7/24: Author Talk with Matt Cost

Author Talk with Matt Cost

Saturday, July 24 at 2:00pm on the library lawn

Meet Matt Cost (a 2021 Maine Humanities Council Read ME author) and hear about his latest book Wolfe Trap, as well as his Mainely Power series, featured for statewide summer reading!

Wolfe Trap is Cost’s debut novel in a new series surrounding a PI, Clay Wolfe, in the fictional coastal town of Port Essex, Maine. Instead of a large white shark threatening the populace, it is heroin being smuggled through lobster traps that is endangering the town.

What evil lurks in Port Essex, Maine?

Clay Wolfe is a former Boston homicide detective who has left the police department to return home to Maine to care for his elderly grandfather and open a private detective agency. Haunted by being orphaned at an early age, and jaded by the corruption of the big city, Clay is happy to hit pause and investigate minor crimes.

“I want you to find the person who sold the drugs that killed my grandbaby.”

When he is hired to find out who sold the drugs that killed a six-month-old baby girl, he has no idea of the evil that he is going to uncover in the underbelly of his hometown.

Wolfe Trap is a thrilling ride set in a small Maine town with rich characters and shocking plot twists that will keep the reader rapt until the final pages.

About the author:  Matt Cost a.k.a. Matthew Langdon Cost

Over the years, Cost has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable.

During those years, since age eight actually, the true passion has been writing. I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution (Encircle Publications, March, 2020) was his first traditionally published novel.

Cost now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A chocolate Lab and a basset hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer, writing.

6/29-8/14: Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading 2021:  June 29 – August 14!

Between now and August 14, all BHML patrons are encouraged to take part in our Summer Reading programs. There are lots of prizes to win and even more fun to be had by all!

Summer Reading Passport

Photo by JOSEPH CHARPENTIER/Boothbay Register

Hey kids! Head to the library and ask a librarian to issue you a Summer Reading Passport.

You’ll get your picture taken and we’ll mark your passport with an official issue stamp.

Throughout the summer, time your reading, visit the library and complete reading challenges to earn treats and prize tickets.

When you reach passport checkpoints during your reading journey, come back to the library to get prize tickets and enter them to win amazing prizes like bikes, book bags filled with fun things, a pizza and movie party at the library, or the chance to be librarian for the day!

Come back for Summer Reading Wrap-Up on Saturday, August 14 at 1:00pm on the library lawn.

Prize raffles will be drawn on this day and we’ll have special activities to celebrate a summer filled with reading!

Share photos of your reading journey.

Take pictures while completing passport challenges and use #BHMLSummerReading to document your journey. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram @bbhlibrary.

Adult Summer Reading Bingo

Hey adults! We have a special reading challenge for you. Grab a Reading Bingo card at the front desk of the library or ask for one at our walk-up window. Don’t worry…there will be prizes for you, too!


Have questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 or email Jen at youth@bbhlibrary.org (Kids’ Summer Reading Passport) or Bethany at tech@bbhlibrary.org (Adult Reading Bingo).

Thank You Boothbay Region Businesses!

A very special thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated goods and services in support of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. 

Through your generosity we raised over $3,000 dollars to support lifelong learning, free access to information, and the welcoming public space in which to explore the past and propel the future. BHML is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and has been able to serve the Boothbay Region since 1924 through support of community members like you.

In no particular order (because it’s not library books!) we thank the following businesses and individuals, and highly encourage folks patronize these library supporters!

BHML Silent Auction – Closes 6/5!

Plant SaleLooking for some early summer excitement?

Load up on plants at the BHML Plants Sale on Saturday, June 5, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Then you can brag to your friends that your garden is not only beautiful, but it also supports free public library services, democracy, and lifelong learning!

You can also bid on local goods and services in the Silent Auction.
Bid for the chance to take a private tour of Bigelow Lab, go on a lobstering adventure, take a trek with alpacas, enjoy a massage… or passes to Dolphin Mini Golf, Boothbay Harbor Country Club (regular-sized) golf, a trip to Monkey-C-Monkey-Do…

All proceeds from the Silent Auction and the Plant Sale support the library…which supports the community!

Silent Auction closes Saturday, 6/5, at 8:00pm

Good Luck & Thank You!


BHML Silent Auction is Live!

Plant SaleDear Friends,

The Plant Sale Silent Auction is live: Click here to get bidding!

Endless thanks our energetic solicitors and generous sponsors who made it possible to offer this rollicking smorgasbord of goods to bid on from food, fun, and wellness to — of course — mulch!

BHML is a people powered power library (aka 501(c)(3) nonprofit) so bid high and bid often! Our mission is to create a welcoming space in which to explore ideas, foster community, and nurture individual growth through open access to the tools to learn, dream, connect, and do.

Bidding closes on the evening of the Plant Sale Saturday, June 5 at 8:oo PM.

Good Luck!

PS: BHML opens for browsing Wednesday, May 26. Masks are still required; we will revisit as the season progresses.

BRHS: Senior Salute!

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library extends its heartfelt congratulations to the seniors of 2021!

You are stepping out into the world during uncharted times.  As a small gesture to you trailblazers, we invite you to the Library between May 12 and graduation to roam through the stacks and select a book to hold your name. Be it fiction, nonfiction, a favorite children’s book, or book with a red cover because that is your favorite color, stop by BHML and get to know your hub for lifelong learning. The people’s university, from which you never graduate! Where everything is free! 🙂

Library Hours:

Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fridays 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library

4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Question, give us a call: 207-633-3112

Can’t make it before graduation? Don’t worry, we’ll be here (hopefully) forever! Please come at your convenience.

Vaccination Help Line

Please Share Widely

There is a new phone line to call for Maine citizens that have no Internet and are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccination appointments:

Community Vaccination Line


Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Maine COVID-19 Community Vaccination Line helps Maine people get information about vaccine clinics.
For translation services, call the number listed above and state your desired language (for example: “Spanish”).
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may dial 711 and asked to be connected to the number above.
The vaccination line does not provide faster access to appointments.

For more about Maine vaccines visit: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines.

Winter Reading Challenge

Reading makes you cool. We mean warm!

START: 12/1/20
FINALE: 3/20/21

Read your way through the winter and earn chances to win prizes!

Online Beanstack Challenge
Kids and your grown-ups: sign up to accomplish Reading Challenges, earn Activity Badges, and Write Reviews, to earn tickets for raffle prizes. Register at https://bbhlibrary.beanstack.org/.

We’ll be cheering you on all winter with High-5 Prize Drawings on January 5, February 5, and March 5. With tickets you earn, you’ll have a chance to enter to win a Kindle Fire, plus a mug and a tin of cocoa goodness to keep you warm while you read on.

On March 20, we’ll announce two grand prize winners. Prize hint: Do you know just how comfy a bean bag chair is?

Need help getting started with Beanstack? Contact Bethany at 207-633-3112 or via email at tech@bbhlibrary.org.

Paper Challenge

Grown-ups and paper-lovers we’ve got a Winter Reading Challenge for you, too! Try out new book genres, and experience new authors using our guided challenge checklist. For each category read, you’ll earn a raffle ticket you can use towards High 5 prizes, or the grand prize.

High 5 drawings will be for gift cards from local businesses. Grand prize? A 6-month subscription to the Great Courses Online! Slightly ironic, yes…we’ll walk you through how to access it if you win and consider yourself “technologically challenged.”

Starting December 1, ask for a Paper Challenge when you pick up Curbside or Windowside.

BHML Back to Curbside/Windowside Only

‘Tis the season for precaution!

We’re going back to Curbside & Windowside Service Only through the Holidays.

Starting Thursday, November 19, enjoy the old great Curbside Service, minus the appointments. Or, try the new Windowside Service.

  1. Place your holds online using your account at minerva.maine.edu, or call us at 207-633-3112.
  2. We’ll notify you by phone or email (depending on your preference) when the items are ready to be picked up. 
  3. We’ll hold the items for you for up to a week…Simply call us when you’re in the parking lot and we’ll bring out your items; or drop by during expanded Windowside Hours (Tuesday through Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) to walk up and get your holds. 
  4. Need to print? Call ahead and we’ll arrange to print your documents.

Why are we doing this?! Because we love you! We love each other! And we want to be proactive and see the other side of this pandemic as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on BHML for upcoming online programs, including a prize-laden Winter Reading Challenge!  BHML is here for you, and we’ll make it through this together!  

For a refresher on how to place holds online, and for handy-dandy digital browsing links, revisit this post:  Curbside Catalog Quick Links.

In the New Year,  we will review our plan based on the recommendations of Maine health officials.  We wish you safety and health this season.  See you outside!