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 

Local Students to Receive Anti-Bullying Training

posted Oct 18, 2014, 8:09 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 8:49 AM ]

Tremont Consolidated School Principal Pam Bush and Pemetic School Principal DIane Helprin will meet with school social workers and 25 middle school students at BHML to receive anti-bullying training during the first week of November. 

Library Services at Tremont Consolidated School

posted Oct 18, 2014, 8:05 AM by BHML Librarian

Bass Harbor Memorial Library has recently begun providing library services to Kindergarten through Grade 4 students at Tremont Consolidated School each week. Library Director, Clara Baker, visits the school on Mondays and Thursdays, providing mini-lessons about library resources, reading books with the children, and helping students select and check out books. 

Ms. Baker is working with the school media specialist to reorganize books in the school library to make the juvenile fiction and nonfiction collections easier to access. 

Soulful Journaling with A. Jones

posted Oct 8, 2014, 10:08 AM by BHML Librarian

Join A. Jones on Tuesday mornings in November for "Soul Journaling"--a process of knowing and expressing yourself through cutting, pasting, tearing, writing, painting, and collaging. No talent necessary! Call the library (244-3798) for more information or to register. 

Examples of Ann's soulful journals are are currently on display at BHML.

Stay Posted for Upcoming Events...

posted Oct 8, 2014, 10:05 AM by BHML Librarian

Maine Movie Series in November
Improvisation for Children
Caroling at the Holidays
Crafts Nights beginning in January
Valentine's Contra Dance
Women's History Month events
Art Exhibits
Gamer Nights
and More!

Halloween at BHML

posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:23 AM by BHML Librarian

Join us for treats and more treats in Bernard. The library will be open from 4-8 with books, warm drinks, and snacks for the goblins and ghouls!


posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:21 AM by BHML Librarian

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

WWII Book Group

posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:15 AM by BHML Librarian

Of Love and War Book Group



There wasn't much Loving going on among combatants of World War II. Mostly men went away to war and left sweethearts an ocean apart. However great novelists have used their imaginations, and the incredible variety of factual events, to concoct some searing love stories. Come to the Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Bernard throughout the fall and winter to share your views about World War II and literary portrayals of love and war.


Bass Harbor Memorial Library trustee Art Paine has long been intrigued by the history of World War II and literature about love and sentimentality. He'll lead eight discussions about his favorite books on love and war, starting with a little-known personal diary by one of the three fugitives from Corregidor.


The first book, the diary, is a true-life adventure about an unknown hero who voyaged over three thousand miles through Japanese held waters and fell into a love affair with a Philipino princess who saved his life. The rest of Paine's favorites are fiction and include The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, Tamar by Mal Peet, Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInness, Atonement by Ian McEwen, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, The Breaking Wave by Nevil Shute, The War Journal of Major Rocky Gause, and Night Sky by Clare Francis.

The introductory meeting will be October 29th at 6:30 at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Bernard. Some books will be provided. Participants are welcome to take part in just a few, or all of the meetings. Please call the library for more information (207-244-3798).


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 http://www.bassharborlibrary.com 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 (librarian@bassharborlibrary.com 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!

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