The mission of the Southwest Harbor Public Library is to be the place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to improve literacy, explore new ideas, and pursue lifelong learning interests. Located in the heart of Southwest Harbor, the original building featured in our logo was built in 1895 and (several additions later) today hosts art shows, technology education, community events, children’s activities, and lectures—not to mention many quiet readers in our friendly, comfortable space.
The Southwest Harbor Public Library owns a collection of over 6,000 historic photographs, which form an impressive visual diary of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The library feels very connected to Acadia through these photographs.
In February of 2016 we will combine forces with the Acadia-area libraries to put on the “One Park – One Read” community reading program to celebrate Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and Maine. Cozy up with one of the three selected books, then join your friends and neighbors to participate in the many activities that will be offered during the month of February around these books.
In addition, the library will host several art exhibitions throughout 2016, all focusing on Acadia but through a variety of themes and mediums.
In March the library will celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centennial with “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.
In May the annual exhibit of Mount Desert Island’s rug hooking group, Hook ‘n I, will focus on Acadia in honor of the centennial.
In July we will feature drawings, engravings, paintings, and photographs from 1864 to 2016, selected from the library’s collections.
In September, an art show titled “Art in Public Places” will celebrate the Acadia Centennial.