Here is the recording of the third year of the Working Waterfront Conversation Series. Each time one of this conversations is hosted I am in awe of these panelists and the moderator. Together the founding nonprofits knew that value of these events.

Library Closed Saturday August 27 for Chimney Renovation

August Events

This month we had our first Round Table led by librarian, David Perrier and the first of 3 art activities led by board member, Joanna Damon. Our Story Walk is installed on the North Loop of the Little Ponds Preserve located on Bethel Point.

August Book Club’s selection ~ August 10th @ 6:30

July 6 the library is closing at 4:30 pm. Our librarian is enjoying a much needed vacation but will be back Saturday morning. As usual our back yard is open for picnics, conversations, dinner picnics and watching the working harbor at work.

We will be closed on Tuesday July 4th. HOWEVER please come enjoy the 3 picnic tables located in our back yard. As always our WiFi is free. Happy 4th to all

Calling all readers!

July 13th at 6:30 pm The library is hosting another book club selection, Dinners With Ruth. Nina Totenberg recalls her decades in DC while reporting for NPR. Dinner parties began as professional friendships continued into personal ones. Throughout her journey she shares this community of diversity as it intertwines with her longest and closest friend Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

On May 11th at 6:30 pm Beth and Susie are hosting the May Book discussion. Come socialize and discuss Matt Haig’s novel, The Midnight Library. Pick up a copy from the library anytime after March 30th. We will make them available Curbside upon request. We will be serving light refreshments and beverages as well.

What book would you choose for answering the question, “What is the best way to live?”

New Online Resource Click on the link here or on the side bar. This online resource is available to anyone with a Maine library card.

Tuesday December 27, 2022 WE ARE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

Mark Your Calendars … The Cundy’s Harbor Library Annual Meeting is Coming in October 22, 2022 at 10:30 AM

All are welcome. This is the time, the library board presents its new board members slated to assume office. If you have interest in helping the board, there are several openings. Contact the library for details of the openings and the roles for each. Not interested in a board role? Committees are the backbone along with our volunteers, so come to the meeting scheduled October 22nd.

House Worx LLC is doing such a professional job with the restoration and renovation of our siding. Being on the waterfront, we had damage that has been removed and updated with the latest in quality vinyl siding. The windows were reinstalled and supports put in place. Lots of weather protection and window casings

Autumn Book Sale is coming to the library … We will have hard cover and paperbacks; fiction including partial series sets for both adults and children. Nonfiction includes cookbooks, DIY, and quilting.

Mark Your Calendars to begin the Cundy’s Harbor Days weekend ….

A Library of Things What is this? Many libraries are recognizing the need to have more than books for people to borrow. Cundy’s Harbor Library’s Library of Things is expanding.

Check out these! Need an extra life vest for that guest? Need to increase you visibility on the water? Add a flag! We have ones with a suction cup (optional) as well as whistles, signal horn and emergency waterproof light. We will be adding more as we try to provide items you may need while enjoying Harpswell and its 261 miles of coast.

Our Hours are extended! Thursdays we are open until 7 pm. So if you want to visit, enjoy the backyard, have a picnic and grab a book, WE ARE OPEN !!!

Living in a Working Waterfront Series #4 was held June 15 at Bailey Island Library Hall. Here is the recording of the panel led conversation. Etiquette may not be a term typically associated with the working waterfront but, in this case, it refers to the way that people can both work on and enjoy the waterfront and its coastal waters in a respectful and safe way. Panelists for this event will include Maine Island Trails Association and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association along with representatives from local fishing and chartering businesses. They will be discussing the various activities that take place on the water and share stories about how to share space and work together. This panel discussion is part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between the Harpswell Anchor, the Cundy’s Harbor Library, the Holbrook Community Foundation, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Living in a Working Waterfront Series #3 was held May 11th covering Waterfront Access for the Fishing Community. Here is the recording of the paneled conversation. The conversation addressed intertidal access, fishing permits and licenses, rights of way and easements along with what Harpswell Town Committees are doing and how to be informed and involved. Thank you to Ben Martens, Robert Boyce II, Mary Ann Nahf and Monique Coombs for leading the conversation.

Come join us June 15th when we wrap this conversation series with a discussion on Water Etiquette at the Bailey Island Library Hall at 6 pm for an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and beverages before we begin.

Mix and Mingle Sat. June 11 from 1– 3 pm
Have you visited us recently? Come meet our new Board, tour the library and join us to learn about all we are doing. Become a friend and card holder.
Light refreshments and drinks provided

Come Meet Ms. Kymberlee on April 1 from 1 to 3 PM

We are very excited to welcome Kymberlee Piela back to her home in Cundy’s Harbor and here at the library to direct our weekly children’s reading program. 
Kymberlee is the niece of our former president, Alice Swallow and is returning to her family home on Bethel Point. She is the daughter of Prescott and Terry Dunning. 
Kymberlee has a weekly reading adventure to share with children of all ages. Using a 20 book topic template, Ms. Kymberlee will engage you and your children in reading. Beginning in April, come check in on Saturday afternoon and earn doubloons as you make your way through a reading menu. Read in a car, read a book by an author from your birthplace state, or read a book with a color in the title. It is your choice and Ms. Kymberlee will also provide opportunities for activities with our Librarian David once a month. We have a treasure chest full of doubloons waiting to be collected. 

Check out Book Browsing on our menu bar for new books and other information.

Have you clicked on our Working Waterfront Page??? This is devoted to articles, book offerings, materials and information for Harpswell residents and visitors to better assure your time on our 216 miles of Harpswell coastline is positive and allows all to enjoy it together. I cover the Town meetings that directly relate to our community. On the 10th I covered moorings, the inspection process for moorings and licenses for nonresident and resident shellfish licenses. I also added the eel grass project map for those mooring areas to be impacted.

January News

With a grant award, the library purchased 2 laptops and 1 computer for visitors . Now you can access the internet, print and scan documents you may need. You can attend ZOOM or Skype meetings as well as other meetings.

Meanwhile we have gizmos and gadgets and puzzles and games. We have classic books from Kipling to Kellogg. Do you need a computer with a large monitor from time to time? We have it ready for your use; watch recorded meetings or You Tube videos.

December News and Updates

Come get your postcard kits (see the volunteer page for more information)

Celebrate the New Year with a Twist

From the sea with new recipes from the fishing families who catch our amazing bounty throughout the year. Celebrate and learn new ways to prepare seasonal seafood from appetizers to desserts like kelp fudge. Check it out and purchase one for yourself or as a present from the harbor. Each purchase helps not only the library but also sustains Maine’s fishing communities for future generations

Cookbook from the sea to celebrate seasonal seafood
Our new logo is here.

Our Living on the Working Waterfront Series is available to view using the following 2 links: The first covers seasonal seafood and the second is a conversation with 4 fishing family members. Do you understand the fishing zones, federal permits and 3 mile limit? Do you know the life cycle of the Maine shrimp? Do you know that a conversation is one of the best ways to strengthen your community? Please click the links and stay tuned for our season tasting events in our back yard we are hosting for the Maine Coastal Fishermen’s Association.

November 18,2021 The library will close earlier at 3 PM in order to prepare for the Waterfront series event at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall tonight at 6:00 PM The talk focus is Multigenerational Families in Harpswell. Register through See you Saturday!

Welcome to our new Library Board Members …

President Linda Prybylo Secretary Susie Strauss Treasurer Rachel Miller Member at Large Beth Dufresne

Our Annual Meeting was held at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall October 16th at 12:45 pm. The new board members were elected. In addition we had our former Library President, Sue Hawkes who spoke about our community past and present.

As the cases of Covid 19 continue to increase, here at Cundy’s Harbor Library we are requesting the return of masks when indoors. Our community has many residents who have health conditions that make their immunity compromised. To protect them, and our unvaccinated visitors, please mask for all of us. Thank you

Indoors we …

Brock Starbird, Duane Webber, Terri Sawyer, Linda Prybylo and Diane Chilmonczyk

HMC has begun constuction of the new deck and ramp. Brock Starbird and his construction crew will be onsite Wednesday and Thursday to give us new improved access.


Today’s Gift of Kindness … Demolishing the Basement “Closet”

We will continue to provide service as we can. The Wee Free Library is at the Community Hall and Book Drop and Curbside is at the back door. Call 207-725-1461 for questions about curbside or inter library loan requests.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is also available to households who are eligible for a broadband provider’s existing COVID relief program, to those who have received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year, and to those low-income households who suffered a large loss in income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough since February 2021

Checked Out until June 6Sorry checked out again …


People are on wait lists to read this book by Michael Lewis who also wrote The New New Thing about Silcon Valley. This time the book is concerned with the current pandemic. Not an opinion piece of the time line of how it will play out. In stead this is a fascinating and well written story of “how it began. Believed to be the rich country best prepared for a pandemic, we ended up with almost a fifth of the world’s Covid deaths. Popular blame has … on former President Donald Trump. But Lewis has a different thesis. As one character puts it, “Trump was a comorbidity.” The rot ran deep through the American system of public health, and in particular the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once considered a crown jewel of American government.

We also have new books here for Curbside check out from around the state including; City of a Thousand Bridges, Stephen White’s Warning Signs, Accused by Lisa Scottoline, Girls With Bright Futures and Before the Ruins. All were selected as Best Books of 2021.

Are you watching these “books” on Hulu, Netflix, PBS or Amazon Prime Video? Give us a call or email to request the “original unabridged” version.

Gifts from our Community … see our news section

Do you need the Internet or a LapTop?

Curtis Memorial Library has a solution. Either you can borrow directly from Curtis or with your Cundys Harbor library card, you can request it from us and receive it curbside.



All those familiar names! You hear them and see them everywhere. Roads, Coves, and mailboxes … Stover, Snow, Merryman, Allen, Curtis, Estes, Bailey and Wilson all built vessels. Captains names included Bibber, Dunning, Johnson, Orr, Toothaker and Dyer. The brochure is available on request from the library.

Cundy’s Harbor Library is a small,  accessible, public library serving the residents of Harpswell, Maine, particularly those living in Cundy’s Harbor and on Great Island. The library’s mission is to offer community members of all ages a collection of popular books and other materials.Our collection features  Maine histories and authors.

The library provides access to technology with free WiFi. We continue to have our books you may request from LibraryWorld and a local site for books requested on Minerva. We strive to be a central point of information dissemination within the community.

New at the library

Dinners With Ruth

by Nina Totenberg

The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles

Taste ~ My Life Through Food

by Stanley Tucci

Life\'s Edge

by Carl Zimmer

Stop Here

by Conley

News and notes

Cundy’s Harbor Library Has Begun Renovations 2021

Spring is here and with it comes our long anticipated renovation to our little library with the big view. As you pass the library building you see a new sign to thank all those who have contributed to our goal of updating our ability to serve you all better. From the basement repairs to the landscaping and new access ramp and deck, it has begun. Check back for pictures of our progress.

Please know that we will continue to provide Curbside Service for book borrowing as well as WiFi. We may have to suspend these from time to time but we will let you know so you can prepare. The Wee Free Library for taking books to keep or share will be returning to the Community Center in its original location soon. Again, check our media posts or emails for these changes.

Don’t forget to look at our new additions to the collection. We are adding fiction and nonfiction as well as Children’s books monthly. As part of Maine Libraries we can get books statewide and renew upon request. Our curbside allows you to pick up anytime and return as easily.

New Titles and Books into Video

Netflix has added the Bridgerton Series to his offerings. If you like period Historical Romance that is well written and a quick read for the days when the snow is piling up then this may be your escape. We have several new titles form this series.

Maybe you want nonfiction? We are fortunate to have the nonfiction collection of ecology and environmental texts from a local author and educator. Authors include Rachel Carson, Eliot Porter, Unger and Kline.

Tech Time

There will be  Tech Time on Thursdays . If you have a question, please call and ask for David Perrier. He can schedule aa time  or direct you to others who can.

Library Closure

We are closed Saturday November 6, 2021

We are open once again. Please come to our new front deck entrance. We have ADA handicap parking as well . Like the many other small libraries across the state, we continue providing curbside pick up . Our backyard allows patrons to use FREE WiFi. We have outdoor seating so come enjoy the view, read and eBook or audiobook, as you use the internet.

If the library is closed due to the weather, you will find the announcement here and on our Facebook page. You can also call the library and there will be a message.