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Virtual Gallery: Alan Claude, June Artist-of-the-Month

The Camden Public Library is pleased to feature Alan Claude as the June Artist-of-the-Month. Claude’s graphic art depictions of beloved lighthouses and New England scenery are striking, colorful, and wonderfully reminiscent of the stylized travel posters from the 1920s and 1930s. Balancing boldness with serenity, Claude’s art evokes nostalgia for a quintessential summer in Maine. It’s no wonder that the Maine Office of Tourism selected his artwork for the cover of the 2020 Bicentennial issue of their Maine Travel Guide.

Additionally, on Tuesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm, the library will host an opportunity to “virtually” meet the artist with the online program, “A Conversation with Artist Alan Claude” via the Zoom platform. The presentation will be a forum for fans to learn more about the artist, including his fascinating childhood growing up in France, and his current involvement in a major Main Street revitalization effort in Gardiner, where his new studio and gallery will be located. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to attend the Zoom program.

Although he resides inland in central Maine, the beauty of the midcoast has been a major inspiration, reflected prominently in his early lighthouse travel print series. “My wife and I were married at Marshall Point Light, and I find myself returning to the midcoast again and again. The Camden region is one of the most beautiful places in Maine. The iconic library and its service of art and culture to the community is priceless and worthy of support.”

Below is a gallery showcasing a sample of Alan Claude’s vibrant artwork.

To learn more about Alan Claude, view his entire collection, and purchase artwork to benefit the library, visit alanclaude.com

*Remember to use promo code Camden Library at check out!*

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