Mac Smith to speak about “Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry” at Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, October 9th at 2:00 PM

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will host a talk by author Mac Smith on Sunday, October 9th at 2:00 PM. Smith will speak about his new book Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry.

In an era when the only means of travel to the new, glamorous, and growing resort of Bar Harbor was through a small, isolated, rural-yet-elegant point of land on the mainland in the small town of Hancock, Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry tells the true story of what was, at the time, Maine’s deadliest disaster. The heartbreaking tale starts with the arrival of a train overcrowded with passengers anxious to be among the first to cross the bay and their rush for a ferry with too few seats, turning a casual summer Sunday outing into a scene of chaos, tragedy, death and heroism, occurring as quickly as the break of a wooden gangplank. Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry tells not only the complete story of the people and the events of that day, but of a time and way of life long gone by and nearly forgotten.

A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith now lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of Mainers on the Titanic, Siege at the State Capital, Maine’s Hail to the Chief, and Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.

Following the talk Mac Smith will sign copies of the book which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

SSCL is an all-volunteer library located at 6 Station St. in the heart of Stockton Springs. For more information please contact the library at 207-567-4147.

Stockton Springs Community Library hosting THE GREAT EVENT Saturday, September 10th

THE GREAT EVENT, hosted by the Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will take place on the grounds of the library and town office on Saturday, September 10th from 8 am until 2 pm.

THE GREAT EVENT is a celebration of the spirit of community which features a giant community yard sale, live music, barbeque, bake sale, homemade donuts, strawberry shortcake, children’s activities, and more. It’s a great opportunity to find some bargains, enjoy great food and music, and have fun connecting with others in a safe, outdoor setting.

There are still some spaces available in the giant community yard sale. Spaces are 10 feet by 15 feet and may be reserved by visiting the library during open hours. Spaces are $30. Crafters and organizations are welcome to reserve spaces. Library hours are Monday 3 – 5 pm, Tuesday 4 – 7 pm, Wednesday 3-5 pm, Thursday 9 am – noon and 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. 

SSCL is a nonprofit all- volunteer library. All proceeds from THE GREAT EVENT will benefit the library. For more information call SSCL at 207-567-4147 or visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org

9th Annual Pie & Art Festival at Stockton Springs Community Library August 20th

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will host its 9th Annual Pie & Art Festival on Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This popular fundraising event provides an opportunity to feed your body and soul, offering a variety of homemade pies and a range of fine art pieces from outstanding Maine artists.

Town & Country, watercolor by William Landmesser

Participating artists are Judy Belasco, Sarah Faragher, Allegra Kubas, William Landmesser, Scott Moore, Betty Schopmeyer, Dawn Staples-Knox, Anne Spencer, Jo Swift, Peter Walls, and Anne Marie Welsh.

Also on exhibit through August 20th in an “Art in the Stacks” show are paintings by Stockton resident Mark Quigley.

On that day at 2:00 pm a raffle winner will be drawn for a $100 gift certificate for Sweet Cheeks Bakery of Verona Island.

SSCL is an all-volunteer community library. For more information visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org or phone 207-567-4147.

Local Authors Night at Stockton Springs Community Library August 17th

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will present three local authors from Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 pm. The participating writers are William Anthony, Hans Krichels, and Janet Williams.

William Anthony lives primarily in Maine with his wife and an English Lab and a Maine coon cat. When he’s not writing or painting, he’s out on the Damariscotta River in the Susan B., a Maine-built wooden boat. His book Farnsy is a novel featuring William Phineas Farnsworth (Farnsy), a young police officer in his hometown on the Maine Coast. He loves police work, but his relationship with Lucy is off again, and with his 35th birthday looming, he feels trapped in a life as predictable as the tides – until some Necco wafers appear mysteriously in summer cottages on nearby lakes. Anthony paints a rich picture of a Maine town and its vibrant characters.


Hans Krichels is a teacher, writer, and woodcarver who lives with his partner, Nancy, in Bucksport, Maine, where he has lived and worked since 1971. His recent book, We Have Met the Enemy is a collection of essays, screeds, and story-poems all based on observations and happenings during the days of the pandemic in the author’s town. His recent work also includes pieces in Goose River Anthology 2019 and Willie Knows Who Done It, a collection of Maine Based Stories. 


Janet Williams grew up in England and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 20. She worked and raised her family in Cleveland and retired to Maine in 2007. Always an animal lover, all of her dogs and cats come from a shelter or off the street. Her recent book, Maxx and Mrs. Queen is a heartwarming and unusual animal rescue story. Maxx, Harry, Greta, Tootsie, and ZaZa were themselves homeless until Uncle Oscar found them one cold, dark night and took them home. At the invitation of Mrs. Queen, Uncle Oscar takes his family to the palace for tea, and so begins this imaginative animal rescue story.

All are welcome. Autographed copies of the books will be available for purchase following the presentation.

Visit www.maineauthorspublishing.com for more information about Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative.

For more information visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org or 207-567-4147.

Mac Smith to Speak about “Siege at the State House” at Stockton Springs Library on Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 PM

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will host a talk by author Mac Smith on Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 PM. Smith will speak about his new book Siege at the State House.

Siege at the State House tells the true story of a coup that was attempted between Maine’s governor and the leaders of a new political party, almost plunging the United States into its second Civil War. With the Maine State House under siege for several weeks by a confederate force, the occupation culminated in a showdown between armed rebels and Civil War hero General Joshua Chamberlain, with Chamberlain standing on the State House steps, exposing his chest, and daring any man present to settle the standoff with violence, if they dared. It was an event the war hero called “Another Roundtop.”

In light of recent national events, this piece of Maine history is a timely and cautionary tale brought to life by historian Mac Smith. Elements of the story include a Christmas Day raid on Maine’s weapons arsenal, missing election results, and seven jackasses.

A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith now lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of Mainers on the Titanic and Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine

Following the talk Mac Smith will sign copies of the book which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

SSCL is located at 6 Station St. in the heart of Stockton Springs. For more information please contact the library at 207-567-4147.

STOCKTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM “OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES” BEGINS JUNE 28TH

“Oceans of Possibilities,” Stockton Springs Community Library’s Summer Reading Program, will start on Tuesday, June 28th  from 9:30 to 11:00 AM and will also take place on the following Tuesdays.

Come explore the amazing variety of life under the sea and have lots of fun learning about fascinating sea creatures and ocean tales. There will be stories, activities, crafts, and snacks. 

The program is open to all ages.

SSCL is located at 6 Station St. in the heart of Stockton Springs. For more information please contact us at the library at 207-567-4147.

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will hold a new fundraising raffle to support the all-volunteer library.

Tickets are $1 each and will be sold beginning June 4th during SSCL’s annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale. The Raffle prize is a $100 gift certificate to Sweet Cheeks Bakery of Verona Island. Sweet Cheeks is a gourmet bakery and sweets shop featuring homemade traditional family recipes.

Drawing for the raffle will take place on August 20th at 2:00 pm at the library’s annual Pie & Art Festival.

Tickets will also be available for purchase during the library’s open hours, which are Monday and Wednesday 3 – 5 pm, Tuesday 4 – 7 pm, Thursday 9 am – Noon and 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and Saturday 9 am – 3pm.

For more information phone 567-4147 or visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org

Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale at Stockton Springs Community Library Saturday, June 4th

On Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 1 pm the Stockton Springs Community Library will host its Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale at the library in Stockton Springs. Time to come out of hibernation and join in the fun as you find bargains to read, eat, or plant. The sale starts promptly at 9:00 so no early birds please.

Library volunteers are busy dividing perennials for this popular fundraiser. There will be a wide variety of flowers and herbs to brighten your gardens. You can stock up on books for summer reading while snacking on delicious homemade baked goods. There’s always a great variety of sweet and savory baked goods available. 

Stockton Springs Community Library was founded in 2001 and is located in the historic Colcord House on the corner of Main and Station streets. The library is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information visit www.stockstonspringslibrary.org or call 567-4147.

Tai Chi back at Stockton Springs Harbor starting June 3

Tai chi will meet at the Stockton Springs Harbor starting June 3. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful space for tai chi. The lower level of the town office will serve as backup. (We’ll continue with Zoom through May).

A special thanks to our teachers Dean Anderson and Bill Philbrick for their excellent leadership. And to the Town of Stockton for continued support. They all go above and beyond for us.