Friends of the Library


Clara Baker, Library Director
Amanda Crafts, Librarian Assistant

89 Bernard Road
PO Box 99
Bernard, Maine 04612-0066

Library Hours

Tues. and Thurs. 1 - 7
Wed. and Sat. 9 - 1 

Films for Children During April Vacation Week

posted Apr 8, 2014, 2:19 PM by BHML Librarian

Join us during Vacation Week, on Tuesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 24 for children's movies. There will be one showing each day at 4pm. Attendees will help with film selection. 

Summer Story Camp 2014

posted Apr 8, 2014, 2:16 PM by BHML Librarian

July 7-11
For ages 5-12

Summer Story Camp is a free program of the Southwest Harbor Library offered at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library for the week of July 7-11 from 9am-noon. Based on a weekly theme, each child will create an art project, a hand-made journal and collaborate on writing pieces. Special guests visit the camp with science, music, and art projects that tie into the week's theme. On Friday, camp ends with a gathering of campers and families to celebrate the week's accomplishments. 

Call (207) 244-7065 or email to ask about session availability and for more information. 

Art and Nature Camp 2014

posted Apr 8, 2014, 2:08 PM by BHML Librarian

For children ages 7-10.

Campers will explore the botanical treasures of our island's fleeting summer, and create related artwork with guidance of guest artists and naturalists. Camp will run Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1 from 9am-noon. An art show and closing celebration will be Aug. 1 at 6:30pm.

Contact Kathie Pratt, Camp Director, at 244-0558, or the library.

Thank You, Ruth Grierson!

posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:44 PM by BHML Librarian

Ruth Grierson and Lynn Lepley-Boschert presented a talk and slide show on birds on Thursday, April 3 to a full house, including library trustees who thanked Ruth for her many years of service to the library board. Ruth is conserving her time to indulge her first love, playing her violin. Ruth will continue to accompany our art openings and annual book fair with her beautiful music. 

March Events

posted Apr 8, 2014, 1:21 PM by BHML Librarian

The library hosted several well-attended events in March. Early in the month, Candace Stover led a creative writing workshop in which participants thought about their relationships with their grandmothers. Attendees raved about this experience and the work that emerged from the workshop. 

Our artist reception for the Grandmother-themed Women's History Month exhibit was cancelled due to the weather, but several artists talked about their works at an Historical Society event entitled "Memories of Grandmothers" on Monday, March 24. Kathie Pratt, Amanda Crafts, and Linda Fernandez, in particular, recounted memories and shared their art. 

Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline discussed her journey this past year as her novel, Orphan Train, has risen to wide acclaim. Kline signed copies of her novel at the March 20th event and talked about her next project, entitled Christina's World

Kindergarteners from the Tremont School visited the library with their teachers on March 27 and learned about the history and resources of BHML. They viewed the exhibit of art about grandmothers, listened to a story about a grandmother, and thought about their own grandmothers as they drew with pastels. 

Living with Our Grandmothers: A Writing Workshop

posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:56 PM by BHML Librarian

“Living with Our Grandmothers,” a writing workshop designed and facilitated by Candace Stover, will be offered at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Saturday, March 8 from 2-5pm. The workshop will use a variety of exercises to name and explore in words how we remember our grandmothers, where they live or lived and where we find them, and how these memories accompany who we are. Please bring a pen, paper, and if possible a photo of your grandmother. Candace Stover is a writer and teacher who designs independent writing workshops, teaches at College of the Atlantic, and has published several volumes of poetry. She lives on Mount Desert Island. Workshop space limited. To register, please call the library (244-3798).


Women's History Month: Grandmothers Group Show and Reception

posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:22 PM by BHML Librarian

There will be a group show of work by area artists for the month of March. The theme this year is "Grandmothers" and we will celebrate the artists and their grandmothers at a reception on Thursday, March 13 from 5-6:30. Ruth Grierson will serenade the crowd on her violin with vintage music from the 1890s-1930s. 

In My Grandmother's Attic

posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:13 PM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 1:19 PM ]

Janet Strong will give a slide show presentation of her grandmother's haute couture dresses at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 pm. Ms. Strong discovered a treasure trove of 30 splendid dresses and many beaded scarves, dress-up costumes, and hats in her great grandmothers attic 3 years ago. The family carefully photographed the collection, some of which dated back to 1895, before they donated most of the pieces to a college of fashion in Canada. Ms. Strong kept some of the items of clothing, which will be on display at the library for the event and for the month of March. Come and experience the finery--vintage hand-beaded, hand-stitched brocades, silks, and rich velvet and learn about her grandmother's life in Toronto at the inception of modernity. 

Cabin Fever Book Fair, Jan. 25-Feb. 8

posted Jan 15, 2014, 8:24 AM by BHML Librarian

We will be having an ongoing book fair during library hours for two weeks this winter. Come choose from a great selection of fiction, cookbooks, travel books, and books on arts and crafts beginning Saturday, January 25. Titles are priced at .50 and $1.

Scrabble Night Resumes!

posted Jan 15, 2014, 7:32 AM by BHML Librarian

Join us for a word play at the library on Tuesday nights from 6-7pm. All ages welcome.

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