July 7 through July 21
Click here to download the July calendar of events.
Click here to download the Kids Events for July.
Click here to download the Summer Events in the Amphitheatre.
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Summer Reading Programs Begins!

The library again offers Summer Reading Programs for both children and adults! The programs are very popular and encourage readers to stretch their usual categories and read some challenging, interesting, and popular books this summer. For adults, we will use the Bingo card format, with frames to be filled according to what book you are reading. Prizes will include (of course) a selection of new books, and more! The best part of the Summer Reading Program is the Reader's Response Bulletin Board, where you can write and read reports from others who are participating in the program. Stop by the check-out desk and pick up a Summer Reading Program bingo card!
     And parents, don
t forget the summer reading program for kids! Sign up any time, the program begins July 7 and will meet on Thursdays for six weeks. July 7 is the Kick-off at 11:00 am for all age groups, featuring Chewonki's World Famous Animals.".

Novel Jazz Septet Celebrates Jazz July 7,  7:00 pm

The Novel Jazz Septet returns to the Camden Amphitheatre on July 7 at 7:00 pm to feature the swinging music of the great American jazz composers, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in a free concert. The band performs well-known compositions plus vintage gems recently unearthed from original scores at the Smithsonian and re-interpreted for you at the Camden Amphitheatre. These guys travel far and wide, keeping the spirit of Duke and Swee’Pea alive and swinging! Bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating. The concert will be held rain or shine! If the weather is rainy we will be inside the library. Click here for more information..

Friday Tours Continue, 4:00 pm

The Camden Public Library and the Camden Area Business Group host free walking tours of downtown Camden every Friday at 4:00 pm through September 9. The tours begin on Atlantic Avenue at the Children’s Garden of the library and end at the Opera House. The tours are free and last approximately an hour; donations are appreciated, and reservations are encouraged. Please call the library at 236-3440 or stop by the Circulation Desk..

“iPad Basics with VoiceOver and Zoom” July 10, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes, held most Sundays at 2:00 pm. The topic for Sunday, July 10, will be iPad Basics with VoiceOver and Zoom.  All classes are free, but some may have limited seating, so please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. Click here for more information.

Avena Botanicals July 11, 12:00 noon

Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine (DWMM) will present a Brown Bag Lunch wellness talk with staff from Avena Botanicals on Monday, July 11, at 12:00 noon. Avena Botanical growers of Rockport, Maine, create high-quality, hand-crafted herbal remedies that enhance people’s health, spirit, and well-being. Over 70% of the herbs are grown in certified biodynamic gardens. Avena’s extracts, teas, oils, salves, elixirs, and crèmes are sold throughout Maine, New England, and all of North America. Click here for more information..

MOJO Jazz Orchestra July 11,  6:30 pm

Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (aka MoJO) plays extraordinary modern and traditional big band music with a variety of other styles.  The band will perform a free concert on Monday evening, July 11, at 6:30 in the Camden Amphitheatre. Relax, sing out, or dance... Click here for more information..

First Monday Movie “The Spiderwick Chronicles” July 11, 8:30 pm

July 11 is a “double feature” evening -- at 6:30 pm, the evening begins with a free concert by the MOJO Jazz orchestra, and at sundown, the movie screen comes out and the library will show the first movie in the Monday Movie series, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (2008, 1 hr 36 min, PG) at 8:30 pm. The theme of the movie series this summer is “Books to Movies.” The Spiderwick Chronicles is a series of children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. They chronicle the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into the Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of fairies that they never knew existed. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar July 12, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group will continue on second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.). Bring ideas for future sessions! Click here for more information..

Tuesday Book Club July 12, 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on July 12, at the usual time of 1:00 pm.  All are welcome, please call Nina at 230-8516 for more information. The book for this session is This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, by Jonathan Evision.

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society July 12, 4:00 pm

The Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 12. The general topic for July will be “Power, Control, and Resistance,” with primary readings by Foucault, Deleuze, Burroughs, and Deuchars. Click here for more information.

Why the Ocean Matters July 12, 7:00 pm

At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities ranging from climate change to water pollution and plastic pollution to rapid population growth, the solution may well be in the sea around us. “It is water, the world’s most valuable element, that is the key ingredient to solving Earth’s most vexing problems,” says Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory and author of The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society. “It is urgent that we stop lamenting our current condition and start focusing on doing something about it,” he continues. Peter Neill will give an illustrated talk on the oceans and his new book on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information..

Big July Book Sale Under the Tents for Four Days, July 14 to July 17

This summer the Camden Public Library’s huge July book sale under the tents will run for four days! Thousands of books in 29 categories will be on sale beginning on Thursday, July 14, and running through Sunday, July 17. The sale on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and continuing on Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Topics will range from biographies to young adult books and everything in between, including hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, and more. Featured will be books on business, cooking, essays, gardening, health, history, hobbies and crafts, humor and satire, nature, pets, quilting, marine subjects, Maine, performing arts, philosophy, poetry, religion, sci-fi and fantasy to science, sports, and travel. Books in foreign languages, books for children and young adults, and fiction by authors from around the world will be for sale. Click here for more information..

Peyton Place Retrospective July 14, 7:00 pm

The Camden Public Library is participating in the Peyton Place revival by offering a Peyton Place Retrospective on Thursday evening, July 14, at 7:00 pm. The newly refurbished full-length film will be shown in all its renewed glory at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on July 16. In anticipation of the “new” release, the Library will offer a selection of images and scenes from the movie as filmed Camden in 1957. Library staff will offer some remarks about the tremendous popularity and impact that the book first had. We are hoping that anyone familiar with the movie will join us with stories about the filming. We know there are several characters still in town who played extras in making the movie in 1957! Click here for more information..

Summer Harbor Arts & Books July 16 & 17

The Camden Public Library is now the producer of not only the Fall Harbor Arts & Books but the Summer fair as well. The Summer Harbor Arts and Books will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. The newly-configured Summer Harbor Arts & Books is an admission-free, family-friendly event, offering items for every taste and prices for every pocketbook. Art patrons will find works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels, as well as photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Fans of handcrafted wares can shop for pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, and furniture. Fiber artists will also be in abundance with a wide selection of hand woven sweaters, gloves, scarves and much more. The event will be in its original location in the Amphitheatre and Harbor Park with additional exhibitor booths along Atlantic Avenue. Click here for more information..

“Computer Basics: G-Mail” July 17, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes, held most Sundays at 2:00 pm. The topic for Sunday, July 17, will be “Computer Basics: G-Mail.”  All classes are free, but some may have limited seating, so please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. Click here for more information. Click here for more information..

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” July 18,  8:30 pm

The next movie in the free Monday Movies in the Park series is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988, 1 hr 44 min, PG), beginning at dusk (8:30 pm) in the Amphitheatre. All are welcome, bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating. The movie is based on a curious murder mystery from 1981, “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, written by Gary K. Wolf. In the book, Eddie Valiant is a hard-boiled private eye, and Roger Rabbit is a second-banana cartoon character or “toon”. The movie creates a world in which both the humans and the “toons” are real. Click here for more information..

“Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness” July 19,  7:00 pm

Dr. Wendy L. Miller has just published Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness, and she will be bringing the book to the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 pm for a book presentation and signing. The book is both manual and memoir, showing a couple’s journey through aging and illness. Expressive arts therapist and writer Wendy Miller and her husband, Dr. Gene Cohen, a pioneering psychiatrist, researcher, and writer about creative aging, share a story from the intersection of medical science and life’s meaning – of love and family, life and death, and the healing power of creativity through illness and adversity. The talk is co-hosted by the library and the Community Health & Wellness Department of Pen Bay Medical Center. Click here for more information..

Midcoast Brass Quintet July 21, 7:00 pm

The Midcoast Brass Quintet will return to the Camden Amphitheatre for a concert of classical, jazz, and popular music on Thursday, July 21. The Midcoast Brass Quintet is an annual  favorite in the Summer Music Series. The concert, scheduled from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is part of the Camden Library’s popular summer series. The Midcoast Brass Quintet features Megan Kennedy on trombone, Doug Kennedy on tuba, Carolyn Kanicki on horn, and Peter Stuart and Bruce Cole on trumpets. Bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating, the concert is free. The concert will include selections from well-known composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Henry Filmore. The quintet will also debut numbers from famous artists Queen and The Beatles. With such a wide variety of styles, there is something for everyone to enjoy!.

2016 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers!

Camden’s Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is a hands-on festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. We would love to hear about an activity you would like to share with the community. The 4th annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, September 10, at the Camden Public Library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Past Faires have attracted about 900 people each year, including local community members and visitors to the midcoast. Many of these visitors are families with elementary or middle-school aged children. This year we plan to host workshops to increase the adult participation as well as feature DIY projects targeted to adult makers. Click here to go to the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire website to fill out the application..

Schedule of Summer Movies, Music, and More

The library will again host a summer full of events in the Camden Amphitheatre. There will be Monday Night Movies; Shakespeare in the Park; the Summer Concert Series with jazz music, rock & roll, brass quintets, and more; and a Civil War Encampment. For a printed calendar of summer events, stop by the library, or click here!.

UPCOMING: Shakespeare Season Begins
July 26

The Camden Shakespeare Festival announces its 2016 season with the magic of The Tempest, while two sets of identical twins create hilarious havoc in The Comedy of Errors. The Tempest opens on July 26 in the Camden Amphitheatre, and The Comedy of Errors opens on July 29 at High Mountain Hall. Click here for more information..

Memorial Park Benches

Each year, the library has a limited number of park benches to name. Remember a friend or family member with a bench, and your family and park visitors will enjoy it for years to come. Support the Camden Amphitheare and Harbor Park! Call Penney Read at the Camden Public Library, 236-3440, for more information. .

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