July 21 through August 6
Click here to download the July calendar of events.
Click here to download the Kids Events for July.
Click here to download the August calendar of events.
Click here to download the Kids Events for August.
Click here to download the Summer Events in the Amphitheatre.
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Summer Reading Program for Adults!

The library’s Summer Reading Programs for both children and adults have begun! The programs are very popular and encourage readers to stretch their usual reading categories and try 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 books you are reading. Prizes will include (of course) a selection of new books, and more! One of the best parts of the Summer Reading Program is the Reader’s Response Bulletin Board, where you can write responses 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!
     The Ready-Set-Read children’s program will feature a performance by Jennifer Armstrong on Thursday morning, July 21, at 11:00 am, in the Amphitheatre.

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. Many 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 for more information and to fill out the application..

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 for 7:00 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 such as 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!.

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..

Cyber Sunday: “Introduction to 3D Printing” July 24, 2:00 pm

The Library now has a 3D printer! We will offer an “Introduction to 3D Printing” on Sunday afternoon, July 24, at 2:00 pm, as part of our regular Cyber Sunday tech sessions led by Olga Zimmerman. Everyone in the community is welcome to use the 3D printing service, by submitting a file for printing by the staff. The Sunday classes are free, but please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. Click here for more information on using the 3D printer. The library will also host a Student Lab session for Cyber Sunday on July 31 at 2:00 pm..

Schedule of Summer Movies, Music, and More

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

Mary Poppins July 25, 8:15 pm

The Monday Movie in the Amphitheatre for July 25 will be “Mary Poppins” (1964,2 hrs 19 min), beginning at 8:15 pm. The movie series is free; bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating. “Mary Poppins” is perhaps the most beloved of all Disney films. Julie Andrews is Mary Poppins, a magical and loving woman who descends from the clouds in response to the Banks children’s advertisement for a nanny. She is not only firm in her use of authority, but gentle and kind as well — a major departure from the original books, in which the character was strict and pompous! Dick Van Dyke is Bert, a cockney jack-of-all-trades and Mary Poppins’s close friend, who is completely accustomed to her magic. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar July 26, 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.). Click here for more information..

Shakespeare Season Begins July 26, 6:00 pm

The Camden Shakespeare Festival will open its 2016 season with the magic of The Tempest, performed in the Amphitheatre on Tuesday evening, July 26. Performances will continue in July and August; the troupe will also perform The Comedy of Errors at High Mountain Hall. Click here for tickets and for more information..

“Transfigured Night” July 26, 7:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will host a free film screening of “Transfigured Night: A Conversation with Alphonso Lingis,” a documentary by filmmaker Adrian Heathfield, on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:00 pm in the Picker Room. The film is part of the Society's Film, Lecture, and Discussion Series. This event is free and open to the public. “Transfigured Night” is the record of an exchange between the celebrated American philosopher Alphonso Lingis and the British art theorist and curator Adrian Heathfield. Click here for more information..

“The Big Sleep” August 1, 8:15 pm

“The Big Sleep” (1946, 1 hr 54 min) will be the featured Monday Night Movie in the Amphitheatre on August 1 at 8:15 pm, for “Camden Classics” weekend. Bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating. The theme for the summer movie series is “Books to Movies.” The Big Sleep, written in 1939, is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature the detective Philip Marlowe. It has been adapted for film twice, in 1946 and again in 1978. This classic movie stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; the movie series is free. Click here for more information..

“Why Did Kennebec Valley Mainers Conspire to Overthrow the Queen of Hawai’i?” August 2, 7:00 pm

Jon Olsen, author of Liberate Hawai’i!, will give a talk on the history of Hawaii, with the sovereignty of Hawaii as a central topic in his presentation. “Why Did Kennebec Valley Mainers Conspire to Overthrow the Queen of Hawai’i?” will be presented on Tuesday evening, August 2, at 7:00 pm. Olsen’s book is an introduction to the story of Hawaii beyond pineapples, cruise ships, and Pearl Harbor. Click here for more information..

Stroke Support Group August 3, 10:00 am

The next Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, July 6, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. “We welcome survivors, family, and friends, or really anyone faced with a neurological challenge,” said Carol Rohl, one of the Support Group organizers. Click here for more information..

Opening Art Reception for John Wisseman August 6, 3:00 pm

John Wisseman will be the Artist of the Month for August in the Picker Room. Wisseman, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, has been making unique prints of coastal Maine for decades; the title for the exhibit is “The Working Waterfront.” There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, August 6, at 3:00 pm. Wisseman lives and paints in Cushing, Maine, and Southold, New York. Best known as a watercolorist, he skillfully exploits a little-known and infrequently seen technique, pochoir, in which cut stencils, washes, and many spray and paint methods are employed to create complex and unusual effects. 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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