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.
Join the YWCA MDI at one of our National Voter Registration Day events here at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Call the Library for more information at (207) 244-7065.
On display through October 7
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Each year the American Library Association presents a list of books that have been targeted for removal from libraries and schools but due to the efforts of librarians, teachers, and students most of the books have remained on the shelves. This year Southwest Harbor Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with a display of books wrapped in plain brown paper with a note on the cover explaining the reason for its attempted removal. Visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ to find out more about banned books.
Internet Fraud Talk
with Ben Sawyer
Thurs. 9/25 from 4-5 p.m.
Tired of wondering if an e-mail is legitimate? This class will show you some tips and tricks for recognizing scams on the Internet and in e-mails. Registration required; call the Library at 244-7065.
Basic Website and Microsoft Office Help*
Every Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. (not available Tuesday 9/30 or 10/7)
Are you interested in starting a simple website? Do you need basic help with your current WordPress or Dreamweaver site? Assistance also available for Microsoft Office programs (Word and Excel), PC computers, troubleshooting, & general tech questions.
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.
Acadia Night Sky Event
Astronomer Tyler Nordgren
"Stars Above, Earth Below:
Astronomy in the
Friday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.
at St. John's Church, SW Harbor
As a Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Acadia Astronomy Society co-presentation for the Acadia Night Sky Festival, Astronomer Dr. Tyler Nordgren, will present "Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in National Parks" at St. John's Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor on Friday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. Framed prints of his National Park See the Stars series are on display and on sale at the Library. Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.Photo courtesy of Tyler Nordgren
Maine at Work
with David Greenham
Tuesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Together, with the Maine Humanities Council and the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Harbor Public Library will be hosting a performance called "Maine at Work" starring David Greenham. The performance will take place in the Holmes Room at the Library. Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.Photo courtesy of the Maine Humanities Council.
An Anatomy of a Great Deception
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:15 p.m.
The 9/11 documentary, The Anatomy of a Great Deception, will be shown at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, October 1, 7:15pm. A discussion will follow. For more info. call the Library at 244-7065. Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.s
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.
Dr. Steven Kassels
Addiction on Trial
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Southwest Harbor resident Steven Kassels will be giving a book talk on "Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine", the first of the Shawn Marks Thriller Series. Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.Photo courtesy of Steve Cassells.
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
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.
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.
---Back in the Fall---
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Sunday Night Dinner
Silent Art Auction
Monday through Saturday
|Mother's Day Sale||
August 2 & 3
Used Book Sale
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid
July 12 & 13
|Paperback Book Sale||
Let's Book Walkathon
January, 3rd Monday
February, 3rd Monday
May, last Monday
September, 1st Monday
October, 2nd Monday
November, 4th Thurs.
New Year’s Day
Martin L. King, Jr. Day
Christmas Eve, 1pm
New Year’s Eve, 1pm