Adult Events

Our program schedule is subject to change; check our calendar page for the most accurate information. For news about upcoming events, subscribe to our e-newsletter, which goes out weekly of follow us on facebook.

All events are hybrid unless otherwise stated. There will be limited seating for in-person attendance, registration is required. To register for in-person or virtual attendance, click the link under the event you would like to attend.

A Homeowner’s Guide to SolarThursday, September 29th, 7 pm,

Learn more about solar energy with A Climate to Thrive. Join us to explore the various options for going solar as a homeowner, including ownership and subscription models, the finances of switching to solar energy, and how to size an array for your needs. Get your solar energy questions answered! This event is co-sponsored by A Climate to Thrive, the Jesup Memorial Library, the Northeast Harbor Library and the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

See the Jesup’s recording of this event at this link.

Women Who Write Workshop with Celeste OrrWednesday, November 16th, 5:30 pm

In the Women Who Write workshop, Celeste will be sharing the tools, writing prompts, stories, motivators, book lists, inspirations and productivity tricks that have helped her get past doubt, fear and procrastination and back on the path towards her writing dreams time and time again.

This event was not recorded.

Writing Group – Wednesday, November 30th, 5:30 pm

This is a first meeting to discuss interest and focus for a new writing group.

This event was not recorded.

Northeast Harbor Christmas Festival – Saturday, December 3rd

Holiday Card Making, 10 am – 12 pm

Join us during the Northeast Harbor Christmas Festival anytime between 10 and 12 for holiday card making in the Mellon Room. This event is for children and adults, and all materials will be provided. No registration is required, and it is free for all

Book Sale, 10 – 2 pm

Normally our Down Under Book Sale is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays but on Saturday December 3rd we are inviting people to browse our selection of books, DVDs, Audios, a Children’s section and a Collector’s Shelf.

These events were not recorded.

Waste & Climate Change: What’s The Connection? – Thursday, December 8th, 5:30 pm

Join A Climate to Thrive and Susanne Lee from the University of Maine’s Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions to explore the connection between waste and climate change. Where should we focus our energy in changing how we make and deal with waste? Is recycling a hoax? What role does policy have to play? How does food waste enter the picture? Join us as we explore all of these questions and more. This event is co-sponsored by A Climate to Thrive, Northeast Harbor Library, Jesup Memorial Library, and Southwest Harbor Public Library.

See our recording of the event here.

Exhibit Reception for Cristy M. Benson’s Fiber Art Exhibit, “Order to Chaos, Peaceful to Whimsical” – Tuesday, December 20th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

The exhibit will be on display at the library during library hours for the month of December. Several pieces will be for sale. Occasionally, the exhibit room is booked for private use – please call ahead if you are making a special trip to see the show.

There will be a reception on Tuesday, December 20th, 4:30 – 6:30. All are welcome! No registration necessary.

Storytelling for Grownups – Friday, January 6th, 3 – 4 pm

Everyone has a story to tell! Storytelling for Grownups is an opportunity to gather together to tell and listen to stories. Participants are encouraged to share a story from their lives, up to five minutes in length. There is no pressure to participate. This session will be facilitated by writer and storyteller Beth Warner.

The suggested theme for this storytelling session is “An Unforgettable Moment”. Participants are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. Stories can be true or tall, amusing or serious, old or new – the only requirement is that stories told cannot exceed five minutes in length.

This event will be held in person with a Zoom option, and no pre-registration is necessary for in person attendance. We ask that storytellers attend in person for this session. This event is free and open to the public. 

If you prefer to attend virtually, please register at this link.

Lord of the Rings Class, Part II, The Two Towers, with Richard Parker – Saturdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, 9 – 11 am

This fall and winter, Richard Parker, Ed.D., an educator with 45 years of experience, will be teaching The Lord of the Rings in three, three week blocks: “The Fellowship of the Ring” on Saturdays, November 5,12, and 19; “Two Towers” on Saturdays, January 7,14, and 21; and “Return of the King” on Saturdays, February 11,18, and 25.  There is no charge, and there will be a Zoom option.

Richard will present a close reading of the text. Each class will cover approximately 7 chapters but with ample time for questions and discussion. Needless to say, this novel is a masterwork, and Richard is well prepared to build this case from a literary perspective but also to share how Tolkien drew from other great myths of the world, Celtic, Norse, Finnish, Greek, and Indian.  His goal was to create a myth for northern people, and he did so by borrowing from many other traditions. 

Please register directly with Richard at

Book Group (October – May)

Monthly book group meetings, open to all. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm in the Reading Room. Prior to the meeting, we have copies of that month’s book available at the front desk. Book group meeting are hybrid events – you can register to attend in person or virtually. Contact Amy Wisehart with questions at Book group meetings are not recorded.

  • October 12th – The Five Wounds by Kirsten Valdez Quade
  • November 9th – The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
  • December 14th – Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
  • January 11th – Finding Me by Viola Davis
  • February 8th – Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck
  • March 8th – Always Remember Your Name: A True Story of Family and Survival in Auschwitz by Andra and Tatiana Bucci
  • April 12th – An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
  • May 10th – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Recordings of Past Events

Follow this link to our Youtube channel, where we will upload videos of recorded adult events. Not all events are able to be recorded, but for those that are, we will upload the recordings to Youtube following the event.



Northeast Harbor Library
1 Joy Road, PO Box 279
Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662

(207) 276-3333