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New Individual Patron Cards in 2018!

Is your library card shared with someone else in your household?

Due to a new Maine State Library policy, each library account can contain only one person’s name.

If you and other household members share an account, one person can keep the current library card number and all other household members will be given their own library cards with new numbers.

If you have any questions, please call the Library at 244-7065 or email us at circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us.

Thank you in advance for your patience!

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Library Event
AARP Tax-Aide Program *
Fridays: February 23,
March 9 & 23, and April 6
by appointment

Southwest Harbor Public Library is pleased to offer tax aid through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This service is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income and is offered in cooperation with the IRS. These trained volunteers help taxpayers receive all applicable tax credits and deductions. All tax help is confidential. For information about what you need to bring and to make an appointment, please call the Library, 244-7065.

* Preregistration is required.

games morning fun 

Library Event
Saturday Morning Games
with Dick Atlee, Sarah Corson, and Linda Hayward

Saturday, February 24
9:30 - 11:30 am

People of all ages are invited to play games at the Library on Saturday morning. There will be a wide variety of interesting games. Something is bound to catch the interest of everyone! Come and join the fun. Please click for more information on Games Morning, or call the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Event
Felted Embellished Vessels *
with Liz Cutler

Saturday, February 24
10:00 am - 12 noon

Here's a chance to sample wet and dry needle felting! You will start with raw fleece, tease it, add colors, and felt it over a form to create a small vessel. Then comes the embellishing - a bit of beading, embroidery, fur, and feathers! Liz Cutler of ArtWaves will supply a wide array of materials and embellishment possibilities, and welcomes you to bring along any fleece, beads, or small knitting gear to experiment with. Sample a bit of ArtWaves and bring home your own felted vessel. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

* Class size is limited and preregistration is required. Minimum age is 10.

book jacket for Snowflackes Fall book jacket for The Story of Snow

Children's Event
Snowflake Story Time & Crafts
  Tuesday, February 27
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Join Island Readers & Writers for snowflake story time and crafts inspired by the books! We'll read "Snowflakes Fall", "The Story of Snow" and "The Snow Show." For more information please contact IRW at 244-5111 or Susan at the Library at 244-7065.

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Library Event
Island Story Slam
Coming back during the "Off Season" Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Bring your "Off Season" story to share at the Library’s Island Story Slam. Three Winners from Southwest Harbor and Tremont will move on to the Main Stage event at the Criterion Theatre on March 10th to compete against winners from other towns for $500! Help the Quiet Side bring home the win!

Rules are: must be a personal story, told without notes, which is less than 6 minutes long and must touch on the theme "Off Season".

book cover for the play Copenhagen 

Library Event
Southwest Harbor Drama Club
Wednesday, February 28
5:00-7:00 pm

Bring a bag dinner to participate or just listen as the Southwest Harbor Drama Club meets to continue reading "Copenhagen," by Michael Frayn. Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for best play, this play centers on the historic and mysterious meeting of two nuclear physicists at the onset of World War II. What did they discuss? And how did their discussions change the course of history? Hmmm…. The plot thickens!!! Scripts will be provided. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Women's History Month March 2018
Exhibition Opening Reception
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-7:00 pm

2018 Theme
Inspired by the Written Word of Maine Women Authors

Join us for an opening reception for the local women exhibitors and the community. The exhibit will be on display from March 5 through April 27, 2018. The celebrations will continue with a 3-author symposium on March 14, a writing workshop on March 21, and Storytelling a Games Morning on March 31. For more information, call 244-7065, or email whpswhpl@gmail.com

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Women's History Month
Symposium
Wednesday, March 14, 4:00-7:30 pm

2018 Theme
Inspired by the Written Word of Maine Women Authors

4:00 - 5:00 Cathleen Miller, curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. http://www.une.edu/mwwc

5:15 - 6:15: Penny Gusinger, award-winning author of Postcards from Here. www.pennyguisinger.com

6:30 - 7:30: Monica Wood, award-winning author and playwright, including Papermaker and The One-in-a-Million Boy. www.monicawood.com

Please click for more information on the Women's History Month Symposium, call the Library at 244-7065, or email whpswhpl@gmail.com

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Women's History Month March 2018
Writers' Workshop *

with Andrea Lepcio
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

2018 Theme
Inspired by the Written Word of Maine Women Authors

Dive into play-writing! Space is limited. Sign up begins March 1. Bring your laptop or tablet. Click for information about Andrea. For more information or to register, call the Library at 244-7065, or email whpswhpl@gmail.com

* Preregistration is required.

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Women's History Month March 2018
Storytelling Games Morning

Saturday, March 31, 9:30 - 11:30 am

2018 Theme
Inspired by the Written Word of Maine Women Authors

We'll use Rory's Story Cubes® to create and tell stories! For school-age children accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065, or email whpswhpl@gmail.com

Tentative Library Fundraisers 2018
Details and dates to be determined

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

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

 
August

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

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


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

July

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