Talk with Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone.


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.