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bookjacket for The Other Island: Ben's Story bookjacket for Islands of Time

Library Book Talk
Barbara Kent Lawrence
The Other Island: Ben's Story
Tuesday, August 1
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Love and Fish? Camden resident Barbara Kent Lawrence explores both in her new novel The Other Island: Ben's Story - the sequel to her 2013 debut Islands of Time. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

underview of a swimming shark

Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Sharks 4 Kids
with Story Camp kids

Thursday, August 3
6:30 pm

Swim on into the library to dive deep into the world of SHARKS! Sharks are one of the most important animals we have on this planet. Join Sharks4Kids for an hour long adventure into the ocean to explore these magnificent animals. Learning more about their role in the ecosystem will help to demonstrate why we should protect these animals instead of fearing them. Explore sharks and their unique adaptations with a focus on the species found in the Gulf of Maine. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

image for the Great Book Sale

Library Benefit
Giant Used Book Sale

Saturday & Sunday
August 5 & 6
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thousands of used hardback and paperback books will be on sale, at Pemetic School located across the street from the Library.

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Free Monthly AED/Hands Only CPR Class *
Monday, August 7
5:00 - 7:00 pm

~ Class Cancelled ~
for June & July & August

The Library is offering a free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class. This class is not for CPR certification but is an opportunity for anyone to be introduced to, or refresh, AED use and Hands Only CPR. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

*Space is limited; please call the Library at 244-7065 to reserve a place.

Stephen Kress with a puffin image of a puffin

Library Talk
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons
from Puffins and Terns
A Talk by Dr. Stephen Kress of the Puffin Project

Tuesday, August 8
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Seabirds are the most threatened group of birds on earth. 60% have vanished in the last 60 years. A seemingly hopeless fact. In this talk Dr. Kress, Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society, will offer hope and inspiration as he shares how exciting restoration projects are helping some of the world's rarest birds. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Andrew from the Barn Arts Collective with a Summer Story Camper

Children's Program
Summer Reading Showtime
Red Carpet Event

Thursday, August 10
6:30 pm

Summer Reading Showtime Finale with the Barn Arts Collective and Peter Logue. Join Barn Arts for the red carpet event of the season -- it's the Summer Reading Showtime Finale! Dress in your Hollywood best as we premiere a series of short films created by young readers over the summer. Each short film features a favorite scene from a book read by the young participants, brought to life on the screen with the help of Barn Arts and filmmaker Peter Logue. See you on the red carpet! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

headshot of Charles Kowalski book jacket of Mind Virus

Library Book Talk
Charles Kowalski - Mind Virus

Tuesday, August 15
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Associate Professor at Tokai University in Japan, international writer of mystery, winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award, and son of the Library's own Vesta Kowalski will be at the Library to talk about his new novel, a fast-paced thriller! Reviewed on Amazon as "… pulse-pounding adrenaline-pumping adventure tale that I associate with the best of Clive Cussler, Frederick Forsyth, and Ken Follett." Jeff Edwards, bestselling author of SEA OF SHADOWS and STEEL WIND RISING. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

pirate shadow puppet show

Children's Program
Summer Story Camp: Pirates
The Return of the Captain McFinniginagin
Shadow Puppet Show
with the Story Camp kids

Thursday, August 17
6:30 pm

Captain McFinniginagin is a folktale musical about the high-sea adventures of a farmer-turned-sea-captain and his first mate, a chicken named Shirley. Performed with shadow puppetry created by the Summer Story Campers and music from a rockin' pirate band. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

headshot of Christina Baker Kline book jacket of A Piece of te World

Library Book Talk
Christina Baker Kline - A Piece of the World

Tuesday, August 22
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Join Ms Kline for a talk and wine and cheese reception. $35 includes a signed copy of her new book, A Piece of the World. Limited seating. Tickets available at the Library. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Ann Judd in the butterfly garden a tagged Monarch butterfly

Library Talk
Ann Judd and the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden

Tuesday, August 29
5:30 - 7.00 pm

Learn more about Monarch butterflies and about this Monarch Waystation – and about organic gardening practices that can sustain and protect butterflies. Ann Judd of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden has for some years recorded when the first monarchs arrive in the garden - usually the last ten days in June.  For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

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Free Monthly AED/Hands Only CPR Class *
Wednesday, September 6
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Library is offering a free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class. This class is not for CPR certification but is an opportunity for anyone to be introduced to, or refresh, AED use and Hands Only CPR. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

*Space is limited; please call the Library at 244-7065 to reserve a place.

headshot of Ron Chase book jacket for The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Library Book Talk
Ron Chase and
The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Tuesday, September 12
5:30 - 7:00 pm

This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On November 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. Chase's well researched book explores the life, motives, and mystery surrounding both the historic robbery and the man behind it. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Chekhov Festival
September 26 - October 1

The Barn Arts Chekhov Club is coming to the Library for a pair of events in the upcoming Chekhov Festival. The festival, which celebrates the work of the 19th century Russian writer, is the first of its kind and will run from September 26th through October 1st at several venues on MDI. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

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Chekhov performance

Anton Chekhov
and the Barn Arts Collective
"What's So Special About Chekhov?"
Tuesday, September 26
5:30 pm

Spend an evening exploring the work of Russian writer Anton Chekhov with the Barn Arts Collective. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a panel discussion followed by food and drinks. At 7:00, attendees are invited to join the Chekhov Club - a local group that meets to read Chekhov's plays and stories together – and meet around tables to participate in reading a part out loud. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

headshot of Deborah Joy Corey book jacket for Settling Twice

Library Book Talk
Settling Twice - Lessons From Then and Now

Tuesday, October 10
5:30 - 7:00 pm

More information coming soon!

Kish with trail direction markers near Springer Mountain, Georgia Kish at the top of the mountain

Library Talk
189 Days on the Appalachian Trail
with veteran hiker and author Carey Kish
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Appalachian Trail is the most famous long distance footpath in the world, and the 2,189 mile trek is the adventure of a lifetime. Join Carey Kish of Hall Quarry as he describes in words and images his 189-day AT journey from Georgia to Maine and discover how the trail has changed since Kish first hiked the AT in 1977!

headshot of Baron Wormser

A Reading by American Poet and Novelist, Baron Wormser
Thursday, November 30
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Baron Wormser was Poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2006. He will be at the Library for a reading from his forthcoming novel, Tom o' Viet Nam. More information to come!

Library Fundraisers 2017

         
May 13
Saturday
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Mother's Day Sale

  July 30
Sunday
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Silent Art Auction
Opening Party
May 20
Saturday
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Plant Sale

 
August 5 & 6

Saturday &
Sunday
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Giant Used Book Sale

 
June 22
Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Special Dinner and Silent Auction at Claremont Hotel


  August 30
Wednesday
8:00 p.m.
Art Auction Ends
Last chance to bid

July 15 & 16

Saturday &
Sunday
All day
Paperback Book Sale   December 2
Saturday 
9:00-1:00 p.m.
Holiday Book Sale