Adult Library Programs

Tuesday June 25th, 6:30

Trauma, Self-Identity, and Empathy: The Refugee Crisis in Maine
Presented by Jan E. Anderson, author of The Eagle Flies at Night

Why do people do what they do? Join Belfast author Jan E. Anderson as she explores this question through the lens of philosophical, cultural, and spiritual belief, and discusses her book,
The Eagle Flies at Night, which portrays a Maine community taking in refugees and how all members of the community, new and old, struggle with trauma and self-identity.



Tuesday July 2nd, 6:30

Upwards: Solo Canoeing the 740-Mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail

At age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England's Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Traveling 740 miles alone in a small canoe, she encountered challenges that pushed her to the limits of her courage and endurance. But for every moment of wild weather, upstream struggle, or exhausting portage, there was the joy of seeing nature in all its glory and drama. Join the author as she shares stories and photos from her 53-day expedition.
Laurie Apgar Chandler and her two children moved to Maine in 2003, buying a log cabin surrounded by lakes and ponds. Changing careers from forest research to special education, she remarried, and discovered a new passion, wilderness canoeing. After losing her husband, Laurie began taking longer and longer journeys alone. In the summer of 2015, she surprised even herself by solo thru-paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail in a new 13-foot Kevlar canoe. Upwards, the story of that journey, is her first book. Laurie lives in Bremen and works at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta.



Tuesday July 9th, 6:30

A presentation with Tatyana Bukharina

Tatyana Bukharina is a native of Crimea living in Yalta. She graduated from University with a degree as an English teacher and interpreter and has worked extensively as an interpreter and guide in the tourism industry. She has traveled around the world and throughout the U.S.
As a native Crimean ambassador, Tatyana feels it is important to present her homeland and country without myths and misinterpretations. For this presentation she will show a short video about Crimea and make a presentation about the history of Crimea from Catherine The Great to the present day, explaining the coup in Ukraine which led to Crimea returning to Russia and the U.S. imposed sanctions on the people of Crimea.
This program is co-sponsored by the Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County and the Belfast Free Library.





Tuesday July 16th, 6:30

Hot Topics! A Summer Reading by Four Poets

Four local poets will read from new and old works! Judy Kaber, Elizabeth Tibbets, Kristin Lindquist and Thomas Moore.



Wednesday July 17th, 6:30

Philip Frey: Here and Now 
Artist&Author talk with Philip Frey and Daniel Kany

In the past twenty years, Philip Frey has developed into one of Maine’s finest landscape painters. Known as a brilliant colorist, Frey paints Maine’s harbors and islands with a bold palette that captures the light and moods of his home state, from the streets of Ellsworth and Portland to Monhegan and Acadia National Park.

With an introduction by curator George Kinghorn, and essays by art critics Daniel Kany and Carl Little, Philip Frey:Here and Now presents the first in-depth look at Frey’s body of work. Kinghorn highlights Frey’s remarkable ability to render complex motifs by way of dynamic planes of color, while Kany and Little place the artist in an art-historical context. In response to Frey’s role in Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene, Kany sums it up best: “Frey’s art occupies the nexus between contemporary painting and brushy traditionalism. If there is a focus to this new direction in Maine painting, his art is it.”

Join artist Philip Frey and author and art critic Daniel Kany for this slide talk about Frey's work.



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 !



Wednesdays, May 8th and 22nd, June 12th and 26th, 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 June 11th, 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.