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Stroke Support Group September 3

Stroke Support Group September 3

The next regularly-scheduled Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, September 3, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on “first Wednesdays.”

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Author Paul Doiron September 4

Author Paul Doiron September 4

Bestselling author Paul Doiron will be at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, September 4, at 7:00 pm to talk about his new book, The Bone Orchard. Doiron’s novels, which star protagonist Maine game warden, Mike Bowditch, are wildly popular. His thoughtful plotting and strong characters raise his books above the crime novel pack. The series takes place in rural Maine and shares a common theme: income inequality and what happens when people disconnect from nature. Doiron has witnessed first-hand the mansions being built along the coast just down the road from trailer parks plagued by drugs. He has also seen people struggle with fishing industries that are no longer sustainable. (more…)

Camden Walking Tours Continue September 5

Camden Walking Tours Continue September 5

The Camden Public Library and the Camden Downtown Business Group host free walking tours of downtown Camden every Friday at 4:00 pm. The tours will run from June 27 to September 12. The tours will begin at the Children’s Garden of the Camden Public Library on Atlantic Avenue and end at the Opera House. The tours are free and last approximately an hour; donations are appreciated. Reservations are encouraged; please call the library at 236-3440 or stop by the Circulation Desk. Join us for an entertaining and educational walking tour of the historic sites of downtown Camden!

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire September 6

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire September 6

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire returns to the Camden Amphitheatre for the second annual Maker Faire on Saturday, September 6, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Last year almost 900 people attended the sunny, hands-on Faire to celebrate tinkerers, makers, artists, and inventors of all sorts. Local makers demonstrated projects including underwater robots, interactive art projects, bicycles that made ice-cream and printed postcards, environmentally friendly cars, space-age technology, and more. (more…)

Free “Grow Your Business” Seminar September 6

Free “Grow Your Business” Seminar September 6

As part of the Maker Faire events, the library will host a seminar that explains some of the free resources and grants that are available to new businesses. Blackstone Accelerates Growth will sponsor the presentation of resources from three groups whose mission is to assist start-up businesses in Maine: the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), and the University of the Maine that can help you start and grow your business in Maine.The seminar is September 6 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Jean Picker Room at the Camden Public Library in Camden, Maine. Click here to register. (more…)

Exhibit of “Tuzkeez” Tapestries in September

Exhibit of “Tuzkeez” Tapestries in September

Tuzkeez means “wall hanging” in Kazakh. There will be an exhibit of tuzkeez in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library during the month of September, thanks to the generosity of collector Judith Varney Burch. The particular tuzkeez in the exhibit are made by the Kazakh women nomads of western Mongolia. The tuzkeez honor a birth, marriage, or special event. It is customary in the Kazakh tradition for a newly married couple to be gifted a new ger or “yurt” decorated with the traditional chain stitch embroidery such as these tuzkeez. (more…)

“Money: The Myth and Mystery Explained” September 7

“Money: The Myth and Mystery Explained” September 7

There will be a free seminar on “Money: The Myth and Mystery Explained,” with an emphasis on individual and family finances, presented at the Camden Public Library by the Camden Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The presenter is Ted Huskins, a pastor for over 20 years and the former President of Coleman Stewardship Services Inc. (more…)

“A Paradigm for Healing” September 8

“A Paradigm for Healing” September 8

Margaret Rauenhorst will present “A Paradigm for Healing with Uncommon Treatments” at the monthly Wellness Brown Bag Lunch at the Camden Public Library on Monday, September 8, at 12:00 noon. The Wellness series is co-sponsored by the library and PenBay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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History of Modern Israel through Film

History of Modern Israel through Film

The Coastal Senior College will offer a course on the history of Israel at the Camden Public Library beginning September 9. “The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel: Ten Films Exploring a Remarkable History, a Complicated Present, and an Unknown Future” with instructor Steve Shaw will meet on ten Tuesday mornings, 9:15 am-12:15 pm, September 9 to November 18. To register for the course call the Senior College, 800 286 1594. (more…)

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society September 9

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society September 9

The Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Picker Room at the Camden Library on Tuesday September 9, 2014. Our reading selection for September will be the essay “What Pragmatism Is” by Charles Sanders Peirce. The discussion will be led by Lloyd Gillespie and facilitated by Chris Augusta. This is part one of a two part discussion on C. S. Peirce and Pragmatism. (more…)

“Show & Tell for Grownups” September 9

“Show & Tell for Grownups” September 9

Personal historian Meghan Vigeant will host “Show & Tell for Grownups” on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Vigeant created a similar event at the Rockland library and would like to share the experience with the Camden audience. Everyone remembers hauling a treasured possession to school and telling classmates why it mattered. The public is invited to bring old photos, letters, family mementos, or even an “ancient” artifact to show and tell the stories behind these items. At the last Show & Tell event, participants shared all kinds of interesting items and stories of haunted paintings, juicy teenage diary entries, Grammy & Grampy’s jammies, a baby grand Steinway piano and a journal from 1810 with stories about the crazy neighbor lady. (more…)

“Micronesia” September 11

“Micronesia” September 11

Paul Marshall spent five years in Micronesia as a Medical Missionary in the 1960s and will present an illustrated talk on the history of Micronesia and his experiences there, on Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Rev. Paul Marshall of Hope is a retired United Methodist Minister who has served churches in Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and several  other Methodist Charges. His ninety years of life have taken him far from Maine to France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany during WWII. Following  the War his “paths” have taken  him into the field of professional forestry, then into high school teaching and administration, which led to his  being called into the work of an Educational Missionary, serving a five year term in the Pacific Island area of Micronesia.

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Canning Seminar September 16

Canning Seminar September 16

The library will host “You Can Can,” a semnar on canning led by Kate Waters of Blueberet of Ellsworth, on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to this appropriately seasonal presentation! Bleuberet is an artisanal jam producer located in Ellsworth. Waters will share her experiences as a “home canner” with over 10 years of canning successes and failures. (more…)

“All About Bluebirds” September 18

“All About Bluebirds” September 18

Midcoast Audubon presents “All About Bluebirds — and More” in the Reading Room at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 18. John Rogers will cover the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. The focus definitely is on bluebirds, but John also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature — and life. The program has variety, feeling, and is thought provoking. Sprinkled throughout are just a few wildflowers, butterflies, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past. With beautiful photographs, sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this program is of interest to anyone who appreciates nature. (more…)

“Introduction to Unschooling” September 18

Unschooling advocate and author Sandra Dodd, her husband Keith Dodd, and local resident Laurie Wolfrum will be at the Camden Public Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 18, to talk about “unschooling” and to suggest some ways that parents can explore unschooling ideas to enrich their children’s lives and family togetherness. (more…)

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol September 23

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol September 23

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! Join us at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, September 23, to launch this Spanish language reading and conversation group. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.) and decide how to proceed. Recommended for our conversation on the 23rd is Jorge Bucay’s collection of short stories Cuentos para pensar. Bring ideas for future recommendations. We’ll continue meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm.

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“Sita Sings the Blues” September 23

The Camden Philosophical Society film & lecture series presents a film on September 23 at 7:00 pm in the Picker Room, “Sita Sings the Blues,” a film by Nina Paley. “Sita Sings the Blues” is a musical, animated personal interpretation of the Indian epic the Ramayana. The aspect of the story that Paley focuses on is the relationship between Sita and Rama, who are gods incarnated as human beings, and even they can’t make their marriage work. From a philosophical perspective, the film also raises important questions about culture, cultural patrimony vs appropriation, neocolonialism, and artistic freedom. (more…)

“Beat the Devil!” Performance September 28

Glen Williamson in a one-man performance on Sunday, September 28, at 3:00 pm — “Beat the Devil! Faust, the Whole Story!” aka “The Tragedy of Mephistopheles” — An inspired romp through Goethe’s theatrical masterpiece about heaven, hell and a battle for the soul of a man searching for truth, satisfaction . . . and a Goddess.  Full of love, sex, murder, magic, myth, war, waves and a devil out of his depths, it is astonishingly pertinent to our time and our struggles to confront evil and to be truly human. Free performance.

Lincoln Exhibit

Lincoln Exhibit

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is an exhibit now on display at the Camden Public Library as part of the library’s “Maine and the Civil War” events series. The exhibit is created and sponsored by the ALA and NEH, and will be on display through September 4. The Civil War was our nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. How could a nation founded on the principle that “all men are created equal” continue to support the institution of slavery? President Lincoln began his term believing that slavery would gradually die out; however, he soon realized that in order to save the Union, slavery would need to be abolished. (more…)

Harbors Arts and Books Show 2014 Call for Artists

Harbors Arts and Books Show 2014 Call for Artists

Please join us for the Harbor Arts and Books Fair on October 4 and 5, 2014. For more information or to apply as a presenter, please click here. The community of Camden is located on the coast of Maine and takes full advantage of that fact! This show is a well-attended event of long standing, but is under new management by the Camden Public Library. Harbor Arts and Books has possibly the most beautiful location for an art fair on the East Coast. The fair takes place in Camden’s historic Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, and on the street that passes through the park, at the head of Camden Harbor. 60 to 90 exhibitors display their work in standard 10×10 tents in a juried show. (more…)

New “Bestseller Express” Service

New “Bestseller Express” Service

Want quicker access to what everyone is reading? Check out the Bestseller Express table at the Camden Public Library! The table is stocked with the newest and most popular books for immediate checkout and quick turnaround. With the “Bestseller Express” system, check-out is for one week only, and no renewals are allowed, to ensure a quick return and plenty of books available. (more…)

New “Cloud Library” For Camden Library Members

New “Cloud Library” For Camden Library Members

 The Camden Public Library is pleased to offer a new ebook lending service dedicated exclusively to Camden Library cardholders/members. With the addition of the 3M Cloud Library, we have expanded our ebook services to complement the existing Maine InfoNet Download Library. The 3M Cloud Library has an extremely user-friendly interface, simplifying the ebook check-out process. The service will work with almost every device, both mobile and desktop. (more…)

Historic Preservation Grant

Historic Preservation Grant

The Town of Camden and the Camden Public Library have been awarded a $12,500 grant to assist with preservation of historic structures at the Library. The grant is from the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation of the Maine Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit with a focus on building sustainable and vibrant communities for all Maine people. The grant will be matched with funds from the Library to make repairs to steps and railings at the original main entrance as well as repairs to the stone wall and iron railings that encompass the property. Repairs will begin after the spring thaw and be slated for completion later this year. (more…)

Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library Designated a National Historic Landmark

Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library Designated a National Historic Landmark

 The staff at the Camden Public Library is “thrilled and proud” of the designation of the Amphitheatre and Library as a National Historic Landmark, according to library director Nikki Maounis. The announcement came on Monday from the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis. There will be a gala celebration of the Amphitheatre and its new National Historic Landmark desgination on July 13. (more…)

Mango now offers films annotated for language learners

Mango now offers films annotated for language learners

The Camden Public Library has partnered with Mango Languages to offer free language classes to our library cardholders. Mango offers classes in over sixty languages, and recently added a new feature: popular films, annotated for learners. The films are structured to teach and review vocabulary, phrases, and cultural information, and to repeat scenes as needed to pick up everything that happens. Four films are prepared so far, with 20 to be offered by Christmas, in such languages as Mandarin and Japanese. Learners can use their home computers for the classes, all you need is your library card number. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy, and incredibly effective. (more…)

Archive of Americana

Archive of Americana

The library has recently purchased a subscription to Archive of Americana. This terrific resource is available to everyone with a Camden Public Library card. The Archive is a family of historical collections containing books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents, and ephemera printed in America over three centuries, and they are all searchable online! (more…)

What is “Historypin”?

What is “Historypin”?

Historypin is an online site where visitors to the site can comment, tag, and post pictures of their own to complement the historical photos posted by the History Center.   The pinned photos can be seen at http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/14907006/#/home (more…)

Calling for Library Volunteers!

Calling for Library Volunteers!

Looking for fun and rewarding volunteer experience? We welcome you to the Camden Public Library! Volunteering at the library is a great way to use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills, and meet great people. Right now, we are looking for a few good men and women to work with staff on daily shelving, but other opportunities may be available or created based on your skills and desire. Call us today 236-3440.
-Your own flexible schedule!
-Your own pace!
-Borrow as many books as you want!

Camden Public Library Launches a New App

Camden Public Library Launches a New App

 “Read, Connect, Discover” has long been our mission statement. Today we take another step toward connecting our members and the world with the launch of the new Camden Public Library App. Starting today, the App is available in your mobile device store for a free download. In addition to providing basic information like open hours and access to the catalog, the app also makes it easy to download ebooks and audio, renew materials, place a hold (for an iPad maybe?), check on upcoming events, and – coming soon – book self check-out with your mobile device! (more…)

Morningstar, Value Line, and Kiplinger’s Now Available

Morningstar, Value Line, and Kiplinger’s Now Available

Thanks to a grant from FINRA, the library is now able to offer Morningstar financial reports both in print and online. Click here to go to the library’s financial links page to log on to the Morningstar site. The new subscriptions to the print version of Value Line and Kiplinger’s newsletters will begin soon. The goal of the library in seeking the FINRA grant is to help create a financially literate community and to make online financial tools more accessible for library users. (more…)

Downloadable Library!

Downloadable Library!

NEW! The library can now offer downloadable e-books as well as audio books! All you need is your library card number to download books from the Maine InfoNet Download Library! The e-books will work on both Macs and PCs, and on many reader devices, but they do not work as yet on Kindles or iPads. You will need to download the software first. When you visit the website, go to the “Getting Started” section and click on the Quick Start Guide. (more…)