The masons from Stonescape Masonry have taken advantage of the extraordinarily good November weather to get a head start on our new stone walk on the south lawn. The large granite fieldstones replace the original stones which were in place for many years and then removed when the Centennial Wing was built twenty years ago. In recent years, this much-travelled pathway has been worn into a dusty and muddy walk, and we are pleased to bring the stone walkway back. The path will again lead from the top of the granite steps to the original Main Street entrance to the library..
CLOSED November 24
The library will be closed on Thursday, November 24, for Thanksgiving. We will be open for our normal business hours on Friday, November 25 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm). Have a great Thanksgiving!.
Geshe Gehlek November 27
Tibetan Buddhist master Geshe Gehlek will give a talk on “Awakening Compassion” on Sunday, November 27, at 2:00 pm. The free talk will be hosted by the Rockland Shambhala Meditation Center. Geshe Gehlek will speak about the Buddhist path of liberation and will share experiences and insights on the innate suffering of humanity, as well as the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and freedom from suffering. Through his talk and the discussion to follow, Geshe Gehlek will engage the community in a timely dialogue about how compassion -- understanding suffering and taking action to relieve it -- can truly shift our world. Click here for more information..
Medicare and Medicaid Information
November 28, 10:00 am
You are invited to an 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. The purpose of the meeting 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. Click here for more information..
“Embrace the Season: Winter” November 29, 6:30 pm
Want to stay healthy and happy this season? Join Rhonda Feiman, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, to learn Chinese medicine practices and Qi-gong movements that can help strengthen the immune system and support emotional and physical balance. She will present a free workshop on “Embrace the Season: Winter” on Tuesday, November 29, at 6:30 pm. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 921-3950 to register. Click here for more information..
“Food That Works” December 1, 7:00 pm
Author Malia Dell will give a talk about sustainable, healthy eating on Thursday evening, December 1, at 7:00 pm. This thought-provoking event is for anyone interested in making better choices involving the ways you eat, food, shop, and organize your fridge, no matter how busy your schedule. She will share tips from her cookbook, Food That Works: Real Meals to Survive the 9 to 5. Books will be available for sale and signing. Click here for more information..
Christmas-by-the-Sea Opening Celebration December 2, 4:30 pm
The Library will again host the opening ceremonies of the Christmas-by-the-Sea festivities. On Friday, December 2, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, “Music in the Library” will be performed by CHRHS Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Off Beats, Fortissima, and maybe even more! That same evening, from 6:15 to 6:45, the CHRHS Chorale will sing carols around the tree in Harbor Park. Click here for more information..
Story Hour with Santa December 3, Noon
The Library will host Santa’s Story Hour at noontime on Saturday, December 3, after Santa comes ashore at Camden Harbor. Santa will read his traditional Christmas story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” There will be opportunities for free photographs with Santa following the story hour with photographer Mark Haskell. Click here for more information.
Ho Ho Holiday Children’s Book Fair December 4, 2:00 pm
The Library and Sherman’s Books will co-host the Ho Ho Holiday Book Fair, with children’s book authors and illustrators, on Sunday afternoon, December 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Fair is part of Camden’s Christmas-by-the-Sea Weekend. The book fair will feature authors and illustrators including Lynn Plourde, Ronni Arno, Liza Gardner Walsh, Wendy Ulmer & Sandy Crabtree, Abby & Eric Zelz, Hope Angier, J. Bean Palmer, Douglas Coffin, S.A. Larsen, and more. There will be books on hand for purchase and signing. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to chat with your favorite authors and illustrators and get autographed copies for you or as holiday gifts! Click here for more information..
“Writers Read” December 5, 1:00 pm
The Writers’ Group of the Coastal Senior College will host their annual Writers Read presentation of their current work, on Monday afternoon, December 5, at 1:00 pm. “The Writers’ Group is fortunate to have both talent and diversity — which makes our monthly meetings at the Camden Public Library all the more interesting!” says Marilyn Muth, a member of the group. All are welcome to the reading; the event is free and includes refreshments. Click here for more information..
“Hour of Code” December 6, 5:00 pm
The Camden Public Library will offer a special program on coding, specifically for children ages 5 to 10, on Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The Library joins the mission to introduce young students to computer science! The Hour of Code will consist of an age-appropriate, beginner hands-on coding lesson. Space is limited, and sign-up is required. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Children under 8 should have an adult with them. Call 236-3440 to sign up. The program will be led by Melora Norman and Olga Zimmerman. Click here for more information..
“Sugar Cravings: Fifteen Herbs You Need To Know” December 6, 7:00 pm
Get ready for the holidays by retraining your body to appreciate sugar in smaller amounts with herbs. Clinical Herbalist Steve Byers will discuss how herbs can support blood sugar regulation and even down-regulate your taste preferences for sweets with herbs such as Gymnemma, known in Ayurvedic herbal medicine as “The Sugar Destroyer.” The class is on Tuesday evening, December 6, at 7:00 pm; there is no need to pre-register, all are welcome. Click here for more information..
Midcoast Stroke Support Group December 7, 10:00 am
The Midcoast Stroke Support Group will meet on Wednesday, December 7, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. In addition to the regular meeting, the group has invited a special speaker from Brain Injury Voices in Portland to join the group in a public presentation and discussion later in the morning, at 12:00 pm. See next article, below. Click here for more information..
“Brain Injury Voices” December 7, 12:00 noon
Brain Injury Voices (www.braininjuryvoices.org) is an active volunteer group of brain injury survivors in Maine who are “paying it forward” by educating medical professionals and the general public about brain injury from the survivor point of view, advocating for the importance of brain injury rehabilitation, and supporting survivors and families through peer mentoring.
The presentation by Brain Injury Voices will be an interactive “bingo” game format, based on the inspirational writings of Voices’ co-founder Bev Bryant. “On the surface it’s about brain injury, but it goes so much deeper than that,” says Voices’ leader Carole Starr. “Through playing the bingo game, participants will hear many pearls of wisdom about coping with adversity and learning to thrive again when your life has changed dramatically.” It promises to be a fun and inspirational presentation; the presentation will be 12:00-1:00 pm. Click here for more information..
“Clarity” Opening Reception December 8, 6:00 pm
Clarity is the two-person art team of Robert and Su.Sane Hake, who return to the library with another dazzling exhibit during the month of December. “Temper Tantrum, A 20/20 Vision,” is “a show to heal our time.” The show is a retrospective of the team’s work, gathering together thirty years of collaborative work, and creating a “pattern tapestry of transmutation for our time.” Join artists Robert and Su.Sane Hake for a gala opening reception in the Jean Picker Room Gallery on Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 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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