Adult Library Programs

Tuesday June 27th, 6:30

Author Talk: Kenneth C. Davis

Don’t Know Much About World War I?
Learn some “Hidden History” from Historian Kenneth C. Davis
New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis will tell us what we need to know but never learned about the hidden history of World War I as we mark the 100th Anniversary of America’s role in  “the War to End All Wars.”
 Kenneth C. Davis is best known as the author of “Don’t Know Much About History,” “America’s Hidden History,”  “In the Shadow of Liberty” and many other books for adults and children. A frequent media guest, he is currently at work on a book about the hidden history of World War I and the Spanish Flu.  More about Davis, his books, audios and school visits can be found at
Kenneth C. Davis will discuss–
•Who started the “Great War” and why
•How many died in the catastrophic fighting
•Why America got involved
•What we learned from the horrific losses
•What pandemic took more lives than the War
Davis will take audience questions and sign books after his talk.

Tuesday July 11th, 6:30

Book Talk with Tom Wessels, Author of, Granite, Fire, & Fog The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia, the only book that offers both a natural and a cultural history of one of the nation’s favorite parks

Join Tom Wessels for this fascinating illustrated talk about his new book. Acadia National Park, on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia’s hiking trails.Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park’s popularity—and its unusual beauty—to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water—in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog—have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else.


Tuesday July 18th, 6:30

Join the authors of MAINE ON GLASS The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography, W. H. Bunting, Kevin Johnson, and Earle G. Shettleworth. Jr. for an illustrated talk about this photographic journey into the twentieth century.

Nineteenth-century Maine—famed for its lumbering, shipbuilding,and seafaring—has attracted copious attention from historians, but early twentieth-century Maine has not. Maine on Glass corrects that oversight, taking us from top to bottom of a big state in bustling times. Hitting the back roads in antique automobiles,slipping in and out of the decades between 1909 and the early 1950s, we visit boomtowns and migrant labor camps, people at work and play, farms and factories, lobster smacks and loggers,hotels and boarding houses, resorts and hunting lodges, board-and batten one-roomers and opulent homes, quarries and river ferries, summer camps and village schools, airplanes and schooners, brass bands and ship launchings. There was a lot going on in Maine in the early twentieth century.


Tuesday July 25th, 6:30

Author Talk with Barbara Kent Lawrence

Join Barbara Kent Lawrence for a talk about her new book, The Other Island: Ben’s Story, the sequel to Islands of Time.
In Islands of Time, Becky Granger, daughter of a prominent New York family visiting Maine for the summer, told her story about falling in love with Ben Bunker, islander from a family of Maine fishermen. Now, in the sequel, Ben tells his own side of the story. Ben’s account deepens our understanding of the characters and events in Islands of Time, but stands as a compelling story on its own. Ben, now a fisherman and a marine biologist, also shares his experience and perspective on the changing fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, and the ways in which the changes affect his family and community, and well as all of us who share this planet and its oceans.



Ongoing DIY Programs :

The Belfast Free Sketchers 

Wednesday July 5th , 2-4pm, in the Abbott Room.
Sketch, paint with watercolors, write & have fun with fellow sketchers & journalers.
At each session sketchbook journaling artist and facilitator Rita Swidrowski brings in books, resources and ideas on a mini theme . Free & open to the public & open to all levels of experience.
Participants bring their own materials & tools. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext. 10

**Beginning in July the Belfast Free Sketchers will return to meeting twice a month:

Wednesday July 5th & Tuesday July 18th , 2-4pm
Tuesday August 1st & Tuesday August 15th, 2-4pm





Wednesdays June 14th and 28th, 4-5:30

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