Popham Beach Library Programs and Hours

After two summers of limited programming due to the Covid outbreak, Popham Beach Library is excited to return with a full schedule of programs and activities for summer 2022. The library welcomes all residents, seasonal residents and visitors to drop by during regular hours, to borrow new books and DVDs and have a cup of coffee. Plan to attend the Summer Series programs, evening lectures and lectures offered throughout July and August, the Bath Municipal Band concert at our historic fort on August 3rd and the annual Flare and 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 Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 settlers from Popham in 1607 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 Café open from 5-7pm to sell light lunches, snacks and drinks. Everyone is welcome!

These programs are brought to you by PBIA, The Popham Beach Improvement Association in conjunction with the library. For more information, please stop by the library at 965 Popham Road, Phippsburg, or contact Barbara Ketonic at [email protected]

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