Art at the Library

And now for something entirely different.....

First Friday Artwalk, Nov. 1, 5-7PM at your Bainbridge Public Library will host an opening reception featuring the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild's exhibit titled "Modern Quadrilaterals."

For the past few years, our guild, Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, assigns a challenge in which members are given a simple theme to interpret in any way they would like. The only requirements are that the quilts should be 24" or less and that the quilter incorporates one or more characteristics of 'modern quilts' as suggested and outlined by our national umbrella guild, the Modern Quilt Guild. Examples of these characteristics could be the use of asymmetry, improvisation, negative space, simplicity and minimalism, alternative block structure, reinterpreted tradition, inspiration of modern art and architecture, and a distinct esthetic of colors whether it be the use of bold colors, solid colors, graphic prints and/or neutrals in white and gray. Our past guild themes have included: Traditional Block Gone Modern, a Red, White and Blue challenge, a Log Cabin Variation and this year's challenge was to explore shape in the form of quadrilaterals.  Simply, quadrilaterals have 4 sides, 4 angles and 4 vertices, and more complexly, its many forms include square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, kite, and trapezoid. These challenges are a wonderful way to encourage members to experiment with new ways to approach their quilting and design skills. This is also an informative and inspirational way for us and the public to see how many incredible ways the art of quilting can be interpreted, which is what modern quilting is all about.

You can view this exhibit in the meeting room during all of November and on the library website at  You can also listen to a podcast with the guild at

Just a reminder that the library artwalk is 5-7PM so you can enjoy all of Winslow downtown later.  And as always, thank you for supporting local art and your Bainbridge Public Library.

~ Linda Meier, art coordinator
Is a Donor Advised Fund Right for You?
Thursday, November 21st 2019
@ Bainbridge Public Library
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Free! Register here:

Sponsored by Bainbridge Community Foundation

Donor advised funds are the fastest-growing charitable vehicle in the marketplace, with more than double the number existing today than five years ago. But what the heck are they? At this presentation, they will explain donor advised funds, the tax advantages and convenience of using a donor advised fund and discuss whether it is right for you. In addition, they will explore where you can open a donor advised fund and what's required to do it. 
Fall Into the Garden Was a Hit!

"Fall into the Garden" event at Eagle Harbor Books last month was a success with the informative and engaging speakers, our garden gurus Ann Lovejoy, John van den Meerendonk, Charles Schafer, and John Barutt. The audience heard about bees, ferns, composting, and gardening in general and many probing questions were answered by these experts. There were books for sale that our speakers included on their recommendations list, and all of the sales during this event benefitted BPL. Watch for a return garden presentation at the library sometime in the future, possibly next spring!
Books Worth Sharing

The Last Book Party
by Karen Dukess

Eve Rosen would love to be a writer, but she's stuck in an entry level assist job in a well known albeit stingy publishing house. In the summer of 1987, she snags a coveted invitation to a summer party at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker columnist Henry Grey, who she only knows from answering her boss' phone. She's dazzled by the party and its literary who's who of attendees and Henry is charmed to meet the girl who's voice he so often hears. In fact, he's so charmed that he offers her a job as his research assistant and Eve jumps at the chance! As the summer progresses, she is drawn into the lives of Henry and his poet wife Tillie as well as their summer crowd of literary giants. But by summer's end life in the Cape Cod fast lane begins to lose its luster and Eve begins to reevaluate her career path. This charming coming of age story is as much an homage to the love of books and writing as it is the story of Eve. Its wonderful sense of place and depiction of life at the edges of literary greatness will captivate anyone who loves books! Read it where you can smell the salt air!

~ Susan Braun
Have You Seen This Library?


The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library has been providing library service to the residents of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor, Maine since 1924.

In 1906, the citizens of Boothbay Harbor voted to establish a free public library, and in 1922, the Library moved to the first floor of the Townsend building on Oak Street. In 1923, the need for more library space, along with a desire for a World War I Memorial, led to the approval of a bond for the purchase of the Chapman Reed property just across the street. Originally designed as a private home, this beautifully proportioned Greek Revival temple-style structure was built in the 1840s by William Maxwell Reed. In 1923, the town of Boothbay Harbor purchased the property on Oak Street from the heirs of Chapman Reed. The dedication ceremony was held in July of 1923. The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library was incorporated the next year with a 15 member board of trustees.

The original homestead has been remodeled four times. To create the Library in 1923, the front door was relocated from the ell to the center front of the main room which is today known as the Great Room. A Greek revival front was added and a World War I memorial plaque was placed over the fireplace. In 1966 a reading room was added, and in 1976 the building was extended along Howard Street to add a children's room. In 2014 the Library completed Phase 1 of a two phase renovation and expansion project, almost doubling the square footage of the building, and making the first floor ADA accessible.  The remodel also added new shelving, a "Tween Room," and a 2nd floor with a Community Room and offices. Phase 2 will link the Library to the Used Book Store, add a Special Collections Room, more storage, and an elevator, which will make the 2nd floor ADA accessible.

In 1969 the Hyde House next door, which now houses the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore, was willed to the Library. The contents were auctioned, and the proceeds added to the Endowment Fund. The Library is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

~John Fossett
Great Decisions at the Library 2020

Topics to include:
  • Climate Change and the Global Order
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China's Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data
More details to follow in next issue of this newsletter.
Red Envelopes Are Here!


Each year BPL participates in One Call and many of our donors have found how easy it is to make their donation this way. Remember, OCFA takes $0 from your donation - there are no hidden fees or costs. Each gift of $20 or more earns BPL a share in the Community Fund. It's also an easy way to budget your giving by setting up monthly donations either through the BPL website or One Call for All. Last year the campaign raised a record $1.5 million. We appreciate and put to good use every gift received!
Friends of the Library Book Sales

The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library book sales offer gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines to support the Friends, who in turn reinvest in the library through endowment gifts, programming and special events, magazine subscriptions, the aquarium in the Children's Library and much more. Daily, scores of donated books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and other items arrive in our book room.  A crew of volunteers work three days a week to sort, price, organize, and shelve these donations for our sales.  As a result, our stock of books and other items on display for sale is constantly renewed. Over a year's period, we receive several hundred thousand books and we are proud that we have only gently used, often new appearing books on our shelves.

Mark your calendar for book sales at Bainbridge Public Library:

Saturday, November 9th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday, November 14th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 26th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Did You Know?

  • Bainbridge Public Library, a separate nonprofit organization, owns, operates, and maintains the Library building and grounds through community donations and grants. 
  • Kitsap Regional Library provides the library staff, collection, classes, and a virtual library at with funding from property tax revenues.  
  • Together we provide the quality library our community wants and has come to expect.  
Thank you for your support.