Our Mission: To be the place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to improve literacy, explore new ideas and pursue lifelong learning interests.

Spring Cleaning

Library Program

Saturday, May 30
from 8:00-12 noon
~Help Needed!~

Help us prep the library for our sunny season. We especially need help with cleaning windows, installing hoses, and dusting. Please call to sign up, 244-7065. Refreshments will be provided. And thank you!

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Silent Auction Library Benefit

The Library extends an invitation to all artists to offer a unique piece of art for sale for display for the month of August. Read more about the auction and submit your Registration by June 1st. Call the Library for info at 244-7065.

Library Program

Author Rebecca Herzig on
"Plucked: A History of Hair Removal"
Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 pm

According to some estimates, virtually all American women have tried facial and bodily hair removal, and most remove some regularly, if not daily. And for most men, despite the fad for the full "lumbersexual" beard, a clean shave is still the look. Come listen to Rebecca Herzig speak about her new book "Plucked: A History of Hair Removal."  Read more about the evening or call the Library for more info, 244-7065.

June Artist of the Month

Albert P. Neilson Watercolor Artist, Albert P. Nelson
Artist Reception
Friday, June 5 from 5-7 pm

"The coast of Maine, for me, competes favorably with any I have seen worldwide. When I began to paint, coastal subjects demanded my attention. Therefore, in this exhibit, the vast majority of paintings have to do with local marine subjects."

Read more about Mr. Neilson's work, or call the Library at 244-7065.

Library Program

~ Death Café ~
Monday, June 8 from 5-7 pm

Death Café is a forum of open discussion with others, relating to issues surrounding life and death. Call the Library for more information at 244-7065.

Library Program

The Winter House by Joan MacCracken

Dr. Joan MacCracken on 
"The Winter House"
Tuesday, June 9 at 5:30 pm

Author Joan MacCracken Dr. Joan MacCracken will speak about her new book "The Winter House", a book set in Maine about four women creating a home for themselves as they grow older. Dr. MacCracken will address the topic of aging in place and alternative living arrangements. For more information about the talk, call 244-7065.

Library Program

Tech Help

General Tech Help -  Basic computer/tech troubleshooting
Every Monday 2-4 pm
Every Saturday 9:30-12:30 pm 

Apple/Download Library Help - 
Anything Mac or eBook/audiobook downloads
Every Wednesday 1-3 pm
New:Or call to arrange an appointment.Tech Help

PC/Microsoft Office/Wordpress Help
Every Thursday 12:30-2:30 pm
New: Or call to arrange an appointment

Each appointment is 1/2 hour, but repeat customers welcome, and appointments can now be scheduled for specific times or for more than a 1/2 hour. Call the Library at 244-7065 to get help now.

Children's ProgramSummer Story Camp 2015

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 to complete and return to reserve a place. Please note: priority is given to Tremont and Pemetic students. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065.

Update: Transportation available every day from Camp in Seal Cove or the Library to Camp Max or Camp Beechcliff.

Week 1: June 29-July 3
Local Exploration: Explore MDI

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

Book Group
Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Update: The Weir by Ruth Moore

The Library welcomes you to join the group for a lively conversation and for the pure pleasure of reading and chatting about it! The July book pick is "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion, and the August book pick is "In A Rocket Made Of Ice" by Gail Gutradt. Dates to be determined.  Call the Library for the current book or for more info at 244-7065.

Library Program

Weekly Meditation

Savitri Bess

Wednesdays through May 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.*

"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.

Library Fundraisers 2015

May 2-9
Monday through
Mother's Day Sale

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

Library hours

May 16

8:00-12:00 p.m.

Plant Sale

August 1 & 2

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

June 25
Special Dinner

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