April 20, 2018 | Kassie Strout | Leave a comment Just like there are many interesting book stores all over the island, you can also find plenty of libraries with character. Below is a list of the libraries you can find, and what you can expect to find (besides books, of course): Southwest Harbor Public Library. Located on the Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor since 1895, the Southwest Harbor Library has been offering books and community programming ever since. Since around 1955, they have also been offering programs for children. This includes the yearly Summer Story Camp, Baby and Toddler Story Times, and more, held in the dedicated Children’s Room. For more information about these programs, visit their website. Northeast Harbor Library. The Northeast Harbor Library is both a town library and the school library for Mount Desert Elementary, which is located nearby. They offer community events like a LEGO Club, a monthly book club, and “Meet the Author” type events. During the summer season, they have a book sale in the basement (with proceeds benefiting the library), which is a fun way to get some new reading material and support the community. Jesup Memorial Library. In downtown Bar Harbor you can visit the Jesup Memorial Library and enjoy their vast collection of books (and DVDs, CDs, or audiobooks). The Jesup is available for rental as a venue. While you can find recurring events like Lego Club, monthly poetry/story slams, contra dances, and author meetups, one of the more notable things about the Jesup is their programming, including events like “Dress Up at the Jesup” (where people are encouraged to dress up as a character from their favorite book), Constellation Pumpkin Carving with Acadia Astronomical Society this past fall, a murder mystery dinner, and more. Some of these events serve as fundraisers for the library, but they’re all fun events for the community, too. Bass Harbor Memorial Library. In Bernard, there’s the Bass Harbor Library which offers a lot of interesting events, like this year’s “Winter Travel Series” where locals give talks about cool trips that they’ve taken. They also host family friendly activities, including Family Art Night (like a “paint and sip” but family friendly), a Family Code Night, and more. Great Cranberry Library. If you find yourself on Great Cranberry Island, you can check out their library, enjoy free 24 hour wifi, and peruse books in the adjacent Emily Roberts Memorial Garden (there is also a power strip out there for charging devices, according to their website). Somesville Library Association. In Somesville, there’s a public library located right on the water as you drive through town. Part of the library is the Somesville Library Children’s Room, which is a fairly active part of the community. In the winter they have weekly Story Hours, and they host “Kids Teaching Kids” with the nearby Community School. Isleford Neighborhood House. The library on Isleford is located in the Neighborhood House, which is a building of many uses on the island. The library shares a space with the historical center, and is owned/run by the community. Seal Harbor Library. Right on Main Street in Seal Harbor you’ll find the town’s library. According to Facebook reviews, it’s located in a “charming setting,” and will also occasionally host things like artisan fairs on the lawn.