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In-person one-to-one help, PLUS a new online resources page

The Camden Public Library announces a new opportunity for the public to access free, one-on-one career help. Beginning May 23, a representative from the Maine Department of Labor’s Career Center will be available for meetings at the library on 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Career Center will provide walk-in service for members of the community who are seeking assistance with job and career-related matters.

Career Center representatives can introduce people to job search resources; provide guidance for resume writing and interviewing; help locate a registered apprenticeship; identify training and education assistance; explain federal bonding information; and help Veterans access specially designated resources. For more information about this service, contact Marie Curtis at 207-707-2818.

Additionally, the Camden Public Library is launching a new page on its website with links to a wide variety of job and career-related resources. CLICK HERE: https://www.librarycamden.org/learn-research/career-and-job-resources/

Honor a Loved One this Memorial Day

If you are looking for a way to honor your loved one or friend who has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military, here are some options to consider:

Thank you for being a member of our library community. We appreciate all that you do to support this remarkable place.

In the Picker Room Gallery Throughout May

During the month of May, the Camden Public Library will exhibit a show of paintings by well-known artist, author, and naturalist Jim Arnosky. Arnosky’s highly-regarded books for young readers inspire a love of nature. The artwork on exhibit will feature scenes of wildlife, habitat, and culture from places that he and his wife Deanna travel to in order to research his books.

This show of artwork corresponds with the Camden Public Library’s celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 2 – 8), the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The public is invited to join the celebration by visiting the exhibit and joining Arnosky for an in-person reception at the library on Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Arnosky’s books will not be available for sale during the event, but the artist welcomes fans to bring their own copies, and he will gladly sign them. Books may be obtained from local sellers like Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden, or online from Amazon.

Paintings will be available for purchase, with a portion of the the proceeds benefitting the Camden Public Library.

About the Artist: Jim Arnosky was born in New York city on September 1, 1946, and grew up in Pennsylvania where nature and the lives of wild animals became life-long interests. Self-taught in art and science, he has written and illustrated over one hundred books and illustrated numerous books written by other authors ⁠— always about outdoor subjects.

With his wife Deanna as his field partner, the couple have researched, photographed, and videotaped the animals they have found in their travels. All of Arnosky’s books began on the pages of his field journals, which he still keeps to this day.

Arnosky’s books have been honored by the New York Academy of Science, The Washington Post/Childrens’ Book Guild, The Orbis Pictus Award committee, The National Science Teachers Association, The John Burroughs Association, and The American Association for Advancement of Science. He has won the Christopher Medal for uplifting works. His books have been translated and published around the world. In 1986, his now classic book “Drawing From Nature” was made into a four-part PBS series featuring Arnosky, which still can be seen on YouTube and VPBS.ORG.

Learn more at: www.jimarnosky.com

Book Sale in the Rotunda Wraps Up on May 28

These are the last days to enjoy our big book sale in the Rotunda. We’ll be wrapping it up on Saturday, May 28. But don’t fret . . . we have some special book sales planned for the summer! Stay tuned for details.

We will continue to restock ALL of the categories 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, and more! Additional topic categories include: Art, Biography, Cook Books, Gardening, Home Décor, US History, Global History, Spirituality & Philosophy, Maine & New England, Maritime, Essays & Short Stories, Nature, Science, How To, Travel Memoirs & Guides. 

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.

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