BHML Awarded Tax Check Off Grant

Have you ever heard of Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off program?  It allows you to easily support Maine Libraries when you file your state taxes.

Why would you do this?  Where do the funds go?  They go all over the state, and this year, they came to us! On November 19 the Maine State Library announced this year’s recipients:

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library was awarded $2,500 to support our senior book group Books & Bites!

This grant award was made possible by every Mainer who ticked the box to support Maine Libraries.  Thank you to everyone who supported the Maine Public Library Fund Last year! Let’s pay it forward, and tick the box this tax season to keep valuable programs funded for communities around the state.

More about Books & Bites:

Books and Bites is a large print book group run by our Circulation Coordinator, Meg Donaldson.  She travels to St. Andrew’s Village once a month to facilitate a book discussion of the selected large print title.  Now, through the support from the Maine Public Library Fund, BHML will be able to build more large print book group kits, and add new locations for more book groups!  Stay tuned for where Books & Bites might pop up next; for information on the current group at St. Andrew’s Village, contact Meg at 207-633-3112 or email her at meg@bbhlibrary.org.

10/24: NaNoWriMo with Elisa Lorello

Wednesday, October 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month with Elisa Lorello

“NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the entire month of November, people from coast to coast accept the challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in those 30 days. If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, now’s your chance! If you’ve written several and want to challenge yourself, now’s your chance! Since 2005, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo three times—this year will mark my fourth.

Come join me at Boothbay Harbor Regional Library on Wednesday, October 24, at 5:30 p.m. for a “pre-planning” session. There we’ll set goals and discuss strategies to meet your daily word count, as well as answer questions about the NaNoWriMo rules.

Throughout the month of November, we’ll meet once a week to check in, cheer each other on, and write. I’m looking forward to seeing and writing with you!

About Elisa: To date, Elisa Lorello has written and published ten novels, a memoir about her lifelong love for the band Duran Duran, and The Writer’s Habit, which inspired a blog and website, and workshops in storytelling, writing process, and rhetoric.  Read more about Elisa on her website

10/10: The Defiant Woman

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The Defiant Woman

A Book Talk with Florence Rosenberg, the daughter of Françoise Pène.

Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 PM, Great Room

Please join us in the Great Room for a talk with Florence Rosenberg, the daughter of Françoise Pène, whose memoirs were recently translated from their original French and published in English.

Her fascinating life spanned the 20th century. Born in 1904, she lived through both World Wars and then well into modern times, until her death in 1997. Hear Florence discuss her mother’s unique life.

Books are currently available for sale at the library.  All proceeds will be generously donated to the Library.  One book is available for checkout.

9/26: Finding the Path to Sustainability and Resiliency on an Oyster Farm

Finding the Path to Sustainability and Resiliency on an Oyster Farm: The Intersection of Business and Science

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 PM, Great Room

Join Bill Mook, owner of Mook Sea Farm for a discussion on the intersection between business and science as it applies to aquaculture and climate change.

Mr. Mook will explain how Mook Sea Farm grows their oysters from egg to market size; and he will also discuss the environmental changes that cost farmers now and threaten our future.   He will describe the steps Mook Sea Farm is taking to avoid risk, take advantage of business opportunities afforded to us by climate change, and help push America towards a clean energy future.

Bill’s will educate attendees about the effects of ocean acidification; his expertise inspired when he discovered a troubling link between productivity losses and precipitation events at his farm. He educated himself on coastal acidification and became a resource for other shellfish hatchery and farm operators in the U.S. and abroad.

There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of his talk.

Two Talks with Mark Alan Leslie

Maine Burning: The Ku Klux Klan Invasion
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM in the Great Room

The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan. Improbable as it sounds, the KKK took root in Maine in the 1920s, reaching such heights that it helped elect Governor Ralph Owen Brewster, the mayors of Rockland, Bath, Saco and Westbrook and many others.

This shocking time in Maine’s history, omitted from history textbooks for nearly 100 years, will be explored and discussed by author Mark Alan Leslie.


Maine Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Maine
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 PM in the Great Room

Maine’s connection to the famous Underground Railroad that helped free runaway slaves in the mid-1800s does not begin and end with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Indeed, from Kittery to Fort Fairfield, Mainers conspired together to break the law — the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 — forming a network of “safe houses,” hiding slaves from slave hunters and scurrying them to Canada.

At the at Boothbay Harbor Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, author Mark Alan Leslie will weave the tale of the brave families, including those from Augusta eastward, who housed and fed slaves in hidden rooms, attics and elsewhere en route to the next secret “way station” in the “railroad.”


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Maine Burning: The Ku Klux Klan Invasion
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM in the Great Room

The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan. Improbable as it sounds, the KKK took root in Maine in the 1920s, reaching such heights that it helped elect Governor Ralph Owen Brewster, the mayors of Rockland, Bath, Saco and Westbrook and many others.

This shocking time in Maine’s history, omitted from history textbooks for nearly 100 years, will be explored and discussed by author Mark Alan Leslie.

“While African-Americans were few in Maine at that time, the KKK’s targets were French-Canadians, Catholics and Irish and Polish immigrants as well as Jews,” says Leslie. “And were they effective! The Klan’s Maine membership reached a reported 150,000, nearly 20 percent of the state’s population of 790,000, in 1923-25. When the KKK held its first state conclave in a forest outside Waterville in 1923, nearly 15,000 attended.”

The Midcoast area was not immune to the Klan’s recruitment.

Hodgdon Buzzell, president of the Maine State Senate, was a proud member of the Belfast KKK klavern and Rockland’s citizens elected Carlton Snow, who was endorsed by the Klan. Meanwhile, Rev. E.V. Allen of Rockland was one of the first to join the Rockland Klan and in respect for his diligent service the Klan officials elevated him to the office of Grand Klaliff, State of Maine.

Meanwhile, parades were held in Portland, Gardiner, Milo, Dexter, Brewer and elsewhere.

Leslie will tell the tale of the rise and fall of this organization which, now and again, still makes headlines in Maine today.

The Monmouth resident’s fictional novel, The Crossing, is a sweeping — and ultimately uplifting — look at the KKK’s impact on a small western Maine town in 1923.

Called “a seasoned wordsmith…in the class of John Grisham” by the American Family Association’s AFA Journal, Leslie burst onto the scene in 2008 with Midnight Rider for the Morning Star, then earned Featured Book status from Publishers Weekly for his 2015 novel, True North: Tice’s Story, about the Underground Railroad in Maine.

After his talk, Leslie will be available to sign his novels, including three contemporary action/adventures, the latest being The Last Aliyah, published this spring.

More about the author: https://www.markalanleslie.com/

Maine Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Maine
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 PM in the Great Room

Maine’s connection to the famous Underground Railroad that helped free runaway slaves in the mid-1800s does not begin and end with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Indeed, from Kittery to Fort Fairfield, Mainers conspired together to break the law — the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 — forming a network of “safe houses,” hiding slaves from slave hunters and scurrying them to Canada.

At the at Boothbay Harbor Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, author Mark Alan Leslie will weave the tale of the brave families, including those from Augusta eastward, who housed and fed slaves in hidden rooms, attics and elsewhere en route to the next secret “way station” in the “railroad.”

“Some called slavery ‘the absolute power of one person over another — the vilest human behavior and institution,’” said Leslie. “Others called it ‘essential to our economy and prosperity’ and even ‘a humane institution which provided food, shelter and family’ to the African race.”

“Slavery was the one issue that has been able to tear America apart,” he added, “the fight to preserve it and the battle to undo its suffocating hold on the South.”

And slavery remains in the news. The Treasury Department plans to add Harriet Tubman, a heroine of the Underground Railroad, to the $20 bill. Also, the Brunswick home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a National Historic Landmark since 1962, was placed on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The former parlor room, where it is believed she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is open to the public as “Harriet’s Writing Room.”

President Abraham Lincoln once said to Mrs. Stowe, “So you’re the little lady who began all this.”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was instrumental in raising awareness of the scourge of slavery, but it took scores of people here in Maine to make the dream of escape a reality,” Leslie said.

Everywhere, anyone who helped slaves escape could be jailed and fined — as much as $9,000 — if caught in the act. So they were putting their lives and fortunes in jeopardy.

Some African-American families in Maine have relatives in the Maritimes as a result of surreptitious activities among the approximately 75 homes, churches and other sites recognized as likely stops along the Underground Railroad in Portland, Brunswick, Vassalboro, Augusta, Eastport, Auburn, Biddeford, Orono, Fort Fairfield and elsewhere.

Leslie, a longtime journalist, first burst on the literary scene with his novel Midnight Rider for the Morning Star, based on the life of Francis Asbury, America’s first circuit-riding preacher.

The Monmouth resident’s fictional novel, True North: Tice’s Story, is a rousing adventure, following a slave’s escape rom Kentucky on the Underground Railroad through Maine to Canada. Publisher’s Weekly selected True North as a Featured Book when it was released in 2016.

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Mango Languages – Ends August 30

Dear Users of Mango Languages,

BHML will discontinue Mango Languages on August 30, 2018.

The Maine State Library recently added Pronunciator Language Learning; which is an online language learning tool similar to Mango Languages.  Users can download the app, or take lessons from a laptop or desktop.

Where we have been subscribing to Mango with library funds, access to Pronunciator Language Learning is free. By discontinuing Mango, the Library is able to maximize its budget, and still provide free online access to language learning.  We hope the dedicated users of Mango Languages will understand!

If you need any assistance setting up your Pronunciator Language Learning account, please don’t hesitate to call or visit the Library.

Yours Sincerely,
Joanna Breen
Executive Director

7/25 Inner Peace as a Way of Life

Inner Peace as a Way of Life 
Discussion and Book Talk with Janet Kathleen Ettele
Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 PM

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Janet Ettele will be giving a combination book talk and discussion of methods to develop inner peace. She will tell the story of her journey into studying Buddhism, how she came to write books based on Shantideva’s teachings of The Six Perfections and about the every-day practicality of certain Buddhist principles. These principles include interdependence, impermanence, karma, compassion and equanimity.

By incorporating observable realities of daily life with mindfulness we can develop a more compassionate and peaceful way of life. Although her books are rooted in Buddhist teachings, this talk is intended to present its philosophies and wisdom through a lens that is applicable to anyone regardless of faith or tradition.

As a student of Buddhist dharma, Janet Ettele is inspired to bring its teachings into contemporary practice through her writing, her music, and mindfulness based coaching. Her work brings one of the world’s most profound teachings on compassion and wisdom into common language through the art of contemporary fiction, and by cultivating familiarity with the teaching, brings peace to readers, and thereby to others.

Janet Kathleen Ettele (www.janetettele.com is the author of How Generosity Works, How the Root of Kindness Works, and How Patience Works; the first three books published by Karuna Publications from a series that is based on the teachings by the eighth century Buddhist monk, Master Shantideva. Known as The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, or The Six Perfections, his teachings are known as one of the most renowned texts in Buddhism. Her CD of Piano Mandalas is meditatively inspired piano music that is an accompaniment to her books.

Janet graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and worked in the entertainment industry prior to becoming a mother. In 2012 Janet served on the committee that brought the Dalai Lama to Danbury, CT where His Holiness gave two public talks at Western Connecticut State University. In 2017 she worked to help organize and then performed in the concert at Ridgefield Playhouse: Living Compassion, The Dalai Lama’s Life Story in Music, Words and Pictures that also featured Tencho Gyatso, the niece of the Dalai Lama, and Nawang Khechog a Grammy nominee and renowned Tibetan flutist.

7/11: Anger in Dante & Aquinas

Anger in Dante and St Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, July 11 4:00-6:00 PM

Join us for a talk by Dom Henry O’Shea that will examine the literary and philosophical treatment of anger in Dante’s Inferno and in the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. There will be time for questions.

Dom Henry O’Shea, OSB, is a Benedictine monk from Glenstal Abbey in Co., Limerick, Ireland, where he is Master of Studies and Archivist. Dom Henry has a degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, a License (M.A.) in Theology from Wuerzburg University in Germany, and a Ph.D. in German Literature from Trinity College.

7/14: Books in Boothbay

Original Books in Boothbay artwork by Thomas Block.

The 14th annual Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Boothbay Railway Village in scenic Boothbay, Maine. Dozens of authors from around the state will attend to sign their books, discuss their writing, and meet their fans.

2018 Attending Authors:
Anne Britting Oleson
Barbara Ross
Cheryl Blaydon
Christine Schutt
Elizabeth Garber
Estep Nagy
George Smith
Gillian French
Irene Drago
Jacob Appel
Jake Morrel
Jean Flahive
Jen Blood
Jessica Berger Gross
Joan Dempsey
Joey Kelley
John Branning
Joseph Rosenbloom
Julia M. O’Brien-Merrill
Kari Wagner-Peck
Kate Flora
Laurie Chandler
Lea Wait
Lisa Steele-Maley
Lynn Plourde
Mark Okrant
Mary Lawrence
Matt Lambros
Paul Doiron
Resolute Bear Press
Richard Cass
Robert Atkinson
Roger Guay
Ronni Arno Blaisdell
Sandra Neily
Shannon M. Parker
Thomas J. Torrington
Tom Huntington
Vaughan Hardacker
Wendy Ulmer