November 26 through December 10
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In Memory and in Thanks: Charles Cawley

We remember Charles Cawley for his generosity to the Library, to the Town of Camden, and to the people of our community. He was a supporter in many ways, large and small, of efforts to make Camden a better place to live, and we honor and thank him for his leadership and spirit of generosity. The Camden Public Library still benefits greatly from the Cawley familys support for our services and facilities, from the Childrens Garden to the Walsh History Center. Charles Cawley passed away on November 18; he was a member of the Library’s Board of Trustees for years and was still an Honorary Trustee at the time of his passing..

CLOSED November 26

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. We will be open as usual, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, on Friday, November 27. We wish you and your family a great Thanksgiving!.

War and Reconciliation: Africa’s Dilemma December 1, 7:00 pm

The establishment of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and by achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. What were the goals? Come to the library, Tuesday evening, December 1, at 7:00 pm, and join the discussion to find out, hosted by the Camden Conference as part of their Community Events series. Click here for more information..

Stroke Support December 2, 10:00 am

The Midcoast Stroke Support Group meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. “We welcome survivors, family, and friends of stroke survivors, or really anyone faced with a neurological challenge,” said Carol Rohl, one of the Support Group organizers. For more information call 273-2090. Click here for more information..

Roger C. Taylor’s “L. Francis Herreshoff” December 3, 7:00 pm

Author Roger C. Taylor will return to Camden to present L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer at the Camden Public Library on Thursday evening, December 3, at 7:00 pm. Taylor was the founder of International Marine Publishing of Rockport, Maine, which for decades published marine-related books. L. Francis Herreshoff is the first of two volumes chronicling the life and work of the most remarkable yacht designer of his time. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the reading. Click here for more information..

Christmas-by-the-Sea Opening December 4, 4:30 pm

The Library will continue our Christmas tradition of hosting the annual opening ceremonies of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations. CHRHS vocal groups and instrumental ensembles will perform seasonal selections in the Rotunda at the Library. The Library will also host Santa’s Story Hour at noontime on Saturday, December 5. There will be opportunities for photographs with Santa following the story hour. And on Sunday, December 6, the Library will host the Ho-ho-holiday Children’s Book Fair from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Click here for more information..

Santa’s Story Hour December 5, 12:00 pm

Join Santa and his elf along with Miss Amy and Miss Katie for an extra special story time. Santa will arrive at Camden harbor at 12:00 noon and then come up to the library for Story Hour.  Santa will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” in the rotunda. He will chat and answer questions and then gather in the Picker Room for photo opportunities. (There will be no regular Saturday Storytime at 10:00 am.).

Simply Books! Book Group December 5, 2:00 pm

Simply Books! is the library’s book group for adults. The schedule during the holidays has been changed: the December session will be on Saturday, December 5, at 2:00 pm. The schedule will be back to normal (on the fourth Saturday) on January 23. 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. Click here for more information..

Ho Ho Holiday Children’s Book Fair December 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

The Library and Sherman’s Books will co-host a Ho Ho Holiday Book Fair with children’s book authors and illustrators on Sunday afternoon, December 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Fair will be part of Camden’s Christmas-by-the-Sea Weekend. The book fair will feature authors and illustrators Chris Van Dusen, Ronni Arno, Susan Hood, Wendy Ulmer, Sandy Crabtree, Russ Cox, Cathryn Falwell, Licia Morelli, Douglas Coffin, Sarah Thompson, G.A. Morgan, Fran Hodgkins, and Liza Kleinman. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar December 8, 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. Click here for more information..

Tuesday Book Club December 8, 1:00 pm

The Tuesday Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. All are welcome, please call Nina at 470-7473 for more information. The book choice for the next Book Group meeting is The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg, a collection of her short stories. The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 8, at 1:00 pm..

“19th and 20th Century Critiques of Capitalism” December 8, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group' monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 8. The intriguing topic this month will be “19th and 20th Century Critiques of Capitalism,” a discussion of a related set of short readings by G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, and Herbert Marcuse, as part of the group’s ongoing exploration of what has been labeled the Crisis of Modernity. All are welcome and involvement in earlier discussions is not a prerequisite. Click here for more information..

“Clarity” Opening Art Reception December 8, 6:00 pm

The Camden Public Library will once again exhibit the work of the artist team Clarity, Robert & Su.Sane Hake, during the month of December. This year’s show, entitled “Mother Tongue,” is a show “filled with beautiful mystical images and mythic beings, called the Mer Divinities, as well as the Herbal Tincture Fey that enter our time of Christmas,” say the artists. Click here for more information..

“The Wandering Musician” December 10, 7:00 pm

Heidi Karod recently returned from Peru where she volunteered with CANAT (Center for Child and Adolescent Workers). Karod is a violinist and has taught Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language) to students from middle school through college. She will be speaking about her recent trips during which she volunteered with her host sister’s non-profit organization, CANAT, a group that helps over 400 children who work as young as age six to help support their families, and who often live in an abusive and violent environment. CANAT provides educational, health, and vocational services to these children and their families. Click here for more information..

On GIVING TUESDAY, December 1, 2015 . . .
We Give Thanks to All Our Donors!

You help make wonderful things happen in your community library. Our children's programs serve families from Knox and Waldo counties, helping to prepare children for reading and learning at school. If you haven't yet made a gift to the Library, click here to make a gift online now..