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Interlibrary Loan Resumes Today!

We are now able to request items as we used to, through the Maine State Library’s  interlibrary loan system. We still must defray the cost of mailing the item back by charging patrons $3 per title. Please contact the library to put in your requests. Having trouble accessing the state wide catalog? call Kate and she will walk you through. Look for the “MaineCat” button on the homepage or try this link here.

Curbside Book Borrowing…Bowdoinham Style!

Library card holders have several options to borrow their books. One option is to come in during open hours on Tuesdays (10-2) and Fridays (2-6).  Another is borrowing via the library’s online catalog and picking the books up 24 hours later inside the “Little Germfree Library” box outside the Coombs Building. This service is being offered 7 days a week, with the books being ready for pickup (generally) 24 hours after reservation is placed online.  Limit three books at a time. Here is a short video on how to use this system.

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Summer Reading Program Launched

We have recently launched a summer reading program which is expanded from our traditional program for just kids.  This year, thanks to software from the State Library, we are able to offer an online reading challenge for both children and adults. We are calling it “Read Around the Bay”.  In addition to reading, we are also offering a challenge to people of all ages to get out and explore some public lands around Bowdoinham.

To participate, please log in to the challenge website at bowdoinhamlibrary.beanstack.org. Once there, you can register yourself, a child, multiple children…whoever might want to participate.  Pick a challenge or two for each participant. Start reading or start hiking. Each challenge is slightly different but you’ll earn prizes or the chance to participate in a grandprize drawing. Log your reading or your hiking on the challenge website too and it will keep track.

If you need reading material, we can certainly get you what you need!

We are ReOpenning June 2!

As Part of Phase Two of the Governor’s Rural Reopening Plan, the library will open it’s doors on Tuesday June 2 at 10am. If all goes well, we will have open hours Tuesdays 10-2, and Fridays 2-6. Occupancy will be limited to three adults in the adult room and one family in the children’s room. … Continue Reading

A Plant Sale Like no Other

  Thank You, Bowdoinham for supporting the library’s 47th Annual Plant Sale! It was bit different this year but we did it! We did it with the help of a great partner nursery: Sunset Farms . Thank you Sam and family for growing beautiful plants and being organized and fun to work with.  You customers… Continue Reading

Library Closed Due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions

The Bowdoinham Public Library is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. Resources and Information from trusted sources about the virus can be found HERE     While our physical library location is closed to the public, there are opportunities for electronic downloads of materials using your Bowdoinham Public Library card so please be… Continue Reading

Understanding Racism- Two More Gatherings

The Bowdoinham Public Library invites residents to take part in a community read of “White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Following last winter’s presentation by Howard Solomon, there was interest in continuing discussions of oppression and racial justice issues. DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility, does this by… Continue Reading

Check out our Maine State Park pass

Pleased and proud to announce that the library now has a Maine State Park pass to loan to patrons! Covers day use for all passengers in a vehicle heading to Maine’s parks, historic sites and public lands all over the state. Loan periods are Tuesday to Friday and Friday to Tuesday. Grab the pass, get… Continue Reading

Thank you, Wayne Sanford, for our new shelves!

You may not have known it, but the library did not have a good place to keep all its wonderful toys. They have been stored haphazardly on the tops of our bookshelves, blocking the view of Manon Whittlesey’s beautiful mural. Kate had the brilliant idea to tap into the Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans, and asked… Continue Reading

Author Talk: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

Bowdoinham welcomes Author Nancy Striniste, author of Nature Play at Home.   Monday, April 29 at 7pm Nature play can awaken children’s senses, challenge their bodies, inspire their imaginations and build self-confidence. In order to grow up healthy and happy, children need abundant, unstructured time to play and explore in the natural world, but today’s children… Continue Reading