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Acadia National Park Centennial Logo
One Park - One Read
~ February 2016 ~

Join your neighbors for a community read to celebrate the centennial of Acadia National Park.

SWH Public Library Programs

Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Spoonhandle by Ruth MooreAs part of Southwest Harbor Public Library’s One Park – One Read program for the Acadia National Park Centennial, Dennis Damon will talk about Ruth Moore, her writing, and her classic Maine novel, Spoonhandle, Tuesday evening, February 9, 5:30.

Copies of Spoonhandle can be borrowed from the Library or purchased at cost. For more information click here or call the Library at 244-7065.


The End of Night by Paul Bogard

Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Retired Acadia National Park Superintendent, Paul Haertel and Park Lead Education Ranger, Michael Marion will discuss Acadia’s night sky and the beauty, history and science addressed in The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.


Make Your Own Valentines!

February 8th - 13th

Southwest Harbor Public Library invites you to drop by the Library and make your  own valentines during regular library hours the week of February 8th - 13th. The Library will provide the supplies, which include sparkles, festive paper, markers, glue, lace dollies, and other fun stuff.

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

Andrea Lepcio

Writing Workshop
with Andrea Lepcio

Wednesday, February 10th
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Playwright, Andrea Lepcio will be offering a writing workshop at the Library. All are welcome including those who do not yet have a project. Lepcio describes the workshop, “whether you are working on a novel, memoir, blog, nonfiction, play, screenplay or other writing, this workshop will give you room to grow. We’ll engage in exercises to bring out your best writing, talk through problem areas and explore best practices. Our two-hours together will lay the ground work for your ongoing writing practice.”

Click for more information, or call the Library at 244-7065.

Jackie Carroll

Move Waste from your Waist
with Jackie Carroll

Saturday, February 13th
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jackie's second presentation, Move Waste From Your Waist, will share indicators of Healthy Aging. Jackie will also cover Toxic Waist, Waist Size vs. Weight, How to get the appropriate measurement of your waist, Body Types, a body with or without movement and incorporating the three components of exercise into your routine each day.

Call the Library, 244-7065 for more information.

Women's History Project logo

Women's History Project 2016

Women's History Project Art Show 2016

Theme: A Passion for Acadia
~ Artist Registration Closed~
Artists Reception
Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Click here for the details and deadlines. More information about Women's History Project Events coming soon!

logo for Healthy Acadia

The Other Side of Cannabis

Wednesday, February 17th
5 - 6pm

Joposter for "The Other Side of Cannabis"in us for a film and community conversation with Healthy Acadia’s Tara Young. This documentary  is an independent film project created by ordinary citizens with no political or economic affiliations or interests, other than bringing attention to the negative effects of marijuana on our youth - adolescents, teenagers and young adults whose brains are still forming.  Come to the Library and join the conversation.

For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Drop In Tech Help
Learning Key

Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

February 18 & 25

Question about using eBooks and audio books from the Maine Infonet Download Library?

Need help with Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac laptops)? Drop in! Read more about session requirements. Call 244-7065; we are here for you!

Valentines Tea by Leza ColquhounLibrary Tea
Thursday, Febuary 18th
2:00 - 3:30 pm

You are invited to to enjoy a cup of tea by the Library’s fireplace, nibble on a homemade treat, and enjoy the company of others. Click for  more information, or call the Library, 244-7065.


Free Tax Help


February 19 & 26

March 4 & 18

and April 8


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.

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 Maine Income Tax Check-off for the Maine Public Library Fund, found on the Charitable Contributions section of the Maine State Tax Form. When filing your returns, please consider contributing to this fund – all Maine public libraries will benefit!

scrabble game Saturday Games Morning!!
Febuary 20th
9:00 - 11:30 pm

People of all ages are invited to play games at the Library on Saturday morning, February 20th, with Dick Atlee, Sarah Corson, and Linda Hayward. There will be a wide variety of interesting games. Something is bound to catch the interest of everyone! Come and join the fun!!!

Check out our Upcoming Library Events, or call the Library, 244-7065.

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Book Club!
Team of Rivals
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Thursday, March 3rd
6 - 7:30 or so
Refreshments provided!

Book Club meets on the First Thursday of every month at Great Harbor Condominiums at 79 East Ridge Road in Southwest Harbor. We meet in the big meeting room right by the front door. We plan to alternate (or at least mix) history/memoirs with fiction choices.

April 7 "Except the Dying" by Maureen Jennings (1st Murchdoch Mystery)
May 5 "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Contact Lyn Gould at lgould@mdirss.org for more information or directions.

Pooh and Piglet, headed off into the storm

Winter Health 2016

"11 Resources to Help You
Prepare Your Home and
Loved Ones for Winter Weather"

Winter storms bring emergencies of all kinds to mind: from home to car to personal. Winter storms alone caused an estimated $2.3 billion in insured losses in 2014. To make matters worse, USA Today found that winter is deadlier than summer.

Please take this opportunity to read through these
Public Health Corps Resources, do any prep you have time for and spread the word!

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

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