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20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Company B, August 22-23-24

20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Company B, August 22-23-24

Company B, 20th Maine, is a living history group dedicated to preserving the memory of Maine Civil War volunteers. The original Company B was mustered into the 20th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, in August 1862, in time to march to Antietam with the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. The re-enactors of Company B will be camped in Camden’s Harbor Park the weekend of August 22-23-24, and present demonstrations, drills, and living history. (more…)

Camden Walking Tours Continue August 22

Camden Walking Tours Continue August 22

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!

“How Maine Saved the Union” August 23

“How Maine Saved the Union” August 23

Author Jerry Desmond will give a talk at the Camden Public Library about his new book, “Turning the Tide at Gettysburg: How Maine Saved the Union,” on August 23 at 2:00 pm. The book is due out in September of 2014, published by Down East Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield. Mr. Desmond is a native of Maine (born in Island Falls) and holds a master’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine. He taught American history at Maine public high schools for 12 years. (more…)

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…)

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 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…)

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…)

Artist of the Month Linda Norton

Artist of the Month Linda Norton

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…)

Maine Civil War Photography August 26

Maine Civil War Photography August 26

The Civil War was a defining moment in state and national history. More than 70,000 Maine men and women participated in the four year conflict from 1861 to 1865, with approximately 10,000 losing their lives. The widespread use of photography on both the home front and the battlefront recorded many aspects of the war. Through 150-year old images, Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will explore how the war impacted Maine within the state and on the battlefield. Shettleworth’s presentation is on Tuesday evening, August 26, at 7:00 pm. The talk is part of the library’s “Maine and the Civil War” series. (more…)

“A Union Physician Discusses Civil War Medicine” August 28

“A Union Physician Discusses Civil War Medicine” August 28

Dr. Richard Kahn will give a talk entitled “A Union Physician Discusses Civil War Medicine,” using the unpublished diary of a Maine Hospital Steward/Doctor and several case studies, including a display some of his collection of 19th century medical gear.  Kahn says, “I lived in Union, Maine for 35 years — and therefore I can speak as a Union physician!” (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…)

Windjammer Festival August 29-30-31

Windjammer Festival August 29-30-31

Camden will celebrate its maritime heritage during the annual Windjammer Festival on August 29, 30, and 31. Click here to go to the schedule of events at the Windjammer Festival website. The library will host an illustrated talk on“The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” on August 30 as part of the Festival.

“The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” August 30

“The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” August 30

Richard Cornelia will give an illustrated talk on “The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” on Saturday, August 30, at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, as part of the Windjammer Festival celebrations. The 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket in August, 1820, to hunt whales in the Pacific. On November 20, the Essex met with an unprecedented disaster — it was attacked by a giant sperm whale, and damaged so badly that it sank the next day. The twenty-man crew, alone in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean in fragile 28-foot boats with little food and water, would fight starvation, dehydration, and storms on the longest survival voyage in history. (more…)

CLOSED September 1 for Labor Day

CLOSED September 1 for Labor Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

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…)

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…)

“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…)

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…)