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A Plant Sale Like no Other


Kate picks up an order of geraniums from Sunset Farm's greenhouse
Kate picks up an order from Sunset Farm’s greenhouse
Left Field Farm's van laoded with plants
Left Field Farm’s van was very handy for deliveries!

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 came through for us too.  From Harpswell to Sydney, from Arrowsic to Auburn, you ordered online and came to collect your plants with smiles behind your masked faces.  Thank you! Lastly, a huge truckload of thanks to our Bowdoinham farmer friends who loaned both trucks and people power!  Thank you to Left Field Farm, East of Eden Flower Farm and Harvest Tide Organics for your amazing delivery help.

Van full of plants and Julia
Julia of East of Eden Farm delivered all around Bowdoinham in her super cool van.

Library Closed Due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions

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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 in touch with Kate if you need guidance using CloudLibrary. New digital resources are being added to that digital collection every day to meet the increased need during this time. A more efficient email while Kate is working from home is Bowdoinham @ gmail.com. Thank you for your support and understanding.


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 pointing out that many white Americans do not want to acknowledge or speak about their whiteness and its advantage, or to examine their own racist behaviors and beliefs. As a result, many deny racism and its negative impacts.

On January 22, Library Director Kate Cutko, together with Bowdoinham native John Engler and other outside facilitators, lead a discussion of the book. It was a rich discussion where we explored our reactions to the book, its content, and shared some of our own personal experiences with racism and white privilege.

Two more discussions have been scheduled.

Sunday, February 2 at 2 pm and Wednesday morning, February 26 at 10 am. Discussions are held in the Coombs Municipal Building – Kendall Room. Child care will be provided for the Sunday discussion. Still time to read the book!

Books are available at the library and also via  free download from CloudLibrary online.  Call the library with any questions.

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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

Richard A. Ferrier Scholarship Fund- Deadline April 1st

  This scholarship is for the “road less traveled,” meaning opportunities beyond the traditional school environment.  Have you always wanted to take riding lessons? Do you picture yourself backpacking with Outward Bound?  Want to perfect your soccer skills at a summer camp?  Do you want to take dance lessons? How about taking up guitar? This… Continue Reading

The Annual Luke MacFadyen Edible Book Contest

  Cook, bake or arrange some kind of food that makes you think of a book, either because it looks like the book cover, represents the title, or makes a literary joke or pun.   This event is named after our dear friend Luke McFadyen. He was a co-founder of both the Bowdoinham Food Pantry… Continue Reading

Examining Hate

We had a great turn out at our event on Thursday 1/31/19 with 30 people in attendance!  Howard Solomon started by giving an overview of his December talk on anti Semitism. He reviewed how anti Semitic ideas were both formed and spread, tying this into contemporary concerns about the media, including social media. This was followed… Continue Reading

Continue the Conversation

Thursday January 31st 7-9pm In the Kendall Room of the Coombs Municipal Building 13 School Street People who gathered for Howard Solomon’s talk about Anti-semitism last month were hungry for more. Let’s gather and talk about how we can move forward as a community with all of our diversity. Race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation…… Continue Reading