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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…)

Simply Books! November 22

Simply Books! November 22

Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults. The fall season for the book group begins Saturday, November 22, at 2:00 pm. Simply Books! is a book group designed for book lovers. There’s no set reading list, we don’t all read the same book, and it’s very informal. We simply bring along whatever book we’re currently reading (usually the ones we’re loving and want to talk about!), and share it with the group.  Simply Books! meetings are on the FOURTH Saturday of the month. (more…)

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol November 25

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol November 25

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group group will continue “fourth Tuesday” meetings  at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. The next session is on Tuesday, November 25. 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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“Tech Tuesday” Session Dedicated to Facebook Beginners November 25

“Tech Tuesday” Session Dedicated to Facebook Beginners November 25

Olga Zimmerman, staff librarian and tech wizard, will offer another Facebook session on Tuesday, November 25, at 3:00 pm. This month’s topic will be “Facebook 102: Privacy Settings.” The session is part of an ongoing series of “Tech Tuesdays” for the library to offer patrons tech assistance with prevalent problems in interacting with computers and social media. Please sign up in advance by calling the library at 236-3440. Prerequisite: You must set up a Facebook account before class. Please bring your own laptop, although we do have a few to share. Next month’s “Tech Tuesday” will be on Tuesday, December 16, at 2:30 pm, and will cover the 3M Cloud Library. (more…)

“Song Circle” November 25

“Song Circle” November 25

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, November 25, 6:30-8:30, we will meet in the History Center Meeting Room. (more…)

“Why Beauty Matters” November 25

“Why Beauty Matters” November 25

The Camden Philosophical Society will host a screening and discussion of the film “Why Beauty Matters” by Roger Scruton. Renowned philosopher and writer Scruton passionately voices his belief that beauty is a significant aspect of art and culture.  In this documentary, he explains how beauty reflects human desires and why it should be reinstated as a central concern for our civilization. (more…)

CLOSED November 27

CLOSED November 27

The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, and re-open as usual on Friday, November 28. Have a great Thanksgiving!

“Maine to Greenland” November 29

“Maine to Greenland” November 29

Smithsonian geographer and photographer Wilfred E. Richard and anthropologist William W. Fitzhugh have long been fascinated by northern climates and northern lifestyles. They joined forces to create Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published this fall by the Smithsonian Institute. Richard’s photographs, which were used to illustrate the book, will be on display in the Camden Public Library through the end of the month. Richard will give a combined book talk and gallery lecture at the library on Saturday afternoon, November 29, at 2:00 pm. (The gallery talk was re-scheduled from earlier in the month due to the snow storm and power outage.) (more…)

Camden Conference Discussion Series Continues December 2 and December 9

Camden Conference Discussion Series Continues December 2 and December 9

The Community Events Committee of the Camden Conference will again sponsor a four-part discussion series that will help prepare you for the Camden Conference. The four topics of the series will be: Russia’s People; Russia’s Politics; Russia’s Economy; and Russia’s Neighbors. Participants will be expected to read several assigned short articles in preparation for their active engagement in the discussions. Readings are identified on the Camden Conference web site and are available at the library. A facilitator from the Conference will moderate the discussions; the discussion sessions will be free of charge. The next discussion session at the Camden Public Library will be on Tuesday evening, December 2, at 7:00 pm in the second floor meeting room, on “Russia’s Economy.” There will be a make-up session on Tuesday, December 9, on “Russia’s Politics,” rescheduled from November. For a complete schedule and the locations of the discussion sessions, visit the Camden Conference website. (more…)

“Exchange of Wild Affection” December 2

“Exchange of Wild Affection” December 2

Susie O’Keeffe will present “The Art of Reciprocity: Exchange of Wild Affection,” a multi-media slide talk based on her experiences in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska, on Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. O’Keeffe is a Research Associate at the College of the Atlantic and holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Environmental Management from Oxford University. Through poetry, prose, images and music, O’Keeffe tells the story of a month-long contemplative inquiry in Alaska. (more…)

Stroke Support Group December 3

Stroke Support Group December 3

The next regularly-scheduled Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, December 3, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on “first Wednesdays.”

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Writers’ Group to Give Reading December 4

Writers’ Group to Give Reading December 4

The Writers’ Group of the Coastal Senior College meets regularly at the Camden Public Library to discuss and polish their work. The group will give a reading of their latest creations on Thursday afternoon, December 4, at 1:00 pm, at the library. The public is invited to come enjoy the reading! (more…)

Author Frank Smith December 4

Author Frank Smith December 4

Maine author Frank O Smith will be reading from his new novel Dream Singer at the Camden Public Library on December 4, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Dream Singer was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, created by best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, “in support of a literature of social change.” Smith, who teaches writing at the Maine College of Art, will also share the five critical elements of successful storycraft. (more…)

Christmas-by-the-Sea Opening Celebration December 5

Christmas-by-the-Sea Opening Celebration December 5

The Library will once again host the traditional opening ceremonies of the Christmas-by-the-Sea  weekend on Friday, December 5, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. We are pleased to be able to host the live music concert with holiday selections performed by CHRHS vocal and instrumental students. The Christmas-by-the-Sea Parade begins at 6:00 pm on Union Street. At 6:30 pm Santa presides at the Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Harbor Park. The Library will be open until 8:00 pm on December 5. (more…)

“Staying Connected When We Disagree” December 8

“Staying Connected When We Disagree” December 8

At this month’s Destination Wellness Series on December 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, Peggy Smith introduces you to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Participants will gain concrete skills for using daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately to the people around you. Would you like to deal with conflict more skillfully? Be sensitive to others without giving up your own needs? (more…)

Tuesday Book Club December 9

Tuesday Book Club December 9

Regular meeting of the Tuesday Book Club, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All are welcome, please call 470-7473 for more information. Nina Holland reports, “We are looking for new members! Our book group meets monthly at 1:00 on the second Tuesday of each month. We choose one book to discuss each month, usually two months in advance. Both fiction and non-fiction, old or new, are among our selections. This month we meet on December 9.” For questions please call 470-7473.

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society December 9

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society December 9

The Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Picker Room at the Camden Library on Tuesday, December 9. The group will host David Peloquin speaking on Herman Melville’s “Equal Eye”: Idealism and Metaphysics in Moby-Dick. The Camden Philosophical Society’s monthly reading group has welcomed all interested for 7 years and no formal philosophical training is necessary to read, discuss and enjoy our always-friendly arguments. Everyone with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome. (more…)

“In Touch with Touch” December 10

“In Touch with Touch” December 10

Quarry Hill will host an afternoon presentation, “In Touch with Touch,” at the library on Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 to 2:30 pm. The talk will be presented by Antje Roitzsch and Deborah Cautela, Phenomenal Touch™ practitioners, from The Maine BeeHive. “Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of touch? Gentle touch is vital to our physical, mental, and emotional health,” say Roitzsch and Cautela, “and most of us aren’t getting enough. Join us as we explore noninvasive, nonsexual ways to feed the human need for touch.” Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call Quarry Hill to register, at 207-230-6116, or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org. This event is part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series.

“What’s All the Fuss about Russian Poetry?” December 11

“What’s All the Fuss about Russian Poetry?” December 11

Slavic Translator Lydia Razran Stone will present “What’s All the Fuss about Russian Poetry? A Translators Perspective,” on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Camden Public Library, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all. The speaker will discuss the unique importance of poetry in Russian culture, with major poets attaining virtual “Rock Star” status throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Although other causes of this phenomenon will be discussed, the most pervasive cause is a nearly unbroken 200+ year period of political repression and state censorship (more…)

From Vietnam to the Persian Gulf December 16

From Vietnam to the Persian Gulf December 16

Captain Bob Branco, USN (Ret.) will present the story of how his 29 years of military service crossed some key periods of America’s history, on Tuesday evening, December 16, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Branco served in Navy destroyers and fleet operations staffs all over the world for more than 25 years. He retired in 1991 after working to plan the first Gulf War while on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served as Commanding Officer of USS Molala (ATF-106) in Vietnam in 1972 and of USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War in 1985. His naval service took him to 42 countries around the globe, and he now lives in South Thomaston. (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.

“Homes Down East” December 18

“Homes Down East” December 18

Architect Christopher Glass will discuss Shingle Style architecture and present images from his most recent book, “Homes Down East,” at the Camden Public Library on Thursday evening, December 18, at 7:00 pm. 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…)

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule

The Library will be closed for Christmas on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 and 25, and will open as usual 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!!

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…)