Adult Library Programs

Tuesday January 14th, 6:30

The Role of Nonprofit Journalism in the Evolving Media Environment
a presentation with Dan Dinsmore

An award-winning journalist with 25 years of media experience, Dinsmore joined the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting as
Executive Director & Editor in December 2017. Previously he was Assistant Managing Editor in charge of Sports at the Portland Press Herald, Portfolio Diversification
Manager for Blethen Maine Newspapers and Executive Director at Maine Today.  In 2010 Dinsmore joined a Maine-based healthcare media startup, MedTech Media where he directed media strategy, audience development, operational and financial oversight.

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 33rd  Annual Camden Conference –
The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020. For more information visit www.camdenconference .org

For more information about this program, please call the library 338-3884 ext 10.

Tuesday January 21st, 6:30

Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series returns with four programs about adventures on the water!

Leigh Dorsey and Dameon Colbry  will give a talk and slide show on their amazing R2AK race last spring – North America’s longest human and wind powered race.  Leigh and Dameon were in the only row boat which they raced 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska.

This is the first program in a four part series which is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and Come Boating!
Free and open to all!

Tuesday January 28th, 6:30

Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series

Native Ground Covers for Maine with Hildy Ellis, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

Discover how to boost the biodiversity of your landscape from the ground up by using native groundcovers! Groundcovers are spreading plants that form dense stands, crowd out weeds and hold soil to prevent erosion. Unlike lawn grasses, native groundcovers offer color and texture throughout the year and provide food and habitat for birds, bees, pollinators and other native fauna. Planting native groundcovers won’t take the place of lawn used for recreation but can create a fairly low-maintenance alternative for those “un-used” areas of lawn in your yard.

This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Garden Club. 

Tuesday February 4th, 6:30

Climate Change and the Decline of Birds :what can be done?

presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Wells

A recently published study in Science reports that there are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America than there were in the 1970s. This news follows reports of declining
insect populations and the overwhelming, far-reaching
effects of climate change.
What does it mean for Maine birds? How can we help?

Join National Audubon's Dr. Jeff Wells for a closer look at these subjects, stories of hope, and how all of us can push for positive changes that deal with these issues.

Dr. Jeffrey Wells is Vice President of Boreal Conservation for National Audubon and a Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is one of the nation's leading bird experts and conservation biologists and author of “Birder’s Conservation Handbook.” He and his wife Allison Childs Wells, Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, author the weekly column "A Bird's Tale" in the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper and blog regularly at Jeff and Allison are co-authors of a number of books including, “Maine’s Favorite Birds” and "Birds of Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao: A Site and Field Guide."  Jeff is part of the author team that recently completed the work of the late Peter Vickery's soon to be published book, "Birds of Maine."



Ongoing DIY Programs :

NEW! Creativebug

Have you heard about Creativebug, the newest edition to our digital offerings? It offers over 1,000 high-quality art & craft video classes, and it is FREE to use with your library card! You can sign up now !



Beginning January 8th we will meet Every Wednesday, 4-5:30 in the Abbott Room

Open to all yarn enthusiasts!

This drop-in event is a chance for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber makers of all experience levels to 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.

For more information please call 338-3884 ext.10

The Belfast Free Art Group
Next Meeting: Tuesday December 10th, 1-3pm in the Abbott Room
Presentation by artist Debbie Mitchell

The Belfast Free Art Group replaced 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.