December 24 through January 11
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Hat & Mitten Tree Donations

Donations to the Hat & Mitten Tree were very generous this year! We packed up three large cartons and several bags of hats, mittens, and scarves to donate to the SOS Room at the Congregational Church. The SOS Room is the part of the church’s thrift shop with donated items that are free to members of the community. The hours of the SOS Room are 9:00 to 11:00 am on Tuesdays. Call Heavenly Threads at 236-3203 for more information. We are still accepting donations, thank you all for your wonderful gifts!.

Raffle Winner

The winner of our Holiday Raffle was Ryan Temple. He was awarded a copy of the Library’s fabulous illustrated history of Camden, Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of the Camden Area, 1900-2000, written by Philip Conkling. Thank you all for your participation and your contributions, and congratulations to our winner!.

Yankee’s 10 Best Winter Towns

The cover of the January/February issue of Yankee Magazine features a glorious photograph of Camden Harbor, with the schooners, the Library, and Mount Battie prominently and beautifully portrayed. The photograph illustrates the magazine’s cover story on “New England’s 10 Best Winter Towns.” The Camden Public Library, Camden Harbor Park, and the Camden Snow Bowl are featured in the article..

Holiday Schedule

The Library will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on December 24 (Christmas Eve), and closed for Christmas Day on December 25. We will be open as usual on Saturday, December 26. On December 31 (New Year’s Eve), we will be closing at 5:00 pm. We will be closed on January 1 and open as usual on January 2. Have a terrific holiday season!!.

Holiday Movie: Narnia December 29, 6:00 pm

This year’s Holiday Movie will be the classic full-length feature movie from C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (135 minutes, Disney, PG, 2005). The movie will be screened in the Picker Room at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening, December 29. Read the book! Come to the movie!.

“Quilts, Quilts, & Quilts” on Display in January

Quiltmaker/fiber artist Janet B. Elwin will be exhibiting a collection of quilts and wall hangings of every size in the Picker Room during the month of January 2016. Elwin is the Artist of the Month at the Camden Public Library; she has had an adventuresome career, teaching quilting techniques for years in adult education, colleges, quilt guilds, and seminars throughout the US, and from Japan to Israel in a career spanning over 30 years. Janet is now happily at home in Walpole, Maine, still creating quilts and coming up with new and creative quilts and wall hangings. Click here for more information..

The New Africa: Challenges and Hope January 5, 7:00 pm

In the fourth and final session of the Camden Conference New Africa Discussion Series, the group will reflect upon the challenges that confront Sub-Sahara Africa in joining the global community. We will look at evidence suggesting that Sub-Sahara Africa is emerging as a potential economic power and ponder whether pervasive and long-standing cultural, ethnic, economic, political, leadership, and environmental challenges can be overcome. The discussion of “The New Africa: Challenges and Hope” at the Camden Public Library will be on Tuesday evening, January 5, at 7:00 pm, all are welcomeClick here for more information..

“Jumpstart January 2016” Features Hands-On Craft Workshops for Adults

The Camden Public Library will once again offer a series of hands-on workshops for adults during “Jumpstart January.” The first workshop in the series is “Essential Oil Health Creations” led by Marcie Howard and Tayler Phillbrook on Thursday, January 7, at 7:00 pm. The workshops are all on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, beginning at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm, please check the schedule. There will be a $10 materials fee. As space is limited you must register ahead of time at the library by calling 236-3440. Click here for more information and the complete schedule..

“Kosti Ruohomaa, Legendary Photographer of Maine” January 10,  2:00 pm

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will host a speaker series at the Camden Public Library again this winter. The first topic in the series will be “Kosti Ruohomaa, Legendary Photographer of Maine,” presented by Deanna Bonner-Ganter, the Maine State Museum’s Curator of Photography, Art, and Archives, on Sunday, January 10, at 2:00 pm. Bonner-Ganter is also author of the new book, Kosti Ruohomaa the Photographer Poet, which will be available in late January. Click here for more information..

“Slow Down Aging at the Cellular Level” January 11, 12:00 noon

The Destination Wellness Brown Bag Lunch Series on Monday, January 11, features a lively panel discussion with nutritionist Judi Valentine, PhD, Bowen body work practitioner Sherrie Clark, RN, and neuromuscular therapist Susan Barnes, on “Slow Down Aging at the Cellular Level. All are welcome. Damage at the cellular level affects everyone; called oxidative stress, it accelerates aging and is the basis for many illnesses and disease. Join us for a power-packed presentation on the benefits of reducing oxidative stress. Click here for more information..

Tis the Season -- to make a Community-Building Gift!

The holidays are a wonderful time to remember others. When you make a year-end charitable gift to the library, you can help community children as they learn to read. Studies show that children who read well by third grade do better in school and work, and succeed more throughout their lives. So please make your gift now to help a child become a proficient reader and successful community member. Click here to make a gift online now. Thank you!.