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Blue-footed Booby

Library Program

Travel to the Galapagos 
with Bob Thayer

Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm

Photographer and naturalist, Bob Thayer will take us on a trip to the Galapagos Islands treating us to a multimedia presentation comparing his trip to Charles Darwin's voyage 170 years earlier. Read more about the presentation, or call the Library, 244-7065.

Library Program

Lego Exhibition 2015

THEME: Transportation

Registration and entries due by Wednesday, April 1 by 8pm

Lego Exhibit 2015

Seal Cove Auto Museum Lego Day. Free open house. 
Saturday, April 4, 10am-2pm

Meet-the-Builders Reception.
Saturday, April 25, 10-11:30am

Link to Online Registration  

The exhibition is open to builders of all ages and skill levels.  Read more  about submission requirements, or call the Library at 244-7065 or contact Raney Bench at director@sealcoveautomuseum.org or call 244-9242.

Lego sign by Avonlea Brown.

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Lost Child - Ozark Poems by Wes McNair

Maine Poet Laureate
Wes McNair
Tuesday, April 14
5:30 p.m.

Wes McNair

Wes McNair will be reading from his newest collection of poems. Poets and Poet lovers of all ages are welcome. After Mr. McNair's reading, poets of all ages will be invited to share one or two of their poems. Mr. McNair will have books for signing. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065.

National Poetry Month Celebration

Poem in Your Pocket

A Poem in Your Pocket
~April 2015~

In baskets located on counters throughout Southwest Harbor, find a poem and put it in your pocket. Take another one for a friend or family member, too. Have fun finding the baskets and celebrate this month with us.

Children's Program

Summer Story Camp 2015 Registration!

Summer Story Camp is a free literacy-based program for children ages 5-12. Campers attend a one week session, Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 noon. For details about each week and select full-day options, view the Summer Story Camp 2015 Brochure . Download the Registration Form which must be completed and returned to the Library in order to reserve a place. Please note: priority is given to Tremont and Pemetic students. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065.

Week 1: June 29-July 3
Local Exploration: Explore MDI Summer Story Camp 2015

Week 2: July 6-10

Inventor's Workshop @Seal Cove Auto Museum

Week 3: July 13-17
Fables, Folktales, Myths, & Fairytales

Week 4: July 20-24
Space Exploration

Library Program

Savitri Bess

Weekly Meditation

Wednesdays, April 1-May 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.*

(Sessions will begin at 5:30 starting April 1)

"Silver Waters Meditation and Dharma Group: Nourishing Our Path, Deepening Our Roots" - Savitri Bess will lead the group in meditation, mindfulness practices, and sharing all the ways spiritual practices can be integrated into daily living, also known as dharma. The sessions are free and on a drop-in basis. Read more about the series, or call the Library, 244-7065.

*Note: The April 8 session will be from 6:30-8pm.

Maine Tax Income Checkoff

Don't forget the Maine Income Tax Check-off!

An option tax payers will be offered again this year is an income tax check-off for the Maine Public Library Fund , found on the Charitable Contributions section of the Maine State Tax Form. Last year this fund brought in $14,000 for support to public libraries in Maine. When filing your returns, please consider contributing to this fund – all Maine public libraries will benefit!

Library ProgramIn the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Book Group
Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
In the Country of Men
by Hisham Matar

The Library welcomes you to join the group every second Tuesday of the month for a lively conversation and for the pure pleasure of reading and chatting about it! Call the Library for the current book or for more info at 244-7065.

AARP & Library Program

Free Tax Help

March 27 & April 10

This service of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aid Program is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income and is offered in cooperation with the IRS. Reservations are required. Please call the Library to make an appointment and to verify what you need to bring with you, 244-7065.

A Joint Maine Humanities Council & Library Program

Muslim Journeys - Maine Humanities Council

Muslim Journeys
Next Session, Tuesday
March 31
at 6:00 pm

Samaa Abdurraqib, American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Reproductive Freedom Organizer, will facilitate each discussion. Samaa Abdurraqib Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Series Facilitator The books are: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi (March 11), In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar (March 31), Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (April 22), House of Stone by Anthony Shadid (May 20), and Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie (June 24).

The program is free to all. Please call to pre-register. Read more about it, and call to register, 244-7065 or email circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us.

Library Tea March 19 from 2-3:30pmLibrary Program

Library Tea
Thursday, April 16
from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Come sit by the fire, enjoy tea, baked goods and conversation. Music provided by Ruth Grierson and friends. Call the Library for more information, 244-7065.

Artwork by Leza Colquhoun.

A Joint Library Program

Great Decisions

Monday Evening, March 30 at 5 p.m.
@ Southwest Harbor Public Library
Join us for a series of discussions on important issues facing U.S. Foreign Policy at the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. 

The program is free  to all, but pre-registration is required. Read more , and call to reserve your place, 244-7065 for Southwest or 244-7065 for Bass Harbor or  email circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us .

Library Fundraisers 2015

May 4-9
Monday through
Mother's Day Sale

July 26
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party

Library hours


To be
Claremont Hotel

Spring Dinner

August 1 & 2

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

May 16
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale

August 26
8:00 p.m.
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid

July 18 & 19

Saturday &
All day
Paperback Book Sale

October 4

9:00 a.m.

Let's Book Walkathon

Dec. 5
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Holiday Book Sale