May 12 through May 31
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Hannaford Supermarket Donates $446 through “Hannaford Helps” Program

The Camden Hannaford Supermarket donated $446 to the Camden Public Library  as the beneficiary of the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag program. During April, the Camden Library received a $1 direct donation, PLUS another $1 “matching” donation from Hannaford, for each purchase of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag at the Camden Hannaford. That’s a total of $2 donation for each bag! 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..

“Cyber Sunday” Topic: Shopping Online May 15, 2:00 pm

Cyber Sundays is a series of weekly technology classes, held most Sundays at 2:00 pm. 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’d like to check out an iPad for 2 weeks or borrow a laptop for use within the library for 2 hours. The topic for Sunday, May 15, is “Shopping Online.” Click here for more information..

Songwriters Continue May 17, 6:00 pm

Songwriters are welcome to join the Songwriters Sessions. The next meeting will be a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 pm in the Picker Room, for a chance to practice with the microphones and speaker system. Drop-ins are still welcome, bring your song and let us hear it! Our troubadours John Nicholas and David Dodson lead the sessions, which culminate in a performance at the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Click here for more information..

Boatbuilding on Mt. Desert Island May 19,
7:00 pm

Author Laurie Schreiber will visit Camden to talk about “Boatbuilding on Mt. Desert Island” and her new book by that title. Mount Desert Island possesses a rich and diverse history of boatbuilding. Chester Clement was the first of the “lobster yacht” builders, and Bunker and Ellis elevated the concept. Henry Hinckley started on an old boat-repair wharf and built a world-class brand. Members of the Rich family produced everything from gleaming yachts to rugged workboats, while Sim Davis and Bink Sargent were considered the experts for big draggers. The author is a long-time resident of Bass Harbor. For 22 years, as a staff writer for The Bar Harbor Times, she wrote hundreds of articles on diverse topics of local and state interest. The talk is on Thursday evening, May 19, at 7:00 pm..

Business is Blooming Story Time May 21

The Camden Public Library is participating in the Business is Blooming Weekend activities with stories and a flower activity for the kids. Join us and Camden National Bank on May 21 for Story Hours at 10:00 and and 1:00 pm, and at 11:00 am for pansy planting and spring cookie decorating, sponsored by Plants Unlimited  and Sea Biscuit Bakery. .

Free Writing Workshop May 23, 10:00 am

“Putting our life story on paper can take many forms,” says Teresa Piccari, proprietor of The Village Scribe. Piccari will offer a free writing workshop on “Memoir and Personal Essay” on Monday, May 23, at 10:00 am in the Picker Room. The workshop will be a two-hour session, please call the library to sign up, at 236-3440. Click here for more information..

What’s Your Vision for Knox County? The Maine Community Foundation Wants to Know, May 24, 7:30 am

We want to hear from you! The Maine Community Foundation will host a community conversation and complimentary continental breakfast in the Reading Room at the Camden Public Library to hear how we can build on our community strengths and improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The foundation’s Knox County Committee will host the forum with MaineCF President and CEO Steve Rowe. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 and discussion at 8:00 am, Tuesday, May 24. Click here to register and for more information..

Leer y charlar May 24, 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.)..

Quasimodal Chorus and January Men And Then Some in Performance May 24, 7:00 pm

The Quasimodal Chorus will be joined by The January Men and Then Some for a spring choral concert on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:00 pm in the Reading Room. The concert will be distinctly different from their recent performance at the Rockland Library. They will perform selections of their favorite songs and composers; the groups continue a long practice of performing both traditional and innovative choral works. The chorus currently has 16 members, and the January Men is a smaller group of mostly male singers, “and then some” additional women’s voices. Click here for more information..

Film “The Simulation Hypothesis” May 26,
7:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will continue its 2016 Film, Lecture, and Discussion Series with “The Simulation Hypothesis,” by Kent Forbes, on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 pm. Are we living in a virtual reality? Is the universe emerging from an information processing system? And, if so, could we ever tell? Is it possible to ‘hack’ the system and change reality? Kent will introduce his film and join us for what promises to be a lively discussion afterward. This event is free and open to the public..

Simply Books! May 28, 2:00 pm

Simply Books! is the library’s 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 and share it with the group. Simply Books! meetings are on the fourth Saturday of the month. Click here for more information..

Hypnotism Demonstration with Nat Lawson May 29, 2:00 pm

Nat Lawson will perform a demonstration of hypnotism on Sunday, May 29, at 2:00 pm in the Picker Room. All are welcome. Lawson, who is a senior at Camden Hills regional High School, has been giving professional-quality presentations on “mentalism” for several years, and is expanding his expertise into hypnotism. He will make a short presentation about what hypnosis is and then give a demonstration. Click here for more information..

Closed Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

“Solar Options” May 31, 7:00 pm

The Camden Energy Committee will host a presentation on “Two Energy Options: Solar and Efficiency” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:00 pm. The Energy Committee has invited representatives from Sundog Solar, Evergreen Home Performance, and ReVision Energy to present the technical and economic factors involved in improving building efficiency and generating solar power. The talk is very timely, considering the recent veto of the solar legislation by the governor. The veto means that Maine’s solar options remain unchanged only in the near term. The panel will cover in general the two broad paths that individuals, businesses, and non-profits can take to self-sufficiency: building solar capability, or increased building performance and efficiency..

Looking Ahead: Library Coffeehouse June 2

The annual Songwriter's Coffeehouse will be on Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 pm. The Camden Public Library maintains a year-round tradition of live music, usually folk and acoustic, on the first Thursday of the month, at the Library Coffeehouse. The songwriters will be led by veteran troubadours David Dodson and John Nicholas; admission is only $5. Click here for more information..

Looking Ahead: Indoor Booksale June 4 & 5

The Camden Public Library has tons of freshly donated books to offer at the annual June Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 in the Picker Room. Come browse for treasures and pleasures in our excellent collection of hardcovers, paperbacks, and DVDs. Saturday hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday hours are 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 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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