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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…)

October is “Discover History” Month!

October is “Discover History” Month!

October is “Discover History” Month at the Camden Public Library, and we have an intriguing lineup of speakers on historical topics, as well as an exhibit from the collection of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society on display in the Picker Room. Speakers will include Jim Witherell, author of a new biography, Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, speaking on Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 pm; Janet Kelsey of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society speaking on “300 Years of American Quilts” on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 pm; Paul Marshall, a combat medic who went ashore with his rifle platoon on D-Day, will speak on his memories of World War II as presented in his new memoire, Maine Boy Goes to War, on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 pm; and Prof. Seth Singleton will speak on “History and Myth in Russian Foreign Policy” on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Camden Conference speaker series on “Russia Resurgent.” A selection of quilts from the C-R Historical Society’s quilt collection will be on display in the Picker Room from October 7 through November 2.

“300 Years of American Quilts” through October

“300 Years of American Quilts” through October

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will display vintage quilts from their historical collection in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library. The quilts will be on display from October 7 through the end of October. Janet Kelsey will give a gallery talk on “300 Years of American Quilts” at the opening reception on Thursday, October 9, at 7:00 pm, on the history of quilts and care and keeping of old quilt treasures. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm. (more…)

Simply Books! October 25

Simply Books! October 25

Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults. The fall season for the book group begins Saturday, October 25 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…)

“Song Circle” October 28

“Song Circle” October 28

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 first Song Circle is Tuesday, October 28, 6:30-8:30, we will meet in the Picker Room. (more…)

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol October 28

Leer y charlar – totalmente en espanol October 28

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, October 28. 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 October 28

“Tech Tuesday” Session Dedicated to Facebook Beginners October 28

Olga Zimmerman, staff librarian and tech wizard, will offer “Facebook First Steps” on Tuesday, October 28, at 3:00 pm. 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. This first in a series of Facebook classes will be an hour-long introduction for the very beginner. “We will go over what to do after setting up an account: creating your profile, finding friends, posting comments, status updates, and photos, as well as an overview of privacy settings will be covered,” said Olga. Details on privacy and security will follow in another class. 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. (more…)

“Maine to Greenland” November 4

“Maine to Greenland” November 4

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. Will Richard will exhibit photographs from the book at the Camden Public Library during the month of November and will give a combined book talk and gallery lecture at the library on Tuesday evening, November 4, at 7:00 pm. (more…)

Stroke Support Group November 5

Stroke Support Group November 5

The next regularly-scheduled Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, November 5, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on “first Wednesdays.”

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Library Coffeehouse to Feature John Roberts and Debra Cowan November 6

Library Coffeehouse to Feature John Roberts and Debra Cowan November 6

With their eloquent voices and expert musicianship, John Roberts and Debra Cowan bring to life songs seldom heard on radio or even online these days. Roberts and Cowan are at the heart of traditional music in New England. They share an enthusiasm and passion for the old songs and ballads that have been handed down through the oral tradition in the English-speaking world. Both John and Debra can spin a ripping good yarn and whether illuminating, inspiring, or laugh-out-loud funny, their stories convey their love of the songs and the people who have sung them over the years, decades — and in some cases centuries. They will be performing at the Camden Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $7 for what promises to be a wonderfully satisfying evening. (more…)

“Bio-identical Hormone Therapy” November 10

“Bio-identical Hormone Therapy” November 10

Consultant pharmacist Tanya Kibler will speak on Bio-identical Hormone Therapy from noon to 1:00 pm on November 10. Her talk is part of the ongoing “Destination Wellness Series” hosted by the Camden Public Library and Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine. This abbreviated version of her sold-out seminars will touch on the truth and benefits of bio-identical hormones and saliva testing. Come learn how keeping your body’s own natural hormones at optimal levels can keep you healthy and youthful. Discover the path to not only relieving peri or menopausal symptoms, but to protecting your body from diseases associated with aging. (more…)

CLOSED November 11

CLOSED November 11

The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

“The Russian Orthodox Church Today” November 13

“The Russian Orthodox Church Today” November 13

Anthony Antolini will speak on “The Russian Orthodox Church Today” on Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Camden Conference Community Events series. This event is free and open to all. The Russian Orthodox Church today represents a far more powerful force in Russian society than it has in over a century. Throughout its history the Russian Church has been inextricably connected with political forces. These influences continue today but in new and surprising ways that seem quite foreign to the American experience. The presentation will include a brief summary of Russian Church history, a review of recent developments in the Putin administration and a look at how Eastern Orthodoxy is connected to the current crisis in Ukraine. (more…)

Indoor Book Sale November 15 & 16

Indoor Book Sale November 15 & 16

We have received so many book donations in the last few weeks that we are holding another Indoor Book Sale before Thanksgiving! This will be a terrific opportunity to browse both new fiction and vintage treasures straight from the bookshelves of our generous donors. As always we will have hundreds of hardcover fiction books, a thousand paperbacks, cookbooks galore, and of course a heavy dose of marine books, history books, self-help books, and current topics. The sale will be on Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Our book sales are run entirely by the volunteers of the Camden Public Library and contribute a significant portion of our annual budget. We could not do without our volunteers and their fabulous book sales! If you would like to help out with the book sale, please leave a message at the library for Don White. The Library’s phone number is 236-3440. Thank you!

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…)