The Southwest Harbor Public Library becomes much more active in the summer. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

New library director shares excitement


SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Staff increases, a busy events schedule through the fall and a new director are ways the public library here is getting ready for this summer season.

On June 18, Erich Reed will begin as director of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, just in time for the influx of seasonal patrons.

“I really like the idea of being in the public, serving everyone,” said Reed, who is finishing a dozen years as the librarian at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill.

A resident of Somesville, Reed often has frequented the library in Southwest Harbor with his family. Over the last 123 years, the library has grown from a single building into its current facility with multiple rooms, including one for children.

“This is such an exciting time for the library in the community and with technology,” said Reed, noting the great staff in place. “I’m definitely looking forward to learning the ropes and routines of the library right now. I’m excited about it being very busy.”

Reed has a master’s degree in library science and an undergraduate degree in American studies. “I grew up a voracious reader,” he said about his interest in going into those fields of study.

A message about Reed’s hiring on the library’s homepage highlights the library as a cultural center and a resource for lifelong learning.

The Southwest Harbor Public Library prides itself on being a community hub, where folks have access to quiet space for reading, studying or working. During the summer months, people can continue to keep in touch with work obligations while on vacation, said Kate Pickup-McMullin, who has been interim director since March.

She has worked at the library for 15 years and can confidently say summers are a whole lot busier.

“It’s hugely different, the uptick is drastic, dramatic,” said Pickup-McMullin. “We are pleased to have Erich starting in June. We’re really excited to be starting this new chapter.”



Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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