Adult Library Programs

Tuesday April 25th, 2-4pm

The Belfast Free Sketchers, the  Library’s sketchbook journaling group will meet on the 4th Tuesdays of April and May, 2017, April 25 and May 23 from 2-4PM in the Library’s Abbott Room. 
The group is free and open to the public and welcomes new members. Participants bring their own materials.  Sketchers have been enjoying sharing drawings, writing, and other related work that they’ve created between meetings, as well as work created during the meetings. Telling stories, sharing creative process and lots of laughing occurs in an encouraging and enthusiastic atmosphere. All levels of experience are welcome. During each session sketchbook journaling artist and facilitator Rita Swidrowski brings in books, resources and ideas on a mini theme, but sketchers freely follow their individual directions.
Topics covered have included travel and nature journaling, materials, and aspects of writing and drawing. As the weather turns milder we may resume some outdoor sketching and observing time during the studio portion of the sessions.



Tuesday April 25, 6:30

Mother's Day Love Lessons

Author and oral historian Meghan Vigeant shares insights, stories and audio recordings about mothers, grandmothers, and being a woman gathered from the elders she has worked with over the years. Touching and funny - this talk is sure to entertain as well as inform anyone who wants to save their mother's or grandmother's story. 


Wednesdays April 12th and 26th, 4-5:30


Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to join us the second and forth 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


Maliseet artist Gina Brooks with her etched birchbark box that was purchased for the museum's permanent collection.

Tuesday May 2, 6:30

From Collaboration to Decolonization at the Abbe Museum

Julia Gray, Director of Collections & Research at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, will speak about the ways in which the Abbe has been building collaborative relationships with Wabanaki people and communities, leading up to the decolonization work that guides the museum today. Museums in North America have been part of the colonization process since they began collecting and interpreting Native American culture in the 18th century. Decolonizing museum practice aims to confront this fact and start to reverse the negative impacts museum have had as colonial institutions.
Examples of collaboration through collections, exhibits, and programs will be viewed though a framework of decolonizing museum practice, and connected to the broader work of decolonization in contemporary American society.

To learn more about the work of decolonization at the Abbe Museum, visit


Bob Witherill
Captain Dave Witherill

Tuesday May 9th, 6:30

The Authors Talk- Bob Witherill and his son Dave Witherill will discuss their recently published books:
Steamboat Memories- Penobscot Bay, by Bob Witherill and Sea of Life to Sea of Dreams, by Captain Dave Witherill.

Both books are maritime themed but on two different topics. Bob's is about the steamboats  that used to ply the waters of Penobscot Bay while Dave's is about his career as a ship captain. Father and son will discuss their topics as well as how they coincidentally came to write their books at the same time and the process they went through to publish. Both were published by Maine Authors Publishing in Thomaston.
Books will be available to purchase at the program