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a photo of Shayok Misha Cowdhury
Family Concert Series

Shayok Misha Chowdhury
And the Lonely Painter Project
Thursday, July 28th , 6:30 pm

Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a director, playwright, poet, vocalist, and co-founder of the Lonely Painter Project, a performance collaborative developing original, interdisciplinary work. Misha and his company will perform an evening of music, featuring Bengali songs and guest appearances from the young people of the library’s own Summer Story Camp. For more information, please click here or call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

painting of a SWH boat ramp by Charles Dickinson 2016 A CELEBRATION OF ART
Silent Auction Library Benefit

Sunday, July 31st
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Artist Reception will kick off the month-long silent auction of community art to benefit the Library. Enjoy the art of our talented community artists during August and plan to bid often or better yet, BUY IT NOW! Bidding is open from July 31 through Wednesday, August 24 at 8 pm.  Artwork will be on display during Library hours from July 31 through August 24. For more information, please click here or call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

Monarch butterflies clustered on yellow flowers Monarch Butterfly Talk
Jim West
Tuesday, August 2nd
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Teacher, Jim West, will give a presentation at the Southwest Harbor Public Library about the life of the monarch butterfly, Tuesday evening, August 2, 5:30. He will discuss the life cycle, the population distribution in North America, and migration patterns. He will also talk about the plight of the population and concerns for future generations of monarchs. For more information, please click here or call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

head shot of Savitri BessDestiny: Who am I? What is my purpose?
offered by Savitri Bess

Wednesday, August 3rd
 6:00 - 7:30 pm

 Savitri Bess will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library Wednesday evening August 3, 6:00 to 7:30 to offer a workshop on destiny and meditation. For more information, click here or call the library at 244-7065.

Book Club! book jacket for "Still Life"

Still Life
Louise Penny
Thursday, August 4th , 6 - 7:30 pm

Great Harbor Condominiums, 79 East Ridge Road, Southwest Harbor. Contact Jeane Hawthorne at jdhbearhill@yahoo.com for info.

poster for summer tour of folk opera  "In a Sea of Faces"
Family Concert Series

Jahn Sood and the cast of
In the Sea of Faces
~ A New Folk Opera ~

Thursday, August 4th , 6:30 pm

The cast of Jahn Sood's "In A Sea of Faces: A New Folk Opera" will appear in concert at the Library performing selected music from the  show, which will then run 8/5-8/13 in Bass Harbor in collaboration with the Barn Arts Collective, and original folk songs by the cast and creative team. "In A Sea of Faces" is the story of an island sinking into the sea and the family that sinks with it, unabashedly the writer's reflection on his childhood summers on MDI and a celebration of life by the sea. For more information, please click here or call the Library, (207) 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      
 more details