January 19 - February 8 2017
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Thank You For Your Trust!

A recent study shows that librarians (that's us!) are considered the second most trustworthy profession after nurses. We want to thank you, our library publicm for this great honor. And in these times of great mistrust, we promise to continue to strive every day to be worthy of your respect. In times of curiosity and study we will provide resources; in times of disconnect and solitude we will provide a welcoming space; and in times of trouble and need we will provide unbiased and unfettered access. Thank you for making Camden Public Library your home. You're probably wondering what profession won the dubious honor of being last on the "trusted list"? It's telemarketers, car salesmen, and members of Congress. Sorry, guys. 

The Secret Life of Puffins. January 19, 7:00 pm

Susan Schubel of the Midcoast Maine Audubon will speak about these fascinating birds. "Seabird Sue", as she is known, is also the president of the Midcoast Maine Audubon. She will reveal the mystery of where puffins spend the winter.  Click here for more information.

Tabletop Gaming for Ages 10 to 100.
January 20 & 27, 3:00 pm

Join us every Friday in the Picker Room for tabletop games of all kinds: Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, and more! Bring your favorite to share with the group.

Leer y Charlar. January 24, 2:00 pm

Read and chat, entirely in Spanish. All who are proficient in Spanish are welcome to attend.  


3-D Snowflakes. January 24, 7:00 pm

Miss Amy will be leading participants in creating beautiful and intricate (but not difficult!)  paper snowflakes. This program is part of our annual JumpstartJanuary series, where adults get to join the crafty fun that the kids enjoy year round at the library! Registration is required, please call the library at 236-3440. This event is free. Click here for more information.

Art Lab. January 26, 7:00 pm

Getting started with new art materials can be costly, time consuming, and overwhelming! Wouldn’t it be better to try something before you buy all the supplies? As part of the Jumpstart January program,  adults are welcome to come try out a variety of art media in a  low-pressure, process art setting. Local artists will be on hand to contribute guidance. Registration is required, please call the library at 236-3440.  Click here for more information.

Simply Books! January 28, 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. We simply bring along whatever book we’re currently reading (usually the ones we’re loving and want to talk about!), 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 mstickney@librarycamden.org. Or visit the Readers Corner Blog at cplreaderscorner.wordpress.com For more information, click here.

Cyber Sunday Technology Class. January 29, 2:00 pm

Learn about Shutterfly: Design and print custom photo projects using online software. With Technology Coordinator Olga Zimmerman.  For more information, click here. 

Ice Carving Demonstration. January 29, 1:00 pm

Ice carving master Tim Pierce will demonstrate his skills to get carving teams warmed up for the Community Ice Carving Festival on February 4th. Spectators welcome! This event will be held in the library Children's Garden at the Atlantic Street entrance. For more information, click here.

The Architect in the Garden. January 31, 10:00 am

This event marks the start of the 2017 Winter Horticulture series. Landscape Architect Joshua Thompkins is located in Yarmouth but has done some significant projects in Camden and the Midcoast. He will discuss what drew him to his profession and how landscape architects can help homeowners with overall garden planning and installation. Co-Sponsored by the Camden Garden Club.  Click here for more information.

Songwriter Sessions January 31, 6:00 pm

Songwriters will meet again this winter on Tuesday evenings at the Camden Public Library, in preparation for the June Library Coffeehouse. All are welcome! Come find a supportive group for your songwriting, all levels of songwriting are welcome. The first session will be January 31, and thereafter on THIRD Tuesdays, until the rehearsal on May 9 and the Coffeehouse on June 1. The sessions are 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the second floor meeting room. Ken Gross will participate as session leader with support from master songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas. Call Ken for more information at the Library, 236-3440. “We are looking forward to a good time, sharing our writing and music,” said Gross. “We are also hoping for some cross-pollination, and getting some harmony and instrumental support for each other. In the past we have had all kinds of styles from traditional to singer-songwriter to rockabilly, novelty songs, Broadway, hymns, and humor. We are hoping to see some new songwriters and hear some new songs!” Click here for more information.

Wet Felting with Susie Cooke. January 31, 7:00pm

Susie Cooke will  explain the the process of taking wool roving and creating a usable item using the resist method of wet felting.  Merino wool will be used, preferred for its consistency and soft feel.  There will be some embellishment materials available to include in the piece. Part of our annual Jumpstart January program.  The class is full, but please email Cayla at cmiller@librarycamden.org to be placed on an interest list for potential future classes. Click here for more information.

The New Mainers. February 1, 4:00 pm

Photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest will exhibit a select collection of his photographs, “The New Mainers,” in the Picker Room  throughout the month of February. There will be an opening reception and discussion with the artist on February 1 at 4:00. His exhibit will be a perfect accompaniment to the Camden Conference theme in 2017, “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.” Controversy aside, immigration is America’s oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. The history of immigration in Maine is happening today, and is in constant flux. The exhibit and accompanying book, "New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors" highlights personal stories of immigration through  contemporary portraits. For more information, click here.

Coffeehouse Featuring Martin Grosswendt & Susan Salem-Schatz. February 2, 7:00 pm

The Camden Public Library is pleased to present the country blues duo Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz for our February Coffeehouse. Admission is $10 at the door. Come beat the winter chill with some fabulously fun music. Music begins at 7:00, doors open at 6:30. Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. For more information, click here.

Grown Up Story Hour. February 3, 1:30 pm

Bring your lunch or a snack, and listen to short stories read by our fabulous team of librarians, every Friday afternoon during the month of February. Schedule: February 3: Diane will read "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather, February 10: Amy will read selections from "Pastoralia" by George Saunders, February 17: Ken will read selections from "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A.A. Milne, February 24: Katie will read…story TBA. For more information, click here.

Community Ice Carving Festival. February 4, 12:00 noon

This year there will be twelve teams of community ice carvers, with additional sculptures by master carver Tim Pierce. This event kicks off the week long Winterfest 2017 celebration. Accompanied by music outdoors, and live music indoors, the carvers will complete dazzling crystalline sculptures on Saturday afternoon. There will be hot food available at the Amphitheatre, donated and prepared by volunteers, and kids’ crafts indoors. The radiant sculptures will last as long as winter weather continues, softening and glistening and changing from day to day. Ice sculpting is a wonderful outdoor activity in the winter; the chips literally fly as the blocks are transformed into sculpture. Teams return year after year to participate; returning teams include the Riley School, Artice, Team Thompson, Jim Reitz & Friends, MidCoast Interact Club, Station Maine, and the Children’s House Montessori School. The ice carving is sponsored in part by the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce. For more information, click here.

AARP Tax Prep Assistance. February 6, 9:30 am (ongoing through April)

The Camden Public Library will once again host volunteer tax preparation assistance on most Monday mornings through early April. Advanced registration is required by calling the library at 236-3440. Space is very limited. For more information, click here.

Estate Planning. February 6, 1:00 pm

This workshop covers frequently asked questions and common misconceptions regarding wills and trusts, asset protection, nursing home issues, Medicaid qualifications and estate taxes. 95% of estate plans fail to accomplish their goals. This course offers a way to help you understand the misconceptions that lead to failure of estate plans, why and what can be done to fix them. Taught by Jesse Bifulco, estate planning attorney for over twenty years. This class will be part of an ongoing series, following dates include: February 22, 12 noon, March 15, 12 noon, April 3, 3 pm, May 1, 3 pm, May 15, 12 noon, and June 5, 3 pm. For more information, click here.

The Collector in the Garden. February 7, 10:00 am

Part of the Winter Horticulture Series co-sponsored by the Camden Garden Club. Craig Olsen on Artisan Books & Bindery on Islesboro deals in rare and special books. He will talk about how to collect books on gardening and gardens, and describe some of the collectible garden books that might be available.  For more information, click here.

Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society. February 7, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical society  to continue its discussion of contemporary ethics focused on British philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s work "After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory". The discussion will take place from 4-6 pm in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All are welcome. For more information, click here.

Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Family Movie Night. February 7, 6:00 pm

Join us at the Camden Public Library for a free showing of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! Experience the adventures of Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter as they enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe. Once there, they discover a charming, once-peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts that has been turned into a world of eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Aided by the magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a battle to be free of the Witch’s glacial powers forever! This event is part of Winterfest 2017! For more information on upcoming Winterfest events, go to www.camdenwinterfest.com or on Facebook for Camden Winterfest.

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Puppet Show at Camden Opera House. February 8, 6:00 pm

The Camden Public Library is pleased to present Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers in their show "The Legend of the Banana Kid" as part of Winterfest 2017. Tickets are available at the Library, Family $15, single tickets $5, children under 5 are free. Tickets will also be available at the door. Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure!  With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.  (*please note that there are no guns in the show). Length of show: approx. 45 minutes. Recommended audience: ages 4 and up. For more information, click here.

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