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Mondays    5:00-6:00   

Our fourth annual Library Lawn Series (LLS) has a wonderful line-up; a variety of interviews, music, author talks and activities means there's something for everyone!


We're adding some variety to our food options this year. Hearth & Soul wood-fired pizza will be with us for a few of our events, and we're always happy to have them on the Library Lawn. For the bulk of our Mondays, The Restaurant at Pilgrim's Inn will be providing a selection of items you can purchase to eat during (or after) the events. As always, if you prefer, you can bring a picnic from home.


Events are held indoors in case of rain. Pizza is only available if the weather cooperates; The Restaurant at Pilgrim's Inn will provide food regardless. Food is not allowed in the Library.

6/24–Music with The Loose Cannon Jug Band

This local band digs deep into the roots of American music and makes a happy twanging and thumping while singing words that are sad, sly or fun, and still sound fresh a hundred years on. Come hear music redolent of Saturday night house parties, back-room jam sessions and street corner buskers.

7/1–56 Years of Keeping Local News Alive with Nathaniel Barrows

The Publisher and Editor of the Penobscot Bay Press and its three weekly newspapers, the Island Ad-Vantages, Weekly Packet, and Castine Patriot, joins journalist Esmé Deprez for a conversation about the gifts and grit required to provide "the information glue" that holds our community together.


7/8–Caffeine and Community: How Two Entrepreneurs Built Their Business

Melissa Raftery and Megan Dewey-Wood, co-founders of 44 North Coffee, will talk with Stuart Kestenbaum about their journey in business and how they’ve supported their Island community and small coffee growers around the world.


7/15--Folk Music with Rugosa Rose

Rugosa Rose consists of three friends brought together by their shared love of music. Cindy Coombs, Kathy O'Rourke and Lynn Winters play a combination of folk, traditional and country music on guitar and mandolin.


7/22–Author Reading: Monica Wood & Her New Novel How to Read a Book

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright, recipient of the Carlson Prize for contributions to the public humanities in Maine, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award for contributions to the literary arts. Her new novel, How to Read a Book, has already secured translation rights in five countries. Her previous novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, was translated into 20 languages in over 30 countries. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award.

7/29–Create Recycled Sea Weavings with Hilary Tobin

Explore weaving using discarded bait bags and other ocean plastics, yarns, and nature items. Hilary Tobin is the creative force behind Island Meadow Arts, located in Brooklin. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own found materials or ocean treasures to weave. This activity is suitable for all ages.

8/5–Animal Adaptations on Land and Sea with Martha Bell

Martha Bell, Island Heritage Trust Environmental Educator, provides an up-close look at how animals are built to survive on land and in the ocean. Discover what animal adaptation makes it possible for living in various habitats. With a love for sharing the natural world with children, Martha has worked in Environmental Education for over 35 years. The presentation will be highly interactive, fun and informative for all ages!

8/12–The Power of Place: Telling the Stories of Where We Live

Documentary story teller Galen Koch, who grew up in Stonington, will talk with Stuart Kestenbaum about the work she has done to both document and celebrate Maine’s coastal communities.


8/19–Create Floral Fabric with Kate Westhaver

Learn how to dye fabrics using natural mordants and pigments from summer flowers. By pounding flower arrangements into prepared fabric*, you can print patterns and mosaics that are as simple or as intricate as you'd like.  This event is suitable for all ages. *Prepared fabric will be provided.


8/26–Music with The Church of the Morning After*

Enjoy the music of your neighbors in the final Library Lawn Series event. The Church of the Morning After got its start with the late Stevie Robbins and continues his tradition of bringing musical joy to both those who play and those who listen. It’s more of a jam session than a concert, and you never know exactly who will be there or what they will play, but that just makes it more fun! *This event will run from 5:00-7:00.


We are grateful to the following for supporting our efforts to provide free programming to the island community:


Richard Barnes

Esme Deprez & Alex Lowther

Deb DeWitt & Chuck Lucas

Judith Keenan

Stuart Kestenbaum & Susan Webster

Ruth Lamdan & John Wolfe

Bob & Missy Mial

Katherine Hall Page & Alan Hein

Charlotte Podolsky

Anne M. Sigmund

Joan Sorensen

Jeremy & Robin Stewart

Lucy Chesney VanderMel

Matthew & Lisa Watkins

Liz & George Zentz


44 North Coffee

Coastline Physical Therapy

Deer Isle Yoga Studio

Devta Doolan Studio

Due North Land Surveying

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