3/3: Stuffie Sleepover

Give your stuffy a night out!

Stuffie SleepoverDrop off one of your stuffed animals anytime between Wednesday, March 22 to Friday, March 24 for a fun Library sleepover! We have lots of fun activities planned and will take good care of them.

Come back the next morning, Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. for donuts & hot chocolate and to see what antics your stuffed animal got up to at the library.


Parents, please be sure your child chooses a stuffed animal that won’t be missed overnight. BHML is open until 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, you can drop off a stuffy Wednesday, March 22 if it won’t be missed for a few days!

2/21: February Vacation Week Fun!

February Vacation Fun

Join us during February Vacation for a host of fun activities at the Library! Events include:

Slime LabTuesday, Feb. 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Stop in the Children’s room any time between 1 and 3 p.m. to mix up some slime with Jen! Spice it up with color and glitter.


Open LEGOWednesday, Feb. 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
We provide the LEGO, while you provide the imagination! Get creative and build anything you choose or tackle one of Jen’s Lego Challenges.


Kids’ Choice MovieWednesday, Feb. 22, 4:00 p.m.
For kids’ in Third Grade and up. Come to the library to watch a movie! Popcorn & pizza will be served. Registration Required. Sign up at the front desk.


Family BINGOThursday, Feb. 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome! Try your luck and see if you win a prize!


Special Story Time: PetsFriday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.
Join Jen to read some stories about pets. Stay after and make your own pet rock to take home!


2/16: Tech Talk—Learning the Lingo

Tech Talk

Thursday, February 16
11:00 a.m.—noon
in the Great Room

Join us for our next Tech Talk with Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany Schmidt.

Expand your technology vocabulary. We’ll learn tech jargon (like cloud storage, RAM, and processor) and more common tech terms (like browser, window, and tab) to help make computer, smartphone and other online work easier to understand. Plus, learn some tech tips and tricks to go along with the new lingo you’ve learned.

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

2/7: Author Talk with Gerry Boyle

Author talk with
Gerry Boyle

Robbed Blind: A Jack McMorrow mystery

Tuesday, February 7 at 1:00pm in the Great Room

Join us in the Great Room to hear Maine author Gerry Boyle discuss the latest book in his acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series.

Gerry Boyle is the author of 16 crime novels, including the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series. His latest McMorrow novel is ROBBED BLIND. The previous McMorrow novel, RANDOM ACT, was awarded the 2020 Maine Literary Award for crime fiction, the second time a McMorrow novel has been chosen for that honor. Boyle is also the author of the Brandon Blake mystery series, featuring a young Portland police officer. His novels have been published in a half-dozen languages. The author lives in central Maine in a village on a lake. In addition to writing crime fiction, he has been a newspaper reporter and columnist, and for many years was editor of the Colby College magazine, published by his alma mater.

Gerry BoyleBook Description:

Robbed Blind is McMorrow’s world turned upside down, with moonlighting cops doing weed-shop security, stories told, not in print, but on podcasts, his daughter dancing on TikTok, and his battle-honed reporting skills brought to bear for a story Jack knows will never be written. McMorrow risks his life in order to ensure that, in at least this one case of good vs. evil, good won’t go down without a fight. But in this 13th installment, the question looms larger than ever—will Jack McMorrow survive to fight another day?

12/28 – 12/30: Holiday Break Activities

Wednesday: Open Lego from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and spend the afternoon building with our Legos!
Optional Lego Challenge: Build a building and win a prize for most, creative, most structurally sound, tallest and most realistic!

Thursday: 3D Snowflakes from 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Learn how to make a 3D Snowflake. Help us create a snowstorm in the children’s room!

Friday: StoryTime & Craft at 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss. Jen for a special Gingerbread story time & craft!

Reminder: Chess & Afterschool clubs are on break. Clubs resume in January.

12/14: Luminary Making

Luminary MakingLuminary Making 2

Wednesday, December 14
2:00 pm—7:00 pm in the Great Room

Drop in to make a candle luminary in honor of a loved one, in memory of someone lost in 2022 or to commemorate a moment from the past year.

Luminary supplies and instructions will be available in the Great Room from 2:00-7:00 p.m. for self-guided creation.

Then, join us for:

Lighting of the Luminaries
Wednesday, December 21 at Sunset (4:04 p.m.) on the Library Lawn

Join us as we light the luminaries outside the library as the sun sets.
Take time to reflect before heading inside for warm drinks and reminiscing.

Luminary Making

12/6: Tech Talk—I’ll Be On Zoom for the Holidays

I'll Be On Zoom...
Tuesday, December 6
1:00–2:00 p.m.
in the Great Room

Just in time for the holidays! In this workshop for tech users of all skill levels, we’ll learn all about video calling.

We’ll talk about the different video call apps available and discuss the pros and cons from each app. Then, we’ll practice making video calls and learn some of the special features of each app. We’ll go over pricing, free options and safety and security of video calling.

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

Questions? Call the library at 207-633-3112 or email our Community Technology Coordinator, Bethany at tech@bhmlnext100.org.

Best Halloween Parade Reboot Ever

Wow. Just wow. The Halloween Parade Reboot was spectacular; an example of community-wide collaboration at its finest. Starting in September with a call to Officer Larry Brown and then Jen, BHML Children’s Coordinator, going door to door to the downtown businesses to see who’s “in” for the parade, the event got its bones back after a two year pandemic pause.

With the downtown businesses excited for a reboot, we got even more excited to add in a trunk or treat section.  Our neighbor Bath Savings Bank enthusiastically agreed to turn over some parking spots. We hollered at a few organizations and businesses to if they’d like to participate: the American Legion Post 36 signed on, and First National Bank, Hannaford’s agreed, and Newcastle Reality came and brought Action for Animals into the fold, Sue Burge recruited Big Al, and Alyssa Allen looped in the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service. It was really something to see the chain reaction, very quickly the trunk-or-treat spots we’d planned for were filled!

And since the library closed on Mondays, why not haunt it? Jen and Bethany recruited LEGO and Gaming Clubbers to create dozens of Halloween decorations from bats to tombstones to weird little LEGO creatures. Girls Who Code club produced spooky animations that visitors could peer through a crack watch for a fright. At the library the weeks preceding the parade were messy with paint and cardboard from Halloween maker-space sessions. Harolyn and the volunteers could barely hear at the circulation desk over raucous sounds of the tasked young artists. I previewed a few scary animations by Girls Who Code members and then had to sleep with the light on.

On the morning of the parade, we decorated with props and items loaned from Slick’s Boutique, Bonnie Ginger, and Betsy Dunton, and all the Halloween maker-space decorations the clubbers produced. Abby Dunlap, Barbara Scorcia, and Elaine Ricci came to help us set up. At 2:30 Imij, Gretchen, and Chris Armstead swooped in for action.

For 3:00 we had Beetlejuice roaming the library and a creepy little bunny. Desiree Scorcia and Anna Rogers haunted the stacks as a soulless moaning remote worker and a dead fairy, respectively. The Children’s Room was festive, but sane, and Pam Utley read barely spooky stories to little ones and the fright-adverse. Lisa and Ben with the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce served cider on the lawn, and finally at 4:00 pm the parade began, led by Jen Betts and Meg Donaldson (or: a penguin and a unicorn).

The Boothbay Region Police Department kept the route safe. Townsend Avenue businesses from Two Salty Dogs down to First Methodist Church passed out a bazillion pieces of pieces of candy to a thousand costumed residents and visitors from neighboring towns. This was the biggest parade yet! A heartfelt thank you to all of those who made it happen, and to all those who came. It was quite a show! We can’t wait until next year.


The Library

Thank you so much: Library Club Kids (you know who you are), Bath Savings Bank, American Legion, Action for Animals, Newcastle Realty, First National Bank, Hannafords, Big Al, Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce, Boothbay Region Police Department, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, Slick’s Boutique, Bonnie Ginger, Elaine Ricci, Abby Dunlap, Barbara & Desiree Scorcia, The Armstead Family, Anna Rogers, Betsy Dunton, Pam Utley, all of the downtown businesses and the paraders that make day!

Got pictures?! Tag us in in them @bbhlibrary on Facebook and Instagram!

11/5: Author Talk with Alan Derosby

Death & Mr. Foud Book Cover

Author talk with Alan Derosby

Death & Mr. Fould

Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm in the Great Room

Author Alan DarosbyAlan Derosby, a Maine native, will talk about his latest novel Death and Mr. Fould at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 5th at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Alan spent several years focusing on his passion: writing. He has created original spooky short stories, having The Ghost at Old Mill’s Pub and Windowsill published online and five in-print anthologies: Going Home, Full Moon, Kunk, Cries and Under the Bed. Six more short stories are to be published by the end of the year. He made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel awards with his young historical fiction novel Lost Souls of Purgatory. His debut novel, Man of Clay was released by Spellbound Books Publishing out of the UK in N

When not writing, Alan teaches history at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, spends time with his family, or watches the New York Mets push for a World Series run.