The mission of the Swan’s Island Educational Society is to provide a free lending library and to serve as an historical, cultural, and educational resource for the Swan’s Island community.


SIES Annual Meeting

The Swan’s Island Educational Society

Annual Meeting Notice

Monday    August 8, 2016      7 pm

Swan’s Island Library

All are welcome.

Members are encouraged to attend.

Two Board seats have been vacated and will be filled at the annual meeting according to a vote by the membership.

Organizational updates and financial information will be presented.

Members will be notified by email or delivered by USPS for whom we do not have an email address.


Maine supports its libraries

The  Maine news report linked below reminded me of the overwhelming generosity of people all over the US, including author Katherine Patterson, who shipped boxes and boxes of books to us following our fire. Katherine went so far as to hook up with a traveling book vendor to get books from her private collection in Vermont to Maine and ultimately the island.

Maine author, librarian and educator Toni Buzzeo put a call out to her colleagues on an author listserv similar to what Cynthia Lord did for Cherryfield. Boxes and boxes arrived at Port In A Storm bookstore where the books lived until I could get them to the island. Never looking for publicity, I do believe Stephen King anonymously sent us some of his books. I only figured this out because of a personal piece of mail that was found inside one of the books.

Cherryfield Public Library news report

Kathy and Cara who serve as co-directors at the Cherryfield Library are amazing. Their dedication is catching and every time I have a chance to talk to them I always walk away uplifted and thankful for what Swan’s Island has to offer our community for library and historical services.  

I might consider the book and video (collections) line of our budget a bit small and I do complain from time to time but at least we have money for such things as part of our annual budget. The generosity of our donors, including the town, allows us to have money to buy books and movies as well as paying a small staff at least a stipend besides the ability to keep the lights on and the doors open year-round.  Thank you!


What a state and library family we have in Maine. I am very proud to serve with this group of people.  Way to go ladies, my hat is always off to you!  Oh, and I have a box of new books that will be headed in your direction.

As I mentioned in a previous post, islanders are busy, busy, busy year-round.  Definitely no less so in December.  There are craft fairs, the annual 8th grade auction, school concerts, church and community functions, and more when one adds in gatherings of family and friends.

2015-11-11 18.46.58-1However, I keep thinking about an event held on November 11 in honor of Swan’s Island’s veterans.  The historical society worked on an exhibit displayed at the lighthouse last summer titled Keep Calm and Carry On: Island life during WWII.  This fall the exhibit was expanded to include historical items, photographs, and papers from other wars and peace time service all displayed at the library.


A community celebration of our veteran’s took place on the 2015-11-11 18.55.49evening of November 11, 2015-11-11 18.47.13Veteran’s Day.  The program included readings from veterans and 2015-11-11 19.10.54music written by Paul Roberts who lived on the island and married an island girl. The song There’s a Star-spangled Banner Waving Somewhere was performed by performed by the WalkerBrothers.2015-11-11 19.24.06-1  Albums of veteran photographs highlighting their time of service were on display and people attending took a lot of time chatting, remembering and looking. It was a great night.

A big thank you to all who helped put it together.

Halloween treat hosting and book give-away

2015-10-31 17.17.17Fall is catch up time around here as well as starting to plan for next year.  But on Halloween night we just take a break to enjoy our community.

Halloween on Swan’s Island is all about the kids. Islanders love to see the costumes and how much children have grown over the past year.  Even though we are a very small, year-round community some of our older people only get to “visit” with our island children on Halloween. OOHHHHs and AAHHss abound, laughs and a few “h’aint you grown deah’s” fill the air as children know they will fill pillow cases and garbage bags full of goodies of all sorts.

2015-10-31 17.31.25Just about 100 people visited the library – young people and adults – with close to 50 books given away throughout the evening.  Island port Press and North Country Press donated books for our Halloween book give-away.  Visit their websites and buy a book or two while you’re there.

A couple of photographs are posted here and in the slide show above.  To see the full album visit our Facebook page.


It’s fall already….

It really is hard to believe that fall has fully arrived bringing with it a chill in the air and color to the trees. As is usual on Swan’s Island summer – a year-rounders busy season – just flies by while lobstering, landscaping, mowing and cleaning taking up our time. Throw in a little bit of time spent with family and friends who come to visit and there’s not much time left to spend at the quarry, beach or even visiting with our seasonal community members.

So, that’s my excuse for not getting some our pictures of summer events posted until almost Halloween. Let’s reminisce a bit and then look forward to what is coming up. If you look above up at the slide show of photographs you will see reminders of summer’s events and programs: author Marilyn Pukkila; poets Gary Rainford, Steve Joy, <<<<<, and Miranda Batiste; a visit by the state library’s technology petting zoo (watching the 3D printer was amazing); Alagash Guide Tim Caverly and Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History program highlighted Maine’s natural history and resources; and children’s rounded out the programs to fill up our days and evenings.

We were fortunate to host several exhibits during the summer too.  Here Is Home, that was part of the Maine Photo Project, showed at the library From mid-June through the end of September and Keep Calm and Carry On was exhibited at the lighthouse throughout the summer.  Kathy Krafjack’s paintings and Miranda Batiste’s photographs were very well received for the weeks they were on exhibit.

Now for a look ahead.  The SIES historical society will be bringing the Keep Calm and Carry On exhibit to the library to be on display for the rest of the year.  Papers, documents, photographs, and other historical items from WWII (maybe even other wars) donated by the community and from our archives will expand the exhibit.  On Veteran’s Day, November 11, in the evening we will be honoring our veteran’s with an open house to showcase the exhibit and say thank you to the islanders who have served in the military.

SIES receives historical collections grant

For Immediate Release

Swan’s Island Educational Society Receives Grant to Preserve Historical Collections

Augusta – Maine State Archivist David Cheever today announced Swan’s Island Educational Society will receive $875.00 to preserve and provide better access to its historical collections as part of the Historical Records Collections Grant Program. The program is administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, with fund from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant program is coordinated in Maine by the State Archives.

Recent studies underscore that cultural resources are important in decisions to locate businesses or to choose a community in which to retire. These greats help sustain the basic infrastructure of the key element of our society.

“Grants such as this support community efforts to protect the stories of our birth, property rights, government, and how we lived our lives,” said Cheever. “People need to document their birth or naturalization to obtain a passport ot to get medical acre; others research their property boundaries; some seek long-lost relatives or to understand the history of the old mill down the road. Without these precious records, most questions like this would remain unanswered.”

A recent report to the Maine Legislature indicates that many of Maine’s historical collections (photographs, paintings, natural history collections, and letters) are in danger of being lost to fire, theft, mold, or misuse.

“Maine has an estimated 200 million such records, many in facilities with little or no security, fire protection, or environmental controls. Local governments, historical societies, and libraries are seeking help through gran programs such as this one to preserve our heritage,” Cheever said.

Small grants have stimulated local citizens and organization to commit more of their resources to these projects.

“Although financial support is important, recognition of local concerns and efforts through an award also generates a substantial amount of enthusiasm,” Cheever said.

The Maine State Archives is a Bureau within the Department of the Secretary of the State. For information about the Historical Records Collections Grant Program, visit

Press release – Island Institute Scholarships



Sixty-eight islanders receive financial awards for education

ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today announced scholarship awards to 68 students through its Island Education Fund. The scholarships, totaling $150,300, benefit island students attending colleges, universities, and technical schools across the U.S. and Canada.

“These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of our donors,” said Karen Burns, the Institute’s community development director. “Because of their generosity, dozens of island students will have help paying for college or other post-secondary education. That’s a big deal for these communities.”

The students, their parents, and island community members attended a luncheon on Saturday, May 30 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport for the announcement of the scholarship awards.

Three Swan’s Island students received awards granted by both the Maine Island Scholarship and the Sumner Foundation:

Chelsea Tripler

Megan Tripler

William Smith

Congratulations Swan’s scholars! For additional information about the Island Education Fund Scholarship program or summer internships please visit:

Grant for literacy packs


Swan’s Island Educational Society                                                                                       451 Atlantic Road                                                                                                                 PO Box 12                                                                                                                      Swan’s Island, ME 04685

For immediate release                       Contact: Candis Joyce                                                       3.31.15                                               207-526-4330


Swan’s Island Educational Society receives grant to create Literacy and Discovery Packs at the Swan’s Island Library

Swan’s Island, Maine – The Swan’s Island Educational Society (SIES) recently received a $540.oo grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust of the Maine Community Foundation to create family literacy and discovery packs to check out of the library.  These packs will be designed to support all areas and ages of literacy using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) as the basis of content selection.

SIES was founded in 1970 and became received 501 (c) 3 status in 1972.  This mission of SIES is to provide library and historical collections services for the town of Swan’s Island.  For more information, call 207-526-4330.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation through the link above.

MDI Y visits Swan’s Island

Yesterday, Aaron Long from the MDI YMCA visited the library and provided a day camp for island youngsters.  Fun was had during activities inside and out with Harry Potter as the theme.  Magic wands and brooms were made, dragon mucous (the kids used another word) was created, tunnels and caves dug and treasures found as the kids took part in the program.

Later in the day we fired up the popcorn machine just as Brad Ames was dropping by.  One of our oldest community members had a wonderful time chatting with a couple of our youngest community members while snacking on fresh popped popcorn.