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Richard A. Ferrier Scholarship Fund- Deadline April 1st


This scholarship is for the “road less traveled,” meaning opportunities beyond the traditional school environment.  Have you always wanted to take riding lessons? Do you picture yourself backpacking with Outward Bound?  Want to perfect your soccer skills at a summer camp?  Do you want to take dance lessons? How about taking up guitar? This fund will help you pursue your passion.  What do you want to do?


Eligibility Criteria

Residents of Bowdoinham between the ages of 13 and 18 as of April 1 this year are encouraged to apply.  There is a preference for applicants for whom a scholarship will make a demonstrated difference in his/her ability to participate in a program.

To apply for the scholarship, please visit the Maine Community Foundation. Scroll down to the Richard A Ferrier Schlarship and click on “download application”.


The Annual Luke MacFadyen Edible Book Contest


Cook, bake or arrange some kind of food that makes you think of a book, either because it looks like the book cover, represents the title, or makes a literary joke or pun.


This event is named after our dear friend Luke McFadyen. He was a co-founder of both the Bowdoinham Food Pantry and the Bowdoinham Farmers Market. He lovingly created and shared delicious food with the Bowdoinham community up until his death in January of this year. The picture above shows one of his beautiful entries from 2017.


The event is free and open to the public. Entries will be judged in two classes: ages 12 and younger, 13 and older.


To enter, call or email the library by April 3rd to register: 666-8405 or kcutko@bowdoinham.lib.me.us.


Friday April 5th


2-5 p.m.: Entries must be dropped off at the Town Hall

6 p.m.: Doors open to vote on your favorite edible books. Then we eat them!


Bowdoinham Town Hall

Examining Hate

We had a great turn out at our event on Thursday 1/31/19 with 30 people in attendance!  Howard Solomon started by giving an overview of his December talk on anti Semitism. He reviewed how anti Semitic ideas were both formed and spread, tying this into contemporary concerns about the media, including social media. This was followed by a lively group discussion.  The evening concluded with some ideas on how to keep the conversation going. Suggestions included:

  • A lecture and discussion on nonviolent communication
  • A workshop hosted by Craig Freshly, a professional mediator who aims to bring people of all political ideologies together
  • A gathering to talk about the book Waking Up White by Debbie Irving

What event are you the most interest in? Is there a way you can help make it happen? Let us know!

We also invite you to come into the library to start your own examination of hate by checking out Sally Kohn’s book The Opposite of Hate, We have two copies available! If you are interested in learning more in the comfort of your home, check out Kindness is a Skill by David Brooks.

Continue the Conversation

Thursday January 31st 7-9pm In the Kendall Room of the Coombs Municipal Building 13 School Street People who gathered for Howard Solomon’s talk about Anti-semitism last month were hungry for more. Let’s gather and talk about how we can move forward as a community with all of our diversity. Race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation…… Continue Reading

Support Maine Libraries with your Tax Return Check off

In 2017, Bowdoinham Public Library was awarded a $1000 grant to establish the  “Welcoming Library”, a travelling collection of picture books and resources focusing on the immigrant or “new arrival” experience.  Thanks to this grant the program was launched and has since tripled in size and reach due to the resonance of the topic and the… Continue Reading

Join Bowdoinham resident Howard Solomon for a conversation about the history of anti-Semitism. What does it look like? Why does it exist? How do we respond to it? Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Bowdoinham Town Hall 13 School Street, Bowdoinham Howard taught history at Tufts University (1971-2004) and served as scholar in residence at… Continue Reading

Letters From Vietnam

Join Frank Connors (Formerly of Bowdoinham, currently of…somewhere other than Bowdoinham) as he shares his 1967 letters home from Vietnam during his service with the 173rd Airborne Division.  Coffee and sweets will be served.  Free and wheelchair accessible.   Tuesday, February 13, 7 pm. Coombs Municipal Building. 13 School Street , Bowdoinham 666-8405 For More… Continue Reading