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Library Program

Women's History Project 2015
March Events
Artists Reception SWHPL Women's History Project 2015
March 3, Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion 
March 11, Wednesday, 6 pm

Explore Our Creative Powers Panel Discussion
March 11, Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm

Star-making Workshop*
March 21, Saturday, 10-12 am

Women's Journeys at the Wheel
March 24, Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm

Registration for the Art Show is now closed. *To register the Star-making Workshop or for more information at 244-7065 or email circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us.

A Joint Library Program

Great Decisions

Great Decisions

Monday Evenings at 5 p.m.
March 2 & 16 
@ Southwest Harbor Public Library

March 9 & 23
@ Bass Harbor Memorial Library

Join us for a series of 8 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.

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 ProgramWooden Games

Games Morning
9:30-11 am
Saturday, March 7

People of all ages are invited to play games. Volunteers Sarah Corson, Dick Atlee, and Linda Hayward will host the event. These volunteers will provide a great variety of games, and the Library has a good collection, too, including chess, backgammon, Chinese checkers, dominoes, pick-up-sticks, and a set of beautifully crafted puzzles. Something is bound to catch the interest of everyone who comes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Library for more information, 244-7065

Book Group 6pm Second Tuesdays of the monthLibrary Program

Book Group
Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.
The Monuments Men 
by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter

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.

A Joint Maine Humanities Council & Library Program

Muslim Journeys - Maine Humanities Council

Muslim Journeys
Wednesdays 6 p.m.
~First session Tuesday, March 31~

Reza Jalali, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, will facilitate the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Muslim Journeys discussion series start date to be determined.
Reza Jalali, Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Series Facilitator
The books are: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar (March 31), Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi (March 11), 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.

AARP & Library Program

Free Tax Help

March 13 & 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.

Children's Program

Friday Mornings

10:00 a.m. Mama and Baby Yoga w/ Erika Rosso

Mama and Baby Yoga

Come stretch with your little one. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga matt if you have one. This class will be taught by Erika Rosso, Certified Yoga Instructor and Mama of one.

10:20 a.m. Baby Storytime
w/ Amanda Crafts

Baby Storytime is designed especially for babies under two years, but we are family friendly and we welcome siblings. Amanda Crafts will be on board to read, sing, rhyme, giggle and play with your little one. Babies get the chance to socialize with their peers and so do caregivers!
Read here for more information, or call the Library at 244-7065.

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