Homeschool Connection

Tuesday, January 16, 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

A time for families to meet, socialize and share ideas. Families considering homeschooling are also welcome.

Homeschool Connection is an opportunity for parents who homeschool their children to talk to each other, share ideas, and support each other.  While parents discuss homeschooling topics and concerns, kids connect with each other through activities provided by the library.  Families can also explore the books and resources that are available for homeschool families at the library.

Author Talk – Jerry Farnham

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Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. in the Great room

Join us for an Author Talk with Boothbay Harbor native Jerry Farnham. Jerry will talk about his hit book Red at Night, which is set in Boothbay Harbor.

About the book:

jerry cover USEThe town of Boothbay Harbor on the coast of Maine is a mix of summer people and locals. Jack Finn is a lobsterman. He is hard working, well liked but not enjoying life since the tragic death of his girlfriend. Melissa Andrews is a celebrity actress and singer. She came to Boothbay Harbor to escape the despicable Hollywood press and consider a career change. Find out what happens when two people of vastly different backgrounds meet. And, why does a lobster boat leave the dock after others have returned? This is a story of mystery, suspense and romance. Jerry Farnham takes you into a Maine lobstering family and the hidden side of their community as only one who has lived and worked there can.

About the author:

Author Jerry Farnham (1)Jerry Farnham grew up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where he worked on a lobster boat with his father.

After serving his country in the US Navy he was employed as a boat diesel engine mechanic for several years. Jerry lives in southern Maine with his wife and two children.

1/3: Grandparent’s Group

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Wednesday, January 3, 4:00 p.m

Are you a grandparent raising your grandchild? Are you looking for resources and a community of support with other grandparents? 

Join us for our next get together for grandparents. This month we’ll be discussing legal issues including wills and legal guardianship. We will be joined by a licensed lawyer who will be able to answer questions you may have about these topics

Free childcare will be provided.

Candlelight Storytime

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Thursday, December 21, 4:00 p.m

Join us for a special Story Time in the Great Room to celebrate the winter solstice. Jen will read special wintery story books with cozy candle light filling the room. Cocoa and cookies will be served.

Santa & Friends Storytime

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Sat., December 9, 11:00 a.m -2:00 p.m

North Pole Friends + Santa & Mrs. Claus share festive favorites in person & streaming from the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Storytimes begin at 11 AM, Noon, & 1 PM. Cocoa and crafts in the Children’s Room, stories in the Great Room. Drop-in; space is limited, come early! Children’s Librarian Emeritus, Mary Pinkham, will read the noon time stories. Santa & Mrs. Claus will read at 1 PM.

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12/29: Read & Watch—How to Train Your Dragon

Event registration is closed. Look out for more Family Read & Watch events in the near future!

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Friday, December 29
Dinner & Discussion at 5:30 p.m.
Watch the Movie at 6:00 p.m.

Dragon bookFor our next Read & Watch event, we’ll be reading the action-packed, hilarious, and perfectly illustrated novel How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and watching the movie adaptation of this modern classic novel beloved by children around the world.

  • Step 1: Register for the event.* Registration is now closed.
  • 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 on December 29 at 5:30 p.m. Screening of the movie begins in the Great Room at 6:00 p.m. We’ll provide the popcorn!

Registration is required as space is limited. Registration is closed. For questions, email Jen Betts at youth@bbhlibrary.org or call her at the library at 207-633-3112.

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Author Talk – Ret Talbot

 

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Friday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the great room.

Talbot Headshot smallerAbout the author:

Ret Talbot is an award-winning independent journalist and writer who covers ocean issues and animals at the intersection of science and sustainability. His most recent book is Chasing Shadows, written with shark biologist Greg Skomal. At its heart, it is a conservation success story about restoring an apex predator to an ecosystem through the eyes of the scientist who quite unexpectedly found himself in the middle of it all.

Chasing Shadows Book coverAbout the book:

A collaboration between a scientist and a science writer, Chasing Shadows is the remarkable story of the resurgence of the white shark population in the western North Atlantic told largely through the eyes of the shark biologist who found himself in the middle of it. At its heart, it is a too rare conservation success story about restoring an apex predator to an ecosystem. Illustrations and maps by scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.

Library Lights Up!

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Saturday November 4, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m

Brent McHale, Get an edge in the Gardens Aglow Lighting Contest! Join us on the library lawn for a FREE outdoor lighting tutorial from Brent McHale, Horticulturist & Gardens Aglow Program Manager.

Learn about lighting design, color selection, and practical advice for your light display, including ladder safety. After the talk, there will be an opportunity for a group of volunteers to help light up the library lawn for the magical season of Boothbay Lights!  Warm beverages and general merriment will be provided by the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce. No registration necessary.

Grateful thanks to our community partners:

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Touch-a-Truck

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Saturday, November 11, 1:00 p.m.

All aboard! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon and explore a roundup of big trucks from across the Boothbay Region. This hands-on event is your chance to get up close to (and inside of!) fire trucks, ambulances, and other awesome trucks you see on the streets each day!

We’ll be joined by Boothbay Harbor Fire Department, Boothbay Harbor Police Department, Boothbay Harbor Public Works, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, and the Chamber of Commerce Trolley!

Author Talk – Arend Thibodeau

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Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 p.m.

Join Maine author, Arend Thibodeau to discuss the first two books in his new “America Through Time” book series. : Forgotten Industry and Institutions of Maine and Residential Ruins of Maine.

About the books:
Forgotten Industry and Institutions of Maine is a new title by Arend Thibodeau which uncovers Maine’s forgotten past by exploring remnants and artifacts left behind.

Forgotten Industry Maine Maine has its share of industry, some current and some obsolete. Over the last century, many industrial practices have grown and flourished while others have vanished entirely. Likewise, state institutions have seen vast changes in their structures and methods of operation. Changes to our industry and institutions have left behind artifacts of a bygone era. Many of these artifacts are demolished, replaced, or vanish further into obscurity. This book offers a visual tour of our forgotten past and practices in hopes of preserving history to prevent it from vanishing entirely. Readers will explore an abandoned jail built in 1873 (in which its first prisoner was convicted of killing two people with an axe), visit The North Maine Woods in search of ghost trains abandoned in the wilderness close to a century ago, and much more.
Forgotten Industry and Institutions of Maine contains images, interesting facts, personal anecdotes, and the stories that make these places unique and give them their distinctive character.

Residential RuinsResidential Ruins of Maine is a new title by Arend Thibodeau, and is his second release in the “America Through Time” book series.

Join us as we embark on an exploration of humanity’s remnants, from time capsules that appear untouched for decades to abandoned places that have simply been forgotten. We’ll look at some turn-of-the-century architecture, studying the Yankee craftsmanship and ingenuity that put New England on the map. We will examine items that have been left behind, with imagery capturing the unique geography and diverse lifestyles found throughout Maine. We will also explore the darker side of abandonment, including surreal encounters and an inn, built in 1865, purported to be haunted.

These places, once thriving with human activity, now hold only fleeting traces of lives lived and lost. In addition to histories and factoids of locations, this book explores the folklore and urban legends surrounding the buildings, and muses on their relevance and possible veracity. Finally, personal anecdotes and poetry are offered to try and connect the viewer with the evocative nature of the images.

Arend ThibodeauAbout the author:
Arend Thibodeau resides in Harmony, Maine with his wife, and has been a professional photographer since 1996. His photography has won awards in galleries as far away as Athens, Greece and he has been published in multiple genres ranging from wildlife to portraiture.

In pursuit of his passion for writing, Arend returned to academia and attended the University of Maine in Orono where he earned dual degrees in art and English literature. While attending the university, Arend was published with his poetry, non-fiction, and academic writing. He graduated summa cum laude in 2021 with membership in multiple honor societies including Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

When not working in the field, or writing, Arend enjoys teaching photography and playing bass in a local rock band. Read more here>