Library Seeks Events Coordinator
The Camden Public Library has an opening for an Events Coordinator. The position is a terrific opportunity to engage with and support every aspect of community life. “The Events Coordinator position is an amazing opportunity for the right person,” said Ken Gross, Assistant Director. “I have been coordinating events for almost twelve years now,” he added, “and while I am moving on to new challenges in the History Center at the library, we are looking for fresh ideas so we can continue our popular evening and weekend programs.” The Library is looking for just the right person to plan and implement Library events and programs that both stimulate the imagination and satisfy the needs of life-long learners. In addition to planning, scheduling, and implementing these programs, the Events Coordinator also publicizes them via the e-newsletter, social media, press releases, signage, website, etc. The job is part-time at 25 hours per week, and the schedule requires two evenings a week as well as occasional weekend work. Click here for more information..
John Smith’s 1637 Map and the Osher Map Library October 13, 7:00 pm
Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, will give an illustrated talk on John Smith’s 1637 Map of New England and the Osher Map Library on Thursday, October 13, at 7:00 pm. As an integral part of the University of Maine System, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education 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 Reception October 15, 2:00 pm
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..
Cyber Sunday Session on Twitter October 16, 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 16, is “Twitter.” 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..
“Are You Present?” October 17, 12:00 noon
This month’s Destination Wellness speaker is Greg Smith, speaking on Presence in Healing on Monday, October 17, at 12:00 noon. What is life? What is consciousness? Can we truly heal ourselves? What does health mean? Smith will elucidate on these questions and more in his talk, “Are You Present?” Join us to broaden your view of health and wellness by learning about PIH: Presence in Healing. A state of increased awareness can support many of life’s challenges including clarifying personal boundaries, increasing one’s ability to authentically connect with others, and heighten one’s creativity. Click here for more information..
Empty Place at the Table October 18
Empty Place at the Table is a display honoring members of our community who have died due to domestic violence. New Hope for Women will present the daylong memorial in the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 18. Four women and one infant are remembered at the table with items donated by their families, along with an additional place setting to honor all victims of domestic homicide. Click here for more information..
“Maintaining Control Over Your Financial Life” Elders Seminar October 18, 10:00 am
Kadonoff & Associates, LLC, 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 October. The topic on Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 am, is “Maintaining Control Over your Financial Life: Strategies for Seniors.” Click here for more information..
The Syrian Refugee Crisis October 18, 7:00 pm
As part of the Camden Conference series on Refugees and Global Migration, Harborside resident Kel House will offer a presentation, “Up Close and Personal: A View of the Syrian Refugee Crisis from a Small Greek island and What we here in Maine can do to Help,” on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 pm. Kel House and his wife Sher spend part of each year on the small Greek island of Symi, which is about the size and population of Deer Isle, and is very close to the coast of Turkey. Like other islands along Europe’s Mediterranean coast, Symi Island has been receiving a stream of dangerously overloaded boats full of Syrian and other refugees on its shores. Click here for more information..
“Exploring Jewish Prayer” Senior College Class Begins October 20
The Coastal Senior College will offer “Man’s Quest for God: Exploring Jewish Prayer” on Thursdays, October 20 through November 17, 12:00-2:00 pm, hosted by the Camden Public Library. The class will be led by instructor Steve Shaw. The class will examine how the sages of the Talmud gradually crafted a liturgy of praise, petition, and yearning; discuss its underlying theology; and explore fundamental questions such as whether a non-believer can pray. Call the Senior College at 207-596-6906 or 1-800-286-1594 or visit their website to enroll. Click here for more information..
Wind Over Wings Live Birds October 20,
Hope Douglas from Wind Over Wings will present a live bird program, “Birds of Prey & a Cockatoo, Too!” on Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 pm, co-hosted by the library and Midcoast Audubon Society. Experience the wonder of being a few feet away from one of Maine’s most elusive owls, the little Eastern Screech; a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk; Maine’s largest owl, the Great Horned; and for humor, an Umbrella Cockatoo. Birds in the care of Wind Over Wings are unable to survive in the wild; each bird has an inspiring story of courage, adaptability, and resilience. Click here for more information..
Simply Books! Book Group October 22,
Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults, 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, and share it with the group. Simply Books! meetings are on the fourth Saturday of the month. Click here for more information..
Cyber Sunday Session on Skype October 23, 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 topic for Sunday, October 23, is “Skype.” Click here for more information..
Medicare and Medicaid Information October 24, 10:00 am
You are invited to a fun, no-pressure, and informative community presentation to learn all about Medicare, get answers to all of your questions, and learn about the benefits of a plan from United Healthcare. Bring neighbors, and bring your questions! The purpose of the meetings is to inform and educate the attendees about their choices when becoming a Medicare member, and to answer questions, specifically about Medicare Advantage Plans with United Healthcare; enrollments will not be taken at the meetings. The sessions will be repeated each Monday for five weeks, October 24 through November 28 (skipping November 14). Click here for more information..
“Long Term Care” Elders Seminar October 24, 1:00 pm
The Elders Seminar for Monday, October 24, is “Long Term Care: Understanding the Options and Costs,” at 1:00 pm, presented by Kadonoff & Associates, LLC. Thinking about the cost of long term care can be frightening. With ever increasing costs and expanding number of options available, it’s important to educate yourself. Planning now reduces the risk of having to make important decisions during a time of crisis, when you are likely to feel pressured and your options may be more limited. Click here for more information..
“Career Planning” Class Begins October 25, 10:00 am
New Ventures Maine will offer a Career Planning class on four Tuesdays, beginning on October 25 at 10:00 am. Prepare for your next career with a plan that’s right for you. In this class you will review your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to occupations, identify educational opportunities, research the local job market, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve your goals. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or considering a career change, this class will help you achieve career success. Graduates of Career Planning are eligible to apply for a GEN Scholarship at UMA. This class is free and open to all. Click here for more information..
Leer y charlar October 25, 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..
Ronni Arno Book Launch October 25, 6:30 pm
The library is pleased to host the book launch of Ronni Arno’s newest book, Dear Poppy. The book launch is part of this month’s MSBA (Maine Student Book Awards) meeting, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 25. This will be a special book club event as we launch Dear Poppy — it will be an ’80s themed party, book signing, and author event! Open to all; let us know you are coming. Click here for more information..
Halloween Spooktacular October 26, 5:00 pm
Join us for spooktacular stories, games, crafts and don’t forget to come in costume! Spooky snack volunteers please call Miss Amy. Join us for fun stories and activities from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Call the library with questions at 236-3440..
Kerry Hardy on “Old Roads Revisited” October 27, 7:00 pm
As the final speaker in the Discover History Month series, Kerry Hardy will give an illustrated talk on “Old Roads Revisited” on Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 pm. Hardy explores, on foot and by books, maps, and online resources, the old native trails which became the settlers’ roads, and of course became our highways. Hardy will take a look at the earliest roads between Belfast and Thomaston, as well as a brief introduction to the various tools available to help sort them out — town histories, old military and topo maps, LIDAR, field work, and more. Click here for more information..
Pumpkin Palooza October 27, 7:00 pm
Come to our annual Pumpkin Palooza! We will be showing off all the jack-o-lanterns in a collective showing of glowing pumpkins. The Palooza will be after dark, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 27. Drop off your pumpkin in the children’s garden any time that day. All ages and carving talents welcome and encouraged to participate. This is a great way for more people to enjoy your jack-o-lantern. Take your pumpkin home right after the event. Click here for more information..
Middle School Vision Committee October 29, 3:00 pm
The Camden Rockport Middle School Vision Committee will present three options for moving forward on the renovation of the middle school, and seek community input on those options on Saturday, October 29, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Picker Room. This is a great opportunity for members of the Camden and Rockport communities to learn about and express their opinions about the future of the school. For more information and for dates and locations of other community presentations, visit the Middle School Options website..
Maine Bead Society Meeting October 30,
The Maine Bead Society is an organization for beaders across Maine to collaborate on ideas, skills, and talents. The society will meet at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, October 30, 1:15 to 4:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public. Want more information? Please email Sheila Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org..
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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