Adult Library Programs

Monday July 2nd, 6:30

As part of this summer’s theme Libraries Rock! The Belfast Free Library’s Summer Lecture Series will feature four talks on different periods in rock music history. The presentations will be given by two local and experienced music fans, Neal Harkness and Ellen Sander.

The series begins with a presentation by Neal Harkness titled, It Didn’t Start with Elvis.  From the time it was first recognized as a distinct musical genre, critics and fans have debated the question of when Rock and Roll began. In this presentation we will explore Rocks origins in rhythm and blues, country music and other forms in search of that elusive beginning.
Neal Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and was a  rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. Neal’s courses on the history of rock and roll have been very popular at Senior College in Belfast.

Tuesday July 10th, 6:30

Leap of Faith:
a photo exhibit and lecture by Courtney Anne Porter

In 2013, Courtney’s husband, Pete, an officer in the Maine National Guard, told her he was going to be assigned for two years at the US Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro. Courtney did not know what lay ahead or how her life would change.
This exhibition is a discovery of the former Yugoslavian states and of the artist’s personal self-discovery as she traveled through Montenegro and its environs. The collection was completed during a period in her life when she was forced to find strength within herself to face novel challenges. This series captures the strength and beauty of a region as it recovers from a devastating civil war and was the inspiration for the strength and beauty Courtney soon found within herself.
6PM Meet & Greet * 6:30 – 8:00 Lecture.
Show runs thru the month of July

Kathleen Ellis
Leonore Hildebrandt

Wednesday July 11th, 6:30

Writing the World
A Poetry Reading of new works by: Kathleen Ellis, Leonore Hildebrandt, Claire Millikin & emerging poet Rich Hoch
emcee Ellen Sander

KATHLEEN ELLIS has published five poetry collections, most recently Outer-Body Travel. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Maine and leads summer poetry
workshops at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

LEONORE HILDEBRANDT is the author of Where You Happen to Be, The Work at Hand, and The Next Unknown. Her poems and translations have appeared in many  publications. A native of
Germany, Leonore teaches writing at the University of Maine.

CLAIRE MILLIKIN is the author of several poetry collections, including, The Gleaners, Museum of Snow, and, Television. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines. She  teaches art history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and spends summers in Owls Head, Maine.

RICH HOCH is a 2015 UMaine graduate in chemical engineering with a minor in creative writing. He  has read his poetry at many events and plans to pursue an MFA in poetry.

Tuesday July 24th, 6:30

The Libraries Rock! Summer Lecture Series  continues  with a talk by Ellen Sander, Trips, Rock  Life in the Sixties. Ellen Sander, a noted Belfast poet and former Poet Laureate, was a pioneering New York rock journalist in the mid-late sixties, covering the emergent, explosive rock culture, its music, personalities and events. From the festivals to the in-fights, the concerts, the tours and the trips, she will speak from her repertoire of behind the scenes anecdotes and read from her book, Trips, Rock Life in the Sixties, a new edition of which will be published in February, 2019.


Ongoing DIY Programs :



Wednesdays June 13th and 27th; July 11 and 25; August 8 and 15.

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 July 10th, 2-4pm 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.



 Tuesday June 12th, 2-4pm, in the Abbott Room.