Popham Beach Library announces summer programs

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After two summers of limited programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Popham Beach Library will bring back a full schedule of programs and activities for summer 2022.

The library invites all residents, seasonal residents and visitors to stop by during regular hours to borrow new books and DVDs and have a cup of coffee. Plan to attend the Summer Series programs, the evening lectures and lectures offered in July and August, the Bath Municipal Band concert in the historic fort on August 3, and the annual flares and flares evening. at the historic parade on August 19.

The library opened for the season over Memorial Day weekend. Library hours during the months of July and August are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Offering bestsellers, old favorites and classics in books and DVDs for adults and children, the library also has a newly renovated children’s room, maps of the area, information on local restaurants, hotels and other sites such as hiking trails, historic sites and the Popham Ecosystem.

The Summer Series is offered at the Library on Thursdays in July and August; all programs begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified. On July 7, Dot Kelly of Phippsburg will speak about aquaculture and the local group Basin Oyster; Ellen Hart, of Popham, will offer “An Afternoon with Emily Dickinson” at 3 p.m. on July 14; On July 21, Alice Bean Andrenyak, master guide from Maine, will explain all the history of the island of Malaga; and the July 28 program will feature award-winning Maine author Susan Conley. On August 11, Orman Hines will wrap up this year’s series with a presentation on Maine’s first ship. Free parking is available behind the library.

This year’s “special events” include the annual Fort Popham Concert with the Bath Municipal Band conducted by Kathy Downing on Wednesday August 3rd at 6.30pm. This outdoor concert is a great time to gather the whole family, bring your own seats and snacks, and share in the joy of music as experienced in this historic setting. Donations are appreciated for this event. This year’s Flare Night will follow the local parade led by George Popham from the Ft. Baldwin parking lot at dusk. The parade celebrates the arrival of the

Popham 1607 settlers and children are encouraged to come and join the parade. To top off the evening, a bonfire on the beach and flares will illuminate the beach and fort. The ladies of Popham Circle will have their cafe open from 5-7pm to sell light dinners, snacks and drinks. Everyone is welcome!

These programs are brought to you by PBIA, The Popham Beach

Association for improvement in collaboration with the library. For more information, stop by the library at 965 Popham Road, Phippsburg, or contact Barbara Ketonic at [email protected]

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