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Documentary Film and Discussion



The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. Watch the film and join in a discussion. For more information about the film, go HERE to learn more about the film and to see a trailer. This discussion is being co-sponsored by the Bowdoinham Community School’s Parent Group.

Two showings:

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
or Saturday, February 25 at 1:00pm. 
Kendall Meeting Room, Coombs Municipal Building

An Evening with Naomi Schalit


Thursday, January 19th at 7pm

Kendall Room, Coombs Municipal Building

The Bowdoinham Public Library welcomes Naomi Schalit, a senior reporter from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.  Naomi has just published a five part series entitled “Single Parents in Poverty: The crisis no one will name”. In this powerful series of articles, Naomi calls attention to a dramatic change in the Maine family — a 500 percent increase in the proportion of children born to single parents in the last 43 years. Nearly half of all births in the state are now to mothers who are not married.


At a time when poverty and welfare have become polarizing political issues in Maine, the very people who know the most about this problem don’t want to talk frankly about it for fear of backlash against the parents and children they are trying to help. It took nine months of digging into the problem — interviews with national experts, days spent with single mothers, time in the state prison with single fathers and repeated visits with teachers, social workers and public officials — for Schalit to bring forward this essential story.


Naomi will share with us the information she found while investigating this series, and lead us in an informal discussion about the role of investigative reporting in Maine and in our current democracy.

If you would like to read the series click this link.

Poinsettia and Wreath Pick up!

joanne selling poinsettias

It’s a busy Holiday Festival Weekend, but don’t forget to pick up the WREATHS and POINSETTIAS you ordered!

Friday, December 2,  2-6

Saturday, December 3, 10-2

In the Graduate’s Room (2nd Floor) of the Coombs Municipal Building. Cash and checks encouraged. Need the ramp? park behind the building and buzz the doorbell! Thank you for supporting the library and its fundraisers.

Treasures From the Library Attic

Treasures From the Library Attic

Each year the library volunteers create artwork from discarded and donated books. Once again this year, we will offer the lovely crafts we have made, with all proceeds to go to the library. Join us, Friday December 2th, 6-8pm, Saturday, December 3, 10am-3pm and Sunday December 4th, 10am-1pm as part of the town’s Holiday Festival. Live music… Continue Reading

Annual Book Sale

Our Annual Used Book Sale! Saturday, November 12, 2016 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Paperbacks .50 and Hardcovers 1.00 One room full of Adult books, and another filled with children’s books. One table with specially priced Vintage and Antique books! Volunteers needed. Please call 666-8405. We are accepting donations of books through the month of October. We are… Continue Reading

Summer Reading Program 2016

. Put on your sneakers and get moving! It’s the Bowdoinham Public Library Summer Reading Program! Kids of any age can come in and register anytime. Pick up a reading log to begin earning prizes. Tuesday, June 28  – 10:00  Kickoff Celebration with “Minute-to-win-it” Challenges. (Pick up reading logs if you haven’t yet.) Tuesday July… Continue Reading

New Library Hours begin June 1st

Based on community feedback we are making some changes to the library’s hours. Beginning June 1st the hours will be:   Tuesday         10 am – 2 pm Wednesday    2 pm –  6 pm Thursday       10 am – 2 pm Friday              2 pm… Continue Reading

Plant Sale 2016

We are all set up and ready for YOU!  Saturday the 21st from 9 to 4.  Perennials, annuals, veggie seedlings, herbs, shrubs, and three beautiful raffle items (including that flowering crabapple in the photo).  Bowdoinham Town Hall! Handicapped accessible. See you there! Continue Reading

Beyond “Just Say No”: a Parenting Panel about drug prevention

Beyond “Just Say No”: a Parenting Panel about drug prevention

This is the final event in the Library’s Spring Parenting Series. One of our jobs as parents is teaching our children about drugs.  These panelists will give us information about the social, neurological and global implications of illegal drug use. We hope that information will take us beyond the “Just Say No” message of the 1980’s.… Continue Reading