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painting of Buttermilk Brook by Erica Child Prud'homme

2017 Silent Auction
"A Celebration of Art"
Library Benefit
July 10 - August 30
Library Hours
Bidding ends 8pm, 8/30/17

Enjoy the art of our talented community artists during July and August. Plan to bid often or better yet, BUY IT NOW! Bidding is open from July 10 through Wednesday, August 30 at 8 pm.  Artwork will be on display during Library hours. Please click to see the Silent Auction catalog or for more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Ann Judd in the butterfly garden a tagged Monarch butterfly

Library Talk
Ann Judd and the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden
Tuesday, August 29
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Learn more about Monarch butterflies and about this Monarch Waystation – and about organic gardening practices that can sustain and protect butterflies. Ann Judd of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden has for some years recorded when the first monarchs arrive in the garden - usually the last ten days in June.  Please click for more information about the Butterfly Release, check out the Bangor Daily News report about the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden or call the Library at 244-7065.

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The Geologic Evolution of Mount Desert Island
with Duane and Ruth Braun **

Tuesday, September 5
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geologic history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

**Preregistration is required for this program.

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Railroad and the Art of Place
by David Kahler

Thursday, September 7
5:30 - 7:00 pm

With 100 black and white images, the book and presentation were built around Kahler's six visits to photograph working railroads and the cultural landscape in southern West Virginia's coal country during the most trying weather conditions. The major theme is ART first and  RAILROADS second. Coincidentally, if you have read the popular book, HillBilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, you will find that Mr. Vance was reared across the river in eastern Kentucky parallel to the rail route of Kahler's photographic journey.

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Free Monthly AED/Hands Only CPR Class *
Wednesday, September 6
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Library is offering a free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class. This class is not for CPR certification but is an opportunity for anyone to be introduced to, or refresh, AED use and Hands Only CPR. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

*Space is limited; please call the Library at 244-7065 to reserve a place.

headshot of Ron Chase book jacket for The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Library Book Talk
Ron Chase and
The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Tuesday, September 12
5:30 - 7:00 pm

This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On November 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. Chase's well researched book explores the life, motives, and mystery surrounding both the historic robbery and the man behind it. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Elvira Madigan
Award Winning Hit Film from 1968

Thursday, September 14
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Set in Denmark in 1889, film tells the story of star-crossed lovers Elvira Madigan, a beautiful circus performer, and Sixten Sparre, a dashing cavalry officer. The movie won Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Actress for its star, Pia Degermark. It also popularized Mozart's Concero Number 21 in C Major, its musical theme. Elvira Madigan is not available through Netflix, Amazon, or anywhere else and the DVD is long out of print. There will be only one screening, so for an intoxicating swoon of a movie experience, please join us!  For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065

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Fisheries Restoration in Maine:
A Closer Look at River Herring

Tuesday, September 19
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Learn why river herring are vitally important to the ecology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments along Maine's coastline. River herring – alewives and blueback herring – tie our ocean, rivers and lakes together, while providing essential nutrients and food needed to sustain healthy watersheds. Hear about efforts to monitor and restore alewife runs in Maine's rivers and streams and how healthy native fisheries tie our communities to the sea. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.Downeast Salmon Federation Logo

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Acadia Night Sky Festival
Exploring Jupiter

Friday, September 22
5:00 - 6:00 pm

The Juno mission to Jupiter contains a wide variety of instruments in its payload.  The JunoCam instrument is the mission's public outreach camera which is able to image Jupiter at a higher resolution that previously possible.  Additionally, its orbit allows us to image the poles of Jupiter, something not possible here on Earth.  

In this program planetary geologist and mission specialist on the Jupiter Juno Mission, Daniel Krysak, will discuss the various images acquired as well as how the public can engage with the camera system on the spacecraft. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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An Introduction to the New Digital Archive
Monday, September 25
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Tremont Historical Society and the Southwest Harbor Public Library invite you to an introduction to the Digital Archive – a new online catalog of thousands of historic photographs and the stories behind them. 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