Welcome to the Library!

Bass Harbor Memorial Library
89 Bernard Rd., P.O. BOX 99, Bernard, ME 04612
(207) 244-3798


Ed Wood
Tremont photographer Ed Wood turns his focus on Bernard and Bass Harbor. The Library will host a reception for Ed on Thursday, July 20 at 6pm.

~Ruth Moore Days~
Sunday  July 23 10a-1p
Ruth Moore Homestead Tour
Island Cruises, 12 Little Island Way   Bass Harbor
Join the Bass Harbor Memorial Library and Island Cruises as we journey to Great Gott Island for a tour of the old Moore home and store. This unique experience will offer a glimpse into the place that informed and inspired Ruth Moore’s novels and poetry. Joe Marshall will join us for recitations of Moore’s work as well as history of the island. A bag lunch will be provided by Sips.

Tickets are $50 each and are limited, so reserve your spot before July 7 by bringing payment to the Library at 89 Bernard Rd in Bernard, or mail payment to Bass Harbor Memorial Library PO Box 99 Bernard, Maine 04612 Cash and check only. 

On July 23, please meet at Island Cruises in Bass Harbor before 9:45 as the boat will leave the dock at 10am. Gott's Island is more rustic than other offshore islands with a very simple dock and no paved roads. Be prepared to disembark the boat onto an uneven, rocky surface. The walk to the Moore homestead is about a quarter of a mile on a dirt road up a gentle hill with wonderful views of MDI, Placentia and Little Gott Island. After the tour we will have ample time to eat lunch, explore the cemetery and stroll through the fields and forests, before returning to the boat at 12:30 for our trip back to Bass Harbor.

Special thanks to Cpt. Eli Strauss and Island Cruises of Bass Harbor, Sips of Southwest Harbor, and John and Christina Gillis of Gotts Island, for their continued support of Ruth Moore Days and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.

Each summer the Bass Harbor Memorial Library hosts a week of events to celebrate, commemorate and share the talent of Tremont’s legendary novelist and poet, Ruth Moore. Ruth Moore Days 2017 will be from July 17 to 24. For more information, call the Library at 244-3798
The new download library, CloudLibrary is up and running! Click HERE to download audio and ebooks


Thursday, July 20  6-8pm
Art Reception for Ed Wood
Join us for a reception to meet photographer Ed Wood

Summer Art & Nature Camp Begins!
July 24-28 with a final reception on Friday, July 28 at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, July 26  6-8pm
EB White Discussion
Join Candice Stover as we discuss the works of EB White. Bring your favorite excerpt or essay to share or just join in the discussion. 
Call 244-3798 for more information.

Saturday, August 5 & 19  10:30am
PreK Storytime
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday
Join Pam on the first and third Saturday of every month for a read aloud storytime geared toward pre K children. Older siblings welcome. 
Call 244-3798 for more information.

~Ruth Moore Days~
Full Schedule Available Now!
July 17-24, 2017
Clink link for poster

Wednesday, July 19  6-8pm
An evening with Gotts Island author Christina Marsden Gillis
Christina will read from and discuss her newest book "Where Edges Don't Hold." In this collection of powerful essays, Gillis gives us the example of Gotts Island, a small land mass off the coast of Maine where she has spent all the summers of her adult life, a place where all roads lead to the sea, and tidal cycles govern the passage of time. Join the author for an evening of readings and discussions from this and her previous work "Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life."

Monday, July 24  7-9pm
Tremont Historical Society
~Great Duck Island!
The Tremont Historical Society presents John Anderson from the College of the Atlantic, speaking about “The Human Side” approach to the history of Great Duck Island. John has led COA student research trips to Island for many years. 

~Coming Soon~
check out our calendar of events for more information

Campaign Kickoff Party
E.B. White Discussion
Ruth Moore Days
Art & Nature Camp
Artist Ed Wood

Annual Book and White Elephant Sale, Raffle and Pancake Breakfast
Christina Baker Kline

~Library News~

Raffle Tickets on Sale!
Raffle tickets for our annual book sale raffle on August 12 & 13 are on sale now. $2 each or $5 for 3. Tickets can be purchased at the Library or from staff or trustees.

Thank you for your support at the Boat Races!
We appreciate all of the volunteers who helped make our first annual Bass Harbor Boat Races Pancake Breakfast a success. Thanks to our community for showing up hungry! Congratulations to all the winners and we are excited to be part of this tradition.

Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for more volunteers to help us in the library and at special events. Contact us at 244-3798 for more information or sign up HERE.

A Sampling of Raffle Prizes
Lobster Sailbag from Rebecca Butler
Acupuncture with Sarah Tewhey
GC to Queen Anne's Flowers
GC for Lobsters from local fishermen
Facial from Sanctuary
Natural Products from Dulse & Rugosa
Health & Healing Products from Sage Moon Apothecary
Jewelry by Leslie Jones
Pottery from Evergreen Pottery
Jewelry Making Lessons with Sue Aripotch
Reiki with Nancy Elliott
GC from Southwest Cycle
GC for Pet Products from Penny & Hoover's Pigpen
and much, much more...

New Books at the Library, November/December 2016

posted Dec 27, 2016, 11:12 AM by BHML Librarian

The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks / Williams, Terry Tempest
The accidental life : an editor's notes on writing and writers / McDonell, Terry
Maine's remarkable women : daughters, wives, sisters, and mothers who shaped history /Kennedy, Kate
Paradise lust : searching for the Garden of Eden / Wilensky-Lanford, Brook
Ranger confidential : living, working, and dying in the national parks / Lankford, Andrea
Secondhand time : the last of the Soviets / Aleksievich, Svetlana
Rogue heroes : the history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of war / Macintyre, Ben
Brilliant beacons : a history of the American lighthouse / Dolin, Eric Jay
On my own /Rehm, Diane
The French chef in America : Julia Child's second act / Prud'homme, Alex
Appetites / Bourdain, Anthony
Born to run / Springsteen, Bruce
Maine on glass : the early twentieth century in glass plate photography / Bunting, William Henry

Juvenile Fiction
The kinfolk / Morgan, Genevieve
Chantarelle / Morgan, Genevieve

Kill or be killed : thrillers / Patterson, James
Swing time / Smith, Zadie
Sweet lamb of heaven : a novel / Millet, Lydia
Prince Lestat and the realms of Atlantis / Rice, Anne
News of the world : a novel / Jiles, Paulette
Two by two / Sparks, Nicholas
Razor girl / Hiaasen, Carl
Home / Coben, Harlan
The unseen world / Moore, Liz
The mistletoe murder : and other stories / James, P. D.
The whistler / Grisham, John
Night school / Child, Lee
Small great things : a novel / Picoult, Jodi
The chemist / Meyer, Stephenie
Alice & Oliver : a novel / Bock, Charles
Twisted threads / Wait, Lea
Thread and gone / Wait, Lea

Children's Picture Books
Maps / Mizieliska, Aleksandra 
Shy / Freedman, Deborah 
The darkest dark / Hadfield, Chris 
Animals by the numbers : a book of infographics /Steve Jenkins. 
My twelve Maine Christmas days /Ulmer, Wendy K


posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:50 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

The Library will be open for Trick or Treating, Oct 31, 5-8 p.m.  Each trick or treater will have the opportunity to pick out a book to keep.  We will have some refreshments as well.  Come join us for a a fun and spooky evening at the library.
The library will be decorated with art work produced by Tremont School 5th and 6th graders - on the theme of farm animals and Charlotte's Web.  Come and see their work!

Nature's Gifts: Our National Parks

posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:44 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 10:01 AM ]

Monday, October 24, 7 p.m. - This is an Historical Society program with Bob Thayer.  The program will include photographs.  The program will be held at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.  All are welcome.

Ginny Lane - Artist's Reception Thurs. Sept 15, 5:30-7:00

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:40 PM by BHML Librarian

Ginny Lane is a local artist - very local - she lives across the street from the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. You can visit her gallery in her home at 82 Bernard Rd. Ginny is known for her colorful paintings of local scenes. We will be showing her paintings at the library during the month of September. Come and join us at a reception for her on Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:00, at the Library.  Refreshments will be served.

August: Roxanne Scherer On Our Walls

posted Jul 20, 2016, 8:39 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 9:03 AM ]

Pencil and Card Making Acadia-Themed Event with Roxanne
Thursday, August 25, 6-8 p.m. - for Teenagers and Adults.

One of the reasons I live in this area is Acadia National park-its beauty and resources.My work reflects the national park in the studies of the Acadia Mountains and also my paintings of different types of trees. The paintings of the houses of my neighbors reflect the effects of climate and the wear and tear of living near the ocean.I work in a variety of media including pastel, colored pencil, and acrylic.  Workshop on 
Aug 25 using colored pencils.  We will learn about some of the technique involved in the media such as burnishing and blending. We will create cards to Acadia in this media and put it on a website for the national Park.

Ruth Moore Days 2016

posted Jun 16, 2016, 8:24 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 12:52 PM ]

     Ruth Moore Days 2016

 Tuesday, July 19th, 7pm         Moore’s Literary Legacy        

Gary Lawless (of Blackberry Books and publisher of Moore's works) will discuss "Ruth Moore's Literary and Cultural Legacy in Maine."

 Thursday, July 21st, 7pm         Birthday and Book Discussion

BHML celebrates the anniversary of Moore's birthday with a lecture and discussion of Spoonhandle by Carey Donovan. Cake and refreshments will be served. Spoonhandle copies available for purchase ($10).

 Friday, July 22rd, 7pm                  Deep Waters Viewing

BHML will show Deep Waters, the 1948 Hollywood movie adaptation of Spoonhandle. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. 

Downloadable Demonstration and Petting Zoo

posted Jun 16, 2016, 8:22 AM by BHML Librarian   [ updated Jun 16, 2016, 9:21 AM ]

Bass Harbor Memorial Library recently joined MaineInfoNet, a free resource that allows patrons to download audiobooks and eBooks from their home devices. On Thursday, June 23rd from 5-7pm Kate McMullen will demonstrate how to use the service at BHML. Kate McMullen is the Assistant Director at the Southwest Harbor Library and a Maine State Library "Tech Ninja" regional consultant. The Bass Harbor Memorial Library will have the Maine State Library's "Technology Petting Zoo" until July 9th so that patrons can explore a range of electronic devices that might best suit their needs. 

The librarians at Bass Harbor Memorial Library will also be available to help patrons access the Download Library during library hours (Tues & Wed 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat 10-2).

Downloadable Books Available!

posted Jun 8, 2016, 12:03 PM by BHML Librarian

We have recently joined MaineInfoNet and this resource is free to you with an account at Bass Harbor Memorial Library. You can now download audiobooks and eBooks from your home devices at any time. 

To start using the system, you will need to access  http://download.maineinfonet.org, hit "sign in" in the top right corner, and type in Bass Harbor Memorial Library. It will then ask you for your account number with our library. We do not assign patrons physical cards, so you would not have this information. Please email us at librarian@bassharborlibrary.com if you would like your account number to begin downloading materials. 

OverDrive Marketplace provides a tutorial for public library users at Learning Center. The brief video is very helpful for patrons who are unfamiliar with this service. 

The librarians at Bass Harbor Memorial Library are also available to help patrons access the Download Library during library hours (Tues & Wed 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat 10-2).

On Our Walls in July: Keri Kimura

posted Jun 8, 2016, 12:01 PM by BHML Librarian

Southwest Harbor resident, Keri Kimura, will exhibit her painting at BHML for the month of July. There will be a reception for Keri on Thursday, July 7 from 4:30-6. 

On the Trail of Volunteers--Talk with Mike Hays

posted Jun 8, 2016, 11:21 AM by BHML Librarian

On Thursday, June 16th at 5pm, Mike Hays will present "If Not Us, Then Who?" about the history of the volunteer effort in Acadia National Park. 

One of the most visible aspects of Acadia National Park are the large numbers of volunteers working on the hiking trails and the carriage roads. But how did this outpouring of enthusiasm develop and how has it changed over time? These and other topics are the subject of the program "If Not Us, Then Who?" presented by Mike Hays, a Volunteer in the Park since 1995, and a Volunteer Crew Leader since 2004. The program presents the volunteer effort within the context of the history of Acadia National Park and the larger American historical perspective.

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