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Head shot of Duane and Ruth Braun Assembling the Mount Desert Island Geology Puzzle
with Duane & Ruth Braun
Tuesday, June 28th

5:30 - 7:00 pm

~ Pre-registration required ~

Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geologic history tour! Pre-registration is required for this program.

 Acadia National Park Centennial Logo

For more information, please click here and to register, call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

Brittany Parker and Andrew Simon of the Barn Collective

Family Concert Series Event

The Acadia Cabaret
with Matt Minnicino and Friends
Thursday, June 30th

6:30 pm

The cast and creative team from Some Pictures of the Floating World, a new play from New York playwright Matt Minnicino, will work with the Barn Arts Collective to present a diverse evening of songs celebrating nature and exploration. The cabaret will feature original music about Acadia National Park from local musician Brittany Parker, who will include a chorus of young singers and instrumentalists from the library’s Summer Story Camp in the performance.

For more information, please click here or call the Library, 244-7065.

centennial images of Acadia National ParkVisions of Acadia National Park
Drawings, Engravings, Paintings, and Photographs 1864 to 2016
July 1st - 29th

From the Collection of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, in Honor of the Centennial of Acadia National Park 1916-2016.

Acadia National Park Centennial Logo

Artists have been studying Mount Desert Island and the land that became the park for over one hundred and fifty years. Visions of Acadia National Park shows how they saw or were interested in the same things, portrayed them differently or strayed to another area of the park for a completely different experience.

photo of author Laurie Schreiber Laurie Schreiber
"Boatbuilding on Mount Desert Island"
Tuesday, July 5th
5:30 - 7:00 pm

book jacket for "Boatbuilding on Mount Desert island"

Mount Desert Island possesses a rich and diverse history of boatbuilding which is rooted in the original settlers and their need for seagoing vessels. Laurie Schreiber, a long-time resident of Bass Harbor, highlights the history of some of the major players in Mount Desert Island’s boatbuilding community and features stunning images of maritime history. For more information, please call the Library, 244-7065.

Library Fundraisers 2016 (to date)

May 7
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Mother's Day Sale

  July 31
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party

May 21
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale

August 5,6 & 7

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

June 23
time TBD
Special Dinner and Service Auction at Claremont Hotel

  August 24
8:00 p.m.
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid

July 16 & 17

Saturday &
All day
Paperback Book Sale      
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