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Registration deadline extended to February 7th!!!

In celebration of
Women's History Month 2018

March & April 2018

2018 Theme
Inspired by the written word of Maine women

An open invitation to the women - young, old, and in between - of our Mount Desert Island Community!

Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact the Library at (207) 244-7065 with any questions, or email whpswhpl@gmail.com to be added to the distribution list for exhibit registrations. Read more about the exhibit.

New Minerva Circulation Policies!

The new Minerva Circulation Policies require "each patron record must contain only one patron name" for each 14-digit patron barcode (library card). Many of our families have at least two names on their patron record and sometimes five or six! In order to be in compliance with the new policies, we will be creating individual accounts for each of our patrons. Each individual will have his/her own 14-digit barcode and library card. Of course, we will still be able to look you up in the database by name. This process will begin in January, 2018. As ready and as needed, your new cards will be waiting for you at the front desk. Please call the Library at 244-7065 if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your patience!

book jacket for Copenhagen

Library Event
Southwest Harbor Drama Club
Wednesday, January 24
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bring a bag dinner to participate or just listen as the Southwest Harbor Drama Club meets to begin reading "Copenhagen," by Michael Frayn. Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for best play, this play centers on the historic and mysterious meeting of two nuclear physicists at the onset of World War II. What did they discuss? And how did their discussions change the course of history? Hmmm…. The plot thickens!!! Scripts will be provided. Please click for more information about the Southwest Harbor Drama Club, or call the Library at 244-7065.

part of a scrabble game 

Library Event
Saturday Morning Games
with Dick Atlee, Sarah Corson, and Linda Hayward

Saturday, January 27
9:30 - 11:30 am

People of all ages are invited to play games at the Library on Saturday morning. There will be a wide variety of interesting games. Something is bound to catch the interest of everyone! Come and join the fun. Please click for more information on Games Morning, or call the Library at 244-7065.

part of a scrabble game 

Library Event
Free Screening
"Heart of a Dog"
Film by Laurie Anderson

Wednesday, January 31
6:00 pm

Laurie Anderson is a songwriter, visual and performance artist, musician, and NASA's first (2003) artist-in-residence. "Heart of a Dog" is not a dramatic film or a documentary but it is a story, a memoir, told by the filmaker in her famously mesmerizing voice, about her dog, Lolabelle, her mother, and her husband, Lou Reed. It is also about how memory sustains us. "Heart of a Dog" was nominated for an Academy Award. Come join us for a film that's a little bit different and thoroughly entertaining. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Tentative Library Fundraisers 2018
Details and dates to be determined

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

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


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

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

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


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