Our Mission: To be the place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to improve literacy, explore new ideas and pursue lifelong learning interests.

Thanksgiving cornucopia

In observance of Thanksgiving,
the Library will close:

Wednesday, November 22 at 6:00pm, and
Thursday, November 23 all day.

Library will open again on Friday, November 24.

Women's History Month SWHPL LogoIn celebration of
Women's History Project 2018

March & April 2018

Announcement of 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!

See this link for Theme Details.

New Open Registration Date: November 24.
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.

headshot of Baron Wormser bookcover for Tom O'Vietnam

A Literary 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. Read more about the Evening, or  call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Fundraiser
Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, December 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books! A special selection of wonderful books for children! Join us and find a special gift for everyone on your holiday list! All proceeds support the Library's ongoing programs and operations. (You can also help by signing up to be a volunteer!) Books will continue to be on sale throughout the month as supplies last. Read more about the Sale, or call the Library at 244-7065.

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AED/Hands Only CPR Class *
Monday, December 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. 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.

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

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