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.

Voter Registration, Tuesday, September 23 from 12-4 at the Library

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.

Banned Book Week 2014

Library Display

Banned Books
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.


Library Program

Tech Support

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.

Tech Help*
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.

Photo by Kate McMullin.
Maine at Work

Library Program

Maine at Work
with David Greenham

Tuesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Nordgren

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.
The Anatomy of a Great Deception

Documentary Film

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

  Scan Day

Library Program

Scan Your
Photographs Day
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.

Addiction on Trial by Steve Cassells

Book Talk

Dr. Steven Kassels
Addiction on Trial
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Steven Kassels author of Addiction on Trial

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 Library Quilt- queen size jewel box pattern

Library Fundraiser

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
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Children's Storytimes

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. Toddler Time
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.

Connie and Friend

Children's Program

Reader Dog
---Back in the Fall---
Wednesday 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.

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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.

Library Journal 5 Star Libraries 2013

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!

Maine Discovery Museum

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.

CLYNK Community Cash Program

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

March 30
Sunday Night Dinner
  July 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party
May 5-10
Monday through Saturday
Library hours
Mother's Day Sale   August 2 & 3
Saturday &
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Used Book Sale
May 17
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale   August 27
8:00 p.m.

Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid
July 12 & 13
Saturday &
All day
Paperback Book Sale   August 10
9:00 a.m.
Let's Book Walkathon

Library Closures

January 1
January, 3rd Monday
February, 3rd Monday
May, last Monday
July 4
September, 1st Monday
October, 2nd Monday
November 11
November, 4th Thurs.
December 24
December 25
December 31

New Year’s Day
Martin L. King, Jr. Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Days
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve, 1pm
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve, 1pm