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Braille and Talking Book Library

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The National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable. (more…)

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Camden Shakespeare Festival tickets on sale now

midsummer nights dreamProfessional Shakespeare returns to Camden with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth , July 29 to August 16!
The Camden Shakespeare Festival will perform two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, presented at two separate locations in Camden. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented outdoors in the Camden Library Amphitheatre, while Macbeth will be presented indoors at High Mountain Hall. The performances are presented in conjunction with the Camden Public Library. Click here for a schedule of performances. Tickets for both shows are available by calling 207-464-0008, or click here to buy tickets online. (more…)

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Harbor Arts and Books Show 2015

 

Please join us for the Harbor Arts and Books Fair on October 3 and 4, 2015.

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.

To apply, proceed to the ZAPP event information page.

 

Show Dates: 10/3/15 – 10/4/15
Application Deadline: 9/18/15

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.

This juried show is a dynamic focal point of creative expression — perfect for artists to show their wares, to connect with other creative folks, and to pair art enthusiasts with beautiful creations.

We would love to welcome you to the salty air and intimate surroundings of our Harbor Park and Amphitheatre during the time of year when the Town of Camden is bustling with tourists — all here to enjoy the ocean views, colored trees and many cultural and artistic events.

Harbor Arts and Books is a community event with a view of the harbor at the peak of the fall season — a not-to-be-missed time of year in New England.

ACCEPTED MEDIUM CATEGORIES:

  • Ceramics
  • Clay
  • Digital Art
  • Fiber
  • Functional Art
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
  • Works on Paper
  • Rare or Collectible Books

 

Artists may register for the fair by visiting us at the following site: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info-public.php?fair_id=3307

 

Just go to the blue Register Now button at the top right of the page.

 

Once you create a profile, and upload pictures into a portfolio, you will be able to register for the Harbor Arts and Books Fair.

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Book Sales for 2015

summersalex300The library holds several book sales throughout the year, run entirely by volunteers. Here is the schedule throughout 2015:

HARBOR ARTS July 17-18-19
Friday July 17 — 9:00-5:00
Saturday July 18 — 9:00-5:00
Sunday July 19 — 10:00-4:00

INDOOR August 29-30
Saturday — 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday — 1:00 – 4:30

HARBOR ARTS & BOOKS October 2-3-4
Friday Oct. 2 — 9:00-5:0
Saturday Oct. 3 — 9:00-5:00
Sunday Oct. 4 — 10:00-4:00

INDOOR November 14-15
Saturday — 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday — 1:00 – 4:30

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Summer Events in the Camden Amphitheatre

summer 2015 logox212The Camden Public Library will again host a wide range of movies, concerts, and performances in the Amphitheatre! Click here to download the program of events. (more…)

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McCullough Events

David McCulloughx330Congratulations to our raffle winners! The winners of The Wright Brothers book, signed by author David McCullough, were: Mary Keller, Kathryn Kleber, and Jim Matlack, all of Camden.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who supported the library through this raffle! (more…)

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Beanstack for Kids and Families

Beanstack Amy Handx330The Camden Public Library will be the first system in the state of Maine to provide Beanstack to families in the local community. Beanstack is an online portal that offers free personalized recommendations of children’s books and apps handpicked by the library staff. It is an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational apps that match each child’s specific age, interests, reading level, and background. The service is powered by children’s curation company Zoobean, and gives the library access to a database of books using over 1,600 unique tags to help library users find the right books and apps. (more…)

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3M Cloud Library’s New Website

Camden Public Library’s 3M Cloud Library of ebooks has a new look! Same great service providing many bestsellers (fiction and non-fiction) without a long wait. Download an ebook simply and easily directly to your device using your library card barcode.

 

https://ebook.3m.com/library/CamdenPublicLibrary/Featured

 

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Call for “Makers” 2015!

09-06-2014 Maker Faire 063x320Makers Invited to Apply for the Third Annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire –
Applications available now!

Camden’s Maker Faire has enjoyed two successful, energetic, sunny festivals of hands-on and high-tech activity in the Amphitheatre! The third annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is returning to Camden on September 12, 2015. Do you have a hands-on activity that you would love to share with the community? The organizers invite makers, inventors, craftspeople, and performers of all ages to participate. Applications are being accepted online now at midcoastmakerfaire.com. The application process is free and there is no charge to exhibit at the Faire. (more…)

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The 2015 Camden Conference is now on the web and on the air

The Camden Public Library participates in the Community Events series of the Camden Conference. We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent, is now available for viewing on the Camden Conference. Click HERE to view the proceedings. (more…)

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David McCullough to Visit July 30

Help us celebrate Summer in a big way in 2015! When you join the Millay Society with a gift of $1000 or more, you help make possible the many programs we enjoy year round. In addition to helping the Library, Millay Society members enjoy events such as last year’s Shakespeare production of As You Like It. This year, Millay Society members will be invited to an event on Thursday, July 30 with author David McCullough. McCullough has a new book coming out about the Wright brothers! Click here to learn more about the Millay Society. Click here for more about David McCullough. (more…)

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The Library Book Sale committee needs your help!

The book shed is overflowing with books that everyone has so generously donated. Now we have some work to do! We need people to; process and pack  donated books donated to the library; transport books (we need someone with a van!) from our shed in the Amphitheatre parking lot off Atlantic Ave. to and from the library before and after our books sales; help set up for the book sales; serve as cashiers at the book sales; pick up books at the residences of individuals who want to donate books to the book sale; and transport books which we cannot use to Goodwill in Rockland.
It is helpful if you are able to carry a box of books but not a requirement to help process or setup for the book sale! For more information and to volunteer please contact Jean Freedman-White at 236-4885 or e-mail her at jlflee@myfairpoint.net.

Join the team (and get a first look at all those books!!).

 

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Harbor Arts and Books 2015 Applications Open

harbor arts logo nomargin copyApplications are now being accepted for the 2015 Harbor Arts & Books Show in Harbor Park and Camden Amphitheatre. The dates of the 2015 show are Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4. The Camden Public Library became the host of the October fair for the first time last year, and had a very successful event; we expect it to grow even bigger and better this year! 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 70 exhibitors display their work in standard 10×10 tents. This juried show is a dynamic focal point of creativity — perfect for artists to show their wares, to connect with other creative folks, and to pair art enthusiasts with beautiful creations. We would love to welcome you to the salty air and intimate surroundings of our Harbor Park and Amphitheatre during the time of year when the Town of Camden is bustling with tourists — all here to enjoy the ocean views, colored trees and many cultural and artistic events. Click here for the application and more information.

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Winterfest 2015 Ice Carvings

The weather was challenging, but thanks to all the volunteers who helped prep the Amphitheatre, serve the food, and provide the music and kids crafts, the Winterfest Community Ice Carving was a big success and indeed we had a ball! Ken Gardiner was the MC and started us off with a stirring sing-along of “The Hokey-Pokey,” Chris Barrows was our DJ and everything was up-tempo and seasonally flavored (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”), All That Jazz performed indoors, with Hazel Delehey’s performance during intermission; Miss Amy and Miss Stefanie regaled the kids with crafts and facepainting, and Caroline Morong’s truly intrepid crew served up hot food throughout the event in the snowiest part of Camden, right in front of the library doors!  The Winterfest events are supported by sponsorship from The First and hosted by the Camden Public Library. Click for more photos.

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Camden Winterfest wins Beacon Award at Chamber Banquet

Beacon-award-photox280Ken Gross of the Camden Public Library and Jennifer Temple of the Camden Downtown Business Group accepted the award on behalf of the Winterfest Committee and all of the Camden organizations that helped bring about Camden Winterfest. The Beacon Award was announced during the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Year in Review Awards Gala on February 11. The annual event, which had more than 350 attendees from chamber member businesses and the local community, took place at the Samoset Resort. The Beacon award recognizes a business or organization that has attracted significant positive regional or national attention to the Penobscot Bay region that results in a rise in economic activity for the local business community.

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Camden Public Library earns 5 Star Rating

We are very pleased to announce that the Camden Public Library has again been judged a “Five-Star Library” by the Library Journal, its highest possible rating. The rating is based on the per-capita use of the library, compared to peer libraries across the country. “We are really very pleased to be recognized in this way,” said Nikki Maounis, library director. “It is a recognition of our continued work to be an anchor and a center for the community.” (more…)

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Finding Your House’s History

This is a picture taken from Mt. Battie around 1880 looking toward Rockport harbor. View of Camden from Mt. Battie looking southwest toward Rockport in 1891.

Do you live in Rockport and want to know more about your historic home?

National Register of Historic Places nominations (1975) -Rockport

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Bestseller Express

Check-out is for one week, no renewals, no holds, for a quick turn-around. Prepare to be surprised and delighted at what you can find on this table!

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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…)

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Check out our Discovery Kits!

All Discovery Kits circulate for a two-week period with a valid library card and must be returned to the Camden Public Library circulation desk for check in.  They are filled with books and craft ideas and puzzles, dvd’s, games, etc.  for young and old.  Great for families, daycares, grandparents with visiting grandchildren, and more!  What will you discover at the library?

ABC/Word Play Discovery Kit

Elephant Discovery Kit

Construction Discovery Kit

Curious George Discovery Kit

Bug Discovery Kit

Outer Space Discovery Kit

Wizard of Oz Discovery Kit

Special Occasion Card Making Kit

Down to the Sea Discovery Kit

Orion Telescope

Binocular Discovery Kit

Raising Reader Discovery  Kit

Dinosaur Discovery Kit

Fairy Discovery Kit

Farm Discovery Kit

Airplane Busy Bag

Car Busy Bag

Coming soon- Peter Rabbit & Friends Discovery Kit, Ocean Explorer Discovery Kit and Dino Wonder Discovery Kit.

 

 

Camden Public Library Discovery Kits

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