Adult Library Programs

Tuesday September 19th, 6:30


Artist Talk With Robert Shetterly and Sherri Mitchell

The indigenous people in portraits of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth series  will be on display at the Belfast Library for the month of September. At this talk Rob will talk about why he chose to paint each individual and then he will be joined by with Penobscot attorney and Indigenous rights activist Sherri Mitchell, who is one of his portraits.

About this series of portraits Shetterly says, “The American people have been encouraged to be in denial for hundreds of years about all aspects of the native genocide that happened here and continues to happen — taking of land,  stealing and polluting resources, mass extinction, kidnapping children, breaking treaties, and racism. Ironically and fortunately, the native people aren’t gone and now hold the key to survival for all of us including all living species. Native people are a mirror in which we, white people, can see ourselves if we dare. If we dare to look more deeply, we might see the possibility of our own transformation. In that gratitude we may find redemption. It is a curious thing that we have such a hard time choosing life over exploitation.”




Wednesday September 20th, 6:00 pm

Film Screening "Tribal Justice"

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County , the Belfast Free Library  and the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, will present the award winning film Tribal Justice, on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 pm in the Abbott Room of  the Belfast free Library. A discussion will follow the screening.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning non-fiction film series. For more information, go to

The film, offered in anticipation of the events in Belfast for Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 9, 2017, is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext.10.






Tuesday September 26th, 6:30 pm

 New Let's Talk About It Book Discussion Series: Race and Justice in America

The Belfast Free Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available at the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The first book to be read and discussed on Tuesday September 26th is Contempt of Court:  The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips. The other books to be discussed in the series are: Tuesday October 17th,The Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle; November 7th, Just Mercy  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson; and  December 5th, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward. For more information about the series.

The series will be facilitated by Hayden Anderson, executive director of the Maine Humanities Council. Books for this series are available for loan at the library. Pre-registration is required to ensure that enough copies of the books are available. Please stop by the main circulation desk or call the library at 338-3884 ext. 10 to register.





Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm

 Apple expert John Bunker will offer a talk titled, “Do modern apples have to be so bad?”

Why is every modern apple juicy and crisp?  Why do they all have names that sound like breakfast cereals?  Why does most cider taste like soda pop?  Why can’t you find a decent pie apple in the grocery store? Are all the sauce apples and baking apples gone forever? These and other questions will be answered by Maine apple historian, John Bunker.  We hope you’ll join us for a raucous apple time machine ride through the history of apples in Maine as well a glorious alternate vision of the future.

John Bunker has been farming in Maine for the past 40 years. Describing himself as a “fruit explorer,” Bunker tracks down rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine. In 1984 he started FEDCO Trees and has served as president of the board at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, where he continues to serve as a board member and is the founder of MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard located next to the Common Ground Fairground in Unity. He is the author of "Not Far From the Tree," a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo, which will be available for sale and signing at the program.
This free presentation is co-sponsored by the  Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. The Library is located at 106 High St. in downtown Belfast. For additional information about this event, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.







Ongoing DIY Programs :

The Belfast Free Sketchers 

Tuesday September 12 , 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.
The next meetings will be: October 24th and November 7th.

For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext. 10








Wednesdays September 13th and 27th, 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