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:

Covid-19 Vaccine

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:

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.

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

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

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, 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!


11/17: Author Talk: Harold Holzer via Facebook 17 at 8pm ET | 5pm PT on Facebook Live.

PBS Books will host a virtual conversation with renowned author Harold Holzer discussing his latest book The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media from the Founding Fathers to Fake News.

[Request the Book]

No matter your political affiliation, you’ll be intrigued to learn that the tension between the president and the press is as old as America’s republic.

In his new book, acclaimed scholar Harold Holzer explores the rise of the American presidency and the media that shaped it. From Washington to Trump, he chronicles the disputes and distrust between these core institutions that define our country, highlighting that the fabric of the nation is in fact built upon their confrontation.

12/3: Author Talk: Jenny Milchman via Zoom

USA Today bestselling novelist Jenny Milchman released a new psychological thriller set off the coast of Maine:  The Second Mother.

Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 PM via Zoom, join us for a book discussion with this critically acclaimed author.

To join us, register using the link below to receive an email confirmation with the information to joining the Zoom meeting.
Register here:

Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Certification in grades K-8 a must. Julie Weathers isn’t sure if she’s running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum , a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.

But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island’s children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

“Milchman is the Swiss Army knife of thriller writers…”

  • LEE CHILD, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series


JENNY MILCHMAN is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Her debut novel, Cover of Snow, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and Ruin Falls, As Night Falls, and Wicked River (Sourcebooks Landmark) were all Indie Next picks. Jenny is vice president of author programming for International Thriller Writers, a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau, and the founder and organizer of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.


Need help getting started with Zoom? Email or call the library at 207-633-3112 and we’ll walk you through it.

Have a hoopla Halloween!

Wishing everyone a safe and sound Halloween!

If you’re planning to go out, be sure to take a look at the CDC’s Steps to Take when Trick or Treating!

Staying in?

Frighten-up your night by checking out scary movies, spooky audiobooks, or Halloween tales from hoopla!  There’s something for all ages and fright levels.  If you don’t have an account already, learn more about hoopla here, and grab your library card to sign up online.

(Pro Tip:  hoopla checkouts renew on the first of every month, so you can use up all your checkouts on the 31st, and have a brand new batch the next day :).

Happy haunting!