Winter Harbor  Public Library
located at Channing Chapel  
18 Chapel Lane

P.O. Box 326  
Winter Harbor, Maine  04693


Welcome ....... 
updated on  July 21st, 2014

All programs are free and open to everyone

The WHPL serves residents and visitors as a public library for the Town of Winter Harbor and welcomes all the surrounding towns and villages.
The Winter Harbor Public Library is open year-round.

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   Winter Harbor Public Library News

for the 50th annual Lobster Festival

  • Start the morning off with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall from 6:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. in Winter Harbor
  • the 5K George Schaeffer Memorial road race in Birch Harbor registration @ 7:00 a.m., race starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • Craft Fair at the school gym 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Lobster Boat races at Henry Cove 10:00 a.m.
  • Lobster Dinner 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Parade on Main Street in Winter Harbor at 5:30 p.m.

Cirincione, for a fre enjoyable family activity.

Fines amnesty continues on any and all overdue books


ART EXHIBIT: Richard Kapral's semi Abstract Expressionist art exhibit begins Wednesday  August 13th. Please join us for his artist reception
from 1 – 3 pm Date TBA


The Library will be hosting a discussion series with Dr. Peter Onuf
on "The Age of Jefferson". Dr. Onuf lives in Winter Harbor for the summer and has graciously agreed to host several discussion groups on one of our founding fathers. Pete is The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia and is a highly sought after expert on Jefferson. Those participating will watch a series of lectures by Dr. Onuf at their leisure and then come together to discuss the material. Mark your calendars for Wednesday July 16th at 4:00 p.m. at the Library for our first group meeting
Second Meeting will be at the WHPL on Wed Aug 13th at 4pm

Please come by the Library for a DVD of the lectures
 or call Hope Buckner at 963-4003.

MCMH Community Education: Tues Aug. 12th at 5:30pm

In conjunction with the Dorcus Library and the
 Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Please join us for the first of a quarterly series. The  first topic is
Diabetes and is hosted at the Dorcus Library,Main Street, Prospect Harbor.


“The Nottingham Galley” Sunday, Aug. 17th at 2pm

Book Arts faculty and students present the process of re-editing, re-printing, and re-publication of “The Nottingham Galley”, which presents five different first hand accounts of a shipwreck off Boone Island
in the late 19thcentury. Presented at the WHPL.


Vicki Goldstein will talk about her new book,
 THE FORTUNATE FLEET on Monday July 21st at the Yacht Club
'at 4pm

The library is hosting a 9:30 am Saturday Story Hour at Serendipity's Reading Room each Saturday with an activity related to the book(s) read.

BOOK GROUP: Tues. August 5th
, 7 pm at the library.

August 5th's selection is “The poacher's son” by Paul Doiron.

September's selection is “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile.

For details
call the library 963-7556 or Cindy 963-7409.

 Lego Club will break for the summer and return in the fall.
We have received 62 new children's and young adult books
through the Libri Foundation.
The Foundation matched funds from WHPL Annual Fund at a 2-to-1 ratio through a generous donation to the Libri Foundation
from David Kornacker & Janet Harris.
Fridays at 10 am (pre-registration is not needed).
Please join our reader, Carole Cirincione,
for a free enjoyable family activity.

“Fizz, Boom, READ” Summer reading program
for children runs Wednesdays.
 July 2nd through July 30th 

Keep track of your summer reading all through the week.
Join us for stories and activities each Weds.
Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm.

July 2 Sign up, reading logs, hand outs.

July 9 Optical illusions. “Swing” Make a thaumatrope to take home.

July 16 Aerodynamics. “Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride”

Make paper airplanes (with test flights).

July 23 Static electricity. “Ben and me” Chapter 6 – Electricity.

Balloons and light bulbs.

July 30 Let it snow. “Snowflake Bentley” Summer snowstorms.


Come and join the  Library's Summer Reading Program and attend the fun programs and events we are planning. This summer's theme, FIZZ, BOOM, READ!, is all about science! Become a scientist this summer at the library!

STORY HOUR: Fridays at 10 am (pre-registration is not needed)
Please join our reader,Carol Cirincione, for a free enjoyable family activity.

BOOKS ON CALL: Delivery is available for home-bound residents.
                             Our books are only a phone call away.

Charlie Pomaski is available by appointment for help in digital imaging & photo-shopping, using programs like Excel, Access & others, and understanding resources on the web.

Please call the library or check our website for more details
about these and other upcoming programs.


eBook Readers to borrow and try out 



Borrowed any good videos lately from the library?  

Come in and browse our collection of DVDs.

 They may be checked out for 7 days.

Three patron-access computers are available
Internet Access and a Wifi
wireless hotspot is available 24/7.
 If we are closed, you can generally pick up the signal from the parking lot

Sample our friendly atmosphere, warm building, magazines, newspapers,
Internet and many new books.
 If we don't have the book you are looking for
please ask
 and we can order it for you through the state library system.

Channing Chapel History

about our location

                                                                in 1909

Board of Trustees for 2014-2015

The mission of the WHPL is 

to function as a center for life long learning and literacy for all in a welcoming atmosphere, 
acting both independently and in collaboration with other organizations.

Please do stop in 
and meet our Librarian
Leslie Walton

While the Library gets some of its funding from the citizens of Winter Harbor—we are dependent on support   from generous individuals, civic-minded businesses, and public-spirited foundations to make this all possible.



Lending policies:

Most library books and audio books may be checked out for three weeks

Videos may be checked out for one week

Magazines (excluding the current issue) check out for one week

eReaders check out for one week

Items can be renewed if no one is waiting for them, or they can be reserved if checked out to another patron.

There is a four item limit on videos or audios per patron per visit.

The overdue fee for each item is 10 cents per day that the library is open.

If you renew a book which is already late a fine may be assessed to your account.

 How do I renew my materials?
Our members are welcome to extend the due dates of items they have checked out. You may renew most items twice, so long as no one else has requested the item. 

There are the ways to renew materials:

  • In person: Visit our Checkout Counter.

  • Online: email to library winterharbor@winterharbor.lib.me.us

  • By phone: Call the Library during regular

    hours at 963-7556 or leave a message.




The Winter Harbor Public Library has an immediate opening for a PART-TIME LIBRARIAN to manage all aspects of the library’s operations. The Librarian should have library experience, the ability to understand and respond to the needs of our patrons, and a commitment to continue the library’s tradition as a valued community center.

Because of the part-time nature of the position (10-14 hours/week), the Librarian’s responsibilities depend, in part, on his or her experience.

Primary Duties:

  • Selecting, ordering, and cataloging new books, periodicals and other material.

  • Organizing and maintaining the existing collections.

  • Assisting patrons with reference questions and basic computer resources.

  • Interacting with the trustees and special committees on strategic planning and fund-raising.

  • Preparing reports and statistics on library usage.

Other Duties Include:

  • Developing and implementing outreach programs.

  • Training and overseeing volunteers.

  • Substituting on the circulation desk when needed.

  • Contributing to newsletters and other publicity.

  • Ordering and maintaining supplies.


  • A college degree or any equivalent combination of education, library experience and training.

  • Familiarity with computers and electronic data bases.

  • The ability to interact in a friendly and professional manner with patrons, volunteers and staff.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, contact information and the names of two references to: Kathleen Nauss, P.O. Box 604, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693.  For additional details about the Library and its programs or call 207-963-5512.

The Winter Harbor Public Library is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, national origin or gender.