Adult Library Programs

Tuesday December 11th, 6:30 pm

Maine in the China Trade

a Camden Conference presentation with Cipperly Good, Curator and Collections Manager of the Penobscot Marine Museum,

Drugs, armed conflict, and free trade.  Sound familiar?  The First Opium War of the early 1840s, with British and Chinese fighting over the opium trade and Chinese sovereignty,  opened up Chinese ports to the world.  Maine’s merchant mariners aboard Maine-built ships soon thereafter entered the Chinese import and export trade.  The trade aboard Maine-built ships lasted into the turn of the 20th Century.  In the meantime, Maine sea captains and their families brought back souvenirs, stories, and an economic understanding of China.  This talk will use objects, photographs, and archives from Penobscot Marine Museum’s collections to provide a historical context to the 32nd Annual Camden Conference’s leading question: Is this China’s Century?

Cipperly Good is Curator/Collections Manager of Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, where she preserves and provides access to the object and archival collections and uses them to provide context and critical thinking about today’s issues.  Her previous Camden Conference talks include “Maine in the Coolie Trade” and “Globalization is Not New”.

Tuesday December 18th, 6:30 pm

The Village Canoe: a presentation and conversation with Chris Battaglia.

The Village Canoe is an immersive, outdoor, floating artist residency and exhibition. Structured as an expedition, the residence will take place from a 30 foot voyageur canoe, inviting through an open call up to six participants to paddle, camp, and make art along the Maine coast and/or rivers on the interior. At the culmination of the trip, artists will host a temporary, free, public, and interactive pop-up exhibition of the work produced during the residency. The show will take place outdoors, with hopes of being on Belfast’s waterfront green space, in a movable bow-roof structure.
Chris Battaglia spent six weeks paddling and documenting the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico on a canoe expedition in 2017, and is building the team necessary to float The Village Canoe in 2019.

The goal of the conversation is to find those in the Midcoast interested to help generate conversation and ideas around community, art, programming, Maine’s ecology, marketing, and fundraising.


Ongoing DIY Programs :



Wednesdays November 28th and December 12th, 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 December 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.