In addition to books, DVDs and audiobooks, BHML now offers a cornucopia of “Things” for you to borrow–from laptops to Kindles to telescopes and games. You can check out any “Thing” the same way you check out a book.
Need a VHS player to watch an old tape? Want to borrow a Kindle for your trip instead of lugging 10 books? Have company coming and want a game on hand? Grandkids need some entertainment? BHML has got you covered!
Below is the beginning of BHML’s Library of Things. You will need your library card to request and pick up these “Things” and a few “Things” require you to sign a borrowing agreement. If you have a suggestions for some “Thing” you’d rather borrow than buy, let us know!
Learn & Play
Items from the Library of Things have varying check-out periods, so make sure to keep track of your item’s due date! And remember, all “Things” must be returned in person to BHML staff member–NO using the bookdrop!
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Visit BHML to get your new 14-digital library card to become eligible to participate in the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows anyone with a valid library card from one of 68 participating libraries to visit any of the other participating libraries and check out materials in person. It’s referred to as “walk-in” borrowing because it essentially turns your local library card into a “statewide” library card!
The program launched in September 2019 as a one year pilot test. Following review of the pilot in August 2020 and incorporating any needed changes, the Maine State Library hopes the program will be formalized and grow over time.
Stop by the library to pick up your new card, and then map out a Reciprocal Borrowing road trip! Some libraries where your new library card will work are: Skidompha Public Library (Damariscotta), Rockland Public Library, Camden Public Library, and Witherle Memorial Library (Castine).
New BHML library cards feature art by three local artists. It’s a miniature piece of fine art that unlocks the world of culture and literature throughout the state of Maine. Pretty awesome!
Have you ever heard of Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off program? It allows you to easily support Maine Libraries when you file your state taxes.
Why would you do this? Where do the funds go? They go all over the state, and this year, they came to us! On November 19 the Maine State Library announced this year’s recipients:
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library was awarded $2,500 to support our senior book group Books & Bites!
This grant award was made possible by every Mainer who ticked the box to support Maine Libraries. Thank you to everyone who supported the Maine Public Library Fund Last year! Let’s pay it forward, and tick the box this tax season to keep valuable programs funded for communities around the state.
More about Books & Bites:
Books and Bites is a large print book group run by our Circulation Coordinator, Meg Donaldson. She travels to St. Andrew’s Village once a month to facilitate a book discussion of the selected large print title. Now, through the support from the Maine Public Library Fund, BHML will be able to build more large print book group kits, and add new locations for more book groups! Stay tuned for where Books & Bites might pop up next; for information on the current group at St. Andrew’s Village, contact Meg at 207-633-3112 or email her at email@example.com.