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Save the Dates: Harbor Arts & Books Fair, July 9 & 10!

The Camden Public Library will host the Summer Harbor Arts & Books Fair on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Fair will feature sixty-five juried artists and craftspeople with booths along Atlantic Ave. and throughout the beautiful and historic grounds of the Camden Amphitheatre and Harbor Park. This beloved community event is free and open to residents and visitors alike.

“This is the most diverse and exciting collection of artisans that have ever participated in the show,” says Lynne Annis, chair of the Harbor Arts committee. “Whether you are looking for a special gift, something for your home, or a treat for yourself, shoppers will undoubtedly be thrilled by the extraordinary talent of this summer’s vendors.” Offerings range from jewelry to photography to fiber arts — plus, ceramics, functional art, fine art, and more!

If you are a vendor who is interested in applying to be considered for our Fall Harbor Arts & Books Fair, October 1 & 2, 2022, please CLICK HERE. Questions about the fair can be emailed to: artsfair@librarycamden.org

Generous support for the Fair is provided by lead sponsor The Reny Charitable Foundation.

Additional support is provided by TREEKEEPERS LLC-Johnson’s Arboriculture and Camden Riverhouse Hotel and Inn.

Energy Efficient Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn, celebrating 25 years

The library will also host a MASSIVE OUTDOOR BOOK SALE under the tents alongside the fair. The used book event will run Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10, and will be set up under a huge tent adjacent to the Blue Door Book Shed on Atlantic Ave. The book shed and event tent can be reached via the parking lot on the left just past the Camden Amphitheatre. Thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books will be on sale from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, on Sunday. CLICK HERE for more information.

History of the event: Originally begun as the Carol Sebold Arts & Crafts show, the juried show has been hosted annually by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for several years and by the C-R-L Chamber of Commerce for years before that. The Library will carry on the tradition of excellent juried arts, with added festive flavor and emphasis on quality and publicity.

“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program, registration is now open!

Sign-up is now open for the children’s Summer Reading Program called “Oceans of Possibilities.” The program will kick off outside of the library on Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 am for ages 4 to 7, and at 11:30 am for ages 8 to 12. Participants will meet with Miss Amy on Thursdays for 6 weeks to enjoy books, crafts, and special activities.

Miss Amy says, “The Summer Reading Program allows kids to set reading goals, keep a reading log, hear great stories, learn something new, make cool crafts, earn prizes, and read, read, read!!!”

For more information and to register,
please call the library at 207-236-3440.

June 23: Summer Reading Kick-off. Herring Gut Learning Center will be here with a Touch Tank with local sea critters.

June 30: Read-alouds, ocean-themed scavenger hunts, and games!

July 7: It’s all about the LOBSTER! What do you know about Lobsters? Meet a real live lobster! See what a lobster trap looks like and learn how they work. Help us put together a giant lobster!

July 14: We’ll make and launch our own boats with a S.T.E.A.M. activity. Using tinfoil, we’ll construct our own small boats and then launch them at the boat ramp in Harbor Park.

July 21: Ocean Crafts. Miss Amy will create crafting stations in the Amphitheatre for making: wave bottles; 3-D fish; crab hats; and sandpaper starfish! Bring a 20-oz empty, clean bottle with a cover.

July 28: Summer Reading Program Finale. Join us for a “Down to the Sea With Mr. Magee” storywalk through the park with guest reader Chris Van Dusen, followed by a picnic and recognitions. BOTH GROUPS MEET AT 11:00am together!

Teens are also invited to participate in the “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program.
Details below. Or, CLICK HERE to download the PDF.

In the Picker Room Gallery ⁠— Wm. Francis Brown: Carver of Bellamy Eagles & Nautical Folk Art

During the months of June and July, a golden glow will radiate from the the Camden Public Library’s Picker Room Gallery. The public is invited to enjoy a show of art by acclaimed carver William Francis Brown. The exhibit will display a sampling of Brown’s award-winning folk art, with a focus on his carvings in the iconic style of 19th century carver, John Haley Bellamy of Kittery, Maine. The show will also feature some of Brown’s popular Maine and New England-based nautical and folk carvings. Examples include gold leaf gilded codfish, whales, Lady Liberty, and other early American folk motifs. These classic pieces can be seen gracing New England homes and are a prominent feature on the entryways and doors of local Camden homes and businesses.

Also on display will be samples of Brown’s house and place name plaques. Each piece is carved and finished entirely by hand by Brown at his shop in the Camden historic district. Many of the items will be available for sale and commissions, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Camden Public Library.

About the artist: William Francis Brown was raised on a farm in Chester County, PA, and served an apprenticeship in the shop of Winterthur curator, E. Townsend Moore. He has been learning about and making period furniture and carvings for over 35 years. His pieces have been selected for museums and historic sites, including James Madison’s Montpelier and Historic Jamestown, and have been featured in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Early American Life, and other publications. He exhibits in shows across the nation and has won numerous awards, including the coveted international ‘Veneer Challenge’. Brown has been selected yearly since 2015 to the Early American Life Directory of American Craftsmen for both his furniture and his carvings.

In 2020, Brown began offering workshops in his Camden shop with a goal to bring young people (and students of all ages), who often have little opportunity to work creatively with their hands, opportunities to learn from world-class masters. Brown seeks funding from the community for scholarships, which are available for interested students. He plans to extend these opportunities to veterans as well. Learn more at Scholarship Program | Maine Coast Workshop.

In addition to working wood, Brown enjoys pickleball, classical and folk guitar, and reading about history.

Visit Maine Coast Workshop’s website to learn about the 2022 Class Schedule:

See more of William Francis Brown’s Carvings on his website:

Find William Francis Brown on Instagram: instagram.com/williamfrancisbrown

Summer Schedule for Music, Theatre, Wellness Programs, and More!

Printed copies of the “Summer Music & Theatre” and “Summer Wellness Programs” schedules are available at the library. For more details on all of the events, please visit our calendar here: librarycamden.org/events

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