Adult Library Programs

Re-imagining the American Family

A "Let's Talk About It" series developed by librarian consultants Emma J. Gibbon and Kate Hessler with project scholar Rebecca Nisetich.

The Belfast Free Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

Tuesdays at 6:30:

Sept. 17- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Oct 15- Fun Home by  Alison Bechdel

Oct 29- Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Nov 19- What The Living Do by Marie Howe

Dec 17- Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman

Facilitator for the series: Annaliese Jakimides

The books chosen for this discussion series attempt to expand, complicate, and challenge our vision of what constitutes the “American family.” The series exposes readers to a wide range of experiences and perspectives, with the goal of broadening our conceptions of individual and family identities. We will also broaden our conception of the memoir genre by exploring traditional long-form writing alongside graphic and poetic self-representations. Together, we will investigate the possibilities and limits of literature to shape identity and to construct (or deconstruct) categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The series will be facilitated by poet and writer Annaliese Jakimides, whose work has been published in journals, magazines, and anthologies, broadcast on NPR, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and recognized regionally and nationally. She has facilitated Humanities conversations throughout the state for over 15 years. After 25 years on a dirt road in northern Maine, she now lives in, and works from Bangor.

Books for this series are available for loan at the library. Pre-registration is required to ensure that enough copies of the books are available. Please stop by the main circulation desk or call the library at 338-3884 ext. 10 to register.  For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council see



Tuesday December 10th , 6:30 pm

Camden Conference Community Event

The Demise of the Local Newspaper-Tom Groening and Jay Davis

At one time Belfast, population about 5,000, had three weekly newspapers, The Repblican Journal, The Waldo Independent and Village Soup. Anyone who wanted to understand what was happening in town read both The Republican Journal and The Waldo Independent every Thursday.  Those days are over; access to local news is limited in communities all over the country.  Why and how did that happen?  What does it mean?  Jay Davis, founding editor of the Waldo Independent and  former editor of The Republican Journal and Tom Groening, twice editor of  The Republican Journal, former editorial page editor of the Bangor Daily News and present editor of Working Waterfront, will consider those questions in this discussion.

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference – “The Media Revolution: Changing the World”, February 21, 22, 23, 2020.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.

Tuesday January 8th , 6:30 pm

Fearless Eating with Hester Kohl

Every day we read about a new fad diet - keto, intermittent fasting, gluten-free - each claiming to solve all our problems. Instead, we feel more obsessed with food, crave everything we’re not allowed to have, and feeling guilty. During this presentation, you’ll learn why diets haven’t worked for you and how to eat what you love while balancing eating for nourishment with eating for enjoyment.

Hester Kohl is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Licensed Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Facilitator.  She specializes in helping people overcome mindless eating and other struggles with food and create a life of joy and wellness without dieting.  After working with the Journey to Health program at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital for several years, as well as the Maine Department of Transportation, she moved to Camden and started coaching independently at Hester Kohl Wellness in 2019.

Thursday January 9th , 6:30 pm

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library will co-sponsor a presentation titled:

"Winter is Coming! How Animals Prepare and Interesting Survival Strategies,” by Sandra Mitchell

Did you know that some dragonfly species migrate like birds, that wood frogs freeze solid for the winter, or that multiple species of snakes will often hibernate together? Sandra will discuss the fascinating ways different animals have adapted to survive the winter. Sandra Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and an avid amateur naturalist. She is a Certified CyberTracker, and enjoys investigating natural mysteries. Her website is

This event will take place in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 207-338-3884, ext.10. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island visit



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 !



Wednesdays, November 13th and *December 4th and 18th 4:00-5:30.

Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to join us the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month , from 4-5:30 pm in the Abbott Room.
* In December only we are meeting the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.

This drop-in event is a chance for knitters- and crocheters too- of all ages and experience levels to chat, get tips, and 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. Registration is not required. For more information please call 338-3884 ext.10

The Belfast Free Art Group
Next Meeting: Tuesday December 10th, 1-3pm in the Abbott Room
Presentation by artist Debbie Mitchell

The Belfast Free Art Group replaced the Belfast Free Sketchers and will focus on sharing a variety of art-related subjects and activities. Meetings will continue on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month and are free and open to the public and to various art interests and levels of experience.
Each session will open with a group sharing time of learning and projects that participants have been working on. There will be time for independent work in mediums and formats of each participant’s choosing, including sketching and painting. Bring your own projects and materials and your desire to learn and to be inspired.  During some sessions, a simple group project or hands-on activity may be presented by a group member or guest.The enthusiastic sharing of art tips, and stories that happened at Belfast Free Sketchers’ meetings is sure to continue, along with a good measure of laughter and fun!
For more information please call the library at 338-3884 ext.10.