July Events


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


Friday, July 6, 4:00 PM Panel Discussion: History of the French Camp
Saturday, July 7, 9 AM Maine Lighthouse ABC Story Hour with authors Connie & Peter Roop
Saturday, July 7, 1 – 4 PM  3rd Annual Tour: Greenwood Cemetery, Oceanville
Tuesday, July 17, 4:30 PM Name Your Poison: Authors Katherine Hall Page and Brooke Dojny discuss why mystery and food are such a delectable combo.
Saturday, July 21, 9 AM Globe T-Readers Book Group
Saturday, July 21, 4 PM Book Discussion of The Giver
Tuesday, July 24, 4 PM Book Discussion of Number the Stars
Friday, July 27, 4 PM A Conversation with Lois Lowry at Stonington Town Hall
Monday, July 30, 4 PM I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore’s Stories from Maine Book Club
Tuesday, July 31, 11 AM Urban Herb Walk with Brighid Doherty


Borrow an Island Explorer Pack!

Unsure of what to do next this summer? Come borrow one of three explorer packs from the library. Complete with a map, (courtesy of the Island Heritage Trust), binocs, loupe and wildlife/nature guides, these handy little packs may change how you view the island!


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.

New Books

These are just a few of the new titles on the adult shelves. Many, many more children and tween titles are waiting for you! March in and borrow a book or two today.

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