BHML is Curbside/Window Service Only.
Call 207-633-3112 when you arrive or go directly to the window by the book drop.

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 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: 

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:

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


2020 Annual Fund

Annual Appeal PDF Version

Dear Friends,

This year, we’ve seen the best of our community as we have rallied together through challenging times. We’ve adapted, worked to protect public health, supported our local businesses, and found creative ways to support those who serve the needs of our community. Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) celebrates this collective spirit as we too adapt to continue to serve the educational and informational needs of all members of our community.

In March, BHML collaborated with the school libraries at BRES and BRHS to issue library cards by mail to over 200 students so they could access BHML’s digital library during the school and library closures. We launched a community-wide poetry project (POETRY NOW!) and collected works from dozens of local poets from first time writers to seasoned writers and students. Miss Harolyn joined the ranks of children’s librarians who delivered storytimes on-line as we worked to stay connected to budding readers. In June, BHML opened for curbside service following CDC, state, and professional guidelines and the staff is thrilled to see patrons again, albeit at a distance!

This year, summer reading has gone online; if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late, visit! Since the onset of closures and quarantine, use of online resources has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. Hoopla use increased 40%! And, you can still call, email, and place orders directly in the catalog for physical books.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 we were forced to cancel many of our summer fundraising events and activities. These include our annual fundraiser, crafters on the lawn, Books in Boothbay, and walk-in donations. In a “normal” summer, these activities would make up over $10,000 of our annual income, and they were an important part of meeting this year’s annual fundraising goal of $95,000.

With your support and generosity, we hope that you can help us close the gap. Please consider contributing what you can this year to BHML to make sure we can keep curbside service going and safely deliver new books, old favorites, DVDs, and audiobooks in our contact-free curbside service.

Read about ways to donate here at or make an online donation now.

When the time comes, we cannot wait to welcome the community back into the Library!

BHML Board of Trustees

I Love a Mystery Book Group in the “old” days, January 2020
Screenshot of Miss Harolyn’s online storytime.
Curbside pickup service as visualized by staff in the planning process.
Breen and Scorcia promote real life curbside pickup service.
Zeus advertises summer reading in an unpaid modeling gig.

8/12: LiveStream: I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone

On August 26, 1920, three quarters of the state legislatures ratified the Nineteenth Amendment and American Women won full voting rights. Join BHML online on Wednesday August 12, 2020 to celebrate the suffrage movement 100 years later.

For the last two summers BHML has been thrilled to welcome Judith Kalaora from History At Play to perform her historical reenactments on the library lawn. This year, we’re hopping on the virtual bandwagon and are excited to offer a live-stream performance of:  I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30 PM, Join us on Zoom

Step in to the immersive world of History At Play!  After the show, there will be time for questions and answers.

About Lucy Stone:

Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone is never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy defies every obstacle and is an ardent supporter of human rights. Always fierce, her belief that women and men be equal is evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands of women to join the suffrage movement; Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement.

As a scholar, Lucy intensely studied Greek and Hebrew and vehemently insists that the Holy Bible has been mistranslated to oppress and objectify women. There is no way Lucy will settle for second best, even in her marriage! She created a marriage protest to be read in place of her wedding vows and refused to take her husband’s surname, leading to the moniker of a “Lucy Stoner” to describe a woman who does just that!

In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists! Their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride! Suitable for all ages. Running Time: Approx. 60 minutes.

About Judith Kalaora:

Judith is a professional educator, actress, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. She attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England. Judith founded History At Play™ in 2010 to provide educational entertainment, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Judith researches, writes, produces, and performs.

Check out: Kalaora talks to the Boston Globe about going virtual.

Join Zoom Meeting

Topic: History At Play, LLC Presents “I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone”
Time: Aug 12, 2020 06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 830 1894 4061
Passcode: 205950

7/28: Virtual Author Talk

Author Talk: Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020, 10:00 AM

Join us for a “Coffee Talk” with Len Mattano author of “Celtic Crossing.”  BYO coffee to an internet-enabled device near you, and Zoom in for a chat with a local novelist.  Q & A will follow a short presentation. We hope to see you there!

Register in advance for this meeting:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting!

Len Mattano is an author and physician whose experiences caring for children with cancer underlie the heart of this story. When not at their home in Mystic, Connecticut, Len and his wife work from their strictly seasonal cabin in East Boothbay, Maine.


For generations Aideen Callaghan’s ancestors were miraculously cured of cancer through the power of a holy relic—the very relic that inspired the Celtic cross—until it vanished from history in 1866 and became Irish lore. Raised on faith but with an inheritance of death, Aideen has been at odds with religion since losing her daughter to a brain tumor. Now it is her orphaned grandson who lies dying. In desperation Aideen turns to a priest-scholar, Fr. Kevin Schaeffer, for help. Armed with a priceless family Bible and a sacred pendant worn by Aideen’s great-grandmother—the last to be cured—Fr. Kevin abandons his research in Dublin and sets his sights on finding the relic in time to save the child.


“Mattano makes a moving debut with this story set in contemporary Ireland that…will be of interest to faith readers who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but prefer lower stakes.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wistfully beautiful.”

     —John Jude Palencar, master American fantasy artist for Game of ThronesLord of the RingsThe Inheritance Cycle, and others

“To read this novel is to embark on a pilgrimage that takes us to an unexpected and holy place.”

Suzanne M. Wolfe, award-winning novelist, author of A Murder by Any NameThe Confessions of X, and Unveiling

“While humanity struggles to understand why a loving God allows such things [as childhood cancer], Mattano’s messengers offer God’s miraculous gifts of faith, hope, and love.”

Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick’s Foundation

“This is a story that will cause sleepless nights as readers turn just one more page—over and over—being drawn with the characters into their own spiritual journeys.”

Rev. Thomas F. X. Hoar, SSE, PhD, President & CEO, St. Edmund’s Retreat, Enders Island, Mystic CT

“For a refreshing touch of spiritual reawakening, reward yourself with Celtic Crossing.”

Raymond J. Hutchinson, MS, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean, University of Michigan

“Move over Andrew Greeley! Here is a novelist with your talents and multi-layer plotting, the sort of which you would be proud.”

Paul L. Maier, PhD, Professor of Ancient History (Em.), Western Michigan University; best-selling novelist, author of The Skeleton in God’s Closet and others


Curbside Catalog Quick Links

There are several major bummers about closing the library building to the public.  Top of the list for us staff is not working in the bustling and dynamic company of our patrons.  We’re hearing that top of the list for patrons is the inability to browse the collection.  We feel you. Browsing in a library is where the magic happens, the heart of intellectual serendipity and discovery. There’s nothing more exciting (in our humble opinion) then walking into a library to look for one thing and discover another.

In an attempt to simulate sweet serendipitous browsing, we’ve pulled together some digital shelves for you. We know it’s not the same, but hey, nothing is these days…except for the solace and escape provided by a good book.

Follow the links, all lists are sorted newest to oldest. Click here for a quick and dirty “How to Request in the Online Catalog” tutorial.

How to browse…online!

“Browse” Fiction & Mysteries

“Browse” Biographies

“Browse” Cookbooks (yumyum)

“Browse” DVDs

“Browse” Audiobooks


“Browse” the non fiction stacks:

100s (Philosophy & psychology)

200s (Religion and Spirituality)

300s (Social Science)

400s (Languages)

500s (Sciences: Math, Earth Sciences, Biology, etc.)

600s (Applied Sciences: Health, cooking, gardening, DIY, etc.)

700s (Art and recreation)

800s (Literature: Essays, writing, etc.)

900s (History and Geography)

Book Clubbers Recommend….

This past winter BHML hosted another Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” reading group on the theme: Re-Imagining the American Family.  The skilled facilitator and lively group missed just one meeting due to COVID-19 cancellations, and resumed to finish out the meetings online using Zoom.

“We’ve all enjoyed each others’ company, observations and comments.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to draw from our individual experiences with books that we love?” ~ 2020 Let’s Talk About It Participant

Below find some of the titles the group recommended. We’re excited to share their recommendations to the wider BHML Community!  Maybe you’ll find a new favorite.

BHML owns the titles in green…place a hold for curbside pickup today! Learn more about Curbside Pickup here. 

Book Title Author Reader’s comments
Giants in the Earth Ole Edvart Rolvagg Norwegian immigrant family travel west by wagon to Dakota Territory. Hardships historically accurate.
Stone Angel Margaret Laurence Canadian.  Ninety year old woman struggles against being put in a nursing home.
The Woman Who Walked into Doors Roddy Doyle A battered mother of 4 in working class Dublin.
Beautiful and the Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
Germinal Emile Zola
King Lear Wm. Shakespeare These are the first 10 that came to mind today.  Probably would have a different list on another day.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy
Middlemarch George Elliot
The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
War and Peace Tolstoy
First novel of the Paliser or Barchester Towers  series Anthony Trollope
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
Dead Wake Erik Larson
Collapse Jared Diamond
The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje
Middlemarch George Eliot
Tortilla Curtain T.C, Boyle
Poisonwood Bible  Barbara Kingsoliver or any of her books
Home Marilyn Robinson
People of the Book  Geraldine Brooks
Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich
Americanah Ngozi Adichie,
The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman or any of his books or short stories
Catch 22 Joseph Heller crazy making but fascinating
The Sociopath Next Door Martha Stout it explains so much, especially in today’s world
Needful Things Stephen King Ahhh, Mr. King, this one is the best.
House of Light Mary Oliver “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life!” from The Summer Day
The Cat Who Went to Paris Peter Gethers guilty pleasure, read years ago and it was just what I needed so it makes my list but not for literary genius
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Michael Dorris Again, right book at the right time
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café Fannie Flagg This is my favorite movie of all time, too.
Kent Family Chronicles and The North and South Trilogy John Jakes Throwback to high school reading for pleasure
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

Curbside & Summer Reading

Curbside. All Summer. By Appointment.

1) Request your items. *Items must be available at BHML. (Learn more about how to request BHML owned items here).

2) Wait for a BHML staff member to call you to schedule your pickup (we will call within 2 business days).

3) Arrive at BHML at your appointed time to pick up your items. We ask that patrons please note signage and follow all instructions. Social distancing and masks required.

4) Participate in summer reading June 23 – August 15!  Adults, Kids, and Teens, sign up for Summer Reading 2020 for chances to win prizes!  BIKES! MUGS! LEGOS! PUSHEEN! Learn more:

Special thanks to the Maine State Library for hooking us up with Beanstack for online summer reading fun!


Q: How will I know my items are ready to be picked up?

A: BHML staff will call you to schedule a pickup time. Unfortunately, no walk-up or unscheduled contact is allowed at this time. All items must be pre-requested. Pickup times will be offered on the following days and hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: Noon – 2:00 PM AND 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – Noon AND 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – Noon

Q: How long will it take to get my items?

A: BHML staff run a pull list every morning. We will contact you within 2 business days of your request for items to schedule a pickup time.

Q: How do I know if BHML owns the item(s) I want?

A: Start your search in the Minerva Catalog using this link to pre-limit the search to BHML materials. Or, use these instructions to limit your online search to BHML materials: If you have trouble, feel free to reach out!

Q: Can I order books from other libraries?

A: Not at this time. Currently, requests can be made on BHML owned materials only. BHML always wants to hear your suggestions for future purchases:

Q: How many items can I request?

A: For now, 10 items total (including max of 7 DVDs and 7 audiobooks)

Q: What if I can’t pick up my items at my scheduled time?

A: Let us know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule your pickup time. Please do not just drop by. If you have not made contact in the 1 week following your missed appointment, we will re-shelve your items. We are not allowing unscheduled pickups.

Q: I don’t have a library card, how do I get one?

A: We are happy to mail you a library card. Please fill out the form at: or call 207-633-3112.

Q: Is curbside service going to be available all summer?

A: Yes, unless federal, state, or local guidelines change or there is a surge in Covid-19 cases in the State of Maine. If necessary to keep everyone safe, closing the library at any time is at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Q: What safety measures are in place?

A: For curbside service the BHML staff will be following the CDC guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks and gloves while preparing your items for pick-up. All items will be packed into clean bags and marked with the name of the person picking up, with social distance procedures and signage directing pickup. Cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be strictly adhered to. All returned items will be quarantined for a minimum 5 days. We ask that you help us too, by wearing masks, staying in your car until you are waived on to get your bag of items, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing at all times between other people.

On June 23, after updated findings from the Battelle Study on library materials, BHML decreased our quarantine period for books from 7 days to 5 days.



Special thanks to the following organizations and businesses for helping us with the supplies necessary to lend library materials as safely as possible!