September 29 through October 15
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“How to Afford a Home in the Midcoast” Forum September 29, 6:00 pm

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and New Ventures Maine will present a panel of speakers on “How to Afford a Home in the Midcoast” hosted by the Camden Public Library on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 pm. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion with the speakers. Click here for more information..

Book Sale Kicks Off Harbor Arts & Books Weekend September 30

The library's annual Fall Book Sale begins on Friday, September 30, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Come browse for pleasures and treasures! The Fall Harbor Arts and Books Fair, on the same weekend, will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2. Harbor Arts & Books will continue to be an admission-free, family-friendly event featuring something for everyone! Click here for more information..

October is “Discover History Month”

October is “Discover History Month” at the Camden Public Library, and we will be hosting several speakers on local history as well as a photography exhibit! “The Forgotten War: My Dad’s Perspective,” features photos taken by Galen Leavitt, from the collection of Margo Ann Leavitt Pullen and will be on display throughout October. Click here for more speaker information. Click here for more information.

“Write-In” October 1, 10:00 am

MWPA (Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance) will host a “Write-In” at the Camden Public Library on Saturday, October 1, in the Reading Room, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Write-In is to encourage writers and to give them a jump-start in the writing process. Bring your own laptop, pens, paper, water, etc. Click here for more information.

Cyber Sunday Session on “eBooks” October 2, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes at the Camden Public Library at 2:00 pm. All classes are free, but please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. The sessions are led by the library’s Technology Coordinator, Olga Zimmerman. The topic for Sunday, October 2, is “How to borrow eBooks from the library.” Click here for more information..

“For Love and Money” Elders Seminar October 3, 10:00 am

Kadonoff & Associates of Belfast, Maine, is offering a series of three free seminars on “Elders, Family, & Finance: Lessons from Real World Experiences,” at the Camden Public Library during the month of October. The topic on Monday, October 3, 10:00 am, is “For Love and Money: Aging Parents and Finances;” Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 am, is “Maintaining Control Over your Financial Life: Strategies for Seniors;” and Monday, October 24, 1:00 pm, is “Long Term Care: Understanding the Options and Costs.” Click here for more information..

Lucy Stone, An Unapologetic Life by Sally G. McMillen October 4, 7:00 pm

Lucy Stone, a nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist, was one of the most famous women in America in the 1850s. She was a brilliant orator, played a leading role in organizing and participating in national women’s rights conventions, served as president of the American Equal Rights Association, co-founded and helped lead the American Woman Suffrage Association, and founded and edited the Woman’s Journal, the most enduring, influential women’s newspaper of its day. Sally McMillen, author of Lucy Stone, An Unapologetic Life, will give a talk on Lucy Stone and how Stone’s experiences reflected larger events taking place during a vibrant period in American history. McMillen’s presentation will kick off the library’s annual “Discover History Month” in October. Click here for more information..

Stroke Support Group October 5, 10:00 am

The next Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting is on Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 am. “We welcome survivors, family, and friends of stroke survivors, or really anyone faced with a neurological challenge,” said Carol Rohl, one of the Support Group organizers. For more information call 273-2090. “We look forward to more people joining us,” she added..

Elders Protection: Fighting Scams October 6, 2:oo pm

Two experts with Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection and Legal Services for the Elderly will give a presentation at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, October 6, at 2:00 pm. They will address various elder financial protection topics and how to recognize and fight scams. Meegan Burbank is a staff attorney at Legal Services for the Elderly and will co-present with David M. Leach, MPA, Principal Consumer Credit Examiner.
     They will cover financial protection topics and distribute two guides co-authored by Leach: "Downeaster Common Sense Guide: Gone Phishing" (State of Maine’s anti-scam guide); and "Downeaster Guide to Elder Financial Protection" (contains popular resource hotline numbers such as Do Not Call, Do Not Mail, Credit Card Opt-Out, and state, federal and non-profit agency contact information). Click here for more information.

Will Brown with Special Guest Cindy Kallet at Library Coffeehouse October 6, 7:00 pm

Two of the area’s favorite musicians, Will Brown and Cindy Kallet, will be performing at the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 pm. Will Brown has played in the coastal Maine area with many popular musical groups for the past 35 years, and is known for his finger style guitar accompaniments, great harmonies, and arrangements of songs new and old. He will perform the first half of the evening as solo songs, “with a little peppering of recitation,” he adds. He will be joined for a number of songs by Cindy Kallet for songs they have worked on together over the years. Cindy Kallet is known for her years in midcoast Maine as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist who has taught and performed extensively throughout North America in coffeehouses, concert halls, house concerts and music camps. 
     “An enjoyable evening awaits you!” promises Will. Admission to the performance on October 6 is $10 at the door only. The Library Coffeehouse continues on first Thursdays with Lou and Peter Berryman on November 3, 2016. Click here for more information.

Senior College Class on Maine’s Marine Wilderness Begins October 7

Coastal Senior College will offer “Maine’s Marine Wilderness: Exploring Maine’s Offshore Fishing Grounds” on Fridays, October 7 through November 18, 1:30-3:30 pm, at the Camden Public Library. The class will examine the historical ecology, environment, and fisheries of 80 marine fishing grounds off the Maine Coast from waters off Frenchmans Bay to those off Muscongus Bay. These seamounts, canyons, shoals, and ledges are familiar places to Maine fishermen. Class Limit 10. Call the Senior College at 207-596-6906 or 1-800-286-1594 or visit their website to enroll. Click here for more information..

“Living with Trees in the Urban Community” October 8, 2:00 pm

Arborist Dominic Fontaine will present “Living with Trees in the Urban Community,” a talk and slideshow, on Saturday, October 8, at 2:00 pm. Fontaine is a licensed arborist who has been practicing tree preservation since 1996. Native to Camden, he has partaken in the most extreme tree care and removal operations along the Maine coast and in Boston. Topics that will be covered include: History of Tree Care; Types of Land Owners & Professionals; Forest Trees versus Urban Trees; Tree Myths; Identifying Tree Hazards; Types of Pruning & Modern Methods. Click here for more information..

CLOSED Monday, October 10

The library will be closed on Monday, October 10, for Columbus Day.

Leer y charlar October 11, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group  chats in Spanish about what they’re reading and about current events. All who are proficient in Spanish are welcome..

Tuesday Book Club October 11, 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on October 11 at the usual time of 1:00 pm. All are welcome, please call Mary at 763-3035 for more information. The book for this session is Circling the Sun by Paula McLain..

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society October 11, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will, on Tuesday, October 11, discuss the central concepts of the book Being and Event by contemporary French philosopher Alain Badiou. The portions of the book to be read and discussed will provide a segue from the Crisis of Modernity theme, which has characterized the group’s readings over the last year or more, to a focus on philosophy relating to science, technology, and other contemporary topics for its readings over much of the coming winter. The discussion will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All who enjoy a good discussion are welcome..

Maine’s Wilderness Frontier and the Settling of Houlton October 11, 7:00 pm

Camden’s Henry Lunn will present another historical tale about Maine’s frontier,  “Lydia Trask Putnam and Sarah Houlton: Pioneer Women of Maine, 1804,” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 11, at 7:00 pm. Lunn’s presentation will be part of “Discover History Month” at the library. Lunn is a descendant of Lydia Putnam. Click here for more information..

John Smith’s 1637 Map and the Osher Map Library October 13, 7:00 pm

Matthew Edny, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, will visit the Camden Public Library during History Month to talk about John Smith’s 1637 Map of New England and the Osher Map Library. The Map Library is an extraordinary resource that has a collection of historical maps. As an integral part of the University of Maine System, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education [OML] is committed to preserving the cartographic heritage of the state, region, and nation. The John Smith map was published in England in 1637 and is entitled, “New England the most remarqueable parts thus named. by the high and mighty Prince Charles, nowe King of great Britaine.” Click here for more information..

“The Forgotten War” Photography Exhibit in October

There will be a photography display in the Picker Room during History Month entitled “The Forgotten War: My Dad’s Perspective,” featuring photos from the Korean War taken by Galen Leavitt. The photos are from the collection of Margo Ann Leavitt Pullen and will be on display throughout October. Pullen will host a reception and gallery talk on Saturday afternoon, October 15, at 2:00 pm. Click here for more information..

Upcoming: Creative Writing Class October 17, 9:30 am

Writing instructor and creativity coach Teresa Piccari will offer a free Creative Writing class at the Camden Public Library on Monday, October 17, from 9:30 to 11:00 am. The session will focus on developing strong characters capable of evoking reader likability and empathy, who undergo a character arc that illustrates the human condition as they evolve. The session will also offer tips on how to write natural-sounding dialogue, or learning how to make your characters talk the way people actually speak. Call the library at 236-3440 to enroll. 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 Amphitheatre and Harbor Park! Call Nikki Maounis at the Camden Public Library, 236-3440, for more information. .

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