Fundraising events are crucial to our income. Hundreds of volunteers spend thousands of hours working on our events, which include several book sales, a spring plant sale, a Mother’s Day sale, a summer art auction, a fall Walkathon, and one or two dinners.

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
Opening Party
May 20
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 Service Auction at Claremont Hotel

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

July 15 & 16

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


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CLYNK Community Cash Program

Help the Library
Help the environment
Recycle bottles using the CLYNK Community Cash Program - it's easy!

1. Pick up a CLYNK packet from the library
2. Fill the enclosed green bag with returnable bottles and cans
3. Peel the sticker off the packet and place it on the green bag
4. Take the green bag to Hannaford, either in Bar Harbor or Ellsworth
5. At the CLYNK station, scan the sticker and place the green bag in the storage bin

If you can't get to a Hannaford, bring the green bag back to the Library, and we will take it there for you.

Thank you so much for using CLYNK - a win win for all!

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Volunteer opportunities at the Library

Whether you enjoy the quiet inside the library bookshelves, the physical labor of setting up an event or something in-between, chances are the Southwest Harbor Public Library could use your help. The library is always looking for new volunteers to join the ranks and help our frugal library spend its resources carefully.

There are a variety of possible jobs listed below. Some are one-time and take place on a specific day/time, some are on-going at your own pace, and others are on-going by schedule. You can sign-up for the type of job & schedule that is right for you.

At the Southwest Harbor Public Library, volunteers help maintain the Library premises, re-stock checked out books and magazines, plan, set-up and carry out the many, many events every year and so much more.

If you would like to help out with any of these jobs, please ask or sign-up at front desk. Thank you!

on your schedule
on specific schedule
Spring clean-up Fix-it jobs around the Library Shelve library books*
Help with the Mother’s Day Sale
Sort books for the used book sales Mend library books
Help with spring Plant Sale Moving books donated to the book sales to the sorting area Serve on a committee (Building & Grounds, Development, Computer Committees, etc.)
Work at the Paperback (July) or Big Book Sale (August) Garden and lawn maintenance and watering Write and edit for the library newsletters
Quietside Parade theme, props, and organization (July) Help with general office tasks (cut paper, file application cards, clean scissors, stamp and refill due date slips, etc.) Summer Story Camp Counselor*
Pumpkin Festival organization and help (October) Research the value of donated books on the Internet Summer Story Camp behind the scenes assistance and/or prepare materials for Camp.
Provide food for a specific event (plant sale, friends tea, art auction reception, etc.) Children’s Room collection maintenance Children's Story and Program talents to share*
Walk-a-thon organization and help (August) Computer training and mentoring* Listen to children's summer book reports*
Fall Cleanup Listen to audio books and watch DVDs that may have problems. Work the Circulation Desk*
Women's History Projectprogram and art exhibit planning and hanging(March) Read shelves Write Grants

* Some volunteer positions require interview and appropriate training