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.

Maine Poets Society Prize Poem Contest


The Maine Poets Society is proud to present our sixth annual $100 prize poem contest. This
year we are again also offering a $50 prize to Maine poets whose poetry has not been
previously published. Publication in a newsletter or an online workshop does not count for
this purpose.

The contests are open to all Maine residents, including seasonal, except for Maine Poets
Society board members. If your entry will be postmarked out of state, please enclose a
letter verifying your address when resident in Maine.  Entries must be postmarked
between January 15 th and the deadline of March 30 th , 2023.

There is a $5 entry fee for the $100 prize poem contest, and a $2.50 entry fee for the $50
contest for previously unpublished poets. You may enter up to 4 poems, but you must cover
each poem with an entry fee. You may not enter a poem that has been previously published.

Topic and form are left open, but there is a 50-line limit. Entries exceeding this will be

Our distinguished judge for the $100 prize poem contest in 2023 will be Wesley McNair,
Maine Poet Laureate from 2011-2016 and Emeritus Professor at the University of Maine,
Farmington. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the
Arts, and United States Artists. Among his other honors are the Robert Frost Prize, the
Theodore Roethke Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book, the Sarah Josepha
Hale Medal for “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.”
Our prizes will be presented at the 2023 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance awards
evening. The shortlists will be announced beforehand by email and on the MPS Facebook

Please send two copies of your poem, one of them identified with your name, mailing
address, email address and telephone number and which contest you are entering, and one
with no additional information, to MPS Vice-President Gus Peterson, at 12 Middle Street,
Randolph, ME 04346. Mark your envelope CONTEST.

Enclose a check payable to Maine Poets Society, with ‘Contest entry’ on the memo line.
Entries will not be returned, so please retain a copy.

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?

BHML is Hiring: Circulation Coordinator (Part-Time)

2/8/23: This position has been filled. 

Part Time Circulation Coordinator 2023.pdf

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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

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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.