Friends of the Library


Clara Baker, Library Director
Amanda Crafts, Librarian Assistant

89 Bernard Road
PO Box 99
Bernard, Maine 04612-0099

Library Hours

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

"Islands" Writing Workshop and Reading

posted Jul 19, 2014, 12:28 AM by BHML Librarian

BHML will host a writers workshop with authors Lynne Barrett and Weslea Sidon on the morning of Friday, July 25 from 9:30am to noon. The workshop is for anyone wanting to write fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Using the overall theme of “Islands,” the workshop will draw upon topics including history, memory, myth, nature, community, isolation, boundaries, and journeys. Ms. Barrett and Ms. Sidon will offer examples and exercises, discuss approaches to generating and developing written work, and provide information about resources for submitting work for publication.

That evening, July 25 at 7pm, the authors will return to read from their fiction. Lynne Barrett’s most recent book of short stories, Magpies, won the Florida Book Award for fiction. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and her recent work can be found in Fort Lauderdale Magazine,Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen,Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Delta Blues, Miami Noir, and One Year to a Writing Life. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami, FL, and for the past twenty years has spent summers on Mount Desert Island with her family.


Weslea Sidon’s poetry collection The Fool Sings has just been published by Rain Chain Press. Her work has appeared in ConfrontationsSalonikaGulf Stream MagazineThe New York Times Metropolitan Diary, XanaduStill On the Island, and Paumanok, among other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship in Poetry, she is long-time instructor of writing and music at Summer Festival of the Arts and lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband. 

Call the library to register (244-2798).

Annual Book Fair, August 9 & 10, 2014

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:48 AM by BHML Librarian

We are accepting books for our book fair in August. This annual event brings together our community, distributes good reads, offers white elephant treasures, yummy food, and musical entertainment. The library purchases new books with the money from this popular event.

We are accepting book donations--drop off or leave them during library hours. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

On Our Walls in August

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:44 AM by BHML Librarian

Tremont's Charly Weir will exhibit new work in August. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, August 7 from 4:40-6pm.

Tremont Historical Society Lectures, Summer 2014

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:29 AM by BHML Librarian

The Tremont Historical Society meets monthly at BHML on the second monday of each month; the organization delivers lectures on the fourth Monday of each month. 

Monday, June 23, 7pm Meredith Hutchins will talk about Tremont homes

Monday, July 28, 7pm Nat Fenton will discuss Abraham Lincoln

Monday, August 25, 7pm the subject will be the Bass Harbor Lighthouse

On Our Walls in July

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:19 AM by BHML Librarian

Judy Taylor's oil paintings grace our walls this month. Among other works, view her beautiful depiction of the Algerine Coast in Seal Cove--a new acquisition in the library's permanent collection, recently given to the library in memory of Christina Baker.

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. 

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