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Shakespeare is My Hero

Family Concert Series Event

Shakespeare is My Hero
Performed by Andrew Simon of the Mohawk Arts Collective
Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Andrew Simon of the The Mohawk Arts Collective will perform an interactive show with music using costumes, songs and help from the audience to introduce the Shakespeare and his work to the next generation of readers, performers and playgoers. Read more for details about this event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. Check out our Family Concert Series 2014 Flyer to find out more about fun summer family events at the Library.

Kneisel Hall Chamber Concert

Library Program

Kneisel Hall Chamber Concert Thursday,
July 31 at 7:00 p.m.
--at St. John's Church--

The performance is free as a part of Kneisel Hall's outreach program and will be performed across the street from the Library at St. John's Church. Read more about this event or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. Visit http://kneisel.org to learn more about the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival.

Big Books

Library Fundraiser

BIG Book Sale
Saturday & Sunday,
August 2 & 3
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thousands of hard cover and paperback books will be for sale at the American Legion Hall,, which is located behind the Library. Read more about this event or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

Let's Book Walkathon, August 10 at 9am

Library Fundraiser

6th Annual
Let's Book Walk-a-thon
Sunday, August 10

--Register now!--

Check in at the Library at 8:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Gather your friends, family or co-workers, and join us for a beautiful five mile round trip walk through Southwest Harbor with the turn-around at the Causeway. Our goal this year is $6,000. To register yourself or your team, or to read more about the walk, click HERE or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. Or, download the Information and Sponsorship Form HERE to print and return to the library.

  Listening to Grace

Tuesday Talk

Book Talk & Signing
with Sandy Wilder
Tuesday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Sandy Wilder will discuss his book Listening to Grace: Unlearning Insights and Poems. Sandy Wilder Each of the 359 selections posted over 3 years is based on a single idea meant to reinforce, challenge and support. Read more for event details, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

  Judy Pancoast

Family Concert Series Event

Judy Pancoast is back!
Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

New England's most beloved children's musician, Judy Pancoast, will treat us to a performance of her cleverly crafted songs and infectious melodies that delight the young and young at heart. The performance is free. Read more for details about this event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. Check out our Family Concert Series 2014 Flyer to find out more about fun summer family events.

Battle of Norwood's Cove Book Celebration

200th Anniversary Celebration
of Southwest Harbor's Greatest Victory
The Battle of Norwood's Cove
August 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Read More for event details, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.


Family Concert Series Event

Book Talk & Signing
with G.A. Morgan
Wednesday, August 13
from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

G. A. Morgan—a long-time summer resident of Southwest Harbor—will introduce her new book, G.A. Morgan The Fog of Forgetting, an exciting new adventure-fantasy for kids ages 10-14 (or any age who loves YA fantasy). Read more for details about this event or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

  Acadia Night Sky Festival Poster photographer Nate Levesque

Library Program

Presentation and Talk
with Photographer
Nate Levesque
Wednesday, August 13
at 7:30 p.m.

In collaboration with the Acadia Astronomical Society, the Library is pleased to invite Nate Levesque, a photographer based in Hampden, Maine, to present his astrophotography and to talk about his work. Nate's beautiful image, "Sand Beach Milky Way" was selected as the G.A. Morgan 2014 poster image for the 6th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, September 25-29, 2014. The Acadia Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. Acadia Astronomical Society logo This is a free program, and all are welcome to the meeting and presentation.

Read more about this event or call the Library at 207) 244-7065.

Acadia Night Sky Festival 2014 Poster
Photographer photo courtesy Nate Levesque
  Finding Your Inner Moose

Tuesday Talk

Book Talk & Signing
with Susan Poulin
Tuesday, August 19
at 5:30 p.m.

Susan Poulin will be reading from and signing copies of her new self-help humor book, Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair's Guide to Livin' the Good Life, (actually penned by Maine-based writer and performer Susan Poulin, the creative force behind the popular stage personality Ida LeClair). Read more for event details, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

The Library Asks You!
A Community Technology Survey
--Through August 31, 2014--

The online survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/swhpl.

You can also take the survey at the Library
where we have copy at the front desk that you can use.

If you have questions about the survey please contact the library via email at circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us or call Kate McMullin at 244-7065.

Young Techy

Library Program

Tech Support

Basic Website Help (New!)*
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m. through 8/27
Are you interested in starting a simple website? Do you need basic help with your current WordPress or Dreamweaver site? Assistance also available for PC computers, troubleshooting, & general tech questions.

Apple & E/Audiobook Help*
Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. through 8/21
Need help with your Apple product? Want to know how to download and Ebook or audiobook on to your device or computer? You must bring your Apple ID and library patron number.

Tech Help*
Every Monday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Every Saturday from 9:30-12:30 p.m.
Get help with basic computer tasks such as setting up an email account, transferring photos, completing online forms, attaching photos to emails, scanning documents, creating and using documents in Word, Excel, Access, Google Drive, etc. Laptop users are encouraged to bring their own computer. Hardware and maintenance issues relating to private computers are beyond the scope of this assistance.

*Registration recommended for a one-on-one half hour session, or drop in with the chance that you may have to wait until our volunteer is available.

Photo by Kate McMullin.
  Scan Day

Library Program

Scan Your
Photographs Day
at the Library

October 4 from
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bring 1 to 5 photographs to the Library for free scanning and scanning advice and techniques to help you save and share your family history. Bring your own USB thumb drive for storage or buy one at the library for a small fee. Read more for event details, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

2014 Library Quilt- queen size jewel box pattern

Library Fundraiser

2014 Quilt Raffle
October 16, 2014

The Quilt has arrived! This beautiful Jewel Box pattern quilt was designed and stitched by Pat Sweeney. The raffle will benefit the Library. Tickets are on sale for $1 or 6 tickets for $5. The drawing will be at the October 16, 2014 Library Tea from 1:30-3:00 p.m. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.

Artwork by Leza Colquhoun
SWHPL Children's Logo

Children's Storytimes

These are fabulous opportunities to have fun and laugh with the children in your lives.

Mondays 10:00 a.m. Hope Lewis Story Time(through August 18)
Designed for Scamper Camp pre k-1st grade, but open to public.

Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. Let's Start with Music
Join Bob Myers and his banjo mandolin for favorite songs before story time. Designed for ages 3-5, but all welcome.

Wednesdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time
Children's Librarian Susan Plimpton leads songs, simple sign language, and interactive short stories. Ages: best for pre-school.

Fridays 10 a.m. Baby Story Time with Amanda Crafts - songs, rhymes, short stories. Designed for ages newborns to 2 years, but all welcome.

Call 207-244-7065 for more information.

For more interesting research on Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading, check out the Pew Internet and American Life Project at http://www.pewinternet.org/Press-Releases/2013/Parents-and-Libraries.aspx.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging

Caregiver Support Group
FOURTH Wednesday of the Month
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Next meetings:
August 27

For more information, contact Dottie VanHorn LSW, 941-2865, 1-800-432-7812, dvanhorn@eaaa.org, or visit the Eastern Area Agency on Aging website http://www.eaaa.org/.

Connie and Friend

Children's Program

Reader Dog
---Back in the Fall---
Wednesday Sessions
from 3:30-5:15 p.m.

Would you like a fun way to practice reading aloud? Southwest Harbor Public Library is offering sessions with Connie the Reader Dog. Connie is a calm well behaved 10 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She is very friendly and loves to cuddle up to a child and listen to a book being read. A child may sign up to read individually to Connie for twenty minutes. The child may bring a loved book or choose one at the Library to read. Connie's owner is Mary-Anna Fox, who is a retired elementary school teacher and librarian. Reader Dog is a fun non-threatening way for a young child to feel more comfortable reading. Sessions are every Wednesday. Other times can be scheduled individually if necessary. Please call (207) 244-7065 to sign up.

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A 5-Star Rating Three Years Running!

For the third time in as many years, the Library Journal has awarded the Southwest Harbor Public Library its highest honor, the "5-Star Library" designation.

Library Journal 5 Star Libraries 2013

Only 3.5% of the nation's public libraries are awarded stars (3 to 5 stars) and the libraries selected for the 5-Star designation represent only about 1% of the nation's public libraries. A number of criteria go in to the selection process including circulation of materials, visits to the library, program attendance and use of the public internet facilities.

Check out the attached link for more in-depth information and explanation of how we are rated.

Maine Discovery Museum Passes at the Library!

Maine Discovery Museum

The Library has a membership that includes passes for up to four people (one of them must be a child) to go to the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor. Come in to sign up and get the pass for your next trip up. Check out their Schedule of Events to see what is currently on display.

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!

For more CLYNK info visit http://www.clynk.com/?page_id=24.

Library Fundraisers 2014

March 30
Sunday Night Dinner
  July 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party
May 5-10
Monday through Saturday
Library hours
Mother's Day Sale   August 2 & 3
Saturday &
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Used Book Sale
May 17
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale   August 27
8:00 p.m.

Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid
July 12 & 13
Saturday &
All day
Paperback Book Sale   August 10
9:00 a.m.
Let's Book Walkathon

Library Closures

January 1
January, 3rd Monday
February, 3rd Monday
May, last Monday
July 4
September, 1st Monday
October, 2nd Monday
November 11
November, 4th Thurs.
December 24
December 25
December 31

New Year’s Day
Martin L. King, Jr. Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Days
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve, 1pm
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve, 1pm