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Camden Public Library’s Amazon Wish List

A wonderful way to say “thank you” for library services to the community,​ is to donate items from our Amazon Wish List. If you are able to help, please CLICK HERE to review our current needs.

Note: When sending an item through Amazon, please note your name and contact information in the “gift note” so that we can give you proper credit for your donation. If you have any problems doing this, or have donated recently without doing this, please email the library (info@librarycamden.org).

Thank you!

In the Picker Room Gallery through September 28

During the month of September, the Camden Public Library will host a show of fine art photography by award-winning visual artist Olga Merrill. The show will be on exhibit in the library’s Picker Room Gallery from September 2 through 28 and will feature images of Maine — land and sea — created over the past five years.

The public is invited to meet Olga Merrill at the library on Saturday, September 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in an artist reception during Camden’s Windjammer Festival Weekend.

From the moment I put my foot on this land, I fell in love with the incredible beauty everywhere in Maine — from the coast to the brilliant and beautiful food. It was in Maine where I became an artist.

I do believe art has a power, a healing power for positive change in the world, and my art has some energy I would like to contribute.

This exhibition is my visual message to the audience that I like to pair with the words:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Olga Merrill is a Maine-based visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. She uses photography as a tool – like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting – to create an image of her vision, with a dreamy and indirect relationship to external reality. Some images are essentially representative photography of the world around her that nevertheless dissolve into the wonder of abstract patterns; while others are complex manipulations of the ordinary visual world that use intentional camera movement, multiple exposures, and well planned color palettes to reflect her vision, dreams, and feelings.

Merrill’s work has been part of group shows and festivals nationally and internationally, including NYC Center of Photography (USA), Davis Orton Gallery (USA), Foto-Foto Gallery (USA), Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), Praxis Gallery (USA), PH21 Gallery (Hungary), Malta Postal Museum (Malta), Fondazione de Matalon (Italy), Rockport Art Association & Museum (USA), Blank Wall Gallery (Greece), online shows at Center for Photographic Arts (USA), Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), among others.

Merrill’s artworks reside in public and private collections around the world.

A portion of sales from the art show will benefit the Camden Public Library. Merrill has also generously offered to give 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the print “Leader” (below) 12″x15″ on Fine Art Hahnemuhle Paper to help support the library.

Introducing: Bendable Maine!

The Camden Public Library is proud to introduce Bendable Maine, a robust learning marketplace, in partnership with the Maine State Library.

Bendable Maine allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover and access content that is just right for them on a wide variety of subjects and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities.

The vast majority of the learning made available through the system is free to residents of the state. (When there is a cost to the user, it is clearly indicated.)

Having people attain new skills so that they can improve their job prospects is extremely important, so much of the learning on Bendable Maine is work-related. The platform includes career pathways, backed by Maine employers, where you can earn a digital badge, giving you a leg up in your job search.

At the same time, Bendable Maine has resources on a wide variety of topics, including cooking healthier meals, handling personal finances, fixing things around the house, understanding technology—even foraging for mushrooms.

The platform features personal learning playlists from individual residents across Maine. It also has lots of resources from state and local providers (the university and community college systems, career centers, adult education programs, music schools, art museums and many others), along with a wide range of national providers (including Study.com, edX, GCFGlobal and a dozen more).

So be sure to check out Bendable Maine! Just visit maine.bendable.com. We also have a link to Bendable under the “Learn” tab on the library’s homepage.

Creative Art Afternoons for Kids Returns In-Person, Thursdays this Fall

Creative Art Afternoons are back in person every Thursday in the fall. This is a wonderful afterschool activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. One-hour projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up for the sessions.

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