Adult Library Programs

Wednesday November 8th, 6:30

Make Shift Coffee House: What’s Up With the Political Divide?

Why are political differences so hard? 
How does the political divide affect your everyday life?

The Make Shift Coffee House is a place where people with different views gather to exchange and consider diverse perspectives through a moderated conversation.  The topic to be discussed at this Coffee House is, “What’s Up With The Political Divide?”

The event starts with a coffee house atmosphere including coffee, tea and snacks , live music with the Pinwheel Brothers and time for small group discussions. The facilitated conversation starts at 7:15. All are welcome to join the dialogue as we explore the issues behind our current political divide.

The Make Shift Coffee House will be moderated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions, located in Brunswick, ME. A professional meeting facilitator, Craig will manage a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. “ It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each other’s’ perspectives” explains Freshley.

According to the Pew Research Center, “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.”

That is what the experts say. Come to the Belfast Free Library Make Shift Coffee House to see what your neighbors say. Why do you think that the country is so divided? How did we get this way?  How does the political divide threaten our democracy? Why are conversations about politics so hard? Have we lost our ability to have civil conversations? Especially across the political divide?

These are just some of the questions we will take up informally in small group discussions before we come together for a large discussion facilitated by Freshley.

Come to an open forum to understand each other’s political views. All are welcome!
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Tuesday November 14th, 6:30

Camden Conference Community Event: Film Presentation


The UnAmerican Struggle, director Ric Osuna  pays close attention to the struggle for equality from the perspective of Immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, Blacks, Women, and Transgender People. Seventeen experts representing the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Diversity Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and local groups, such as Black Lives Matter, lent their voices in the film to help Americans better understand the fight to preserve America’s values of inclusion and civil liberties.




Wednesday November 29th , 6pm

 Braiding Sweet Grass Discussion Group

The final meeting of the book study group on “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisedom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

The study group will be facilitated by Susie O’Keeffe,  Research Associate at the College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor.  In her work O’Keeffe, entitled the “The Art of Reciprocity” she investigates how awareness of our indivisibility with all members of the larger life community is deepened through unique, individual experiences.

Pre-registration is suggested to ensure a copy of the book; sign up at the main circulation desk or call 338-3884 ext.10.



Tuesday December 5th, 6:30 pm

 New Let's Talk About It Book Discussion Series: Race and Justice in America

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 at the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.
The final  book to be discussed in the series on  December 5th, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward. For more information about the series.

The series will be facilitated by Hayden Anderson, executive director of the Maine Humanities Council. 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. 


Ongoing DIY Programs :



Wednesday December 13th, 4-5:30

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 Sketchers 2018 Schedule

Tuesdays  January 9, February 13, March 10, April 10 
2-4pm, in the Abbott Room.
Sketch, paint with watercolors, write & have fun with fellow sketchers & journalers.
Free & open to the public & open to all levels of experience.
For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext. 10