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Public Survey – Saturday: Could the library make better use of its space? If so, how?

ALA_NLW2015_336x280It’s National Library Week! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

 

Yesterday’s question – How do you find out about library programs? Should we and how, change the delivery of this information that would be most convenient for you?

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Public Survey – Friday: How do you find out about library programs? Should we and how, change the delivery of this information that would be most convenient for you?

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Yesterday’s question - I would use the library more if…

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Public Survey – Thursday: I would use the library more if…

ALA_NLW2015_336x280It’s National Library Week! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

Yesterday’s question – My friends who don’t use the library don’t come because…

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I love the library, however, I would use it more if parking was easier. Perhaps switch to 1 hour of parking immediately across the street on Sea St. I hour should suffice for visits.

I didn’t have to go to work every day! I love this place.

The CPL App on my iPhone doesn’t always show books you have or are available through  Minerva. I know because I have searched for books on my phone and it says you don’t have them when I search at the library you do have them.

It were open more hours. Lord knows I am already here a lot, but would, likely, be here more 9-9 weekdays.

Parking!

if I could keep the books for longer! Sometimes I also like having a new book that I can pass along to friends and family. If there were an easy renewal app or an email that was sent to me with a quick emai to renew….

 

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Public Survey – Wednesday: My friends who don’t use the library don’t come because…

ALA_NLW2015_336x280It’s National Library Week! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

Yesterday’s question – In one word, what about the library brings you the most joy?

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All my friends use the library!

they do not realize that this a great library and have a lot of things to offer besides just books.

They don’t know what they are missing!

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Public Survey – Tuesday: In one word, what about the library brings you the most joy?

ALA_NLW2015_336x280It’s National Library Week! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

Yesterday’s question – What would you change about the library?

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Sunshine (through the Reading Room windows)

Smiles

Librarians!!!!!!

Librarians

The nice people behind the desk

People/workers

Atmosphere

How do you say people who work here in one word?

Community

MSBA

Hospitality

Love the internet notices! They keep me on target.

Possibilities

You!

Possibilities

Atmosphere

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Public Survey – Monday: What would you change about the library?

ALA_NLW2015_336x280It’s National Library Week – Monday, 4/13/15! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

Yesterday’s question – What did you do at the library today?

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Lower the yearly fee for an adult library card for folks in the 5-town CSD who do not reside in Camden.

Lengthen the loan period for books from 2 weeks to 3 weeks.

Nothing! We adore it!

More periodicals

Have books people are looking for

Refresh the home decorating collection of books

I would have a way to drive up and return books…..due to extreme lack of both reg parking and handicapped parking.

Have more of the events for future months listed earlier so people can plan better. Love this library and love coming to it.

Agree 100% lower the library fee ….and raise it for Camden residents who are not property owners.

I would update the software on the public comps so they play better video.

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Public Survey – Sunday: What did you do at the library today, or last time you visited?

It’s National Library Week! We’d like to know what you, as part of our community, think of its library. Every day this week we’ll be posting a new question. Feel free to comment on others’ responses too, so this can be an open conversation.

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To use the Internet.


 

I watched the last episode of The Truth About Cancer docu-series.


 

Returning library  books and DVD’s including inter-library loans.


 

Came to find a book I read a review for on the New York Book review and find a study guide.


 

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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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Maritime Month 2015 Events throughout April

anchorx210The Camden Public Library will again celebrate our history and cultural heritage during “Maritime Month” by hosting exhibits and speakers throughout the month of April. Maritime Month is sponsored by The First. Speakers will include a wide offering of scientists, historians, adventurers, and musicians. (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 31

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 Friday, July 31 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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Camden Shakespeare Festival Announces Summer 2015 Plays

Camden Shakespeare Festival, the Midcoast’s professional Shakespeare theatre, announces its 2015 season with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, which will take place in the beautiful Camden Library Amphitheatre from July 30 through August 16th. The performances are presented in conjunction with the Camden Public Library. (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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