April 28 through May 12
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Last Chance to Get a “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag to Benefit the Library

The Camden Public Library has been chosen by Hannaford as the beneficiary of the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag program during April. The program has already generated over $356 in donations to the Library! The Camden Library will receive a $1 direct donation, PLUS another $1 “matching” donation from Hannaford’s, for each purchase of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag at the Camden Hannaford through April only. That’s a total of $2 donation for each bag! Click here for more information..

“Ocean Survival: From Fish Guts to Pi” with Steve Callahan April 28, 7:00 pm

Steve Callahan survived 76 days at sea in a life raft and wrote about his saga in Adrift, a best-seller published in 1986. He is still a sailor, yacht designer, marine writer, public speaker, and now a technical advisor to feature films, including “Life of Pi” and “In the Heart of the Sea.” Callahan will be talking about “Ocean Survival: From Fish Guts to Pi,” comparing 19th-century survival with modern technique, on April 28, at 7:00 pm. The talk is part of Maritime Month, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial. Click here for more information..

“Cyber Sundays” Tech Sessions Begin on May 1

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes, held every Sunday at 2:00 pm, with tech wizard Olga Zimmerman. All classes are free, but some may have limited seating, so please call the library to sign up in advance at 236-3440. iPads and laptops are available to borrow through the Camden Public Library. Please inquire ahead of time if you would like to check out an iPad for 2 weeks or borrow a laptop for use within the library for 2 hours. The topics for Cyber Sunday in May are: May 1, Craigslist for Beginners; May 8, Facebook for Business; May 15,  Shopping Online; May 22, Student Open Lab (details to come). There will be no class on May 29, Memorial Day Weekend. Click here for more information..

Vernal Pools Ecology May 3, 7:00 pm

Coastal Mountains Land Trust will present a talk on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:00 pm on “Vernal Pools Ecology.” Kris Hoffman, educator and UMO Ph.D. student, will explain the ecology of Maine’s vernal pools and how we regulate the most productive pools. Spring is the time of year when vernal pools show their greatest activity; many vernal pools dry up completely over the course of the summer. Click here for more information..

Stroke Support Group May 4, 10:00 am

The next Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. “We welcome survivors, family, and friends, or really anyone faced with a neurological challenge,” said Carol Rohl, one of the Support Group organizers. Click here for more information..

Coffeehouse Features Legendary Charlie King May 5, 7:00 pm

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist who has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century. He will be featured at the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 5, at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $7; refreshments will be available at the Coffeehouse. “With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” — BillboardClick here for more information..

Artist Jon Byrer Gallery Reception May 7, 2:00 pm

Belfast artist Jon Byrer will be our Artist of the Month for May. Byrer’s work is bold, colorful, joyous, and fluid; his show is entitled “Marbled Landscapes.” Byrer graduated from the Maine College of Art where he received a degree in photography and studied the fine arts. He creates enamel oil paintings, experimental photography, and watercolor illustrations for a children’s book series. There will be a reception and a chance to meet the artist on Saturday afternoon, May 7, at 2:00 pm in the Jean Picker Room Gallery. Click here for more information..

“Relieve Joint Pain With Bowen Therapy” May 9, 12:00 noon

The Destination Wellness Series on May 9 features Sherrie Clark, R.N., who will provide a hands-on demonstration of Bowen Work Therapy. Information will include a description of what Bowen is, what it does in the body, and how it originated. This gentle manual therapy can balance tension patterns in the whole body via the autonomic nervous system, affecting the musculoskeletal framework via rolling moves performed on muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, fascia, and internal organs. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar May 10, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group meets at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.). Click here for more information..

Tuesday Book Club May 10, 1:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tuesday Book Group is on May 10; all are welcome, please call Nina at 470-7473 for more information. The book for this session is Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala, a memoir of her traumatic experience with the tsunami on Sri Lanka in 2004..

Philosophical Society Discussion Series Continues May 10, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will continue its discussion on the the influence of the writings of  Karl Marx. The extent and nature of Marx’s continuing contribution to humanity’s potential for reimagining our world in creative new ways is the topic of readings to be discussed at the next monthly gathering on May 10. This discussion, part of the Society’s series of readings and discussions on the Crisis of Modernity, will take place from 4-6 pm in the Picker Room. All who enjoy a good discussion are welcome. Click here for more information..

“An Eyewitness Account” May 10, 7:00 pm

Dr. Liliane Willens will present “An Eyewitness Account: Japanese Occupation of Shanghai, the Chinese Civil War, and the Establishment of the People’s Republic of China” on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 pm. Willens was born of Russian Jewish parentage in the former extraterritorial French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French lycée. Her parents, she, and her siblings – all officially “stateless” – experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, the bombing by American planes, and the return of the autocratic Chiang Kai-shek government. Liliane’s talk is co-sponsored by Congregation Adas Yoshuron of Rockland. Click here for more information..

Annual “Tick Talk” May 12, 7:00 pm

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and the Camden Public Library will again host Lyme disease specialist Dr. Bea Szantyr, on Thursday evening, May 12, at 7:00 pm. Dr. Szantyr’s “Tick Talk” is an informative look at ticks, the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease, the incidence of Lyme disease in Maine, the difficulties of medical diagnosis, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Concern about Lyme disease is growing as the incidence of Lyme cases increases. The mild weather this winter means the ticks are already active in the woods and fields. Dr. Szantyr notes, “Lyme disease does occur nationwide, and there is a concentration of cases in the Northeast, upper midwest, and parts of California. Cases are reported from every state in the nation, but unfortunately when the disease is uncommon in an area, a diagnosis is more likely to be missed!” Click here for more information..

Stock the Stacks!

You can help us keep up! The 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! .


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