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The Library's
Spring Cleaning Day

Saturday, June 3
8:00 - 11:00 am

~ Volunteers needed! ~

Come help get the Library ready for summer. Sign up at the front desk or just show up. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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

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.

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Southwest Harbor Medical Center Reception
Tuesday, June 6
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception to meet Dr. Clarke Baxter, Southwest Harbor Medical Center, and John Ronan, acting President of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and for an update on local healthcare services, including initiatives to expand access to quality healthcare in Hancock County. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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How to Improve Your Financial Situation - Session 4:
Trust and Estate Planning *

Wednesday, June 7
5:30 - 7:00 pm

In this final class of our Money Management series several aspects of trust and estate planning will be covered. Those attending will gain an understanding of trust, trust types and uses. There will also be discussion on estate and gift taxes and wills. Please click for more information on Improving Your Financial Situation or call the Library at 244-7065.

* Pre-registration is recommended (call the Library) but not required and one need not register for all sessions.

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Barbara Strubell ~ Artist's Reception
Saturday, June 10
1:30 - 3:00 pm

All are invited to a reception to meet the artist, Barbara Strubell. There will be light refreshments and a display of her wonderful art. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island **
with Duane and Ruth Braun
Tuesday, June 20
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever wondered about the geological evolution of Mount Desert Island? How was it put together? What effect did the glaciers have on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geological history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

** Preregistration is required for this program.

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REIKI and Healing:
With REIKI Masters,
Phoebe Barnes & Connie Wagner

Wednesday, June 21
6:00 - 7:30 pm

REIKI is a form of hands on energy healing, supports the body's innate ability to heal and balance. As a tool in our Self-Care tool box, REIKI can have a profound effect on our sense of well-being and our ability to thrive during these challenged times. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience a REIKI session. Please bring a friend and your questions to this enjoyable evening. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Claremont Dinner & Silent Auction
Thursday, June 22
5:30-6:30 p.m. Cash Bar & Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Join us for this Fundraising Event benefitting the Library at the Claremont Hotel. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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

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

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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

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.

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Talk by Erin Myers Madeira
Monday, July 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm

As a Global Program Leader at The Nature Conservancy, Erin's work focuses on strengthening the voice, choice and action of indigenous peoples and local communities to shape and manage natural territory in ways that improve people's lives and drive conservation outcomes. More information to come!

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Children's Program
Liza Rey Butler
Harpist and Book Launch

Thursday, July 6

More information to come!

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Presentation
The Digital Archive Goes On Line
Sunday, July 9
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Plus a debut of Ralph Stanley's new book, The Stanleys of Cranberry Isles.
Stay tuned for more information!

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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.

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

Loneliest Whale, Theater week with the Barn Arts Collective. More information to come!

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Library Fundraiser
Paperback Book Sale
Saturday and Sunday
July 15 - July 16
all day

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.

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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.

Children's Program
Me'lissa Smith
Magician's Assistant Act
Thursday, July 20
7:00 pm

More information to come!

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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.

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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!

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

Tuesday, July 27

More information to come!

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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.

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Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Sharks 4 Kids
with Story Camp kids

Thursday, August 3

More information to come!

 

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Library Benefit
Giant Used Book Sale

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Saturday & Sunday
August 5 & 6
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thousands of used hardback and paperback books will be on sale, probably at the American Legion Hall located behind the Library. Location and date still to be determined.

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

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.

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Library Talk
Dr. Stephen Kress and the Puffin Project

Tuesday, August 8
5:30 - 7.00 pm

"Puffins are an excellent indicator of the health of the oceans," said Kress, the Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society. Recent ocean conditions are threatening the puffin colonies Project Puffin has worked so hard to rebuild. Learn more at this important talk! For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Barn Arts Collective

Children's Program
Summer Reading Showtime
Red Carpet Event

Thursday, August 10

More information to come!!!

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Library Book Talk
Charles Kowalski - Mind Virus

Tuesday, August 15
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Associate Professor at Tokai University in Japan, international writer of mystery, winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award, and son of the Library's own Vesta Kowalski will be at the Library to talk about his new novel, a fast-paced thriller! Reviewed on Amazon as "… pulse-pounding adrenaline-pumping adventure tale that I associate with the best of Clive Cussler, Frederick Forsyth, and Ken Follett." Jeff Edwards, bestselling author of SEA OF SHADOWS and STEEL WIND RISING. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

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Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Pirates
The Return of the Captain McFinniginagin
Shadow Puppet Show
with the Story Camp kids

Thursday, August 17

More information to come!!!

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Library Book Talk
Christina Baker Kline - A Piece of the World

Tuesday, August 22
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Join Ms Kline for a talk and wine and cheese reception. $35 includes a signed copy of her new book, A Piece of the World. Limited seating. Tickets available at the Library. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Talk
Ann Judd and the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden

Tuesday, August 29
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Learn more about Monarch butterflies and about this Monarch Waystation – and about organic gardening practices that can sustain and protect butterflies. Ann Judd of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden has for some years recorded when the first monarchs arrive in the garden - usually the last ten days in June.  For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Book Talk
Ron Chase and
The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Tuesday, September 12
5:30 - 7.00 pm

This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On November 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. Chase's well researched book explores the life, motives, and mystery surrounding both the historic robbery and the man behind it. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

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

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Chekhov performance

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 with a panel discussion followed by food and drinks. At 7pm, 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. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Book Talk
Settling Twice - Lessons From Then and Now

Tuesday, October 10
5:30 - 7:00 pm

More information coming soon!

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A Reading by American Poet and Novelist, Baron Wormser
Thursday, November 30
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Baron Wormser was Poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2006. He will be at the Library for a reading from his forthcoming novel, Tom o' Viet Nam. More information to come!

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 20
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 Service 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