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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…)

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

“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

“Beat the Devil!” Performance September 28

A man and a devil will battle it out at the Camden Public Library as professional New York actor Glen Williamson performs “Beat the Devil! Faust, the Whole Story” on Sunday, September 28, at 3:00 pm in the Reading Room. MidCoast Anthroposophical Society Group presents the Anthropos production of this one-man play about love, sex, murder, myth, magic, war, waves, and a devil out of his depths. Based on Goethe’s theatrical masterpiece, “Beat the Devil!” opens on Sunday, September 28,  for a one-time-only engagement. Tickets are $15. The production comes to Camden after its well-received appearance off Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York. (more…)

Hope Elephants September 30

Hope Elephants September 30

Andrew Stewart of Hope Elephants will give a talk at the library on Tuesday evening, September 30 at 7:00 pm, on How about, “Is there hope for elephants?” The talk will cover a background on elephant biology, ecology and conservation issues, and an overview of what Hope Elephants education program will do to affect change and have an impact on conservation in the U.S.A and elephant range countries. For more information visit http://hopeelephants.org/.

Harbors Arts and Books Show 2014

Harbors Arts and Books Show 2014

 

 

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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…)