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.

Family Events

Pumpkin Festival
Thursday, Oct. 23 

1-5 p.m. Pumpkin Carving
(Carving @ Harbor House)
6:30 p.m. Storytelling with Jennifer Armstrong
7:30 Popcorn, Cider, & Music by the Acadia Ukulele Society.

Halloween Book Give-Away
Friday, Oct. 31 

5-7 p.m. Stop in for a Book Treat

Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

Leaf Rake

Library Program

Fall Cleanup
--Volunteers needed--
Saturday, Oct. 25
from 8-11 a.m.

Come help prepare the library settle in for the cold months. Tasks include chores like yard cleanup, preparing the summer furniture for storage, window washing, and removing screens. The more helping hands, the faster the cleanup! The rain date is Saturday, Nov. 1. Refreshments will be provided! Bring work gloves and yard tools (rakes and clippers).

Call the Library to sign up or for more information, 244-7065.

The History of Photography on MDI with George Soules

Library Program

"The History of Photography
on MDI"
Talk by George Soules
Tuesday, October 28
at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will cover the time period from the invention of photography in the early 1800’s to the present day. Mr. Soules will show a wide variety of photographs depicting the people, villages, industry, and beauty of MDI during the past 170 years. Read more about the program, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

Library Program

"Palm of the Hand"
Memoir Writing Workshop

with Michael Czarnecki
from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5

Writing Workshop will be facilitated by poet, publisher, and oral memoirist, Michael Czarnecki. Space is limited, so call the Library to reserve your spot. Read more about the workshop or contact the Library for more information.

Paul Weiss Leaves

Poetry Reading

"Love and the Turning Year"
A Reading by Paul Weiss

Wednesday, November 12
at 6:30 p.m.

Maine Poet Paul Weiss will read from his recently published book, You Hold This, and from his soon to be published collection, Moonlight Leaning Against an Old Rail Fence. Paul will have copies of his book available for purchase. Please join the Open Mic that will follow the reading.Read more about the reading or contact the Library at 244-7065 for more information.

Autumn Blessing Poem by Paul Weiss

Book Talk

Lasting Friendships:
A Century of Friendship Sloops
with Ralph Stanley &
Ted Walsh

Saturday, November 15
at 2:00 p.m.

Local boatbuilder and historian Ralph W. Stanley and illustrator and publisher Ted Walsh, will be talking about Friendship sloops. Books will be available to purchase after the talk. Read more about the talk or contact the Library at 244-7065 for more information.

At Home Southwest Harbor Community Conversation: Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Program

At Home Southwest Harbor
Community Conversations

Tuesday, November 18,from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
at the Library
Saturday, November 22, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
at the Harbor House Community Room

The At Home Steering Committee is sponsoring conversations about what is needed to support older residents who wish to to live independently in their own homes. Read moreabout the meetings, or call the Library at 244-7065.

Fight Fight for Our Right Film and Theater: Nov 19 at 6:30 at St. John Church Library Program

Fight for Our Right
Double Feature
Film & Theater Performance

November 19 at 6:30
(At St. John Church)

The Search for the White Rose

This event is a double feature on youth resistance in Nazi Germany featuring Peter Logue and the Mohawk Arts Collective.

The program will take place across the street from the Library at St. John Church. Read more about the event, or call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

Library Fundraiser

Brenda Merritt Print Raffle

Local artist Brenda Merritt created this print for the Library as a fundraiser for Children's Events and Programs. The winning ticket will be drawn during the Pumpkin Festival on Thursday, October 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the event or beforehand at the Library front desk. Read more about the print For more information, call the Library at (207) 244-7065.

A Foreign Policy Association & Southwest Harbor Public Library joint program

Great Decisions
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
October 25
November 1 & 8

The multi-media discussion program "Great Decisions" will cover topics of current interest to anyone concerned about the state of the world and America’s role in it. This fall's discussion will cover Energy Independence (Nov. 1), Food and Climate Change (to be determined), and China's Foreign Policy (to be determined). Pre-registration is required and 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. Read more about the program.

SWHPL Children's Logo

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. 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.

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