Recorded Adult Library Programs



In the meantime please enjoy these recorded programs that were filmed at the library. Including our recent Zoom-In presentations:


On Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00pm, the Belfast Free Library and Friends of Sears Island hosted this virtual presentation with Seth Benz titled "Dust Off Your Binoculars, Fall Bird Migration is Upon Us!" This presentation covers the beauty and basics of fall bird migration, including where, when, and how to pay attention. Seth Benz is the director of bird ecology at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park. He has lived on a seabird island, counted hawks from a mountain top, caught peregrine falcons on an east coast barrier island, and introduced thousands of people to the pleasures of birds and birding.




On Tuesday July 28th the Belfast Free Library hosted Hester Kohl for a virtual presentation,“Transforming Anxiety into Joy”. Are you feeling stressed and anxious about the news? Are you waiting for things to return to “normal” before you can enjoy life? Join Hester Kohl, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach for this interactive webinar to: learn how to recognize anxiety and how you can pause the cycle, use mindfulness and self-care to bring yourself back into the present moment, and discover how to use anxiety as your springboard for creativity, personal growth, and joy! Hester Kohl is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Facilitator in Camden, Maine. Her clients teach her again and again that JOY is the key to long-term wellness. As one of her clients said, “When I live a full life, I no longer need food to feel full”. To learn more about Hester’s approach to joy and wellness visit:



On Thursday June 4, 2020 noted Maine mycologist and author Greg Marley gave a presentation exploring common medicinal mushrooms with suggestions for integrating them into your diet and life. Several of these mushrooms are excellent edibles in their own right. This was virtual talk via Zoom, loaded with beautiful mushroom photographs and lots of information. Greg Marley has been pursuing his passion for mushrooms for more than 45 years. He has led numerous walks and talks on mushrooms as well as classes on mushroom identification and the identification and use of medicinal mushrooms for over 20 years. His interests and expertise include foraging, cultivation of mushrooms, collecting and cooking wild species, the ecology of mushrooms in our forests, and the use of medicinal mushrooms. He has been a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to The Poison Control Centers of Northern New England for a number of years. He is founder of Mushrooms for Health, a company offering medicinal mushroom supplements and education. The author of “Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi” (2009) and “Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms” (2010), Marley lives and mushrooms along the coast of Maine.


Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library hosted this virtual presentation about wildflower identification with Maine Master Naturalist Roberta Sharp on May 28,2020.


Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, a World in Your Library talk from the Maine Humanities Council. This program was recorded on Thursday May 14, 2020 as part of the Library's Bicentennial Series. This talk commemorates an aspect of Maine’s History, the fight for Woman Suffrage with author Anne B. Gass. The talk was made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council’s World in your Library Speaker Series. Anne Gass' talk is based on the book "Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage", about the her great-grandmother. Florence Brooks Whitehouse.




Poetry Walk 2019

The first-ever Harbor/Poetry/Walk took place on the Belfast waterfront on Saturday, October 19,2019. Eight poets and Belfast historian Meagan Pinette lead the event along the Harbor Walk from the Belfast Armistice Bridge to the Boathouse. Poets included, Linda Buckmaster, Kathleen Ellis, Elizabeth Garber, Judy Kaber, Kristen Lindquist, Leslie Moore, Tom Moore, and Karin Spitfire.

In celebration of National Poetry Month let's revisit the symposium "Bird and Bulldozer", filmed in The Gammans Room of the library. On April 7, 2017 the Belfast Poetry Festival presented a symposium and open discussion on place, region and belonging. It featured poets Gary Lawless, Tom Moore, Kristen Lindquist, Mihku Paul and Stephanie Wade.




Ongoing DIY Programs :

Art Explorations@the Belfast Free Library A Monthly Group for Sharing • Learning • Creating Next Date TBA- Stay Tuned


Enthusiastic sharing • Time for hands on work • Participants bring their own materials • Free & open to the public • Newcomers welcome




Every Wednesday, 4-5:30 in the Abbott Room

Open to all yarn enthusiasts! This drop-in event is a chance for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber makers of all experience levels to learn from each other while working on their own projects.  Library staff will have computers available to demonstrate how to use and other websites to help find patterns and organize your work. For more information please call 338-3884 ext.10

NEW! Creativebug

Have you heard about Creativebug, the newest edition to our digital offerings? It offers over 1,000 high-quality art & craft video classes, and it is FREE to use with your library card! You can sign up now !