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 October 8th, 6:30 pm

Presentation by Andrew Watkins about his planned Bike Ride for 2020 from Key West FL to Calais ME.

Come learn about Andrew Watkins’ ride in support of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

What is the Greenway? What are its Benefits? Why would I ride it? How can you be involved?

Belfast resident Andrew Watkins, an alumnae of the Trek Across Maine, has taken several long rides to benefit
various causes. He is readying himself to take a 3,000 mile ride to benefit the East Coast Greenway Alliance, both for fund-raising and visibility.


Tuesday October 15th, 6:30 pm

Let's Talk About it Book Discussion: Re-imagining the American Family
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, will be our next book to discuss.

Tuesday October 22nd, 6:30 pm

Camden Conference Community Event

“How Global Media are Fixing the Representation of Women in the News” with Marie Tessier

Marie Tessier is a women’s engagement evangelist moderating comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes and contributing to the TakingNote blog. Her ambition is to bring women to equal participation in news comments by the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Tessier works at the intersection of democracy, news and interactive media as moderator of reader comment to the Opinion pages of, where she is an authority on including women’s voices. She is writing a book for MIT Press, “Suffragist: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy,” 2019. She was a women’s engagement strategist with the Coral Project, a collaborative software development project of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews that is now owned and operated by Vox Media.

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.


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 September 11th & 25th, October 9th & 23rd- 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. 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 October 8th, 2-4pm in the Abbott Room

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.