4th Annual Cemetery Tour Tickets On Sale Now

(In the photo above, Kyra Alex portrays her Aunt Ethel Skeans Clifford.)

Mount Adams Cemetery on King Row will be the site of the Library’s fourth annual “Gone But Not Forgotten” cemetery tour on Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 4 PM. Local thespians will portray six people whose lives were intertwined with Deer Isle history and with the larger world. They are:



• Merle Vinton Greene (1913-1980), a WWI mariner, later the bridge toll keeper;
• John L. Goss (1855-1936), quarry owner and operator in Stonington for decades;
• Ethel Skeans Clifford (1928-2005), first administrative assistant at Haystack;
• Dr. Harry Kopfmann (1909-1984), for 40 years the island’s beloved doctor;
• Capt. George Torrey, Sr. (1878-1942), the first islander killed in WWII;
• Paul Stubing (1927-2011), an artist, fisherman, boat restorer and marine historian.

The tour will take place at the cemetery, rain or shine. Tickets are $20 and on sale at the Stonington Public Library in advance or on the day of the event. Tickets will also be sold at the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle and at Dockside Books in Stonington.

The cemetery tour is the SPL’s main fundraising event. We appreciate your support as we rely on donations and grants for most of our funding. Please help us make this year’s tour the best ever.

Join Danny Oliver to Talk About His Book

Danny Oliver loves this island. He’s lived here all his life and has no desire to leave.

He also loves the island’s history and has written Stonington and Deer Isle: Then and Now, published this spring by Penobscot Books, a division of Penobscot Bay Press.

With commentary on historic and contemporary photos, Danny gives us his take on what’s changed and what’s stayed the same at locations all over the island.

His perspective is unique and thorough, showing an understandable bias for the place of his heart along with priceless bits of local history.

Please join Danny at the library on Sunday, June 30, at 4 PM, when he will read from and talk about Stonington and Deer Isle: Then & Now. Books will be available for purchase.

Special Summer Reading Opportunities for All!

We at the library are very excited for summer reading to begin. There are many ways to celebrate and enjoy the summer season through books!

This year’s summer reading theme is Bookopoly and it is for all ages! Adults read 3 books and enjoy a local treat. Children read and log 20 minutes a day and earn their own prize! For an extra challenge and extra fun, we urge all to complete the Bookopoly.  Bookopoly begins June 21st and ends with a celebration in the park!

We are also pleased to be hosting a summer read featuring author Katherine Hall Page’s hot-off-the-press book The Body in the Wake. Multiple copies hit the library on June 14th. Get your copy early and join our guided discussions on July 11th and August 8th.

We are also having a book club event for teens this summer! We are reading Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krososczka, a graphic novel that depicts his childhood with an addicted mother. This is a well written, eye-opening book that adults will also want to read.

As always, we have fun story hours and author events throughout the summer. For more information check our events calendar.

June Events

Mark  your calendars now; join your friends and neighbors at the library! For more details, check the Events page.



Saturday, June 1, 9:30 AM Story Hour
Tuesday, June 11, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM Intro to Computers–Limited class size. Please call to reserve a spot.
Monday, June 17, 9:30 AM Baby Rhyme Time
Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM Globe T-Readers Story Hour for Kids 7-10
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 AM Summer reading, for all ages, starts today! Come play Bookopoly with us!
Tuesday, June 25, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Internet Skills–Limited class size. Please call to reserve a spot.
Sunday, June 30, 4:00 PM Danny Oliver reads from and talks about his book–Stonington & Deer Isle: Then & Now. 

Tech Tuesday Ends for Season; New Computer Classes Begin April 23

Tech Tuesday stalwarts wrapped up their season this month with great laughter. They will reconvene in October. In the meantime, many other opportunities for computer instruction are available at the library this spring. Thanks to a wonderful collaborative opportunity with Americorps and the Digital Equity Center, five classes will be available in April and May.

The classes meet on Tuesdays from 11:00 until 2:00. Pre-registration (367-5926) is required so that the library has adequate supplies for all interested.  The class schedule is as follows:

  • April 23 and April 30–Introduction to Computers
  • May 7–Internet Safety
  • May 14 and May 21–Google Tools

Don’t miss this great opportunity. It is free, convenient, and sure to be fun, like all events at the library!

March Events

Mark  your calendars now; join your friends and neighbors at the library! For more details, check the Events page.

Monday, March 5, 2:00 – 4:00  PM Tech Tuesday
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 AM Story Hour
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM Globe T-Readers
Every Tuesday, 9:30 AM PALS Kindermusik

Genealogy Specialist to Give Workshop

What does your family tree look like? B. J. Jamieson, genealogy reference specialist at the Maine State Library, will be at the library on Thursday, February 28, at 4:00 PM, to teach you how to research your family’s history. Learn from an expert about the free research tools available through the Digital Maine Library, including Ancestry.com and MyHeritage. Bring your questions and enjoy a fun, informative workshop with your fellow genealogists.

New Director Named

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Jill Larrabee of Stonington has been selected as the library’s new director. Sandra Ward, President of the Board, noted that “it’s an exciting time and I feel we are making an investment in our future and am confident Jill will serve us with distinction.” Jill has served on the Board of Trustees for three years. She not only volunteered to be the Board’s recording secretary, but served as a driving force on the Programs and Outreach Committee. She volunteered countless hours planning story hours, designing floats, and creating interesting exhibits for the library.

In announcing the news, Sandy pointed to the great strides the library has made over the past decade:  expanding its collections, increasing its circulation, broadening its programming, fortifying its infrastructure, attracting new visitors and building strong relationships with its patrons, donors and board members. Jill will build on this strong foundation and take the library to even new heights. The library’s future is bright!

Need Help with your New Year’s Resolutions?

With the new Digital Maine Library, you have hundreds of resources at your fingertips. What to learn a new language? Try Pronunciator–87 languages from which to choose.  Need to fix that old heap in the yard? Check out the ChiltonLibrary. Tired of the same old authors you read last year? Use Novelist Plus for new suggestions.

All of this can be done from home. If you need help, stop by or call the library.

January Events

Mark  your calendars now; join your friends and neighbors at the library! For more details, check the Events page.


Saturday, January 5, 9:00 AM Story Hour
Tuesday, January 8, 3-5 PM Tech Tuesday
Saturday, January 19, 9:00 AM Globe T-readers
Monday, January 21, 9:30 AM Baby Rhyme Time