Adult Library Programs

Monroe Cheese Factory in the 1920's.

Tuesday February 12th, 6:30

The History of Cheese in Maine with Eric Rector

Eric Rector has been making cheese commercially since 2006, but his interest in cheese goes back to the 1980s when he discovered that there was a world beyond Kraft Individual Slices of Processed American Cheese Food. Recently Eric researched the history of cheese making in his town of Monroe, which extends from the 1870s through the 1940s. Dairy has always been one of the top three agricultural industries in Maine, and Maine once had over 60 cheese factories across the state like the one in Monroe village. He wondered why Maine never gained the kind of reputation for cheese and dairy as Vermont? The answer goes way back to the beginning of civilization, and continues through today, and he has created a talk that describes what he found.
Following Eric's talk there will be a reception -- sponsored by Eat More Cheese -- with samples of the kind of cheese that would have been made throughout Maine in the 1800s, as well as examples of what is being made today in Maine.

Tuesday February 19th, 6:30

Discovering Wilderness on the Mississippi River with Chris Battaglia

Chris Battaglia spent six weeks paddling and documenting the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico in a 30 foot
voyageur canoe. Come hear Chris share the 1,152 mile journey through stories, photographs, and video clips exploring the awe-inspiring
landscape found between the levees of the mighty Mississippi River.

Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization and the Belfast Free Library are cosponsoring this event which is free and open to the public.

Tuesday February 26th, 6:30

Invasive Plants in Your Backyard With Liz Stanley

Invasive plants have proliferated in Mid-Coast Maine in what seems a blink of an eye. Learn why these plants are detrimental to our natural and man-made habitats, how to identify them, strategies for controlling them and why it's important to repair the damage with native plants.
Liz Stanley works for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and supports home and school gardeners in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties. She also works for Lee Schneller Fine Gardens and grows trees, shrubs flowers and vegetables with her family in Warren.


Monday March 4th, 6:30

Wildlife Track and Sign Talk with Sandra Mitchell

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library will co-sponsor this  presentation titled "Learning to Read Tracks, and Using Them to Enter the Secret Lives of Wild Animals” by Sandra Mitchell.
Sandra will discuss most of the major species of wildlife people can expect to see in their yards and the woods of Maine. This includes not only tracks, but the signs associated with animals and their travels, such as browse, scat, dens, burrows, nests, and more. This promises to be a great introduction to what the beginning naturalist should know about the critters in their environment! 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



Ongoing DIY Programs :



Wednesdays, January 9th and 23rd, February 13th and 27th,   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
Tuesday February 12th, 2-4 pm in the Abbott Room.

The Belfast Free Art Group will replace 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.