News & Updates

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe in Concert

April 30, 2019

‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of […]

Library Laser Tag!

December 12, 2016

On Saturday, January 25, the Teen Library Council is sponsoring a night of library laser tag.  This is your chance to shake off the post holiday blues!   Up to 20 people can play during each 20-minute slot, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person, or $10 for two people. The event […]

Book Review: “Snow, Glass, Apples”

May 22, 2020

Snow, Glass, Apples is Neil Gaiman’s chilling take on Snow White, told from the view of the “Evil Queen.” Gaiman originally published it as a short story in his 1998 anthology, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions. He teamed up with illustrator Colleen Doran in 2019 to create a graphic novel version. The story […]

Resources for Jewish American History – Part 1

May 21, 2020

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish history in Maine dates back to 1785; in Bath, to 1880. You can use resources in the History Room to learn about Bath’s Jewish community, or take a tour of the amazing online archive and museum at There are many other resources available in Maine for the […]

Book Review: “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

May 15, 2020

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy […]

Postally Used

May 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us in a journey through postcard history this past week. In my search for good blog posts and my research for yesterday’s History Room Live Presentation, I found so many more postcards that I wanted to share with you! I’ll have to keep them in mind for next May, when National […]

How’s the sap?

May 8, 2020

“Well Frank, how’s the sap?” begins this postcard from Hattie to Frank Wells of Gardiner. It’s March 17, 1927, and the maple trees are waking up from winter. “Lena said John out behind this building to get away from the teachers. John said he’d like to have you come down to see him. Best wishes, […]

Book Review: “Dig” by A.S. King (2020)

Marla and Gottfried Hemmings have raised five children and find themselves wealthy in their retirement years after trading in potato farming for real estate development.  Each of their children has left the nest – and none of them come home any more.  Marla blames Gottfried; Gottfried blames Marla. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the story, five teenagers […]

A Cordial Invitation

May 7, 2020

In October, 1909, two enterprising women sent out an advertising postcard for their new business partnership—a millinery shop, or ladies’ hat shop. The Barker & Young millinery shop was located in the Sagadahoc Block at 72 Front Street, where shoppers could also visit A.G. Page Co. jewelers, David T. Percy & Sons department store, and […]

To Let You Know

May 6, 2020

Do you recognize this part of Woolwich? Neither do I. This postcard is one of many mass-produced cards in our collection that make use of stock images and phrases. It’s the perfect thing for a short note. “The weather fine. Cold as the duce. Would like to see you before I decide about the pig. […]