ON OUR WALLS:
Thurs. 10/8, 4:30-6
SAT. OCT 31
Treats, warm cider, free books, and library spooks!
Volunteer at the library!
BHML Trustees and librarians will meet in two sessions this coming weekend to plan the future of the library. With help from consultant, Deb Burwell, the group will create a strategic plan for the library, using the feedback they had amassed from three focus groups and the survey they conducted last year.
For October and November, the library will be displaying the Crewel work and embroidery of Bernard resident, Susannah Coolidge Jones. More than 20 pieces of Susannah's art work adorn the library, including a couch covered in medieval images.
We celebrated Susannah at a reception on Thursday, October 8. More than 50 people came out to see Susannah and enjoy the music of Ruth Grierson.
The artwork of Tremont resident Art Paine will be on display at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library for the month of August. His acrylic paintings represent sailing scenes in the Bahamas and views of the Maine coast. There will be a reception for the artist on Wednesday, August 5th from 4:30-6pm.
We are gearing up for our book fair. This year the event falls on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. We are still collecting books to sell and we open our doors to white elephant items a week before the fair on Saturday, August 1. We are always looking for volunteers to help set up and sell books and help supply food items for our food table. Please call the library (244-3798) if you are interested in volunteering!
Carey Donovan will present "Passages to Assam" at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Thursday, August 13 at 7pm. Ms. Donovan has previously shared stories from three generation of family members who served as missionaries in India between 1883 and 1951. This lecture will focus on her great-grandparents' adventures in Nagaland between 1883 and 1888. The program will include readings from family letters and diaries, family photos, and information about the region of India in which they lived and worked. The public is invited to attend.
Local boatbuilder and historian Ralph W. Stanley and illustrator
and publisher Ted Walsh will discuss Friendship sloops at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Friday, July 10th
at 4:30pm. There are more than twelve Friendship Sloops in the MDI
area. Stanley and Hughes recent book, Lasting Friendships, A Century of
Friendship Sloops, a collaboration with the Friendship Sloop Society,
chronicles the history of the boat and catalogs the surviving sloops.
Their upcoming talk at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library will focus on
why the Friendship sloop has survived and why it still has such a loyal
In 2014, BHML trustees and staff surveyed the community and conducted several focus groups to collect information about the role of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Tremont. Participants overwhelming voiced their desire for more library hours and more consistent library hours. The trustees and town responded by increasing BHML hours from 20 to 28 and changing the hours so that the library opens at the same time each day of the schedule.
We hope this new schedule is more accessible for our patrons!
Beginning July 1, 2015, BHML is open during the following times:
Join us to celebrate the artwork of classically-trained, water colorist, Jean Forbes! Year-round resident of Southwest Harbor, Jean captures local scenes in her striking work. Tea, coffee, cheese, and sweets.
Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm MDI Reads Moore!
This year, for the first time as part of Ruth Moore Days, MDI reads Eleanor Mayo. Long-time partner of Ruth Moore, Eleanor Mayo was also a writer of distinction. Moore/Mayo nieces Emily Trask and Muriel Davisson will lead a discussion of Eleanor Mayo’s novel, Turn Home. Republished this year by Sven Davisson’s Rebel Satori Press, copies of Turn Home are available for purchase at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.
Thursday, July 16 at 7pm Viewing of the film Tarnished
We will view Tarnished, a rare film based on Eleanor Mayo’s novel, Turn Home at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. Produced by Republican Pictures in 1950 and directed by Harry Keller, Tarnished runs for 60 minutes, and will be briefly introduced by Sven Davisson. The film is free and popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm Ruth Moore’s Birthday Celebration
Lecture by Sven Davisson, A “Boston Marriage” in Bass Harbor
Sven Davisson, great-grand nephew of Moore and Mayo will discuss his aunts’ relationship in its historical context. With a lively slide show presentation, Davisson will discuss the trend of gay couples leaving cities for places like and Maine and western Massachusetts for anonymity during the 1940s when the term “lesbian” came into usage. Cake and refreshments will be served in celebration of Ruth Moore’s life.