Stop in during the Library’s open hours and choose a book for Halloween! Pick from a variety of picture books, chapter books, fiction and nonfiction. Young adult, juvenile and first readers. In addition, we will have everything you need to decorate your own Day of the Dead skull, to take home or include in our display.
Read a book or use our wifi on our newly installed 250 square foot granite patio! Many thanks to MDI Property Management’s Mike Mansolilli, Richard Tressler and Toby Casey for designing and installing the library’s new front patio area just in time for Maine’s beautiful autumn weather. Come Spring 2021, an 18′ bed will host an array of annuals and perennials, and tables and chairs will be available for public use.
The works of Curtis Wells will be on display in the Library throughout the month of October. A longtime Tremont resident, Curtis has been photographing for 65 years. He continues to use film, although he has allowed the 21st Century to convince him to use giclee prints from film negatives.
Substance use disorder prevention works – and no matter who you are -there’s something you can do to help. The Bass Harbor Memorial Library will offer a virtual training for Overdose Response and Education with Bangor Public Health & Community Services. This training will focus on opioid overdose prevention, how to recognize and react to an overdose, risk factors for overdose, and how to use Narcan in the event of an overdose. Contact Denise Smith at email@example.com for more information.This program will be conducted via Zoom. To join, please go to the link below and enter the password. You may also join by phone at the numbers listed:
Meeting ID: 892 4624 7140
Passcode: 418090One tap mobile
+13126266799,,89246247140#,,,,*418090# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,89246247140#,,,,*418090# US (New York)
For more information on Bangor Public Health & Community Services substance use and prevention programs go to: https://www.bangorpublichealth.org/…/substance-use…/
Art Show: The Photographs of Curtis Wells
Overdose Prevention Education with Bangor Public Health-Virtual Program
Learn about Letterboxing Afterschool Program-Outside Program
Day of the Dead Crafts & Celebration
Halloween Book Giveaway
The library now has three nature-themed backpacks available to check out. Inspire your family’s summer adventure with one of our backpacks filled with books and materials exploring and interacting in the natural world in your back yard, in Maine, and in the universe!
Outdoor Adventure Backpack: Ten Days in Acadia, Tracks Scat & Signs, Exploring Nature Activity Book, Bird Watch, Nature’s Art Box, Awesome Ocean Science, Peterson’s First Guide to Wildflowers, multifunction compass, red binoculars
Treasure Hunting Backpack: Rocks & Minerals, Buried Treasures of the Atlantic Coast, Letterboxers Companion, Cool Printmaking, Treasure Hunters Handbook, Geocaching, multifunction compass
Big & Small Worlds Backpack: Astronomy for Kids, A Tidal Pool, A Freshwater Pond, Beach Walk, Bug Hunt, Tidepools of the North Atlantic Chart, The Night Sky Planisphere, red binoculars, pocket microscope
The Bass Harbor Memorial Library has been chosen as one of eleven recipients of the 2021 Mane Public Library Fund grant for its MDI Open Art Studio, a collaboration with licensed counselor and certified art therapist Dawn Nuding, LCPC, ATR, and professional artist and educator Kathie Pratt. The $3,585 grant will fund a free, art-based, wellness group/community pilot program for middle school students in the MDI area. The Open Studio concept is an evidence-based art therapy practice facilitating learning and insight through self-directed artistic expression. Research has shown that open art studio groups can build resiliency factors, encourage healthy connection and support freedom of creativity particularly during pivotal developmental stages such as adolescents.
“The COVID19 crisis has greatly limited natural outlets, social connections and community-based support for most students.” says Studio director Dawn Nuding. “As this crisis endures, we are seeing a significant decline in the mental health and wellness of school aged children. The MDI Open Art Studio project was developed as a collaboration between Bass Harbor Memorial Library, community mental health practitioners, and educators all of whom have identified an increased need to support the emotional, social and mental wellbeing of children during this unprecedented time. “
The free Open Art Studio sessions last 8 weeks, and meet for 1.5 hours at a time, via Google Meet. The group of 15 participants works alongside trained facilitators making art freely, based on a self-reflective/wellness-based prompt given at the start of each session. Participants are encouraged to request the support of the group when problem solving individual projects and have the opportunity to reflect on what they have made at the end of each session. Participants receive an art kit filled with quality materials to inspire artmaking both in group and beyond.
The Maine Public Library Fund allows Maine citizens to support public library services through a voluntary check-off on Maine income tax form Schedule CP. Since the program launched in 2013, small donations from thousands of people have helped purchase new reading materials and support innovative programs at a time when many libraries have faced tight book budgets.
Join painter and traveler Judy Taylor on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7pm as she shares images and stories of her February 2020 trip to Europe with 7 students, to draw in London and Paris’ museums.
To reserve your spot for this Zoom presentation, please register at: https://forms.gle/dCEEz6s23PLXHZQ27
12″x12″ oil on birch panel
“I find solace in nature and due to Covid, I have been spending more time walking and looking. I have a BFA from the Museum School in Boston, MA. I am a seasonal resident on MDI and live in Scarborough, ME. ” www.lhweld.com
Kelley Community Garden
16×16 oil on panel
“Island quarantine meant using the resources available and MDI provided beautiful, luscious places to plein air paint. The community garden was ever changing and offered a bounty of shape and color. A local island artist, working in oil, watercolor and mixed medium. My home base and studio is in Hulls Cove and I am fortunate to be able to safely explore the island for inspiration.” Linda Rowell-Kelley Art on Facebook
Loose Leaf Lips
14″X 18″ (framed) Watercolor
“I’ve been painting A LOT during the pandemic. It is helping me to pass the time. I live in Bass Harbor and have been teaching Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics at MDI high School for over 20 years.”
12″ x 14″ Oil Painting
Outdoor activities are the best way to stay safe . Our Plein Air Group has been a gift. Painting and socializing!
I have come to painting in the second half of my life. Grateful for the inspiration and support of the painting women in PAPA, Plein Air Painting Artists.
Winter on Babson Creek
9” x 11” (framed) watercolor
Plein air painting (in the open air) with friends ( masked and socially distant) has made this year bearable. Cold weather made it prohibitive to paint outside in oils so I started painting with watercolors on site, but in my warm car. This painting is one of my 1st “in car” paintings.
Although I’ve been painting all my life, about 10 years ago I began painting “en plein air”. Living in Bar Harbor, near Acadia National Park provides boundless stimulation for my oil paintings. I’m on a wonderfully endless journey trying to capture the beautiful scenery of this island!
10.25″ x 12.25″ matted and framed watercolor
“The recent life changing circumstances have given me more focus to fine tune my craft. Sorrento Dinghies is the 2nd in a series of three paintings done to obtain desired harmony in the 3rd (larger) watercolor painting.”
Jean E. Forbes is a Fine Artist with over 50 years painting experience. She retired from teaching art in South Kingstown RI public schools in 2012. Jean lives with her husband Mike in Manset where they make their year round home. www.jeanforbesart.com
Church Chair Woman
46” x 15” x 18” multimedia
“Although I submitted it last year, it was welcomed this year because it wasn’t “seen” by other than library staff.”
A NEH summer kid from Philadelphia from age 3 weeks, (year-round for 20 + years), graduate of Philadelphia College of Art (Now U Arts) ’66: painting/sculpture/graphics.
Kathie Pratt and Christine Parrish
40″ x 25″ acrylic on foam core
“This sign is a collaboration by lifelong friends with a desire for social action. Christine created the concept and Kathie executed it. The goal was a sign that would be impactful, visible from near and far, and functional. Christine carried it at the Black Lives Matter March in Augusta last summer.”
Kathie Pratt happily lives and works in Tremont. Art is her favorite thing. Christine Parrish is a writer, journalist, and natural resource conservation specialist who lives in Lincolnville. Her connection to the island began as a teenager, when she and Kathie departed from their family homes to live a rustic lifestyle on the back side. Decades later, she stays connected by hiking the hills of Acadia.
The Bass Harbor Memorial Library is pleased to continue their collaboration with Healthy Acadia in 2021 by promoting a healthy and wellness through their Health Quest Challenge. This free public health challenge runs through April 15, 2021 and aims to increase awareness and use of the National Library of Medicine’s free public health resources, which include: up-to-date information about wellness issues, diseases, conditions, peer-reviewed medical research articles, toxic substances and household product databases, clinical trials, and much more. Participants’ will be entered into weekly raffles with the chance to win prizes.
To join the challenge go to: www.healthyacadia.org/hpm-hq