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“Homes Down East” December 18

“Homes Down East” December 18

The authors of Homes Down East will present an illustrated lecture at the Camden Public Library on Thursday evening, December 18, at 7:00 pm. Architect Christopher Glass, historian Earle Shettleworth, and architectural historian Scott Hanson will discuss Shingle Style architecture and present images from Homes Down East. The book, published in November by Tilbury House, celebrates the summer cottages and town houses built in Maine more than a century ago, and is co-authored by Earle Shettleworth, Scott Hanson, and Chris Glass, with photography by David Clough. The images include 52 cottages, designed by adventurous architects who reinvented what it meant to live well. Their Shingle Style cottages were designed to fit a landscape and to let summer breezes waft through open floor plans—to be green before “green” was a concept. (more…)

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol December 23

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group group will continue “second and fourth Tuesday” meetings  at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. The next sessions is Tuesday, December 23 in the Picker Room. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.) and decide how to proceed. Recommended for our conversation  is Jorge Bucay’s collection of short stories Cuentos para pensar. Bring ideas for future recommendations. We’ll continue meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 1:00 pm.

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The Portuguese Camino Real December 23

The Portuguese Camino Real December 23

Greg Dorr will present a reprise of his popular slide talk, “The Portuguese Camino Real,” with contributions from  other recent travelers of the Camino, on Tuesday evening, December 23, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Dorr walked the length of the Portuguese Camino Real two years ago and returned with photos and stories from the adventure. (more…)

Camden Public Library Earns Five-star Rating

Camden Public Library Earns Five-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…)

Camden Winterfest 2015

Camden Winterfest 2015

Camden is preparing for another sparkling and dazzling week of Winterfest activities! The week kicks off with shimmering ice-carving in the Amphitheatre and brilliant snow sculptures scattered throughout town, plus another extraordinary downtown feature, the CamJam in Harbor Park, on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. The following week will be full of community events including concerts, movies, and dances at the Opera House, Camden Public Library, Strom Auditorium, and fire station, with special Winterfest offerings at Camden restaurants. Winterfest culminates in the National Toboggan Championships at the Snow Bowl on the weekend of February 7 and 8. The final Winterfest weekend will also feature several added downtown attractions, including the first-ever “Snow Plow Parade,” the Banff Film Festival, and fireworks over the harbor. (more…)

“Clarity” Exhibit in December

“Clarity” Exhibit in December

The Camden Public Library will once again exhibit the work of the artist team Clarity, Robert & Su.Sane Hake, during the month of December. This year’s show, entitled “Fish File Codex: Mother Word,” is about water. In speaking about the new show, Clarity says, “We are impregnated water that holds sound, words, feelings, pictures, and memories. We are books bound in water, opening to the impregnated sound of living.” (more…)

CLOSED December 17

CLOSED December 17

The Library will be closed all day Wednesday, December 17, for the annual staff training day. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule

The Library will be OPEN  9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 24, and CLOSED for Christmas on Thursday, December 25. We will open as usual at 9:00 am on Friday, December 26. We will also be closed on Thursday, January 1, for New Year’s Day, and open as usual on Friday, January 2.
Happy Holidays to you all!

“Song Circle” December 30

“Song Circle” December 30

The “Song Circle” is an occasional feature of the music series at the Camden Public Library. We have planned a series of Song Circles on the last Tuesday of the month for October, November, and December. The Song Circle is open to all acoustic musicians to share their songs, both traditional and original, in an informal song-circle format. Bring a song or two and a friend or two and join in, you may find some instrumental and voice support at the Song Circle! Call Ken Gross at the library at 236-3440 with any questions. The next Song Circle is Tuesday, December 30, 6:30-8:30, we will meet in the Picker Room. (more…)

Camden Shakespeare Festival Announces Summer Plays

Camden Shakespeare Festival Announces Summer 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…)

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…)

“Virtual” Harvest Dinner

“Virtual” Harvest Dinner

Calling all “Seed Library” growers! Do you have fruits and veggies from your seed-library seeds? Send us a picture of your harvest or harvest meal and we will “share your harvest” with others on Facebook. Last winter the library began a “seed library,” lending seeds out to everyone willing to participate, in hopes they would be planted, harvested, and a sample of seeds returned to the library to loan out again. Please send your photos to info@librarycamden.org. (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…)