December 8 through December 22
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The Library will not be accepting book donations for the rest of the winter.

Due to the winter weather, our loyal volunteers will not be able to process and sort dontations. We will be glad to accept your donations in the spring. Thank you.



“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..

Mood Foods - Destination Wellness: December 12, 12:00 pm

This month’s Destination Wellness speaker is Kerry Altiero, owner of Café Miranda, speaking on “Mood Foods” on Monday, December 12, at 12:00 noon. Remember the movie, “Like Water for Chocolate?”, where the New York Times said, “emotions so strong you can taste them?” They weren’t entirely wrong. Foods do evoke emotions by directly affecting neurotransmitter function. Well, enough of the science part. Let’s talk about the food part. Come and hear well-known chef and local restaurateur, Kerry Altiero, tell us all about foods — foods that make us happy, foods that make us sad, or even mad. Celebrating food in all its sweetness and bitterness is what many people, and cultures, believe makes life worth living.  Click here for more information..

Leer y Charlar: December 13, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group will continue on “second and fourth Tuesday” meetings  at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Chat in Spanish about books, magazines, etc. and decide how to proceed. Bring ideas for future recommendations. FMI contact Lynne Taylor at ¡Hasta pronto!  Click here for more information..

Tuesday Book Club: December 13, 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on December 13, at the usual time of 1:00 pm. The Tuesday Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday; all are welcome, please call Mary at 763-3035 for more information. The book for this session is Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.  Click here for more information..

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society: December 13, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will meet on Tuesday, December 13, to continue a discussion of Thomas Kuhn’s concept of paradigm change. The discussion will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Picker Room. All are welcome. In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn argues that such revolutions involve a change of paradigm. He illustrates his claim primarily with examples drawn from physics, but it applies equally well to other sciences, such as biology, chemistry, astronomy, and even the social sciences. Click here for more information..

Dr. Éthelle Lord - Alzheimer’s & Dementia Coaching: December 13, 7:00 pm

Dr. Éthelle Lord will speak on Tuesday,  December 13, at 7:00 pm on “Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.” Lord points out the immediate need for a system approach in dementia care today — one that includes the family care provider, an Alzheimer’s coach at the hub of the healthcare wheel, and the need for a standard in dementia care training. Ethelle Lord gives us hope that better dementia care leads to a better quality of life for those living with dementia. Click here for more information..

Discovering Creativity and Sacred Space in Our Everyday Lives - Clarity Artists: December 14, 1:00 pm

Clarity, the artist/writer team of Su.Sane and Robert Hake, will offer an uplifting antidote to the frenzy of the holiday season when they present “Discovering Creativity and Sacred Space in Our Everyday Lives,” on Wednesday, December 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Camden Public Library. The free program is part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series for adults age 50 and better and is co-sponsored by the library. Taking as a starting point their belief that creativity belongs to everyone, not just to those who consider themselves artists, the Hakes will explain how to find creativity and sacred space in the ordinary and in so doing add depth and richness to everyday lifeClick here for more information..

First Time Homebuyers: December 15, 7:00 pm

Join  Midcoast-based realtor Monet Brazier, a "Millennial"  with The Maine Real Estate Network on Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. She will help explain the home-buying process in ‘plain English’ alongside a local loan officer to better connect our community and to provide resources on how to approach buying real estate in our area. “If you’ve never bought a home, or would like to know what it’s like to buy a home in today’s market — this class is for you!” says Monet.

This informal seminar will be based around public discussion and questions about the home-buying process here in MaineClick here for more information..

Gift Wrapping 101: December 16, 1:00 pm

Still wrapping your gifts in newspaper? Taping got you stuck? Ribbon tying you up in knots? We can help. The Camden Public Library will host a drop-in wrapping instructional event on Friday, December 16, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Come and go as you please during the session. Come learn new wrapping techniques, ribbon tying, and paper stamping to get you started on your holiday season. Bring a few packages of any size or shape, and some favorite paper if you wish. The library will provide ribbons, tape, and materials to make your own wrapping paperClick here for more information..

Simply Books! Book Club: December 17, 2:00 pm

Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults. Simply Books! is a book group designed for book lovers. There’s no set reading list, we don’t all read the same book, and it’s very informal. Simply bring along whatever book you're currently reading, and share it with the group.  Simply Books! meetings are on the FOURTH Saturday of the month. If you’d like to learn more, please email Marie Stickney at Or visit the Readers Corner Blog at, and click on the “Simply Books!” page. Click here for more information..

Cyber Sunday - Gmail, the Next Level: December 18, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes, held on Sundays at 2:00 pm. All classes are free, but some may have limited seating, so please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. iPads and laptops are available to borrow through the Camden Public Library. Please inquire ahead of time if you’d like to check out an iPad for 2 weeks or borrow a laptop for use within the library for 2 hours. Click here for more information..

Taking Falafel to a Fourth of July Picnic: December 20, 7:00 pm

The Camden Conference will host speaker Reza Jalali at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. Jalali, a writer and an educator, will share his experience of arriving in Portland, Maine, as a refugee. It is the universal story of a wide-eyed refugee coming to Maine, the country’s whitest state, awed by the sights and sounds of a new country, and shocked by the cultural differences he experiences in the U.S. He was determined to begin a new life to replace the one lost to a revolution and a war in his country of birth, Iran.  This program is free and open to all. Click here for more information..

The Library Will Be Closed for the Morning of December 21, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The library will be closed for the morning of Wednesday, December 21 for staff training. Please pardon the inconvenience. .

Gift Wrapping 101 - Last Chance! December 22, 7:00 pm

Calling all last minute wrappers! Here is your chance to cross “wrap gifts” off your list just in the nick of time. Still wrapping your gifts in newspaper? Taping got you stuck? Ribbon tying you up in knots? We can help. The Camden Public Library will host a drop-in wrapping instructional event on Thursday, December 22, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Come and go as you please during the session.  Click here for more information..

Holiday Hours

The Library will be closing at 3:00 pm on December 24, and will be closed on Christmas Day. We will be open on New Year's Eve until 5:00 pm (December 31) and closed on New Years Day. Happy New Year to you!

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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