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~ Call to Artists ~
Silent Auction to benefit the Library
August 2016
~ Registration due June 1st ~

This month long silent art auction will take place in August 2016, We extend an invitation to you as an artist to donate a unique piece of art for sale and hope you will consider participating in this important fundraiser for the library.

To participate, please fill out the application and return by June 1st. Please plan to deliver your artwork to the library between July 11th and 15th. The work must be ready to be hung on the wall or displayed.

Click for invitation and application or call the Library, 244-7065.

photo of Doug Leen with Acadia Posters Resurrected National Parks Travel Posters and the "Ranger of the Lost Art"
Doug Leen
Saturday, May 28 
11:00 am - noon

Bass Harbor Light poster for Acadia National Park


Between 1938 and 1941, the WPA’s Federal Art Project printed posters designs to stir the public’s imagination for travel to America’s national parks. In 1973, National Park Ranger Doug Leen rescued one of the originals from a burn pile! Meet Ranger Doug as he tells where this discovery has taken him and enjoy his stylish, nostalgic recreations that recall a bygone era of long summer road trips and grand park scenery.

For more information, please click here or call the Library, 244-7065.

John Cardanoheadshot of John Cardano
The Importance of Healthy Breathing

Wednesday, June 1st , 5:30

John Cardano will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library Wednesday evening, June 1, 5:30 to discuss the importance of healthy breathing. Mr. Cardano is also the author of three books, which all address understanding health and pain, the importance of relaxation and one’s connection to nature.

Cardano’s books will be for sale and signing. There will be time for discussion. For more information, click here or call the Library at 244-7065.

Book Club! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, June 2nd , 6 - 7:30
(First Thursday of every month)

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

July 7th "Rocket Made of Ice" by Gail Gutradt
August 4th "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
September 1st "All the Tea in China" by Sarah Rose
October 6th "Life after Lincoln's Death", general topic, not a book

Summer Reading Kick-Off
photo to illustrate Thoughts on booksThursday, June 2nd , 6:30

The Southwest Harbor Public Library will host their annual Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on Thursday evening, June 2, 6:30. The evening will include refreshments, the opportunity to sign up for Summer Reading programs, and an exclusive film screening of “Thoughts on Books,” a collection of filmed book reviews created by the Pemetic Elementary School third and fourth grade classes.

 For more information click here or call the Library at 207-244- 7065.

head shot of Kate Braestrup Kate Braestrup
Anchor & Flares : A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope & Service

Tuesday, June 7th 
5:30 - 7:00 pm

book jacket of Kate Braestrup's Anchor & Flares

Kate Braestrup is a community minister, chaplain to the Maine Game Wardens, and the author of the New York Times bestselling , Here If You Need Me.  In her latest book,  Anchor & Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope & Service Braestrup delves into the struggles and joys of parenthood, specifically the challenges and rewards of loving, and parenting, someone in service.

For more information, please call the Library, 244-7065.

head shot of Savitri Bess "Dreams as Messengers"
a workshop presented by Savitri Bess
Wednesday, June 8th 
6:00 - 7:30 pm


What are your dreams trying to tell you? Come and find out ways to interpret dreams, incubate dreams, and use active imagination as a way to understand dreams and work with them. Bring a dream or the wish for a dream. Savitri has masters’ degrees in counseling psychology and fine arts, and 35 years of experience in private practice as a therapist and astrologer.

For more information, please call the Library, 244-7065.

For even more events, go to our Upcoming Events Page, or download our Upcoming Library Events PDF document.

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