Seal Harbor

Seal Harbor Library

library fair on the village green

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Library events

Thursday, July 6, 2023, 5–6pm

JACKSON GILLMAN: "Whales, Octopi and Sharks, Oh My! A Musical Dive Into Sea Science"
Jackson Gillman
Jackson Gillman was in the first graduating class at College of the Atlantic. He has made a career of sharing his environmental interests with performances for groups large and small, of all age ranges, incorporating song, story, comedy, dance, movie and sign language into his own intimate style of theater. Mount Desert Island Biological Lab booked varying versions of his show for their Family Science Night for twenty years. He has performed at Mystic Seaport and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Now you and your family can be lucky enough to be up close to Jackson as he does his thing at the opening special event at the Seal Harbor Library. For all ages. Free admission. Refreshments.

Thursday, July 27, 2023, 5–6pm

Jennifer Nadel
Jennifer Nadel is a transformational leader, award winning journalist, international speaker and bestselling author. She's also a qualified barrister, political and communications strategist and commentator. Currently she leads the UK think tank, Compassion in Politics and is Executive Chair of the Global Compassion Coalition. Her most recent book, How Compassion can Transform Our Politics, Economy and Society, co-edited with Matt Dawkins, is a collection of interdisciplinary essays from academics and leaders. It has been hailed as a guide to creating a more compassionate world. Free admission. Refreshments.

Saturday, July 29, 2023, 9am–12pm

Annual Library Fair on the Village Green

Tuesday, August 8, 2023, 5pm

A talk by author Philip Heckscher about his book Togo: A Travel Memoir
Togo book cover
Togo is a beautifully illustrated, high spirited account of traveling there in the early 1970s. There are no game parks in this book; the author and his friend are in search of the humanity, not the wildlife, of West Africa. They travel simply by local means, they eat with their hands at roadside stalls and family tables, their friends are variously farmers and students and cabinet ministers. They engage, participate, and observe without judgment, finding common ground everywhere by putting aside their own cultural habits and expectations, and by being unafraid of intimacy. The author evinces respect and affection for the people he encounters.

Many of the places visited are unsafe for travel now. Nigeria is fighting widespread gangs and kidnappings. The Sahel, tormented by climate change, is a battleground of ethnic militias, Islamic extremists, and Western forces. Violence and displacement imperil the confident, dignified traditional people the author describes. This book is a valuable witness to their deeply human communal societies, where the travelers find that they, too, have African roots.

Philip Heckscher was born in New York City in 1944 and grew up in the city. He holds a BA degree from Harvard University and was a teacher in public and private schools in New York and San Francisco. Philip became head of the Department of History and Geography at Grace Church School in Manhattan. Philip presently lives with his spouse on Mount Desert where he occasionally teaches Chinese calligraphy at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 5–6pm

Lecture: Jahn Sood, screenwriter of We Were an Island

Thursday, August 24, 2023, 5–6pm

Bee Parks
Join singer/songwriter Bee Parks for a high-energy concert party that combines rockin' music, puppetry and audience participation to inspire young people to get up and move - both with their feet and in their communities! With all original songs that promote kindness, equality, self-confidence, social justice, environmental awareness and dancing your heart out, Bee Parks takes audience members of all ages on a musical adventure that will open up spirits and imagination. Free admission. Refreshments.

book cover

New York Times Bestseller The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur