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Carey at start of AT in GA, May 1977

189 Days on the Appalachian Trail
with veteran hiker and author
Carey Kish

Tuesday, October 24
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Appalachian Trail is the most famous long distance footpath in the world, and the 2,189 mile trek is the adventure of a lifetime. Carey Kish 2015Join Carey Kish of Hall Quarry as he describes in words and images his 189-day AT journey from Georgia to Maine and discover how the trail has changed since Kish first hiked the AT in 1977! Please click for more information on Carey Kish and the Appalachian Trail or call the Library at 244-7065.

book cover for Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Bat

Southwest Harbor Drama Club
with Joe Marshall

Wednesday, October 25
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bring a bag dinner to participate or just listen as the Southwest Harbor Drama Club meets to read the play "The Bat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood. Mrs Rinehart was the American Agatha Christie and owned "Far View" in Bar Harbor from 1938 until it burned in the Fire of '47. Scripts will be provided. Click for more information about the Southwest Harbor Drama Club or call the Library at 244-7065.

a row of just-carved Jack o Lanterns

Family Event
Pumpkin Festival
Thursday, October 26

Please join us for our Pumpkin Festival! From 1 - 5 pm we'll be doing Pumpkin Carving - pumpkins and tools will be provided while supplies last or bring your own. At 6 pm we'll present our Mad Science of Maine Spooktacular Halloween Show (check out Mad Science of Maine to get a preview), and at 7 pm we'll enjoy our Jack-o-Lantern Display with Hot Cider, Popcorn & Music! Please click for more information about our Pumpkin Festival or call the Library at 244-7065.

head shot of Peter Logue cover for The Fire of 47

The Bar Harbor Historical Society's New Film
The Fire of '47

Saturday, October 28
4:00 - 5:00 pm

The Library will be showing "The Fire of '47" at the American Legion Hall. Director Peter Logue, of Southwest Harbor, interviewed more than twenty community members who shared their memories of the "Great Fire." Photos and film taken in 1947 will also be a part of the film. If you remember the fire or have stories that have been passed down to you, please come and share them following the screening. This screening is free and open to the public. For more information about the Fire of '47, please call the Library at 244-7065.

The five major sponsors of this film are: First National Bank, Kay & Steve Theede, Means Family Foundation, Cary & June Swan, and LS Robinson Insurance Company/a division of Allen Insurance and Financial.

graphic of a witch graphic of a costumed trick or treaters

Family Event
Halloween Book

Tuesday, October 31
5:00 - 7:00 pm

On Halloween night, the Library will provide a cozy stop for trick-or-treaters and their families. The "treat" is a free book! This is a great way to celebrate the season and promote family literacy by enjoying stories and books together. Please click for more information about Trick or Treat for Books or call the Library at 244-7065.

word thing of Medicare

Library Event
Medicare Presentation*
Wednesday, November 1
3:00 - 4:30 pm
~ Pre-registration required ~

Questions about Medicare? Carroll Harper of Carroll Harper and Assoc, Inc returns to the Library for another free informational seminar. Whether you are turning 65, or are older and have questions about your Medicare benefits or enrollment eligibility, this seminar is for you! Learn about the changes coming under the Medicare Improvement Act of 2015. Learn the two ways in which you can receive Medicare benefits. Learn whether you qualify for extra help. All this and more in this Medicare presentation. For more information or to register, please call the Library at 244-7065.

* Preregistration is required.

portrait painting by Greg Burns line drawing by Greg Burns

Artist Reception & Talk
"Abstract Ideas, Art You Can Imagine"
with Greg Burns

Wed., November 1
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Not all abstract art is unrecognizable. In fact, quite a bit can look representative. What matters is the process behind the work, and with this show and artist talk, Greg Mason Burns will explain his influences and artistic process, and why the abstract is far more important to him than representation is. Read more about the Artist Reception and Talk, or call the Library at 244-7065.

Solar panels

Solar Panels for Businesses & Farms
Monday, November 6
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The College of the Atlantic’s (COA) Community Energy Center (CEC) welcomes all to this informational session. Supported by a grant fom the US Dept. of Agriculture Renewable Energy Development Assistance program, COA’s Solar for Businesses and Farms project provides free solar energy assessments for Hancock County businesses and agricultural producers. Come to the Library to learn how to get involved in this exciting project. Light refreshments will be served.

headshot of Kary Davidson, FNP

Southwest Harbor Medical Center Reception
Tuesday, November 14
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception to meet the new Nurse Practitioner, Kary Davidson, FNP, Southwest Harbor Medical Center. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital logo

participants enjoy a Libary tea Thanksgiving flavored teacup

Thanksgiving Tea at the Library
Tuesday, November 14
2:00 - 3:30 pm

You are invited to the Library for a Thanksgiving-themed tea. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cup of tea by the Library's fireplace, nibble on a homemade treat, and enjoy the company of others. Ruth Grierson and friends will provide live music. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.


Palliative Care Conversations
Saturday, November 18
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Are you mortal? Do you know and love people who are? Join us for this open conversation designed to get participants thinking and talking about serious illness, end of life issues, and the support that palliative care can offer at those times. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Health Care for All Presentation
Thursday, November 1
5:30 - 7:00 pm

More information to come.

headshot of Baron Wormser bookcover for Tom O'Vietnam

A Poetry Evening
A Reading by American Poet and Novelist, Baron Wormser
Thurs., November 30
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Baron Wormser was Poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2006. This novel is Wormser's fifteenth book, and in it he traces the travels of a Vietnam vet in the fall of 1982. Tom O' Vietnam is a blend of poetry, history, and dark wit. Please do not miss this unique opportunity offered by a masterful storyteller. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Library Fundraisers 2017

May 13
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Mother's Day Sale

  July 30
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Celebration Party
May pending
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale

August 5 & 6

Saturday &
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Giant Used Book Sale

June 22
5:30 p.m.
Special Dinner and Silent Auction at Claremont Hotel

  August 30
8:00 p.m.
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid

July 15 & 16

Saturday &
All day
Paperback Book Sale   December 2
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Holiday Book Sale