August 4 through August 20
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“Mad Science” August 4, 11:00 am

Mad Science will WOW us with Olympic Madness as part of our Summer Reading Program for kids. Join us at 11:00 am to explore the Fun-damentals of the science of sports. Test your strength, see a gyroscope, check out gravity and more!.

Shakespeare Performances Continue August 4, 6:00 pm

The Camden Shakespeare Festival will continue its 2016 season with the magic of The Tempest, performed in the Amphitheatre on August 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 14. The troupe will also perform The Comedy of Errors at High Mountain Hall. Click here for tickets and 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..

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

John Wissemann will be the Artist of the Month for August in the Picker Room. Wissemann, 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. Wissemann 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..

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, on August 20. For a printed calendar of summer events, stop by the library, or click here!.

Cyber Sunday Session: “Back to School”
August 7, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sunday is a series of weekly technology classes, held on Sundays at 2:00 pm. The topic for Sunday, August 7, will be “Back to School: Current technology in MSAD 28 schools” with a guest speaker. 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..

Blueberry Stories on Beech Hill, August 8, 11:30 am

Come hear Blueberry Stories up on Beech Hill with Miss Amy and Coastal Mountains Land Trust, at 11:30 am on August 8. Walk up to Beech Nut Hut and enjoy stories and blueberries! Free to the public.

“Shamanism” August 8, 12:00 noon

Destination Wellness will host Susan Bakaley Marshall and Chris Marshall for a talk on “Shamanism” at the monthly Brown Bag Lunch lecture on Monday, August 8, at 12:00 noon at the library. Shamanism is the oldest documented spiritual belief system, dating back 40,000 years. It is practiced in every indigenous culture across the planet; it is an open-source practice rooted in the presence, gratitude, and the inter-connectivity of all things. Click here for more information..

Movie “Stardust” August 8, 8:00 pm

“Stardust” (2007, 2 hrs 7 min, PG-13) is the next movie in the Monday Night series, at 8:00 pm in the Amphitheatre on Monday, August 8. Bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating!  “Stardust” is a faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of author Neil Gaiman. The movie juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience. Click here for more information..

Fireman Matt August 9, 1:00 pm

Calling all kids! Join Fireman Matt for a special program on Tuesday, August 9, at 1:00 when we’ll learn fire safety and celebrate Smokey the Bear’s birthday!.

Leer y charlar August 9, 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.)..

Tuesday Book Club August 9, 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on August 9, at the usual time of 1:00 pm; all are welcome. The book for this session is Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart..

Camden Philosophical Society August 9,
4:00 pm

The Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society will meet on Tuesday, August 9, 4:00-6:00 pm in the Picker Room. The general topic will be Power, Control, and Resistance. The group will extend its series on the Crisis of Modernity into the contemporary arena with a discussion of works by three 21st century thinkers, Alain Badiou in discussion with Marcel Gauchet and, separately, Murray Bookchiny. All who enjoy a good discussion are welcome. Click here for more information..

“Threaded Journeys” August 9, 7:00 pm

Tom Johnson, author of “Life on the Fly,” will present his new book, Threaded Journeys: Fishing, Hunting, Conservation, Adventure, and America’s Future, at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, August 9, at 7:00 pm. Threaded Journeys is a compilation of fly fishing and bow hunting stories interwoven with discussions on various issues regarding conservation, preservation, and healthy living. The author, Tom Johnson, delves into topics about our blue-green planet and its resources that we must preserve. Click here for more information..

Circus Troupe August 11, 2:00 pm

Bay Chamber Concerts will host a group of circus performers, Circus Zambia, in a free demonstration and performance on the Library's South Lawn on Thursday, August 11, at 2:00 pm. All are welcome. Circus Zambia is a youthful and vibrant social circus school and creative hub that equips young people with circus, academic, and life skills in order for them to reach their full potential.

Juke Rockets Return August 11, 7:00 pm

The Juke Rockets will return to the Camden Amphitheatre with their high energy blues and rock & roll on Thursday evening, August 11, at 7:00 pm, for a free evening concert and dance-along. The Juke Rockets represented Maine in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in Memphis Tennessee in 2013 and 2014 and are excited to be returning in 2016. They were also awarded the People’s Choice Award in Waldo County in 2014. Bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating, and shoes for dancing! The concert is free, although we will pass the hat. Click here for more information..

“Gazebones” in the Camden Amphitheatre August 12, 2:00 pm

The Gazebones, a nine-member trombone ensemble from Massachusetts, will play an informal recital in the Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon, August 12, at 2:00 pm. The Gazebones meet weekly to play trombone ensemble music. Performances include unique renditions of popular songs and jazz favorites, marches, and rags, and a wide variety of transcriptions of orchestral, choral, band, and early music selections. Click here for more information..

Quantum Concert August 14, 1:00 pm

Join electronic artist Quantum for a special, free performance at the Camden Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 14, at 1:00 pm. Quantum is the duo of Jason Dean and Michael Whitehead. Quantum will bring ambient electronic sounds with Dean on vocals, drum machines, and keys, and Whitehead on bass and effects. Together they will provide soundscape to move your mind and body..

MOJO Jazz Orchestra August 15, 6:30 pm

Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (aka MOJO) plays terrific modern and traditional big band music with a variety of other styles. The band will perform a free concert on Monday evening, August 15, at 6:30 pm in the Camden Amphitheatre, to kick off a Double Feature Evening, with the Monday Night Movie to follow up! This 18-piece mid-coast band knows how to throw a party. Relax, sing out, or dance away. Click here for more information..

“The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” August 15, 8:15

The featured film at the Monday Night Movie series will be “The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” (1995, PG, 1 hr 39 min) at 8:15 on August 15. The movie will be a part of a Double Feature evening, with the Monday Night Jazz Orchestra followed by the movie on the big screen. The concert and the movie are free; bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating. Click here for more information..

“Creating Acadia National Park” August 16, 7:00 pm 

Author Ronald Epp will present the  story of “Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, August 16, at 7:00 pm. Although he is known as the “father of Acadia” and a founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, George Bucknam Dorr’s seminal contributions to the American environmental movement have gone largely unacknowledged. This biography is the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the establishment and development of a unique conservation model that dovetailed with the evolution of the US National Park Service -- which shares its 2016 centennial with Acadia! Click here for more information..

“Your Countdown to Retirement” August 18, 7:00 pm

Author Kathryn Severns Avery will present “Your Countdown to Retirement: The Pre-Retirement Planning Guide That’s NOT About Money” at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 pm. For the next fifteen years, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day reach the traditional retirement age of 65. As they contemplate stopping work, they face a myriad of emotional concerns and non-financial consideration. “Surprisingly,” says Avery, “it can take as long as two years to develop and implement a successful plan!” Click here for more information..

Summer Reading Program for Adults

The library’s Summer Reading Program for Adults has begun! The popular program encourages 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!.

“Blue and Gray” Re-Enactors in Camden’s Harbor Park August 20

The 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Company B will be joined by their Southern counterparts, the 15th  Alabama Company G, camping in Camden’s Harbor Park the weekend of August 19, 20, and 21. The companies will erect an authentic campground with tents and a firepit, and will offer vintage activities. The two companies are living history groups dedicated to preserving the memory of Civil War volunteers. The historical Company G and Company B actually met in combat at Gettysburg in July of 1863. Click here for more information..

Eleventh Annual Children’s Book-Fair-by-the-Sea August 20, 1:00 pm

The Camden Public Library, in conjunction with Sherman’s Books, is pleased to host the Eleventh Annual Children’s Book-Fair-by-the-Sea on August 20, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This celebratory event for children, families, and lovers of children’s books will feature area authors and illustrators.  Readings and presentations will take place in the library rotunda  every 25 minutes throughout the program. Click here for more information..

Looking Ahead: Book Sale August 27 & 28

The annual August Book Sale, held indoors in the Picker Room, will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. Sale hours will be 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Come browse for Book Pleasures and Book Tresures!

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 Amphitheatre and Harbor Park! Call Penney Read at the Camden Public Library, 236-3440, for more information. .

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