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“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.

Silent Art Auction to Benefit the Library at Page Gallery

The Camden Public Library is putting together a silent art auction featuring well-known midcoast artists. The show will be on display at Page Gallery in Camden from November 6 through November 13. Saturday, November 13, is a special all-day “Open House Reception” at the gallery, welcoming viewers and bidders from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bids can be placed throughout the week, closing at 5:00 pm on November 13. The art auction is a fundraiser to benefit the Camden Public Library.

Participating artists include Ingrid Ellison, Greta Van Campen, Susan Van Campen, Samantha Appleton, Colin Page, Gideon Bok, T. Allen Lawson, Kate Fitzgerald, Antonia Munroe, Peter Ralston, Julie Crane, Margaret Rizzio, Ni Rong, and Ileana Appleton.

“Our library is an incredible asset to our community, and has done great work keeping residents informed and connected through this time of COVID,” says Colin Page, owner of Page Gallery.

“We are grateful to the local artists and our art-collecting neighbors who have stepped up to help with fundraising during the pandemic,” says the library’s Executive Director Nikki Maounis. “For the second year in a row, the library had to cancel both the summer and fall Harbor Arts and Books fairs, typically our largest revenue-generating events. Proceeds from this year’s art auctions are crucial to helping the library sustain our vital services.”

Funds from the silent auction at the Page Gallery will be evenly split between the artists and the Camden Public Library. The public is invited to stop by Page Gallery to see the art, make a donation to the library, or place a bid. The gallery is located at 23 Bay View Street in Camden.

The show can also be seen online at thepagegallery.com/exhibition/library. Absentee bids can be placed by phone or email to the gallery at 207-230-0848 or info@thepagegallery.com.

Image in top banner: From Clark Island, oil on board, by Greta Van Campen
Image in bottom banner: Hibernating Home, wood cut, by Julie Crane
Image from homepage slider: Diane’s Yellow Rose with Peonies, watercolor on paper, by Susan Van Campen

You can be part of the CPL community wherever you are . . .

As the season changes, we know that some of you will be returning to homes away from Camden. However, with so many programs and resources online, you can be a part of our library community year-round. From arts and crafts with Amy to evening programs exploring myriad topics with Julia on Zoom, you can still learn and share with your Camden neighbors wherever you are. Your support makes these far-reaching programs possible.

Purchasing a personalized brick for the library’s Brick Garden supports our Campaign for the Future and ensures that the library can continue to find innovative ways to keep us all connected. Create your brick at: librarycamden.org/future.

“Discover History” Month

Join us in October as we pay some extra attention to one of our favorite subjects: HISTORY! We’re excited to roll out a brand new exhibit in the library’s Picker Room Gallery that explores the background and significance of the landscape design of Camden’s Harbor Park and Village Green. Plus, we’ll be hosting a series of fascinating and engaging programs all month long on Zoom. From Maine’s Black History to Maine’s Maritime History, and from quilting to silent films — whatever your interests are, we have you covered! Click the links below to find out more about this months historical events:

  • October 1 – 28: The Seven S’s of Olmsted Design: Camden’s Harbor Park and Village Green. An exhibit created by the Camden Public Library as part of the nationwide “Olmsted 200” celebration. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Discover History Month at the Camden Public Library is generously sponsored by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.

Energy Efficient Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn, celebrating 25 years

Additional support is provided by The Smiling Cow.


During Discover History Month, the Camden Public Library is spotlighting the important work of our Walsh History Center. If you are enthusiastic about local history, consider supporting the library’s efforts at librarycamden.org/donate.

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

NLS x300

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