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Midcoast Brass Quintet to Perform July 24 at the Amphitheater

Midcoast Brass Quintet to Perform July 24 at the Amphitheater

The Midcoast Brass Quintet will return to the Camden Amphitheatre for a concert of classical, jazz, and popular music on Thursday, July 24 at the Amphitheater next to the Camden Library. The Midcoast Brass Quintet is an annual  favorite in the Summer Music Series.  The concert, scheduled from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is part of the Camden Library’s popular summer series.  (Click here of a schedule of all outdoor events in the Amphitheatre this summer.) The Midcoast Brass Quintet features Megan Kennedy on trombone, Doug Kennedy on tuba, Carolyn Kanicki on horn, and Peter Stuart and Bruce Cole on trumpets.

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Camden Walking Tours: July 25 Tour CANCELLED

Camden Walking Tours: July 25 Tour CANCELLED

The tour this Friday only has been cancelled. The next walking tour offered will be Friday, August 1, at 4:00 pm. 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!

Shakespeare Returns to the Camden Amphitheatre July 25

Shakespeare Returns to the Camden Amphitheatre July 25

Camden Shakespeare Festival performs  As You Like It — July 25 – August 10

The Camden Shakespeare Festival, a fully professional theater, announces its inaugural season with performances of As You Like It, which will take place outdoors in the beautiful Camden Library Amphitheatre on Fridays and Sundays from July 25 through August 10. The performances are presented in conjunction with the Camden Public Library. The Friday performances begin at 6:00 pm and the Sunday performances begin at 5:00 pm. Tickets are now available online (click here), or by calling 207-464-0008. (more…)

Summer Reading Program for Adults

Summer Reading Program for Adults

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for Adults will be “The American Civil War,” to correspond with the Library’s Civil War Speaker Series in July and August. The library will also be hosting a travelling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” provided by the ALA and NEH during August. As always, we will have Book Bucks to give away for registering and for reading books during the Summer Reading Program! Come in to register beginning July 1! Each book earns one credit, and each Civil War book earns double credit. Grand prizes include gift certificates to Shermans Books and The Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden. (more…)

“Maine: Island Time” Art Display in July

“Maine: Island Time” Art Display in July

Michael Weymouth and Elizabeth Garber have teamed up to produce a gorgeous new book about Penobscot Bay, Maine (Island Time). Weymouth painted the striking watercolors for the book and Garber’s poetry and text accompany the artwork. Both the watercolors and the poetry, as well as the published book, will be on display in the library’s Picker Room for the month of July. The book recently won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Excellence in Publishing. Weymouth and Garber will celebrate the book and the exhibit with a gallery opening and art talk at the library on Tuesday, July 1. (more…)

“Secondhand Lions” Movie July 28

“Secondhand Lions” Movie July 28

The next movie in the Monday Night Movies in the Park series will be the “Secondhand Lions” (2003; 109 minutes; PG), a wonderful film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duval, on July 28 at 8:15 in the Camden Amphitheatre. (Click here for a schedule of all events this summer in the Amphitheatre.) The movies are sponsored by the Camden Public Library and Camden National Bank. Bring blankets or chairs for seating. The movies are free although donations will be accepted. (more…)

Civil War Series July 29 to September 4

Civil War Series July 29 to September 4

Maine played many important roles on the national stage and on the front lines of the Civil War, but did you know that Maine was sharply divided on the need to go to war in 1861? The coastal towns that benefited from shipbuilding and shipping had deep reservations about the war. In fact, Jefferson Davis was invited to speak at the Fourth of July celebration in Thomaston in 1859, according to historian Lee Webb. Webb will be the kickoff speaker in the Camden Public Library’s “Maine and the Civil War” series, on Thursday, July 31, at 7:00 pm. Click here for a schedule of all Civil War Events at the library. (more…)

Humane Society Presentation July 29

Katie Hansberry, Maine State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, will give a presentation at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, July 29, at 7:00 pm, on ways to get more actively involved in animal advocacy and animal rights issues in Maine. The discussion will include a section on the November referendum on bear baiting, hounding, and trapping. HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) is a coalition member of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, which is the group that is backing the referendum. Although this is not a library-sponsored event, it is listed here as a service to our readers. For more information contact khansberry@humanesociety.org.

Movies and Music in the Park

The library will again host a series of movies and a series of concerts, underwritten by Camden National Bank and the Allen Insurance/Financial. The Monday Movies in the Amphitheatre will begin at dusk on Monday, July 7 with Arsenic and Old Lace. The Monday Movies will be screened rain or shine (if the weather is rainy we will move indoors.) The series features classics and family favorites. Bring blankets or chairs for seating, and perhaps some bug spray.
There will be plenty of live music in the Camden Amphitheatre and Park, too, beginning with the annual Music in the Park concert on July 4 hosted by the Camden Rotary Club. The library will host its traditional Summer Concert Series. Other performances will include the Monday Night Jazz Orchestra and a solo concert by Jason Dean. The concerts and movies are all free. Click here for a schedule of Movies, Music, & More in the Amphitheatre. (more…)

Historian Lee Webb on “Maine During the Civil War” July 31

Historian Lee Webb on “Maine During the Civil War” July 31

Lee Webb will kick off the “Maine and the Civil War” events at the Camden Public Library on Thursday evening, July 31, at 7:00 pm. Webb’s lecture on “Maine During the Civil War” will cover Maine’s economy and sharply divided politics. In the decades prior to the Civil War, Maine’s coast had one of the most vibrant economies in the nation. Shipbuilding towns such as Waldoboro, Wiscasset, and Bath, fishing towns such as Castine and Machias, and ocean-borne shipping towns such as Belfast and Searsport are at the heart of the story. (more…)

Children’s Fair August 2

Children’s Fair August 2

The Camden Public Library will host a Children’s Fair in the Amphitheatre to benefit the Camden-Rockport Middle School’s Eleuthera Exchange Program on Saturday, August 2, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. There will be activities appropriate for pre-school and early elementary ages including water balloon toss, face-painting, egg on a spoon races, cake-walk game, craft activities, “fishing” for prizes, beanbag toss, a small pen with ducks, a visiting sheep from Aldermere, washable tattoos, a baking soda and vinegar “volcano,” raffle baskets, and fiddle music to name a few. (more…)

Artist Linda Norton Opening Reception August 2

Artist Linda Norton Opening Reception August 2

Linda Norton’s exquisite watercolors of Camden and other coastal scenes will be on display at the Camden Public Library during the month of August. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, August 2, at 2:00 pm. “The sea and the Maine coast have been deeply engrained in my mind and heart since early childhood. As a child I spent summers in my grandparents’ home in Camden, Maine. The sea seems deep-rooted into my very being. In 1769 my mother’s family settled on the Fox Islands, now called Vinalhaven and North Haven. My love of Maine and Penobscot Bay are fundamental to my interests, talent, and artistic achievements,” says Norton. (more…)

Movie “Glory” August 4

Movie “Glory” August 4

The Monday Night Movie in the Park for August 4 will be “Glory” (1989; 122 minutes; R). The movie will begin at dusk, about 8:15 pm. “Glory” tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers — some Northern freemen, some escaped slaves — and led by whites, including Robert Gould Shaw, the son of Boston abolitionists. “Although it was widely believed at the time that blacks would not make good soldiers and would not submit to discipline under fire, the 54th figured in one of the bloodiest actions of the war, an uphill attack across muddy terrain against a Confederate fort in Charleston, S.C. The attack was almost suicidal, particularly given the battlefield strategies of the day, which involved disciplining troops to keep on marching into withering fire. The 54th suffered a bloodbath,” said Roger Ebert in his synopsis. The closing narration reveals that Battery Wagner was never taken by Union forces. The sacrifice of the 54th, which lost nearly half its men in the battle, was not in vain; their bravery resulted in the Union accepting thousands of black men for combat which Lincoln credited with turning the tide of the war. The showing is free; bring blankets or chairs for seating. If the weather is rainy the movie will be shown indoors. The August movies are sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial. (more…)

“An Evening with Walt Whitman” August 5

“An Evening with Walt Whitman” August 5

Actor Stephen Collins will present “An Evening with Walt Whitman” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, August 5, at 7:00 pm. The performance will be part of the library’s “Maine and the Civil War” series. Since the late 1990s, Collins’s performances have captured the attention of the press. It is not just the stunning resemblance to Walt Whitman himself, which many in the audience notice, but the portrayal of the character and the essence that he brings within arm’s reach that makes the poet come to life. (more…)

Stroke Support Group August 6

Stroke Support Group August 6

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

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Alice Limoges Band to Perform August 7

Alice Limoges Band to Perform August 7

Alice Limoges will return to the Camden Amphitheatre with her band to perform for the Summer Concert Series on Thursday evening, August 7, at 7:00 pm. Limoges graduated high school a year early to pursue musical studies at the University of Maine Augusta and has studied Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. During her time at Suny Purchase, she formed her band which has further defined her sound, with Jordan Tetewsky on violin and Sara Donnellan on piano/backup vocals. Jazz and country-rooted bassist Darren Hicks and rock drummer Zach Chaffee met Limoges at The University of Maine Augusta and will be joining the band for their July/August 2014 northeastern tour. The concert is free, bring blankets or chairs for seating. If the weather turns rainy the concert will be indoors in the library. The August concerts are sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial. (more…)

Call For Makers!

Call For Makers!

Call For Makers for 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is now open!
Makers Invited to Apply for the 2nd Annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire
[to be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm]
Application open until July 15, 2014

The Maker Faire is returning to Camden this Fall! Do you have a hands-on activity that you would love to share with the community? The organizers invite makers, craftspeople, and performers of all ages to participate, both individually and in groups. Applications will be accepted online at midcoastmakerfaire.com until June 15, 2014. Come join the fun! Tell us what you make! Fill out the application today! Would you like to participate with an art installation? Do you have a project-in-the-making? Would you like to volunteer? We’d love to hear from you. (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…)

Book Sale Volunteers

Book Sale Volunteers

“We need volunteers to help with our book sales!” says Don White, chair of the Book Sale Volunteers. “We need cashiers, we need sorters, we need help to continue our book sales here at the Camden Public Library! Cashiers work a 2 to 3 hour shift, meet great people, and may work when their schedule permits. Our next book sale will be July 18-20 under the tents, daytime only. ‘Sorters’ may work during a sale or in preparing for a sale. Hours for sorters varies and can be a couple of hours a week to less often, depending on your schedule.” Those interested please call Don White, 236-4885.

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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…)