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The Library will be closed for regular hours (9:00am-5:00pm) Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

However, on Monday, July 3, the Library will open at 5:00pm for a program it is hosting which begins at 5:30 downstairs in the Holmes Room.

Erin Myers MadeiraThe Nature Conservancy logo"The Nature Conservancy & Its Global Mission:
Talk by Erin Myers Madeira"

How do we move towards a future where nature and people thrive? In this talk, TNC Global Program Leader, Erin Myers Madeira will share The Nature Conservancy's approach of bringing people together to work on some of the most challenging issues facing the environment and sustainable development. Hope to see you here!
Please click for more information on The Nature Conservancy and Its Global Mission, or call the Library at 244-7065.

head shot of Art Paine stern of the dory Rose

Art Paine
The Building of the Dory "Rose"
Tuesday, June 27
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Maine boat designer and builder, artist, photographer, and great storyteller Art Paine will give an illustrated talk, "The Building of the Dory 'Rose'", detailing a boat he designed and built with his daughter. The boat was borrowed for an ocean voyage by a man who had a 42-years-long quest to row from Albany, Maine, to Nova Scotia. It's a good dory and a good story! Please click for more information on the Dory "Rose", or call the Library at 244-7065.

head shot of Hope Rowan book jacket for 10 Days in Acadia

10 Days in Acadia: a Kids' Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island
by Hope Rowan
Thursday, June 29
6:30 - 8:00 pm

We did the book launch. Now we are bringing Hope back. Please click for more information on Hope Rowan and her hiking guide or call the Library at 244-7065.

Print of Valley Cove by Robert Clark

Calling All Artists
for
A Celebration of Art
Summer Art Auction
Taking place from July 10 – August 30
Register Now On-line!
Visit the Celebration of Art page for details and to register.

silent auction painting

2017 Silent Auction Library Benefit
July 10 - August 30
Library Hours

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. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Free Monthly AED/Hands Only CPR Class *
Monday, July 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm


~ Class Cancelled ~
for June & July & August

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 Erin Myers Madeira

The Nature Conservancy & Its Global Mission:
Talk by Erin Myers Madeira
Monday, July 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm

How do we move towards a future where nature and people thrive? In this talk, TNC Global Program Leader, Erin Myers Madeira will share The Nature Conservancy's approach of bringing people together to work on some of the most challenging issues facing the environment and sustainable development. Please click for more information on The Nature Conservancy and Its Global Mission, or call the Library at 244-7065.

image from the digital archihves book jacket for Go to Sleep My Baby

Children's Program
Liza Rey Butler
Harpist and Book Launch

Thursday, July 6
6:30 pm

Join Mount Desert Island based harpist, recording artist and singer-songwriter Liza Rey Butler at the Southwest Harbor Public Library Thursday evening, July 6, 6:30 for an interactive concert featuring music and a reading from her book and CD Go to Sleep My Baby. During the concert, kids are invited participate by playing the harp, shaking rhythm instruments and singing familiar songs. Please click for more information about Liza Rey Butler, or call the Library at 244-7065.

book jacket for The Stanleys of Cranberry Isles image from the digital archihves

The Stanleys of Cranberry Isles
and the debut of the Digital Archive
Sunday, July 9
3:00 - 5:00 pm

The Southwest Harbor Public Library will host a party on Sunday, July 9 from 3-5 PM to begin celebrating the publishing of Ralph Stanley's chef d'oeuvre, The Stanleys of Cranberry Isles... and Other Colorful Characters as an eBook linked to Software Architect George Soules' new and innovative Digital Archive software which makes the Library's large collection of photographs available online. Please click for more information on The Stanleys of Cranberry Isles and the debut of the Digital Archives.

Space is limited; please contact the library to RSVP for the party: circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us or 207-244-7065.

head shot of George Mitchell book jacket for George Mitchell's A Path to Peace

A Special Evening with George Mitchell **
Tuesday, July 11
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Senator George Mitchell will speak about his book, A Path to Peace: a Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East. George Mitchell served as a Democratic Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 1999 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A reception will follow. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

**Preregistration is required for this program.

a lonely leaping whale

Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Oceans
Thursday, July 13
6:30 pm

The Loneliest Whale, a new show from the Barn Arts Collective

Join Barn Arts and the campers from Summer Story Camp Ocean Week as they create a brand new story for the stage! The Loneliest Whale is a tale based on the true story of the "52 hertz whale" -- a mysterious solo creature that has only ever been heard, not seen. This performance will feature original music, projections, and one spectacular puppet! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Fundraiser
Paperback Book Sale
Saturday and Sunday
July 15 - July 16
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Library will hold its Paperback Book Sale on the front lawn of the Library from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. This annual sale takes place in conjunction with Southwest Harbor's famous Flamingo Festival. Every year eager readers have the opportunity to choose from the thousands of gently used paperbacks that have been donated to the Library. There will also be a special section of children's books. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

headshot of Judy Taylor painting by Pontormo

Library Talk
How to Recreate a Masterpiece
by local artist,
Judy Taylor
Tuesday, July 18
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Judy is in the process of recreating a 16th century painting by Pontormo. The picture shown here is only half way through the process. This is a fascinating painting and the story behind it is riveting. Don't miss this special event! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

headshot of Me'lissa Smith poster for the Magician's Assistant

Children's Program
Mélissa Smith
Magician's Assistant Act
Thursday, July 20
6:30 pm

The Magician's Assistant is a family friendly one person romp by Brooklyn based artist and clown Mélissa Smith. This show will delight, surprise and encourage audiences of all ages! The evening will feature a special opening magic act from Mount Desert Island's own Aiden and Alec! For more information check out Mélissa's facebook page or her website or call the Library at 244-7065.

Kneisel Hall musicians in front of Harbor House

Kneisel Hall Chamber Concert
Thursday, July 20
7:00 pm

Southwest Harbor Public Library presents the Kneisel Hall Chamber Concert on Thursday, July 20, 7:00pm. This free concert will be held at St. John Church, across the street from the Library. For more information, please call the Library, 244-7065.

headshot of Tess Gerritsen book jacket for Playing with Fire

Library Talk
Master of Suspense, Tess Gerritsen at the Library!!!
Tuesday, July 25
5:30 - 7:00 pm

International bestselling author and one of Maine's most admired writers will be at the Library to talk about her work. More information to come!

picture of dinosaurs

Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Dinosaurs
New Dinosaur Play by Tara Elliot,
with Story Camp kids

Tuesday, July 27
6:30 pm

More information to come! NYC based theatre-maker Tara Elliott will present Dinosaur Play, a new show about some very old reptiles. Summer Story Campers from Dinosaur week will be featured guests in the performance! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

print from te silent auction

Library Benefit
Silent Auction
2017 - A Celebration of Art Reception
Sunday, July 30
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Artist Reception celebrates the silent auction of community art to benefit the Library. Enjoy the art of our talented community artists during August and 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 from July 10 through August 30.

Library Fundraisers 2017

         
May 13
Saturday
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Mother's Day Sale

  July 30
Sunday
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party
May pending
Saturday
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale

 
August 5 & 6

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

 
June 22
Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Special Dinner and Silent Auction at Claremont Hotel


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

July 15 & 16

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