Adult Library Programs

Thursday October 11th- Saturday October 13th

The Belfast Free Library is a co-sponsor of the 14th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, with events in downtown Belfast.

Schedule & Details 2018

Thursday, October 11th

7 pm       3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers (co-sponsored with Waterfall Arts)
Michael R. Brown, Sarah Murphy, Lee Sharkey, Ellie O'Leary, Karin Spitfire, and Kathleen Ellis
Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast

Friday, October 12th, 7:00 p,m.

A Conversation in Poetry: Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas R. Moore and John Rosenwald
Left Bank Books, 109 Church Street, Belfast

Saturday, October 13th

Day: The Crosby Center, 96 Church Street, Belfast

10 am - 10:45 am Welcome at Festival Headquarters
11 am – 12:30 pm Workshops
1:30 – Pop-up Reading

Evening: Troy A. Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast

6 pm – 8 pm Poetry, Performance, and Visual Arts Multimedia Show
6 pm – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception
6:30 pm – 8 pm Poetry, Performance, and Visual Arts Collaborations

2018 Featured Poets, Performers, and Artists

Gary Lawless and Elizabeth Sinclair
Katherine Hagopian Berry and puppetry troupe Inventing Trees
The Poets' Table: Jackie Ascrizzi, Sharon Bray, Shirley Glubka, Judy Kaber, Rhoda Neshama Waller
Becca Shaw Glaser and Suzanne Stone
Doug Rawlings, Terry Grasse, and Robert Shetterly
Adrian Blevins and Annie Kloppenberg

Cover Image

This year's cover image is titled "A Short History of Warnings" by Robert Shetterly.



Tuesday October 23rd, 6:30


With the midterms a few weeks away, Belfast writer Nancy Mimeles Carey, will offer a talk titled, “Your Lying Brain and the Biology of Voting,” on Tuesday October 23rd , 6:30 pm.

In the talk, Carey will explain how our fear of chaos and our need for stability influence whom we choose at the ballot box. She will address the question “Do conservatives and liberals differ psychologically and biologically?”

Carey’s presentation will be based in part on her interdisciplinary book, How Story, God, and Your Lying Brain Turn Chaos into Order, which ties together such diverse fields as cognitive science, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, the anthropology of religion, linguistics, and fairy tales.

Carey has a master’s degree in English literature and has published in the Boston Globe and the New Haven Register. Before moving to Belfast, she ran a salon on literary theory in Cambridge, Mass., and she has taught theory at Belfast’s Senior College. Carey is a founding member of the Midcoast Exploration of Consciousness, where’s she’s spoken on shamanism and on the brain and fiction.



Ongoing DIY Programs :



Wednesdays September 12th and 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 14th and 28th.

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 November 20, 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.