January 21 through February 6
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AARP Tax Volunteers

The Library is again hosting Tax Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide service. The volunteers are certified by AARP and offer free assistance filing personal tax forms. Call the Library at 236-3440 for an appointment. The appointments are all on Mondays, both mornings and afternoons, from February 1 through April 11. Click here for more information..

Career Planning Class Begins January 21

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. Thursdays, January 21 – February 18, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Camden Public Library. To register or for more information contact Melinda Wildes at New Ventures Maine, 593-7942 or melinda.wildes@maine.edu. Click here for more information..

“Birding in Cuba” January 21, 7:00 pm

The Midcoast Audubon Society’s monthly speaker will be Jody Telfair on “Birding in Cuba” on Thursday evening, January 21, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Jody participated in a two-week bird survey in  Cuba through the Caribbean Conservation Trust in February 2014. Cuba is currently the least developed of any large island in the Caribbean, providing crucial wintering habitat for our beloved neotropical migrants. It is also home to 26 endemics (23 of which were seen and photographed by the group). Click here for more information..

Simply Books! January 23, 2:00 pm

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. Click here for more information..

Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series Begins January 26, 10:00 am

The Camden Garden Club will again host its popular “Winter Horticulture Series” at the Camden Public Library, for five Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, January 26, at 10:00 am. The first event in the series will be “The Craft of the Arborist” with Bob Cochran, owner of Timbercliff Tree Service and Maine State Licensed Arborist. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar January 26, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group will continue on second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.) and decide how to proceed. Click here for more information..

“Altered Books” January 26, 7:00 pm

The Library will host a workshop on “Altered Books,” led by Amy Hand as part of the annual “Jumpstart January” series of hands-on craft workshops for adults. Please call the Library at 236-3440 to register. There is a $10 materials fee for each workshop, which will be collected at the workshop. An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, or recycled) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Click here for more information..

“Pysanky Eggs” Workshop January 28, 7:00 pm

The next workshop in the “Jumpstart January” series is a “Pysanky Eggs” Workshop conducted by Jim and Chris Sady on Thursday, January 28. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanky comes from the verb pysaty, “to write,” as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Please call to register; there is a $10 materials fee for each workshop which will be collected at the workshop..

Winterfest Community Ice Carving January 30

The Library will once again kick off Camden's Winterfest Week with the Community Ice Carving celebration, in the Amphitheatre and inside the library, with ice carving, music, hot food outdoors, and live music and kids’ activities indoors, on Saturday afternoon, January 30, from noon to 3:00 pm. The Community Ice Carving event kicks off a week of Winterfest fun! Click here for more information..

Photos of East Africa on Display during February

To accompany the Camden Conference theme, “The New Africa,” Cindy Beams will exhibit color and B&W images of East Africans in the Picker Room throughout the month of February. Beams is a documentary and fine art photographer who has spent much of the last ten years working with education-related NGOs in the developing world. These images are drawn from her long-term involvement with Orkeeswa Secondary School. Orkeeswa School currently enrolls 225 students from under-served Maasai communities in the Monduli hills of northern Tanzania. Click here for more information..

Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series Continues February 2, 10:00 am

The next presentation in the series will be “A Colonial Revival Flower Garden” with Barbara McNulty and Judy Brogden, aspiring Master Gardeners, who will discuss their research, preparation, and installation of the colonial garden at the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, on Tuesday, February 2, at 10:00 am. Click here for more information..

“Groundhog Day” February 2, 6:00 pm

The Library will host a free screening of the movie “Groundhog Day” (1993, 101 minutes, PG, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell) on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:00 pm. The movie is part of Camden’s Winterfest winter celebration and appropriately enough will be shown on Groundhog Day.Click here for more information..

Stroke Support Group February 3,
10:00 am

The next Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, February 3, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. Click here for more information..

“Everybody Loves Pirates” February 3, 6:00 pm, Camden Opera House

The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will perform “Everybody Loves Pirates” at the Camden Opera House on Wednesday, February 3, at 6:00 pm, as part of Camden’s Winterfest celebration. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a troupe based in Bar Harbor, comprised of three siblings –brothers Erik and Brian Torbeck and sister Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen. The performance is hosted by the Winterfest Committee and the Camden Public Library. Tickets are available in advance at the library; tickets are $5, with a Family Rate of $15. Children under 5 are free. Click here for more information..

Teens and Dating Violence February 4, 5:30 pm

New Hope for Women will host a special event for teens, “In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence,” at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Everyone knows someone who is in an unhealthy relationship. Ever wonder how they got there? Why they make the decisions they do? Ever think it could never happen to you? Join New Hope for this interactive snapshot of teenagers in abusive relationships and learn how you can better support your friends who may be experiencing them. Pizza will be provided so RSVPs are required. Click here to go to the New Hope website..

CJ Chenier Concert February 4, 7:00 pm, Camden Opera House

CJ Chenier, world-renowned Zydeco musician, will be at the Camden Opera House on February 4 as part of Camden's Winterfest Week. Click here to go to the Camden Opera House website..

“Fairies in the Snow” Tea Party February 6, 1:00 pm

On Saturday, February 6, the Library will host “Fairies in the Snow!”  with author Liza Gardner Walsh and illustrator Hazel Mitchell for an afternoon making fairies. Kids can join in fairy attire for a special reading, crafts, and activities. The author and illustrator have books available for sale and signing. There will be light refreshments..

Stock the Stacks!

You can help us keep the latest and most popular books available for readers of all ages. Camden Public Library has many of the latest and most popular books, audios, and movies for young children, teens, and adults. A gift of just $25 to our Stock the Stacks fund can help buy a book or DVD. And a gift of $25 each month can really make a difference. To make your donation, click here to make a gift online now. Thank you!.