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In celebration of Earth Day

"Celebrate the Maine Woods"

A Presentation & Discussion
with Paul Haertel

Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Paul Haertel will be discussing the year-long collaborative effort initiated by Maine Woods Forever which began September 1, 2013. Its intent is to deepen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Maine's woodlands for all their uses and values.

Paul has had a passion for outdoor activities his entire life and spent his entire professional life with the National Park Service. Celebrate the Maine Woods - Maine Woods Forever His career included ranger and park management positions within some of our best national park treasures. In 1994, he was reassigned from Alaska to Maine, as the Superintendent of Acadia National Park and he retired in 2002. For the last several years, he has served on the board of Maine Woods Forever; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the legacy of Maine's forests and woodlands.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging

Caregiver Support Group
Fourth Wednesday of the Month
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Next one: April 23

For more information, contact Dottie VanHorn LSW, 941-2865, 1-800-432-7812, dvanhorn@eaaa.org, or visit the Eastern Area Agency on Aging website http://www.eaaa.org/.

Savitri Bess Intro to Meditation

Meditation for the Soul:
A 3-week Introduction

April 23, 30 & May 7
from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Savitri will show that in meditation it is possible to open up to a deeper place inside yourself, an entire fertile world inside of you, a mystery gradually unveiled, a joining with all that is. Several simple breathing and meditation techniques will be taught, and there will be sharing, too. Savitri has lived in ashrams in India and USA for most of her adult life, and has taught meditation for over 30 years. All levels are welcome. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.

Merkeva IV tank by Ben Freudig

Children's Event

Lego Exhibition!
at the Library
through April 26th

Meet-the-Builders Reception
Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Join us on Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. as we recognize the building achievements of over 40 participants in our first Lego© Exhibit at the Library. Participants range in age from 3 to 25 with such wonders as swamp crawlers, a giraffe, a Delorean automobile, a motorized climber bot, and a scale replica of a Jarvis Newman Pemaquid Friendship Sloop, complete with bilge. We are thrilled to include builders from the Harbor House After School Program, Tremont Consolidated School, Pemetic Elementary School, and from all over Mount Desert Island, Lamoine, Ellsworth, and Bucksport! For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.

Ben Freudig with his Israeli main battle tank, the Merkeva IV. Photo by Kate McMullin.

National Poetry Month Celebrations
at the Library

Poem in your Pocket Through out the month, the Library has sprinkled the town with poems. There are "poetry baskets" in various locations. These baskets are full of poems by many local poets including Michael Czarnecki, Bettina Dudley, Anne Funderburk, Katherine Higgins, Carl Little, Ellen Lehto, Weslea Sidon, Candice Stover, Crow Suncloud, Bowen Swersey, Paul Weiss, and of course, Wesley McNair. Please help yourself to a poem whenever you see a basket. Take one home, and take one to share with a friend.

"Magnetic Poetry"
magnetic poetry FridgePoems app Also, come to the Library and create your own poem using our new magnetic poetry set located in the Young Adult Room. Your poem can be saved with a photograph!

"Fridge Poetry App"
Check out the FrigePoems App to make your own digital Fridge Poetry!

2014 Library Quilt- queen size jewel box pattern

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

Artwork by Leza Colquhoun

Library Program

Tech Support Opportunities

iPad & iPhone Classes "Reading & the Internet"
Saturday from 9:30-11:30 on April 19
Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm on April 17, 24, and May 1
How the Internet can complement your reading. Book reviews. Author blogs. You Tube. The Library web site. Downloading e books and audiobooks. Marvel. The wonders of Inter library loan. IBooks and Kindle apps. 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.
Apple Devices/Windows Computer Help
Saturdays from 10:00am-noon on April 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.

A Foreign Policy Association & Southwest Harbor Public Library joint program

Great Decisions
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
April 5, 12, 19, 26; fall dates to be announced

"Great Decisions" is a series of eight events focusing on critical issues in American foreign policy.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 sign up at the Library or via email at circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us.

Children's Room Link

Mother's Day Sale
May 5-10, 2014

Items still needed!

It's time to scour your attics, jewelry boxes, basements, and garden sheds for little gift items that Moms would like. The Library is collecting new and gently used gift items for the sale. Proceeds support children's programs at the Library. Items can be brought to the Library anytime. We are also looking help - can you bake? Can you help during the sale? Can you help after the sale? All proceeds benefit the children's program by funding musicians, story tellers, artists and authors and more. The sale will take place during the library's normal operating hours Monday, Mays 5 through Saturday, May 10. Drop off anytime or call with questions - 244-7065.

Children's Program

Summer Story Camp
is now open for Registration!

Summer Story Camp 2013

Each session is one week long,
Monday through Friday, 9am - noon

Week 1: July 7-11
Reach for the Sky! Stars & Planets
Week 2: July 14-18
If I Built a...Your Own Invention
Week 3: July 21-25
Move It! Sports & Fitness
Week 4: July 28-Aug. 1
Heroes: Real & Imagined

Summer Story Camp is a free literacy-based program for children ages 5-12. Special guests visit the Camp every day with science, music and art projects. To help busy parents, the Library has partnered with Harbor House and Camp Beech Cliff, so that full-day child care is available, with transportation between camps. Locations of Camp this year are at Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Priority is given to Tremont and Pemetic students. Registration forms are available at the two Libraries and the two Schools, or you can download and print this Registration Form. Forms must be returned to Southwest Harbor Public Library. Call the Library, 244-7065, for more information. Or click on this link for the full Summer Story Camp 2014 Brochure.

Scan Day

Community Photographs

Scan Your
Photographs Day
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.

Connie and Friend

Library Program

Reader Dog
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.

family checkers


Knitting Group
from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

All levels of expertise encouraged. Coaching available. Crocheters and spinners welcome.

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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.

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Children's Storytimes

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. 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. 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!

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

March 30
Sunday Night Dinner
  July 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Silent Art Auction
Opening Party
May 10
9:00-1:00 p.m.
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

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