March 16 - 29, 2017
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Peyton Place Film Restoration Released for 60th Anniversary - March 14, 2017.

Click here to see a short film showing how the famous movie locations look today!  Did you know that the library has an extensive Peyton Place collection in our History Center? It contains pictures, scrapbooks, and maps of all the filming locations.

The Blu-Ray edition of the restored film has been released, and will be available at the library soon! Bonus material includes the above short film showing the modern look of the familiar movie locations. The actual filming of Peyton Place started in June, 1957 with hundreds of extras from the area hired for $10 a day. Many townspeople were included in the parade down Main St., a concert at the public landing and a graduation scene in the amphitheatre.

Each morning Main St. was washed down and filming begun before traffic became too heavy. Other scenes were shot at Whitehall, Mirror Lake, the Knox Mill, the Courthouse in Rockland and outside various homes on Chestnut Street. The arch over Union Street was changed to read “Entering Peyton Place” and 5500 pounds of equipment was hand-carried up Mt. Battie for a scene.

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.

Grown Up Storytime. Fridays, March 17, 24, & 31, 1:30 pm.

Join us on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:00 to hear stories read by our fabulous team of librarians and occasional community members. If you are interested in reading, please contact Cayla at

The Golden Age of Camden’s Cottages. Sunday, March 19, 2:00 pm.

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society presents architect Chris Glass at the Camden Public Library. This will be a survey of house design through Camden’s history, concentrating on the turn of the twentieth century, when builders competed to supply the new market for Shingle Style summer cottages. The Camden Library has a good collection of period views and descriptions of the houses and biographies of the builders. Glass will speak about what came before, during and after them. For more information, click here.

Career Planning with New Ventures Maine. Wednesday, March 21, 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. **The first session scheduled for March 15 was cancelled due to snow. This session will now be the first, and a snow date of April 11, 10:00 am, has been added to the schedule.**

Songwriter Sessions. Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 pm

Songwriters will meet again this winter on Tuesday evenings at the Camden Public Library History Center, 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 sessions meet on THIRD Tuesdays, until the rehearsal on May 9 and the Coffeehouse on June 1. The sessions are 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information, click here.

Interpreting the History of Beech Hill Through its Present Landscape. Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm

Beech Hill in Rockport, Maine was not always the untrammeled natural sanctuary we know today. In the not too distant past the Hill was was home to a mosaic of dwellings, farms, cultivated fields, and pastures. With this talk, Gary Gulezian will explore clues on today’s landscape to help uncover the history of prior uses of the land. Gulezian will compare these interpretations with land records from settlement times and input from the audience. The interpretative techniques that have been applied to Beech Hill can be used to turn a casual walk in any of the local woodlands into a fascinating exploration of the past. For more information, click here

Tabletop Gaming for Ages 10 - 100. Fridays, March 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. 

“Dance Is For Everyone!” Thursday, March 23, 11:00 am

Dance Is For Everyone is a dance program for people with movement challenges taught, by Katie Tranzillo. This easy-to-do dance program is specially designed for people with movement difficulties, because dance is not just for the able-bodied. Everyone can and should enjoy the benefits of dance. Even people with Parkinson’s can dance! Why dance? Release tension, increase flexibility, balance, and strength. Experience the way music can help you to move in new ways. Breathe more deeply and vocalize more fully. Gain confidence and feel good about your movement. Connect with others joyfully and creatively. Enjoy a stimulating mental activity that connects mind and body. Increase awareness in your body and how it moves. Feel supported as you explore in a safe and comfortable environment.

Tax Prep for the Self-Employed. Thursday, March 23, 1:00 pm

New Ventures Maine will lead an informational session for sole-proprietors. Please sign up by calling Jenn at 368-1664. No actual tax prep assistance will be offered at this time, the session is informational. 

Lichens of Mount Battie. Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm

“What is lichen? Where and how do they grow? What is their role in the environment?” Naturalist Diann Henderson will be at the Camden Library to answer these questions and more! There will be a PowerPoint as well as hands on samples of lichens to learn from. Attendees are encouraged to bring a hand lens. The evening presentation will be an orientation to the various types of lichens that call Mount Battie home. Henderson will then lead a nature hike up Mount Battie the following morning, Friday, March 24. Meet at 8:45 am in the Mount Battie parking lot. Please dress for the weather and bring hand lenses, sketchbooks, or a notebook if you wish. 

Simply Books! Saturday, March 25, 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 Or visit the Readers Corner Blog at, and click on the “Simply Books!” page.

Cyber Sunday: Online Dating in 2017. Sunday, March 26, 2:00 pm

As part of our Cyber Sunday Technology Series, Technology Coordinator Olga Zimmerman and Events Coordinator Cayla Miller will lead a presentation on Online Dating in 2017. There will be an opportunity to compare websites and apps, and sign up for one of your choosing. Don’t be shy! You will need to be able to access your email account for this class, so please make sure you know your user name and password! Please bring your own smart phone or tablet if you have one. If you need to borrow an iPad for the class, please call 236-3440 to reserve one. 

Wabanaki REACH Ally Program. Monday, March 27, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

This workshop has been well received across the state with well over 600 Mainers participating. Maine and Wabanaki people are at an historical juncture in their long relationship. The Ally Workshop is an opportunity for non-Native people to reflect on our shared history and future with Native people. The workshop includes a very brief history of US government relationships with Native people; awareness of white privilege; and ally responsibilities. Space is limited and registration is required. CONTACT: Barbara Kates · · 207-951-4874

Leer y charlar. Tuesday, March 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.

Cafe Sci with Bigelow Labs: Maine Red Tides. Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm. 

Last fall, an unprecedented bloom of toxic algae known as Pseudo-nitzschia led to shellfishery closures throughout Maine, into Canada, and as far south as Rhode Island. The algae produce a toxin that can build up inside shellfish and cause amnesic shellfish poisoning in people when consumed. Some of the closures lasted more than a month and prompted recalls of oysters, mussels, and clams during the busy Columbus Day weekend.

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Cindy Heil and her colleagues at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences worked with the Maine Department of Marine Resources to monitor for the toxin and study the algae. Heil has studied harmful algal blooms and methods for mitigating their impact for more than 20 years. On March 28, she will present, “Maine Red Tides: The Good, the Bad, and the Toxic,” and lead a discussion about harmful algae in the Gulf of Maine and their connections with climate change and human activities. For more information about this event, and the Cafe Sci series, click here

Estate Planning Workshop. Wednesday, March 29, 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. **Rescheduled from March 15 due to snow.**


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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