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Women's History Month
INTRO TO ANCESTRY.COM
Saturday, March 8th, 1 – 4:00pm
In honor of your grandmothers, we are offering a free workshop introducing Ancestry.com which is available for free when accessed through the library. Space is limited, and registration is required. No prior experience is necessary. Computers are available, or you may bring your own laptop. Bring dates, names, or locations of family members to assist in your research.
Tuesday, March 11th, 5:30 – 7pm
Come meet the local artists whose work based on the theme "Grandmothers" will be on display for the month of March. Refreshments provided.
WOMEN IN ADVERTISING
Tuesday, March 18th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Jim Glavine will host a power point presentation using real examples of vintage advertising to illustrate how views of and by women have changed through the years.
GAMES NIGHT FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
Wednesday, March 19th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Turn off the television and come to the library to play games that your grandmother may have played when she was a little girl - no electricity and lots of fun! Please, children must be supervised.
Thursday, March 20th , 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Teatime like Grandmother with china cups, dainty treats, and delightful music provided by Ruth Grierson and friends.
• "Grandmothers "Art Exhibition
• On-going survey about "Old Maids" Research Project
• Wednesday nights 5:30 to 8pm – Knitting group. Beginners welcome.
iPad & iPhone Classes
Saturday, March 8th, 9:30-11:30am
Thursday, March 13, 12:30-2:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 9:30-11:30am
Learn how to access and read free ebooks and audiobooks. Bring your library card and your Apple ID and password. Your device must be setup and charged prior to class. If you need help setting up, come at 12:30 (Thursday) or 9:30 (Saturday). Registration required.
Using the Library's Kindles
Thursday, March 27, 12:30-2:30pm
Learn how to navigate and read ebooks on Library Kindle eReaders. Registration required.
File Organization with Ben Sawyer
Wednesday, March 19 5:30-7:00pm
Can't find that document you were working on last week? You know it is there somewhere... Sign up at the Library for a course with local computer consultant Ben Sawyer to learn about how to organize and locate your files on your computer. Registration required. Computers are available or bring your laptop.
Apple Devices/Windows Computer Help
Saturdays from 10:00am-noon
March 15 & 29, April 12 & 26
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. ½ hour one-on-one sessions starting at 10:00am. Registration required. Laptop users (including Macbook) are encouraged to bring their own computer.
*Hardware and maintenance issues relating to private computers are beyond the scope of this assistance.
Sunday Night Dinner
Sunday, March 30
5:30 p.m. the evening starts at the Library for appetizers provided by Chow Maine
6:00 p.m. we move to Red Sky for 2 courses
7:00 p.m. at Sips for another course and dessert
$55 per person, includes tax
Liquor and Gratuity Not Included
R.S.V.P. at the Library or by calling (207) 244-7065.
Reader Dog beginning
Wednesday, March 5
Sessions 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.
Reiki As Self-Care:
Balancing Our Body-Mind-Heart
Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
All are invited to learn about the beneficial effects of Reiki on cell tissue and how it can help you. Topics that will be covered are: stress-reduction, insomnia, injury healing, acceptance and love of self and energetic balancing. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience a Reiki session. Feel free to bring a friend with you and any questions you may have to this enjoyable and special evening. Phoebe Barnes, a Reiki Master in the Usui tradition, has been practicing Reiki for 15 years. In May 2011, Phoebe completed her 100 hour Reiki Volunteer Practicum at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA where she gave Reiki to patients, families, staff, nurses and doctors. Currently Phoebe resides in Southwest Harbor practicing and teaching Yoga and Reiki. For more information, call the Library at (207) 244-7065.
Grown out of your LEGO sets? The Library is looking for LEGO donations.
We are planning a spring LEGO event and need help with providing LEGOs for kids to build things with here at the Library. LEGO pieces can be dropped off anytime. They will be used to create something wonderful! We hope you come see the amazing LEGO show the kids produce! For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and Library Program
Free Tax Filing
Fridays from 9:00 a.m. -
March 14 & 28
This service is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income and is offered in cooperation with the IRS. These trained volunteers help taxpayers receive all applicable tax credits and deductions. All tax help is confidential.
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!
To make an appointment and for more information about tax help or the Maine Public Library Fund, please call the Library, (207)244-7065.
Maine Savvy Caregiver Program
Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 through April 2
The Library is hosting a 12 hour / six week education and training program for family and friends caring for individuals with dementia living in the community. This program will help you develop a sense of confidence in caregiving, learn how to care for yourself, learn tips and strategies for interacting and communicating with the person and how to understand and manage challenging behaviors, and learn what dementia is and how it affects the person and his/her behavior.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call Karyn Grass of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-432-7812.
A Foreign Policy Association & Southwest Harbor Public Library joint program
Beginning Saturday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m.
"Great Decisions" is a series of eight events focusing on critical issues in American foreign policy. The first "Great Decisions" group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954 by the Foreign Policy Association and is intended to be face-to-face, active and informal conversations on important topics in current foreign affairs. These programs are designed to inform the public about these critical issues and to encourage discussion and debate. This year's topics will include: Defense Technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey's Challenges, Islamic Awakening, Energy Independence, Food and Climate, China's Foreign Policy and U.S. Trade policy. For more information about "Great Decisions", visit www.fpa.org/great_decisions/.
Participation will be limited to the first thirty registrants and will be held in the Library's Holmes room. There is a charge of twenty dollars to cover the cost of the participant guides. Scholarships are also available. Registration can be made by calling the Library at 244-7065, in-person signup at the Library or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
All levels of expertise encouraged. Coaching available. Crocheters and spinners welcome.
at the Library
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 17, July 26, & October 4
Bring 1 to 5 photographs to the library for scanning and go home with digital copies for all your family! 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.
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.
Caregiver Support Group
Fourth Wednesday of the Month
Next one: February 26
For more information, contact Dottie VanHorn LSW, 941-2865, 1-800-432-7812, email@example.com, or visit the Eastern Area Agency on Aging website http://www.eaaa.org/.
These are fabulous opportunities to have fun and laugh with the children in your lives.
Wednesdays 9:45 a.m.
Let's Start with Music
Join Bob Myers and his banjo mandolin for favorite songs before story time.
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. Ages birth to 2 years - siblings 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.
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.
August 2 & 3
Used Book Sale
Silent Art Auction
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid
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