Holiday schedule: Close Wednesday,11/25 at 2:00PM, closed Thursday & Friday. "Open" Saturday, 11/28.
Effective, Thursday, November 19, 2020 BHML is Curbside/Windowside Service Only.
Windowside, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday.
Curbside, call 207-633-3112 when you arrive.

Winter Reading Challenge

Reading makes you cool. We mean warm!

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

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!

 

11/17: Author Talk: Harold Holzer via Facebook

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.randomhouse.com%2Fcover%2F9781524745264%3Falt%3Dno_cover_penguin.jpg&f=1&nofb=1November 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkf-2rqT0vHNaRQysVO-cIu9B2RE6cNwHx

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 tech@bbhlibrary.org 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!

 

BHML COVID-19 House Rules

Effective Tuesday, October 13, 2020, until further notice folks:

Starting Tuesday, October 13, BHML is excited to welcome patrons back into the building for in-person browsing and checkout. In order to keep the community in good health, the following house rules will be applied:

  1. Capacity is limited to 5 patrons
  2. Visits are limited to 30 minutes
  3. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required
  4. Hands must be washed or sanitized upon entry
  5. Physical distancing must be practiced and respected

Additional adjustments:

  • Sign in. Patrons will be required to sign in. This information will be gathered for contact tracing purposes only. Sign-in information will be shred daily, after 14 days.
  • 2 laptops available, subject to a 30 minute time limit.
  • No public restroom.
  • For patrons who are not comfortable entering the building, or are unable to wear a mask, in place of Curbside Pickup, patrons may do a Windowside Pickup from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Drop by during those times to the window by the book drop to pick up your reserved items.
  • The email address curbside@bbhlibrary.org has been discontinued. To place requests for materials, visit: minerva.maine.edu/ or call us at 207-633-3112.
In-Person Browsing & Checkout
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 – 2:00 PM
Windowside Pickup
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
*Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
No appointment required

 

Until further notice, all non-browsing and lending uses of the library will continue to be suspended. Due to space constraints, we are unable to accommodate meetings, gatherings, and library lounging.  In the event that a Library employee, volunteer or patron tests positive for COVID-19, the Library will close without notice and remain closed for 14 days.

Read more on the CDC website about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Finally, a parting joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? To maintain physical distancing requirements.

Womp womp.

New Normal Part 2

Starting Tuesday, October 13, BHML is excited to welcome patrons back into the building for in-person browsing and checkout. In order to keep the community in good health, the following house rules will be applied:

  1. Capacity is limited to 5 patrons
  2. Visits are limited to 30 minutes
  3. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required
  4. Hands must be washed or sanitized upon entry
  5. Physical distancing must be practiced and respected

Additional adjustments:

  • Sign in. Patrons will be required to sign in. This information will be gathered for contact tracing purposes only. Sign-in information will be shred daily, after 14 days.
  • 2 laptops available, subject to a 30 minute time limit.
  • No public restroom.
  • For patrons who are not comfortable entering the building, or are unable to wear a mask, in place of Curbside Pickup, patrons may do a Windowside Pickup from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Drop by during those times to the window by the book drop to pick up your reserved items.
  • The email address curbside@bbhlibrary.org has been discontinued. To place requests for materials, visit: minerva.maine.edu/ or call us at 207-633-3112.

Library Hours, effective Tuesday October 13:

In-Person Browsing & Checkout
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 – 2:00 PM
Windowside Pickup
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
*Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
No appointment required

Until further notice, all non-browsing and lending uses of the library will continue to be suspended. Due to space constraints, we are unable to accommodate meetings, gatherings, and library lounging.  In the event that a Library employee, volunteer or patron tests positive for COVID-19, the Library will close without notice and remain closed for 14 days.

Read more on the CDC website about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Finally, a parting joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? To maintain physical distancing requirements.

Womp womp.

10/9 & 10/10: Bʊktoberfest

On the library lawn, with masks and physical distancing in play, join us for an outdoor Used Book Sale.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Buy up books from the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore, as well as duplicates and other items deaccessioned from the BHML collection (including art books and coffee table books, nonfiction, and more). 

For the past several years the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore has donated an incredible $30,000 from the sale of used books to support programs and lending at BHML.  COVID-19 restrictions put a real wrench in that goal.  Help us close the gap by shopping ’til you drop at Bʊktoberfest!

For every $6 you spend you will earn a raffle ticket entry for 2 delicious growlers from the Footbridge Brewery. Prost!

All proceeds go to funding free public library services in the Boothbay Region.  Help keep knowledge and information free!

Part Time Job Opportunity

***This position is now closed***

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) seeks an engaging and community-minded individual to provide digital literacy services to the region’s diverse array of library users. This new part-time position requires a creative individual who has an interest in or passion for learning and teaching in the digital world.

Responsibilities: The Community Technology Coordinator’s (CTC) overall responsibilities include but are not limited to designing and executing the library’s free public programs that promote digital literacy. The CTC will work independently and collaboratively with the executive director to provide youth and adult programming, and to manage the IT infrastructure of BHML.

Requirements: A 20 hour per week position – schedule to be determined.  Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.  High school diploma or equivalent required; a Bachelor’s degree is highly desirable.  One to three years’ experience in a related field, or with teaching experience and/or customer service, is strongly preferred.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse public in a friendly and professional manner are required.

BHML is a small but mighty non-profit library that operates in a highly collaborative environment. The right candidate will be hardworking, tech-savvy, creative, and open minded.

Compensation: $17-19.50/hour commensurate with experience.

Job Description: PT Community Technology Coordinator {click!}

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Joanna Breen, Executive Director, via email at director@bbhlibrary.org Position is open until filled.

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

9/23 & 9/24: Money Talk$ (via zoom)

Money Talk$
Join BHML and the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce for two free financial programs facilitated by Financial Advisor, Marta Haydym.

Registration is required, you can register at any time.

Students & Parents
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 PM
Do you have questions about what to do now that you have graduated in the midst of a pandemic? Are you thinking about taking a GAP year and have no clue how to start thinking about money? Please join us for this zoom call with Financial Advisor Marta Haydym to ask questions, learn about basic finances, and talk about next steps! To join us, register for Zoom the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-GvrDsqHNYyHPhvtQomSDxj8N-NUc__ 

Marta Haydym, Financial Advisor

Small Businesses & Investors
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM
Many small businesses in our state have been affected by COVID-19 AND it’s an election year. What does the impact look like? Join Financial Advisor Marta Haydym on a presentation about the state of the market, strategies to help your business weather future storms, and ask questions that have been on your mind. To join us, register for Zoom the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-usrjIpHtbhOk0P5U8PyBZaSkwITKaJ

In advance of the programs, please also feel free to reach out to Marta at Marta.Haydym@EdwardJones.com to ask her to touch on anything specific during the programs.