This Spring Friends Over Books volunteers are sifting through new releases for young readers from all over the country, and books by Maine authors in particular, to create a list of recommended books for the summer. Check back in mid-June to see what gems they’ve found to interest your young readers.

Friends Over Books Volunteers:

  • Jan Coates, ex officio; Mount Desert, ME
  • Amanda Crafts; Bar Harbor, ME
  • Jean Evans; Gainsville, FL and Salisbury Cove, ME
  • Annie and Tom Flournoy; Southwest Harbor, ME
  • Marie Berlin; Bar Harbor, ME
  • Jackie Lowe; Dallas, TX & Northeast Harbor, ME
  • Betsy Pickup; Swan’s Island, ME
  • Anne Pomeroy; Pacific Palisades, CA & Southwest Harbor, ME
  • Helene Tuchman; Bass Harbor, ME & Auburndale, MA
  • Jill Trask; Swan’s Island, ME


Our Library Partners are picking books and planning a series of activities related to Richard Peck’s June 22-24 visit to Mount Desert Island and Swan’s Island.

Library Partners:

  • Jan Coates, ex officio; Mount Desert, ME
  • Mae Corrion, Jesup Library
  • Amanda Crafts, Bass Harbor Library
  • Candace Joyce, Swans Island Library
  • Lynn King, Seal Harbor Library
  • Eilleen MacLean, Northeast Harbor Library
  • Susan Plimpton, Southwest Harbor Public Library
  • Jen Wales, Somesville Library


The ARROW Retreat Program Committee is working to make sure the 2014 ARROW Retreat is innovative, fun, and inspiring. We are happy to have the student perspective on the group, as well as that of our experienced adult volunteers.

ARROW Retreat Program Committee:

  • Rosie Avila, student; Northeast Harbor, ME
  • Abby Bridgers, student; Bar Harbor, ME
  • Jan Coates, ex officio; Mount Desert, ME
  • Dr. Karen James, MDI Biological Lab; Bar Harbor, ME
  • Ellie McGee, student, Northeast Harbor, ME
  • Debby Messer; Bar Harbor, ME
  • Melinda Rice;Bar Harbor, ME
  • Sarah Soucek, student; Bar Harbor, ME