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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 Library's Digital Archive – an online catalog of thousands of historic photographs and the stories behind them. Charlotte Morrill, one of the co-founders of the Archive, will present examples of its contents and describe how to access it online from anywhere. Please click for more information on the Digital Archive or call the Library at 244-7065.

Bernard School children circa 1950

Bernard School Children circa 1950
Recognize anyone?

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Chekhov Festival
September 26 - October 1

The Barn Arts Chekhov Club is coming to the Library for a pair of events in the upcoming Chekhov Festival. The festival, which celebrates the work of the 19th century Russian writer, is the first of its kind and will run from September 26th through October 1st at several venues on MDI. Please click for more information about the Chekhov Festival or call the Library at 244-7065.

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A Special Evening
Anton Chekhov
and the Barn Arts Collective
"What's So Special About Chekhov?"
Tuesday, September 26
5:30 pm

Spend an evening exploring the work of Russian writer Anton Chekhov with the Barn Arts Collective. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a panel discussion followed by food and drinks. At 7:00, attendees are invited to join the Chekhov Club - a local group that meets to read Chekhov's plays and stories together – and meet around tables to participate in reading a part out loud. Please click for more information about "What's so Special About Chekhov" or call the Library at 244-7065.

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Chekhov Film Festival
Friday, September 29
5:30 pm

Barn Arts will present several short films adapted from short stories by Anton Chekhov. The films were created by local artists and shot over the past year on MDI. Please click for more information about the Chekhov Film Festival or call the Library at 244-7065.

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Talk by author Joe Coomer
Tuesday, October 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Joe Coomer, author of eight novels, including Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God and Pocketful of Names and two books of nonfiction, will be at the Library to read from his first book of poetry Other Lives, and to answer "any questions [he's] been trained to answer.  Other answers will be made up." Coomer also admits: "I wasn't a poet when I was young. I didn't think of myself as a poet, but I found that the older I got, the more I was tending toward poetry." Please click for more information about Joe Coomer or call the Library at 244-7065.

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AED/Hands Only CPR Class
Wednesday, October 4
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Ambulance Service are offering a free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class Wednesday, October 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This class is not for CPR certification, but still provides participants with current AED and Hands Only CPR information as an introductory or refresher class in a low-stress, supportive environment. Please click for more information about the AED/Hands Only CPR Class or call the Library at 244-7065.

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Medicare Talk
with Carroll Harper
Saturday, October 4
3:00 pm

Carroll Harper, President of Carroll Harper and Associates, will give a presentation at the Southwest Harbor Public Library about the ins and outs of Medicare. Whether you are turning age 65, or are older and have questions about your Medicare benefits, or enrollment eligibility, this seminar is for you. Please click for more information about this Medicare Talk or call the Library at 244-7065.

** Seats are limited; pre-registration is required; call the Library at 244-7065 to reserve.

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Remembering the Fire of 1947
Saturday, October 7
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Do you remember the "Great Fire" of '47 or would you like to learn more about what happened 70 years ago?

MDI native, Sean Cox, will be at the Library to share his research about the Fire of '47 and about how the world took notice of a small island in Maine. He will also explore the many changes MDI has experienced since the catastrophic fire. If you remember the fire or have stories that have been passed down to you, please come and share them! Please click for more information on The "Great Fire" of '47 or 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