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Vinal Haven

Join us .. Saturday
March 28, 2015
6:30 PM

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My Grandmothers' Journeys

posted Mar 10, 2015, 1:40 PM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 1:41 PM ]

My Grandmothers' Journeys

There will be a presentation in honor of Women's History Month at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Monday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.  In accord with this year's theme of "Journeys", Library Trustee Carey Donovan will present stories of her grandmother, great-grandmother, and step-great-grandmother all of whom served as missionaries in remote parts of India during a period from 1883 to 1951. The program will include readings from family letters and diaries, family photos, and information about the regions of India in which they lived and worked.  The public is invited to attend this event which is sponsored by the Bass Harbor Memorial Library and the Tremont Historical Society.

Art Reception, Thursday, April 19th, 4:30-6

posted Mar 10, 2015, 1:27 PM by BHML Librarian

The library is celebrating women artists this month with an exhibit of local talent. Participants have contributed works that speak to the experience of traveling, journeying, and growth. Artist Kathi Pratt represents the Trail of Tears, the westward journeys of pioneer women, and the Underground Railroad in an interactive display. Nancy Hamblen meditates on the journey of sea glass. Becca Paine and Priscilla Keene interpret places they have travelled. Jean Forbes compares two works to portray her journey as an artist. And Carey Donovan displays images and text from her family's years as missionaries in India. 

Join us for a reception for these and other artists at the library on Thursday, March 19th from 4:40-6. 

Deep Waters Movie Viewing

posted Mar 10, 2015, 1:24 PM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 1:25 PM ]

On Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., The Bass Harbor Memorial Library will show the film, Deep Waters. This movie is the 3rd in our monthly film series, Movies Filmed in Maine.  Deep Waters, filmed on Vinal Haven in 1948, is based on the novel Spoonhandle by Tremont author Ruth Moore.  It stars Dana Andrews, Jean Peters, Anne Revere, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley and Cesar Romero.

In honor of Womens' History Month and the theme of Journeys, this movie represents the journeys of Ruth Moore, Tremont's most celebrated author.  
Ms. Moore was born and raised on Gott's Island, Maine, but spent the first part of her adult life working in New York City and California.  Selling the movie rights for Spoonhandle, allowed her to return home and spend the remainder of her adult life living and writing in Bass Harbor.  

Call to Artists for Women's History Month Exhibit

posted Feb 21, 2015, 9:40 AM by BHML Librarian

BHML is celebrating Women's History Month with an exhibit of artwork that speaks to this year's island-wide theme of "Journeys." Please contact the library (244-3798 or librarian@bassharborlibrary.com) if you would like to contribute a piece. Submissions are welcome through March 3rd.

"Privacy in the Digital Age" video and discussion event

posted Feb 21, 2015, 9:37 AM by BHML Librarian

"Great Decisions 2015" will continue at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library this Monday, February 23 at 5pm. The topic this week is "Privacy in the Digital Age" and participants are encouraged to collect study guides at Southwest Harbor Public Library or the Bass Harbor Memorial Library if they would like to complete the readings. Each program begins with a video presentation followed by a discussion. 

For more information, call SWHPL at 244-7065 or BHML at 244-3792.

Made in Maine Monthly Movie Series--Peyton Place

posted Feb 11, 2015, 3:15 PM by BHML Librarian

We will continue our Made In Maine Monthly Film Series with Peyton Place on Saturday, February 28 at 6:30pm.

Peyton Place was filmed in Camden Maine in 1957.  This is a classic starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange and has Lorne Greene in a supporting role.  This film is based on Grace Metalious' 1956 novel of the same name.  It was the 2nd highest grossing movie of 1958 and was nominated for 9 academy awards although it didn't win in any category.  The content is not suitable for children.

The snow date for the movie will be shown on Sunday, March 1 @ 6:30 p.m.

GREAT DECISIONS Foreign Policy Program

posted Feb 11, 2015, 3:11 PM by BHML Librarian

After a very successful 2014 launch, the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library have scheduled “Great Decisions 2015” to begin on Monday February 2. Eight sessions are scheduled, beginning at the Southwest Harbor Public Library and alternating between library locations. Each session, covering a different topic, will be discussed by the program participants. Participants will receive study guides for each session and a video presentation will precede each discussion. “Collaboration and cooperation are critical values for libraries now and in the future, especially as closely associated as our two libraries are.” said Spencer Ervin, Chair of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. “Our libraries have cooperated very successfully in a number of important programs including Children’s Summer Story Camp and Women’s History Month.” said Charles Stanhope, Chair of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, “This continues that tradition.”

The programs for the 2015 session are: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century and Brazil in Metamorphosis. “The 2014 program engaged a group with a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints.” said Mike Hays, the Great Decisions Program Coordinator, “A great mixture of ages and backgrounds helped inform lively and thought provoking observations. I think this year’s program will be even better.”

The program is free to all but pre-registration is required to ensure that participants have their study guides. Participants may register or get more information in person at the Southwest Harbor Public Library or the Bass Harbor Memorial Library, by calling the libraries at 244-7065 or 244-3792 or by sending email to: circulation@swharbor.lib.me.us

Improvisation Classes for Children

posted Jan 17, 2015, 9:32 AM by BHML Librarian

The Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Bernard is offering Improv Games for children in grades K-5 on Tuesday afternoons beginning January 20th from 3:30-5pm. The session will run for 8 weeks through March 17th. Classes are free, but space is limited; please call the library to register at 244-2798 or email librarian@bassharborlibrary.com

Tremont School students can take the bus from school to the library. A snack will be provided and improv will begin at 3:30. Improv allows children to express themselves through play, expand their imagination and intuition, support each other, and build trust. 

Nicole is an Actor & Director she is Chicago trained, and locally raised.  Nicole has worked with Acadia Community Theater, Summer Festival of the Arts, Improv Acadia, Mohawk Arts Collective, the Deck House and more. 
Improv Games are lead by Nicole Cardano. 

"Made In Maine" Monthly Movie Series

posted Jan 17, 2015, 9:29 AM by BHML Librarian

Bass Harbor Memorial Library will begin a "Made In Maine" Movie Series on Saturday, January 24 at 6:30pm with CIDER HOUSE RULES. Filmed in 1999, scenes from Cider House Rules were shot at Thurston's Wharf in Bernard. Michael Radcliffe will introduce the film with reminiscences of when Hollywood came to Bernard. 

Cider House Rules is the winner of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) and Best Screenplay adapted from a novel (John Irving). This movie is not suitable for children. Popcorn and beverages will be available. 

Coming soon: Peyton Place, Empire Falls, Storm of the Century, Deep Waters, and Man Without a Face.


posted Jan 17, 2015, 8:19 AM by BHML Librarian

Come to the Bass Harbor Memorial Library and stock up on winter reading! The library is hosting a Cabin Fever Book Fair during library hours from January 21st to the 31st. The library has accumulated a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children's and young adult books, and collectibles. These will be displayed for purchase on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-7pm and Wednesday and Saturday from 9-1. 

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