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Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen January 29

Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen January 29

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen will be returning to Camden to perform at the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 pm. Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, have spent nearly a decade in a joyful musical collaboration. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America’s finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano, and harmonium player. Kallet is well-known for her early recordings with Folk Legacy and several collaborations since with Gordon Bok, and the trio of Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone, as well as solo albums. She is also familiar to local audiences for performances in Maine while living in the midcoast region and raising her family here in Rockport and Camden. Admission to the Coffeehouse on January 29 will be $8. (more…)

Winterfest Returns January 31

Winterfest Returns January 31

Winterfest returns to Camden beginning Saturday January 31 with the annual Community Ice Carving celebration in the Amphitheatre. Ice carving has been the cornerstone of Winterfest for thirteen years, and now Winterfest festivities have expanded to fill the week from January 31 through the Toboggan National Championships on February 8. The Winterfest ice-carving celebration on January 31 is a family-friendly event with ice sculpting by 12 teams of ice carvers, hot food provided by donations and volunteers, a DJ and live music outdoors with Hazel Delehey and friends, kids crafts indoors, and live music indoors provided by All That Jazz. Everyone is invited to come inside the library to get warm, listen to live music, enjoy the winter crafts, face painting, and snow stories, before heading back out to enjoy the winter festivities. Click here for a full list of Winterfest events. The Winterfest events are supported by sponsorship from The First and hosted by the Camden Public Library. (more…)

Alex the Jester at Camden Opera House February 2

Alex the Jester at Camden Opera House February 2

Alex the Jester will bring his dazzling show to the Camden Opera House on Monday evening, February 2, at 6:00 pm. “Your belly will hurt from laughing and your cheeks will cramp from smiling!” said Children’s Librarian Amy Hand. “We have so enjoyed his performances here at the Camden Public Library, we know you will all have a hoot at his performance at the Opera House!” Alex the Jester is part of the fun being brought to downtown Camden as part of Winterfest Week, and is hosted by the Camden Public Library and the Winterfest Committee. Alex’s performances are enjoyable truly by all ages! Tickets are free for kids ages 0-3; $2 for kids 4-12; $5 ages 13 and up; with a “family rate” of $15. The performance is also supported by the Independent School Association, which will have booths set up in the lobby. (more…)

Winter Horticulture Series Continues February 3

Winter Horticulture Series Continues February 3

The Camden Garden Club will again offer a lecture series for five weeks in January and February. The “Winter Horticulture Series” is free and open to all and is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am. The series will begin on Tuesday, February 3, with Rosalee Glass. The Camden Garden Club celebrates  its 100th year this year! The following is the 2015 series: (more…)

“Frozen Singalong” February 3

“Frozen Singalong” February 3

Join us on Tuesday evening, February 3, at 6:00 in the library for the “Frozen” Sing-along movie! Come in costume, bring your “frozen stuffies,” etc. Come and sing along with Anna, Olaf and Sven. All ages welcome! This free family winter movie is part of Camden’s Winterfest celebration. Click here for a full list of Winterfest events.

Stroke Support Group February 4

Stroke Support Group February 4

The next regularly-scheduled Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on “first Wednesdays.”

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Indoor Winter Games February 4

Indoor Winter Games February 4

Come join Miss Amy for Winter Games in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 4, from 3:00 to  4:00 pm with Guest Mark Feldman and his boys. They will bring some of their favorite games to share. The perfect thing for a cold winter day . . . come play some indoor games. Ideas for family game nights will be shared too.

“Cool Runnings” February 4

“Cool Runnings” February 4

“Cool Runnings,” the 1993 movie about the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team, will be the featured movie on Wednesday evening, February 5, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Opera House. The movie is a family wintertime favorite and is part of Camden’s Winterfest series in downtown Camden during the first week in February. Admission is $4 at the door. Come celebrate winter with the Jamaican bobsled team! (more…)

“The Concerto” Class Begins February 5

“The Concerto” Class Begins February 5

The Coastal Senior College will offer “The Concerto from the Age of Bach to the Twentieth Century” with instructor Marge Roberts at the Camden Public Library during Winter Session. The class will meet for six Thursdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, beginning Thursday, February 5. You must register with the Coastal Senior College. (more…)

Ditte Slade Opening Reception February 7

Ditte Slade Opening Reception February 7

Edith “Ditte” Slade is the Artist of the Month at the Camden Public Library. The exhibit, “A Life’s Work: Celebrating the paintings and sculptures of Ditte Slade” will be on display in the Picker Room throughout the month of February. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, February 7, at 2:00 pm. “Don’t think, just paint!” says Ditte Slade, in creating a collection of over 60 exquisite oil paintings and sculptures. Ditte now lives at Quarry Hill in Camden with her husband Milton. (more…)

“Maine Living Series” Continues February 8

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s “Maine Living Series” will be hosted at the Camden Public Library this winter. The free monthly speaker series will continue on February 8 at 2:00 pm, with Dr. Richard Kahn speaking on “Madness, Mayhem, and Mass. Murder.” All are welcome. (more…)

Wellness Brown Bag Lunch on Hypnosis with Joanna Calderwood February 9

Wellness Brown Bag Lunch on Hypnosis with Joanna Calderwood February 9

The Destination Wellness Brown Bag Lunch lecture series at 12:00 noon on February 9 at the Camden Public Library will Got Stress? Hypnosis Can Help,” presented by Joanna Calderwood. Calderwood was a local teacher and later in life graduated from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Come hear how hypnosis is a highly effective tool that helps people create change, improve health, overcome fear and anxiety, and apply meaningful ways to manage reactions to stress in a natural way. (more…)

History and Duties of the U.S. Secret Service

History and Duties of the U.S. Secret Service

The Coastal Senior College will offer “History and Duties of the U.S. Secret Service” with instructor Tom McCarthy at the Camden Public Library during Winter Session. The class will meet for four Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, beginning Tuesday, February 10. You must register with the Coastal Senior College. (more…)

Leer y charlar

Leer y charlar

The next Leer y charlar session is Tuesday, February 10. Leer y charlar is Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group will continue “second and fourth Tuesday” meetings  at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.) and decide how to proceed. 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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“Needle Felting” Workshop REPEAT Session February 10

“Needle Felting” Workshop REPEAT Session February 10

Participants at the Needle Felting Workshop with fabric artist Care Lamb had a terrific time and there has been such great interest that she is willing to REPEAT the “Needle Felting Workshop” on Tuesday evening, February 10, at 7:00 pm. You will need to sign up ahead of time; there will be a $10 materials fee. Call the library to sign up for the February 10 session. Participants in this hands-on workshop will create a piece of felted art and learn how to create and decorate felt jewelry, ornaments, and sculpture. All materials and tools will be provided. (more…)

“Making Books by Hand” POSTPONED to February 12

“Making Books by Hand” POSTPONED to February 12

Amy Hand will lead a workshop on  “Making Books by Hand” at the Camden Public Library on THURSDAY evening, February 12, at 7:00 pm, as part of the library’s “Jumpstart January” series of hands-on craft workshops. The session was postponed from January 27 due to the snowstorm. Hand is the Children’s Librarian at the Camden library. Call the library at 236-3440 to register, the workshop is limited to 20 people. “Why should the kids have all the fun?” says Hand. “For adults who are always looking for a creative and fun evening, this is your chance to get your hands into some interesting projects on these January evenings!” (more…)

The Library Book Sale committee needs your help!

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. (more…)

Songwriters Sessions Begin Continue February 17

Songwriters Sessions Begin Continue February 17

The Camden Public Library will again host a Songwriters Series this winter. The sessions are for writers working on their songwriting and who would like an appreciative audience to share their music. The group will meet once a month on third Tuesdays through the winter and have an opportunity to perform at the Songwriters Coffeehouse in June at the library. The next session is Tuesday evening, February 17, at 6:00 pm, all are welcome! (more…)

Gutter Restoration Under Way

Gutter Restoration Under Way

You may have noticed the scaffolding on the back of the library and the crew from Horch Roofing and The Heritage Company at work in the bright but frigid weather. The work will take three weeks, “depending on the weather,” according to the crew. The project is to restore the copper gutters and improve the drainage and downspouts to help solve the water leakage in the library. The work is being undertaken through a grant from the Branta Foundation. The current work is the first part of a three-stage project to replace the gutters on the front and the back of the library. Our apologies for the inconvenience to our readers in the Reading Room! Click for photos: (more…)

Simply Books! February 28

Simply Books! February 28

Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults. The next session will be on Saturday, February 28, 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 usually on the FOURTH Saturday of the month. (more…)

Tax Volunteers Begin February 3

Tax Volunteers Begin February 3

The library will again host the Tax Volunteers, who will offer free assistance in tax preparation. The volunteers have been trained as AARP Tax Aides. The volunteers are Bob Carter, John MacDonald, Melissa Bryan, and Dick Eichacker. The sessions are Tuesday mornings at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30, and Thursday evenings, 4:00, 5:15, and 6:30. You must make an appointment, please call the library at 236-3440. The information you must bring with you includes: last year’s tax return; photo ID; Social Security card; your 1099s, and your 1095A if needed for medical insurance documentation; and income information for all dependents. You will also need to fill in the “Intake” form, available at the library.

“Artist of the Month” Silverio

“Artist of the Month” Silverio

The Camden Public Library will host an exhibit of the paintings of John Silverio for the month of January in the Picker Room Gallery. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 pm. “Jack” Silverio is an architect in Lincolnville, Maine, and his show is entitled “Progressions and Proportions.” Although primarily an architect, Silverio has painted throughout his life. He has recently exhibited at the Unity College Art Gallery and his work is also on display at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Silverio studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. He has taught at the College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine. (more…)

Moratorium on Used Book Donations “Until Spring”

Moratorium on Used Book Donations “Until Spring”

We are enjoying a little too much of a good thing! The shed where we store books is overflowing with donations. The shed is unheated and we won’t be able to get in there to process all the donated books until warmer weather. “Come spring” we will again welcome your used book donations, we hope you can wait until warmer weather! Thank you! (If you would like to help us with our books, call and ask about becoming a book sale volunteer.)

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…)

“Winter Birds” with Don Reimer February 19

“Winter Birds” with Don Reimer February 19

The Midcoast Audubon Society will host naturalist and bird-watcher Don Reimer’s slide talk on “Winter Birds” at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, February 19, at 7:00 pm. This colorful slide program will feature an overview of birds wintering in the mid-coastal region – some familiar species and some unexpected “bonus” birds. Beyond the basic identification piece, the presentation will focus on the social habits and changing distribution of various species. Since about 75% of our summer birds migrate southward, these are the hardy birds of Maine winter. Click to see the schedule for the rest of the Spring 2015 lineup of speakers. (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…)