Adult Library Programs

Tuesday February 4th, 6:30

Climate Change and the Decline of Birds :what can be done?

presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Wells

A recently published study in Science reports that there are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America than there were in the 1970s. This news follows reports of declining
insect populations and the overwhelming, far-reaching
effects of climate change.
What does it mean for Maine birds? How can we help?

Join National Audubon's Dr. Jeff Wells for a closer look at these subjects, stories of hope, and how all of us can push for positive changes that deal with these issues.

Dr. Jeffrey Wells is Vice President of Boreal Conservation for National Audubon and a Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is one of the nation's leading bird experts and conservation biologists and author of “Birder’s Conservation Handbook.” He and his wife Allison Childs Wells, Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, author the weekly column "A Bird's Tale" in the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper and blog regularly at Jeff and Allison are co-authors of a number of books including, “Maine’s Favorite Birds” and "Birds of Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao: A Site and Field Guide."  Jeff is part of the author team that recently completed the work of the late Peter Vickery's soon to be published book, "Birds of Maine."


Tuesday February 21st, 6:30

Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series

Jonathon Fulford will offer a slide talk,  Sailing from Belfast to the Top of Labrador –
Fulford sailed 4,000 nautical miles with a crew of four in his 28 foot sailboat up to the tip of Labrador and back. It was an adventure into the high latitudes, a first- hand experience of a rapidly changing ecosystem, and an opportunity to learn how people and the wildlife are trying to adapt to the changes.

This is the second program in a four part series which is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and Come Boating!


Tuesday February 28th, 6:30

Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine with Lee Schneller Sligh of Lee Schneller Fine Gardens

Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine is a talk Lee has given many times, always updating it with new material from gardens she has built and gardens she visits in Japan. One of the core principles of Japanese garden design is that the garden should not look exotic in its surroundings, so she generally uses plants that look at home in New England while making use of Japanese design concepts such as ‘Hide and Reveal’, ‘The Beauty of Empty Space’ and ‘Borrowed Views’.

Lee Schneller Sligh majored in Chinese language and literature, lived and traveled extensively in Asia and worked as a Japanese technical translator for ten years before starting her garden design and build business in midcoast Maine in 1995.  Specializing in Japanese-inspired gardens gives her the perfect excuse to return to Japan frequently to study gardens, and she takes her whole gardening crew to Japan every two years, the most recent trip being in November 2018.

This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Garden Club. 


Ongoing DIY Programs :

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 !



Beginning January 8th we will meet 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

Art Explorations@the Belfast Free Library
A Monthly Group for
Sharing • Learning • Creating
Wednesday February 12th, 1-3pm

Making Valentines
Bring your ideas & materials to share, & for your own use

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