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 

Tremont Community Conversations

posted Aug 13, 2014, 8:58 AM by BHML Librarian

The trustees and staff of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library will be hosting two Community Conversations to get input from the community about the services they would like to see provided by the library.

 The public is invited to attend either or both sessions at the library on Wednesday, August 20, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 Attendees are invited to discuss issues and opportunities for the Tremont community as it relates to the library. All opinions are welcome.  Library users and non-users are encouraged to attend. Advance registration is not required. Snacks and beverages will be provided at both meetings.

 The library plans to hold a third Community Conversation in October with Tremont School students to obtain opinions from younger members of our community.

 The library is also conducting an online survey as an additional way to gather community perspectives.  What would you like to see at your library?   To take this survey, go to and click on Community Library Survey. 

Community input is an important way to guide the library trustees and staff in planning for library services that meet community needs.  For more information, questions or comments about Community Conversations, contact Clara Baker ( or 244-3798)


"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. 

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