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Together we gave on #GivingTuesday

Thank you for the outpouring of generosity on #GivingTuesday! Every single person has the power to change the world. We’re so grateful that you stepped up to make a difference right here in Camden.

Still want to make a gift? It’s not too late to help “Stock the Stacks” and bring hope to our community this winter with new books.

A gift that lasts . . .

Need a present for that “already-has-everything” person on your holiday list? Show that you care for them (and for the library) by creating a personalized brick for the library’s brick garden. And while you can’t place the brick under your Christmas tree, we can print you a lovely holiday card showing an image of their brick. CLICK HERE to order, and let us know if you’d like a card. You can also find printed order forms at the library.

Proceeds from brick purchases support the library’s Campaign for the Future.

Here is a sample of what the cards look like:

Art by Carol L. Douglas in the Picker Room Gallery


Throughout the months of November and December, the Camden Public Library will host Rockport artist Carol L. Douglas for a show of her paintings in the Picker Room. The show is entitled: Welcome back to real life. The body of work exhibited will highlight Douglas’ intense productivity during the pandemic.

“While the past year has been an unprecedented challenge for artists, it’s also created new opportunities,” says Douglas. “For example, I would never have taught online without COVID, and now I love it! It’s a chance to work with students from all over the country.”

During the coldest months of winter, Douglas started painting outdoors regularly with fellow artists Eric Jacobsen of Thomaston and Ken DeWaard of Hope. “You can’t help but be influenced by the people you paint with,” said Douglas. “They shape how you see color and how your process works. Jacobsen and DeWaard were important lifelines when social contact was limited.”

Isolation gave Douglas more structured time to paint. “I have never worked as hard as I did this past year,” she said. This has resulted in a flood of new plein air work which may be viewed in the show during the library’s regular open hours. Douglas will be swapping out some of the paintings and refreshing the show with new work in early December. Be sure to stop by in November and December to enjoy the full selection. The library requests that masks be worn inside the building at all times.

A portion of the proceeds from the art sold during the show will benefit the Camden Public Library.


Carol L. Douglas is a painter and teacher with a studio in Rockport, ME. A native of Buffalo, NY, she studied painting with her father and then at the Art Students League in New York.

She teaches a popular week-long workshop in Acadia every August, two watercolor workshops aboard the schooner American Eagle, and workshops elsewhere in the US. She teaches regular plein air classes based in Rockport, as well as Zoom classes directed to an international audience.

In 2016, she traveled 10,000 miles from Alaska to Newfoundland to paint in the wild. In 2020, she traveled to Patagonia to paint and was stranded there by the start of COVID lockdowns.

Douglas generously participated in the summer 2021 plein air painting fundraiser for the Camden Public Library called “Camden on Canvas.” (Pictured here with her contribution to the art auction.)

For more information, visit her website: watch-me-paint.com.


Blueberry Barrens, watercolor on Yupo, 24X36, Carol L. Douglas

“Gift Worthy” book sale returns to the Rotunda, NOW through the end of December

Good news! Our full book sale returns to the Rotunda just in time for the holiday season. This book sale is super special because it is chock full of books in excellent condition . . . one might say “gift worthy!”

As usual, we will be restocking regularly, so stop by often to check out the fantastic selection! You’ll find a bounty of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, YA, DVDs, audio books, and more! Topic categories include: Art, Biography, Cook Books, Gardening, Home Décor, US History, Global History, Spirituality & Philosophy, Maine & New England, Maritime, Essays & Short Stories, Nature, Pets, Poetry, How To, Travel Memoirs & Guides, and Christmas. 

Book sales like this one are very important fundraisers for the library—and with most items on sale for $1 – $3, you can’t beat our prices! Buying gently used books is also environmentally friendly. Shopping locally helps keep our library and community strong, and we truly appreciate your support!

When you’re shopping downtown, don’t forget to stop into Antiques at 10 Mechanic. Booths #2 and #11 (at the back of the store) ALSO have a selection of books that are being sold to benefit the Camden Public Library.

Hat and Mitten Tree up until December 20!

From now through Monday, December 20, the Camden Public Library will again be collecting hats, mittens, scarves, and socks to be donated to the SOS Room at the First Congregational Church. Donations may be dropped off at the library during regular operating hours. This year has been challenging for so many of our neighbors, and donations of these items are needed now more than ever. The Hat and Mitten Tree, which will be festively lit and on display in the library’s Reading Room, is sponsored by First National Bank and is part of Camden’s annual Christmas by the Sea celebration.

Busy Summer with our Children’s Programs

 

 

Library Book Groups for Children, Teens and YA book-loving adults!

Our monthly book groups are a fun way to talk about books we love, discover new authors, and share ideas.  Our Maine Student Book Award Club is for students in grades 4-8.  We have a list at the library, or you can check out the list at http://msba.umeedu.maine.edu/  for the latest books for suggestion.  Our monthly meetings usually include a potluck and a lot of laughs.

Our YA Book-Lovers Club meets on a Tuesday once a month from 4 to 5.  You don’t have to be a teen to like YA books, and we encourage anyone to attend.  Our group choice changes monthly, so be sure to check out our events calendar or stop by the library to request the latest pick!

   

DONATE CRAFT SUPPLIES and help replenish our craft closet!

We are seeking your help to Stock the Stacks! The Stock the Stacks fund is an essential part of our operating budget, and it goes directly into purchasing new books. We always strive to keep the library shelves current and vibrant — and we can’t do it without you! Visit https://www.librarycamden.org/stockthestacks to donate – and thank you!

 

Braille and Talking Book Library

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The National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable. (more…)

Finding Your House’s History

This is a picture taken from Mt. Battie around 1880 looking toward Rockport harbor. View of Camden from Mt. Battie looking southwest toward Rockport in 1891.

Do you live in Rockport and want to know more about your historic home?

National Register of Historic Places nominations (1975) -Rockport