March 2 - 17, 2017
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March Book Sale. Saturday, March 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm & Sunday March 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

Camden - It is time to stock up with more books to get you through the rest of the winter whether you are reading by the fireplace or snuggling in bed! You can find these books on Saturday, March 11 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 4 pm at the Camden Public Library’s March book sale.

This sale will offer a large selection of hard cover and soft cover trade paperbacks at $2 each on a wide range of topics including the arts, biographies, cooking, fiction, foreign language, gardening, health, history, how to, Maine, marine, nature, religion, science, and sports. There will also be a large section of children’s books, hard covered books at $2 each; soft cover books at $1 each, and board books at 50 cents each. Young adult books will be $2 each. There will be hundreds of paperbacks at 50 cents each, covering a variety of topics, as well as fiction by leading authors.  

Volunteers are needed at the library at noon on Friday, March 10, to set out the books on tables in the Picker Room. Book sale chairperson Jean Freedman-White said, “We need people during the weekend to serve for three-hour shifts as cashiers and to refresh the tables of books during the sale. Volunteers are also needed to help pack up books at the end of the sale, on Monday, March 13 beginning at 9 am. We are not accepting donations of books at this time because we are winterizing the book storage shed, but we will be accepting books again in April,” Freedman-White noted.  For information about volunteering for any phase of the book sale or for information on donating books, please call Freedman-White at 236-4885. All of the funds raised at the book sale will be used to purchase new books, and for children's and adult programs at the Camden Public Library. 

Announcing cloudLibrary: The New E-Book Platform.

On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library is moving to a new e-book and e-audiobook platform called cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. This will replace the Overdrive platform which has been in use for the past several years. Overdrive was turned off on February 28 and the cloudLibrary launched today.

Going to the old OverDrive website will redirect users to go to the new site as of 3/1/17. Check it out! We hope you'll love it too! Please note: Although all titles will transfer from OverDrive to cloudLibrary, holds placed in OverDrive will not transfer, and all books borrowed prior to the switch will expire and will need to be checked out again in cloudLibrary.

The great news for us is that Camden Public Library members who have used the cloudLibrary in the past can continue using as before. You will simply have access to more ebooks. Additionally, you will now also be able to borrow e-audiobooks!

Camden library members who utilized OverDrive will need to install the cloudLibrary app on their computer, tablet, or phone, and log in with their library barcode to view the collection and borrow.

Please see this helpful section on ebooks on our website, or the "How It Works" section on the cloudLibrary site. Feel free to call your librarians at (207)236-3440 if you have any questions.

Business Basics with New Ventures Maine. Thursday, March 2 & 9, 9:30 am - 12 noon.

This class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, and cash planning, and is suitable for those thinking about or in the early start-up phase of a new business. It will help you assess the feasibility, desirability, and viability of your business idea and get you started with your plan.

For registration or more information, contact Jenn at or 386-1664

“Dodson Fest” Begins! Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm

Longtime Camden residents, siblings David Dodson and Anne Dodson will create a combination of events during March at the Camden Public Library. The “Dodson Fest” will include a concert, an art exhibit, and a book “re-release party.” The concert will be a combined performance of David Dodson and his band The Lowdown, with sister Anne Dodson and her “band,” Matt Szostak. Both groups have performed at the Camden Library Coffeehouse to the great enjoyment of the Coffeehouse audience. The Coffeehouse performance will be on Thursday evening, March 2, at 7:00 pm; admission is only $10.

The art exhibit in the Picker Room will perfectly complement the music at the Coffeehouse. During March, the Picker Room will feature a display of art work by the late Fred Dodson (David and Anne’s father). In addition to the Coffeehouse on March 2, there will be a gallery reception for the Dodsons on Saturday afternoon, March 4, at 2:00 pm. The event will also mark the re-release of Stony Brook RFD, a book about life in rural Vermont in the 1940s and 50s, written by the late Phyllis Dodson (Anne and David’s mother). For more information, click here.

Grown Up Story Hour. Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 1:30 pm

Join us every Friday afternoon for stories read aloud by our fabulous team of librarians, and the occational community member. 

Friday, March 3, Diane will read  “A Jonquil for Mary Penn” from Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry.

Friday, March 10, Amy will read from On the Day That I Died, by Candace Fleming.

Tabletop Gaming for Ages 10 - 100. Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 3:00 pm

Join us every Friday afternoon for board games of all kinds! Please bring your favorite to share with the group. Snacks are also welcome. 

Art Gallery Opening: Fred Dodson Retrospective. Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm

The official opening of the exhibit of Fred Dodson’s artwork will be on Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 pm, but the paintings will be on display in time for the March 2 concert. Although he died in 1988, Fred Dodson left a wealth of work behind, some of which is still in family collections. Several watercolors will be part of the gallery show in the Picker Room.

Fred Dodson’s watercolors and prints are the culmination and reflection of his life as a farmsteader in Vermont,  a soldier, a teacher in a one-room school, a designer of jewelry and pewterware, an instructor in art metalwork at Dartmouth, and a teacher of watercolors in Maine and Florida. By foot and canoe, his continuing observations of nature have found expression in paintings, seen in seven one-man shows and many group shows. His work is in private and corporate collections in this country and abroad.

Cyber Sunday: Internet Safety for Parents. Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm

Technology Coordinator Olga Zimmerman will lead a workshop for parents on keeping their children safe online. 

Camden Philosophical Society. Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will meet on Tuesday, March 7 — in line with its new practice of meeting on the first Tuesday of every month — 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 4:00-6:00 pm in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All are welcome.

Roger Moody: “A Governmental History of Knox County”. Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm

The County of Knox, Maine, A Governmental History, 1860-2015 represents the first-ever compilation of the governmental history of the county and will serve as an historical reference resource for bringing understanding to the issues, trends, and accomplishments the last 155 years. Roger Moody will speak about his research used in the book, and sign copies. Roger Moody graduated from Camden High School in 1961, from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Government in 1965, and then served two years of active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.  In 1969 he received a Master’s of Public Administration degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where his concentration was in the Metropolitan Studies Program. His long-term public service career has included administrative assignments in the State of Connecticut’s Department of Community Affairs, and in the Town of East Hartford, Connecticut.  He served as municipal manager for the City of Ellsworth, Maine, and the Town of Camden, Maine, and as Business Manager for the City of Bangor, Maine, School Department.   He was elected to two terms as Knox County Commissioner, 2008-12 and 2013-16.

Vermont’s Long Trail. Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm

Anne O’Regan will speak on Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 pm on her experiences hiking Vermont’s Long Trail. Vermont’s Long Trail is America’s oldest long distance trail.  The 273-mile footpath was built between 1910 and 1930, by the Green Mountain Club.  It begins on the Massachusetts-Vermont border and travels north to the Canadian border, along the way summiting the Green Mountains’ highest peaks:  Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mt Abraham, Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, and many other smaller mountains.  For the first 100-miles, the Long Trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail.

Anne will share stories and slides from this magnificent and challenging trail.  She “thru-hiked” it twice, once in 2012 (south to north) and again in 2013 (north to south).  Anne previously spoke at the Camden Public Library about her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike.

Tuesday Book Club. Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 pm 

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on March 14, 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 One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood.

Leer y charlar. Tuesdays, March 14 & 28, 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. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.) and decide how to proceed. Bring ideas for future recommendations.

Career Planning with New Ventures Maine. Wednesday, March 15, 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 the University of Maine at Augusta GEN Scholarship, to be used at any UMA location.  For More Information or to register, contact: Melinda Wildes at or 593-7942.

Estate Planning Workshop. Wednesday, March 15, 12:00 noon. 

Estate Planning – How to Protect Your “Stuff” in Three Easy Steps. 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 free 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.

Imagine the North Woods National Park. Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm. 

Experience an extraordinary journey to one of the last, great, unprotected wilderness areas within the United States, the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park. The award-winning professional photography team of Lee Ann Szelog and Thomas Mark Szelog with the Midcoast Maine Audubon will personally guide you into the proposed park to experience and learn more about this fragile and priceless ecosystem during a multi-media presentation, featuring the music of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger.

Anita Shreve is Coming to the Camden Public Library! May 2, 7:00 pm

Anita Shreve will be at the Camden Public Library for a reading and discussion of her new book The Stars are Fire on May 2 at 7:00. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtesy of Owl & Turtle Bookshop, and there will be a chance to have Anita Shreve sign your book. The event will take place in the beautiful library Reading Room.

“The year 1947 became known as “the Year Maine Burned.” Anita Shreve, the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), brings this devastating event to life in a riveting story of friendship, love, and survival: The Stars Are Fire (Knopf, 4/18/17).  Exquisitely suspenseful, this new novel introduces us to Grace Holland, an extraordinary young woman tested by catastrophe. The fires started during the first week of October.  After a summer-long drought, they broke out near Bar Harbor and soon were burning out of control, racing down the Maine coast.  Eventually over two hundred fires raged, consuming a quarter of a million acres of forest and wiping out nine entire towns.”

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