Greenwood Cemetery Site of Third Annual Cemetery Tour     

The Greenwood Cemetery in Oceanville, home to many leading lights of the Stonington and Deer Isle communities, will be the site of the Stonington Public Library’s third annual “Gone But Not Forgotten” cemetery tour.

Featured this year are Gordon MacKay, founding editor and publisher of the “Island Ad-vantages;” D. Jewett Noyes, owner and operator of Noyes Pharmacy in Stonington; Helma N. Bush, who founded the renowned Les Chalets Francais summer camp for girls with her sister, Elsa; Vernon Gotwals, organist and professor of music; Vesta Webb, a postmistress and telephone operator in Oceanville; George “Med” Dunham, an electrician, town leader, and longtime Opera House projectionist; Reginald “Reggie” Greenlaw, an entrepreneur best known as the founder of R.L. Greenlaw & Son oil company and owner and skipper of the Palmer Day charter boats; and Henry Freedman, who was co-owner of Freedman’s Department Store along with his brother Izzie.

The tour will take place Saturday, July 7, from 1-4 p.m. at the cemetery, rain or shine. Light refreshments will be available at the site. Volunteer “gravediggers” will accompany attendees through the cemetery and provide additional information.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Stonington Public Library in advance or on the day of the event. Tickets will also be available at the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle and at Dockside Books in Stonington.

In conjunction with the cemetery tour, the SPL will host a panel discussion on the history of the “French Camp,” which will include former campers, counselors, and family members of the founding sisters, Friday, July 6 from 4-6 p.m. at the library.

The “Gone But Not Forgotten” tour received special acclaim this year as the Community Advisory Board of the Stonington Opera House staged a version of our first two tours in March as part of its winter programming lineup.

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

Opera House Arts and Library Offer Special Book Clubs

Opera House Arts and the Stonington Public Library are thrilled to offer theatre lovers and book aficionados alike two special opportunities to dive deep into the texts and stories of this summer’s theatre programming at the Opera House! Attendees will also be given the opportunity to attend select performances of the event at a discounted rate.

Each event, hosted at the Stonington Public Library, will be moderated by an Opera House artist embedded within the production, who will lead the audience in reading selections from the text, talking about the process of putting that text on stage, and sharing some peeks into the rehearsal room.

Book Club meetings last approximately 90 minutes, and light refreshments will be provided.

The Tempest Book Club will meet on Monday, June 11 at 4 pm, moderated by Peter Richards (director) and Julia Sears (associate director).

I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore’s Stories from Maine Book Club will meet on Monday, July 30 at 4 pm, moderated by Meg Taintor (adaptor) and Natalya Baldyga (director).


New Books

These are just a few of the many new titles that have been added over the past month. Start your summer reading list now!

May Events

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


Tuesday, May 1, 3 pm Tech Tuesday
Saturday, May 5, 9 am Story Hour
Saturday, May 19, 9 am Globe T-readers Book Club
Monday, May 21, 9:30 am Baby Rhyme Time


More Hours, New Hours

This is no April Fools’ day joke! As of tomorrow, April 2, the library will be open 20 hours  a week. We have added 6 hours on Friday. The new schedule is shown below together with a little ditty to help you remember the revised days and times.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday/Friday, 10-4
Stop on the way to the grocery store.
Need a late p.m. book fix?
Come on Thursday, 12-6
Saturday’s song is a short sweet tune,
Grab what you need from 10 to noon.

March Events

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



Thursday, March 1, 12 pm Let’s Talk About It Discussion Group
Saturday, March 3, 9 am Story Time
Tuesday, March 6, 3 pm- 5 pm Tech Tuesday
Saturday, March 10, 11 am Memories and More Writing Group
Saturday, March 17, 9 am Globe T-Readers Book Club
Monday, March 19, 9:30 am Baby Rhyme Time
Saturday, March 24, 10 am Cake Decorating Class with Linda Shepard
Saturday, March 24, 11 am Memories and More Writing Group
Saturday, March 31, 2:45 pm Great DownEaster Egg Hunt Story Time

February Events

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

Thursday, Feb. 1, 12 pm Let’s Talk About It Discussion Group
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 am Story Time
Tuesday, Feb.6, 3 pm- 5pm Tech Tuesday
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 am Memories and More Writing Group
Saturday, Feb.17, 9 am Globe T-Readers Book Club
Saturday, Feb.17, 10 am – 12 pm Chinese New Year Celebration/Take Your Child to the Library Day
Monday, Feb. 19, 9:30 am Baby Rhyme Time

Library Hosts Candy Cane Social

Sunday, December 10, join in the tree lighting on Hagen Dock and then come to the library for the Candy Cane Social.  All part of Stonington’s Holiday Hoopla, the activities start at 4 p.m. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to share the joy of the season with your friends and neighbors!

Let’s Talk About It Books Are Here!

Book bin with 10 copies of each book for Let’s Talk About It. Get yours today!

This winter’s book group will read and discuss 5 books that explore the theme of “Making a Living, Making a Life:  Work and Its Rewards in a Changing America.” The group will meet at noon, the first Thursday of the month, beginning January 4, 2018. The first book to discuss is Growing Up by Russell Baker. Pick up your copy at the library. The books are provided by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.