Library News

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"A Christmas Carol"

posted Jul 13, 2017, 12:07 PM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Broadway actor, Will Rhys, in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Southport Memorial Library Aides will again present Broadway actor Will Rhys in “A Christmas Carol” at the Southport Town Hall on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Rhys has adapted the Dickens to create a one-man staging in which he brings each character to life, capturing their nuances and delivering a full range of emotion.  Of Rhys’s recent performance in Freeport one reviewer noted, “His rendition is a lively version that embodies the story’s magical message.” 

This family-friendly holiday event is free, although donations to the Aides will be gratefully accepted. Due to limited seating, early arrival is suggested. Doors will open at 1:30. Refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information call 633-2741

Veteran's Day Observance

posted Jul 13, 2017, 12:05 PM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

November 11, 2017 at 11 AM, the annual Veteran's Day observance will be held at the Library.


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:47 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

July 21 - 22, 2017 From 9 AM to 4 PM


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:46 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

July 27, 2017  Morgan Callan Rogers - 7 PM  Morgan Callan Rogers’s first novel, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea is set in Maine as is her new book, Written on My Heart.

Morgan Callan Rogers Biography

Morgan Callan Rogers was brought up in Bath, Maine and lived in a cottage on the New Meadows River in West Bath with her family during summers. It was there she began to write and illustrate her own horse stories, then rock star stories.   

During her adolescence she was afraid of the dark, but used to listen to the radio to soothe her to sleep. Unfortunately, she tried to read the first part of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”. When she reached the pages where the daughter, who had been listening to her radio in her room, was murdered, it ruined Callan Rogers’s theory that nothing bad could happen as long as she was listening to music. 

She began to make up stories to put herself to sleep. These elaborate dramas were filled with character development, setting, descriptive details, passion, and dialogue, and were critical to her learning how to create a world and to write fiction. 

Currently, she is a part-time reporter for the Boothbay Register, a teacher, and a novelist. In her life, she also has been an actress, a blues and jazz singer, a house cleaner, a librarian, a children’s librarian, an administrative assistant, and once had brief stints performing in oversized costumes as The Cat in the Hat and Mrs. Berenstain of Berenstain Bear fame.   

Florine Gilham, the main character in both “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” and “Written on My Heart”, entered Callan Roger’s imagination with her own strong voice intact. She first appeared in a short story as a middle-aged woman with a husband and two grown children. 

“I wrote the story as Florine dictated it, and presented it at a writer’s workshop. A participant had a question about a difficult relationship, so I thought I’d explore why that was with a little backstory. This exploration turned into Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea,” Callan Rogers said.

Red Ruby Heart tells the story of 12-year old Florine Gilham. It’s 1963, in a small Maine fishing village called The Point. Florine is the only child of Carlie and Leeman Gilham. Her beloved grandmother, Grand, lives just across the road. She has three best friends, and they’ve known each other since birth. Life is good, until her mother, Carlie, disappears while on a girl’s weekend with a friend. The novel takes Florine through the pain and grief of wondering what has happened to her mother, while going through a rocky adolescence during the tumultuous 1960s. While this is grim, remember, these are Maine characters with a pragmatic, unsentimental, and wry way of seeing the world, so humor is never too far below the surface. 

The novel sold in five countries, including Italy, Australia, Spain, and Germany. It was number three on the German fiction bestseller list the year it was published. Viking published it in the United States in 2012. 

Mare, the German publisher, requested a sequel to Red Ruby Heart, which resulted in “Written on My Heart”, the further trials and tribulations along with some wry and funny parts concerning the lives and relationships of Florine Gilham, Bud Warner, Dottie Butts, and Glen Clemmons.     

The author lives in West Bath with her rescued cat, Petula Mae. Her neighbors include several bold foxes, some nervous chipmunks, a red squirrel that lives in the woodpile, tree frogs, assorted corvids and raptors, seagulls, and the occasional owl. 

In the fall, she will teach at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine as an adjunct professor. She is working on her third novel. 

She is delighted to have been invited to read at the Southport Memorial Library and thanks all concerned!  


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:45 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

August 4, 2017, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Southport Memorial Library.

It’s time once again for the Book and Bake Sale at the Southport Memorial Library, Friday, Aug. 4, 9-3. Since 1927 this has been a favorite event on Southport Island that also draws many book lovers from throughout the Boothbay region.

Books will be available until 3 p.m., but if you want any of the famed Southport cooks' baked goods, better get there at 9 a.m. People in the know start lining up before the doors open for those delicious pies, cakes, cookies, soups, condiments and more. Nothing like a home made pie for the weekend!

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of “Southport Cooks,” the Library Aides’ just-released new cookbook. Inside you will find a selection of soups, breads and desserts from cooks around the island, including many favorites from the annual Souper Bowl Luncheon held every January at the Southport Town Hall. 

And have we got books! The library sale includes plenty of hard cover and paperback fiction and mysteries, non-fiction, craft books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, a Christmas book corner, and so much more, all for $1-3. The children’s corner has both paperback and hardback, starting at $.25 and up. 

Come early to get the best food and the best choice of books. The sale is one day only: Friday, Aug. 4. This event is a major fundraiser, so all are encouraged to come and support Southport’s treasured library. 

Take home a book or two, and get acquainted with our services. The Southport Memorial Library is open to all residents of the Boothbay peninsula, free of charge. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9-4 and 7-9, Saturday, 9-4, and in summer on Wednesdays from 9-4. Wi-fi is available on our computers or your own. The library has a collection of more than 38,000 books as well as a current selection of movies on DVD and audio books on CD. Librarian Linda Brewer knows where every book is and she can also tell you tales of the history of Southport Island and introduce you to our outstanding collection of books on Maine. 

Southport Library Aides enjoy a good laugh before getting to work sorting books and baking pies for the upcoming Book and Bake Sale at the Southport Library on Friday, Aug. 4. Pictured left to right: Barb Lally, Marie Oates, Nan Jackson, Anne Gobes (Aides President), Kathy Bugbee, Sandra Seifert and Jean Hawley. 


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:44 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:13 AM ]

August 17, 2017.  Paul Doiron, 7 PM 

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels set in the Maine woods. His first book, The Poacher’s Son, won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award. PopMatters named it one of the best works of fic- tion of 2010. His second novel, Trespasser, was an American Booksellers Association Bestseller and won the Maine Literary Award. The eighth book in the series, Knife Creek, has just been published. His novels have been translated into ten languages. Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine. 


posted Jan 7, 2017, 7:33 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:13 AM ]

The annual Souper Bowl Luncheon will be held on Monday, January 16, from 11:30 - 1 at the Southport Town Hall.  Donations gratefully accepted.


posted Dec 15, 2016, 3:40 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:13 AM ]

On Saturday, December 17, from 1-3, the Southport Library will feature Donald Duncan sharing seasonal readings.  Refreshments will be provided.

Images from the past

posted Sep 9, 2016, 3:24 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 2:04 PM ]

The Library recently received two photos of past memories from Jo Orchulli:  Cuckolds Light before "restoration" and Gus Pratt, ready to serve - with his hand close to Em's pie precisely cut into seven slices! Checking Gussie's prices will help date this picture.  Disposition of these two photos has yet to be decided.

Library Aides Meetings

posted Apr 18, 2016, 10:28 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 10:29 AM ]

The Aides meet at 1:30 PM on the first Tuesday of the month from October through June.  All are welcome.

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