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

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

The MaineHealth Vaccine Clinic site at the Boothbay Region YMCA. The clinic is open by appointment only. Please see detailed information on the State of Maine website to sign up for an appointment.

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:

Maine residents age 70 and older are now eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 as part of Phase 1b.

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.

Favorite Books of 2020

We asked what you read and loved in 2020. You answered!

BHML may have been closed to in-person browsing most of the year, but that didn’t stop us from lending out thousands of titles to you. We even heard from many of our patrons that 2020 was an especially hardy reading year! Here is a list of some of the titles that BHML patrons enjoyed during 2020. Keep checking out our new books page to see some of the new titles we have to keep your reading habit going in 2021!

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf*

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy*

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Ann Fowler*

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne*

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker

Finding Dorothy bv Elizabeth Letts*

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson*

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle*

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

That Quail, Robert by Margaret A. Stanger

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson*

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett*

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

The Girl You Left Behind by Jo Jo Moyes

The Offing by Benjamin Myers*

Deacon King Kong by James McBride*

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger*

*Titles owned by BHML.

12/7-13: Hour of Code

Join millions of kids from around the world for Hour of Code!

During the week of December 7, log onto the Hour of Code website to learn coding basics and complete fun coding activities. Last year, over 100 million (!) students from more than 180 countries completed over a billion hours of coding!

The challenge is free to join and you can code anytime by visiting the Hour of Code website: Activities are geared for anyone aged pre-reader through high school. And trust us—these games are fun for adults, too! Some of our favorite activities are Minecraft: Education Edition, Chase the Pizza and Dance Party!

Plus, completing an hour of coding practice earns you a badge in the BHML Winter Reading Challenge. Find our more about the Winter Reading Challenge here:

Get ready to code!


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!


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 has been discontinued. To place requests for materials, visit: 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.