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Abbott Room

December 2015

New Year’s By The Bay

December 31, 2015

Join us in the Abbott room for New Year's Eve Festivities with Conjuring Carroll, Scot Cannon, Jennifer Armstrong, Meteora, and the Lowdown. From 2pm to 11:45pm.

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January 2016

Pajamarama Storytime!

January 5, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

Stories, songs, and art for ages 4 – 8 & their parents/caregivers. First Monday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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Camden Conference Discussion Group

January 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The New Africa: Challenges and Hope   In our fourth and final session of the Camden Conference New Africa Discussion Series, we shall reflect upon the challenges that confront Sub-Sahara Africa in joining the global community on its own terms.  And we shall examine a set of African-generated initiatives that inspire hope of such inclusion in the near future.   Toward those ends, we will look at evidence suggesting that Sub-Sahara Africa is emerging as a potential economic power and ponder whether…

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Friday Night Flix 7pm

January 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tootsie (1982) How far will an actor go to restart his career? Michael Dorsey, superbly played by Dustin Hoffman, is a talented actor. But he’s also volatile and extremely difficult to work with. Consequently no one will hire him. He needs a “makeover.” Solution? Dress up as a woman and audition for a female role on a trashy soap opera. He gets the role – and a lot more than he bargained for. This comic, yet touching, love story also…

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Camden Conference Presentation

January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hippos, Cheetahs, and the Passing of the Development Paradigm, A lecture by Professor Seth Singleton

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Friday Night Flix 7pm

January 15, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Lost in America (1985) Talk about a mid-life crisis. Two middle-aged, 1980’s yuppies decide to quit their L.A. jobs, liquidate their assets, and travel the country in a Winnebago with their $100,000 nest egg. Albert Brooks convinces his wife (Julie Hagerty) that they were born to be wild. “Just like in Easy Rider.” The plan works like a charm until… they stop in Las Vegas. Turns out, one of them has a latent gambling problem. Say goodbye to the nest…

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MSBA Book Discussion

January 20, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

Book: "Rain Reign" by Anne M. Martin

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Friday Night Flix 7pm

January 22, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Juno (2007) What a sleeper! This movie came out of nowhere to earn an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Page as “Best Actress” and a nomination for “Best Picture.” It stars Page as a quirky, independent minded teenager who suddenly learns that she’s pregnant. Now what to do… Abort the pregnancy? Have the child and raise it? Put it up for adoption? If you think you know how this story ends – think again. They broke the mold after this…

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Knit2Together

January 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Belfast Free Library is starting a new knitting group! Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to join us the second and forth Wednesdays of the month beginning January 13, from 4-5:30pm in the Abbott Room.

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March 2017

Belfast Garden Club Winter Lecture Series

March 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Travels to Japan with Lee Schneller Fine Gardens Visit a Zen moss garden at a secluded temple, an ancient potter’s studio and hillside kiln, and a medieval stone garden. Join Lee Sligh, author and owner of Lee Schneller Fine Gardens, and Liz Stanley, who works at Lee Schneller Fine Gardens and at UMaine’s Cooperative Extension, on their recent trip to wonderful and historic gardens in Kyoto.  

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April 2017

Knit2Together

April 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to join us the second and forth 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 Ravelry.com and other websites to help find patterns and organize your…

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Belfast Bay Watershed Program

April 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Evil Twin of Climate Change: Ocean Acidification State Representative Mick Devin of Newcastle will speak about the growing effects of ocean acidification on Maine’s fishing and aquaculture industries, along with the impacts of rising seawater temperatures and marine debris. Rep. Devin has led the way in researching the culture and ecology of marine animals and plants and is currently using his research to develop new marine policy for the needs of fisheries in the future.

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May 2017

Belfast Free Library’s Genealogy Group Meets

May 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Program

May 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bird Identification and Conservation: Jody Telfair, a Maine Master Naturalist, will join our Bird Week efforts with a review of bird identification. She will also discuss ways to help birds, migratory and resident, survive.

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All Roads Music Festival

May 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For more information and the complete schedule visit allroadsmusicfest.org

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Author Talk with Cheryl Fuller, PhD.

May 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects Join Cheryl Fuller, PhD for a talk and discussion of her new book addressing the fat complex that grips our culture. Cheryl Fuller is a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. She is passionately interested in depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and…

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June 2017

Maine Forest Service Workshop

June 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How Forestry Law Affects Municipalities. These workshops are an opportunity for Code Enforcement Officers, Town Managers, Planners, Assessors, and others to meet with Maine Forest Service District Foresters Terri Coolong, Sandy Walczyk, Morten Moesswilde, and Water Resources Specialist Tom Gilbert. The presentations discuss those forestry laws in Maine that most often impact municipalities and intersect with local ordinances. Approved for 3 legal contact hours for attendance for CEOs. There is no fee for these workshops but preregistration is required. Please…

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Rhonda Feiman on Stress Reduction

June 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Rhonda Feiman will offer a talk titled, STRESS: The Enemy Within: How to maintain harmony and balance using the techniques of East Asian Medicine  

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August 2017

Author Talk: Jennifer Wixson on The Sovereign Series.

August 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join author Jennifer Wixson for a Sneak Preview of  Maggie's Dilemma (Book 5 in The Sovereign Series). Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister, Jennifer Wixson is the creator of The Sovereign Series a collection of novels set in the mythical small town of Sovereign, Maine that highlight a rural, agricultural-based lifestyle. Sovereign (pop. 1,048) is noted for quirky and good-hearted characters who weave through the books like good friends dropping in for a cup of tea.

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October 2017

Belfast Candidates’ Forum

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Voters are invited to attend a Candidates’ Forum to meet and ask questions of the two people running for mayor of Belfast. The forum will be held in Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend free of charge. Walter Ash, the current mayor of Belfast, and challenger Samantha Paradis,  along with Mike Hurley (Ward 4 councilor, running unopposed), and Eric Sanders (Ward 3 councilor, running unopposed), will all be present to answer audience…

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April 2018

Belfast Historical Society and Museum Presentation

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

NOW HE BELONGS TO THE AGES:  A talk on remembering the death of Lincoln. with Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer The meaning of Lincoln’s death can change everything about our present national crisis. As Walt Whitman long ago implored, we need to gather for this tragic reminiscence to recover Lincoln. A spiritual view of Lincoln answers our recurring need for wisdom. Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer presents “Quiet Fire: The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln” weekly on WERU. He is the author of…

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A COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ON MARIJUANA

April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

PRESENTER: Robin Carr,  Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for City of Bangor followed by PANEL DISCUSSION and Q & A Information on effects of marijuana on the developing brain, dependence, edibles, delayed effects and driving,  medical marijuana, and Maine law. Come and learn about how marijuana affects you, your child and what’s happening in our community. Appropriate for parents, community members, teens and young adults.

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May 2018

Contra Connections

May 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The “Contra Connections: Dance Documentaries” film series will conclude on May 2 with What’s Not To Like? A Community Contra Dance. Belfast Flying Shoes has donated the four films in the series, along with three other documentaries connected to traditional New England social dancing, to the Belfast Free Library’s media collection. “Contra Connections” is an outreach program of Belfast Flying Shoes, the non-profit arts organization that produces the first Friday community and contra dances in Belfast. Additional support provided by the…

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Rachel Epperly Photography Workshop for Teens

May 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Taking Better Pictures with Your Camera Phones: A Workshop for Teens! Local photographer Rachel Epperly will lead a hands-on workshop, demonstrating tips and techniques for taking better camera-phone pictures. Learn about subject/composition, lighting, editing, & more. Teens, bring your cameras/phones!

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June 2018

Getting from “Us and Them” to We

June 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with author Barbara Kent Lawrence, "Getting from Us and Them to We: a conversation with Midcoast Maine, Using the books of Barbara Kent Lawrence (“Islands of Time” and “The Other Island: Ben’s Story”) as a springboard for discussion, participants will look at how our population, whether summer or permanent, multi-generational or “from away,” have formed the base for a vibrant year round community; and we’ll look at the some of the stresses, challenges and opportunities…

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Belfast Free Art Group

June 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 11, 2018

The Belfast Free Art Group will replace the Belfast Free Sketchers and will focus on sharing a variety of art-related subjects and activities. The first meeting will be on Tuesday June 12th 2-4pm in Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. 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…

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Me & Martha in Concert!

June 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

City native Martha Hills and her husband Don DePoy, touring as Me & Martha, will perform once again in the Abbott Room.During their free concert, Hills and DePoy will share their love of music and life. As always, this will be an exciting homecoming as Me & Martha present new songs and stories from their past year of travel. The duo first began performing together in Belfast in 2003. They draw on the rich music traditions of bluegrass, classic country,…

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Belfast Historical Society Program

June 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Earle Shettleworth: Architectural Photographs of Charles R. Coombs. Images from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection depicting major homes and buildings in Belfast in the late 19th – early 20th century. Mr. Shettleworth is the Maine State Historian.

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July 2018

Libraries Rock! Summer Lecture Series

July 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It Didn't Start with Elvis - with Neal Harkness From the time it was first recognized as a distinct musical genre, critics and fans have debated the question of when Rock and Roll began. In this presentation we will explore Rocks origins in rhythm and blues, country music and other forms in search of that elusive beginning. We will  listen to how the musical traditions of the many cultures that made up America in the twentieth century contributed to the fusion…

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Libraries Rock – Teens! Songwriting Workshop with Alice Limoges

July 23, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In this workshop, teens will learn the basics of writing lyrics, chords, & melody, and have the opportunity to perform what they've written (or favorite songs) at an open mic following the class. Alice will also give a short performance of her own music. Recommended for ages 11 and up. Alice Limoges is a singer-songwriter originally from Rockport, Maine, and currently living, performing, and teaching in NYC. For more information about Alice, visit alicelimoges.com. All library programs are free and open…

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Libraries Rock! Summer Lecture Series

July 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Trips, Rock Life in the Sixties - with Ellen Sander Ellen Sander, a noted Belfast poet and former Poet Laureate, was a pioneering New York rock journalist in the mid-late sixties, covering the emergent, explosive rock culture, its music, personalities and events. From the festivals to the in-fights, the concerts, the tours and the trips, she will speak from her repertoire of behind the scenes anecdotes and read from her book, Trips, Rock Life in the Sixties, a new edition of…

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August 2018

Author Talk with Elizabeth Berg

August 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to host best selling author Elizabeth Berg for a midday talk! Left Bank Books will be here with a selection of her recent books.

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November 2018

Belfast Free Art Group

November 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Belfast Free Art Group will replace the Belfast Free Sketchers and will focus on sharing a variety of art-related subjects and activities. The first meeting will be on Tuesday June 12th 2-4pm in Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. 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…

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January 2019

Teen Movie Night: Wonder (PG)

January 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Come join us in the Abbott Room, Friday, January 18th @ 3:30pm to watch this great movie and eat pizza. Ages 11-17. All library programs are free and open to the public. For More information call 207-338-3884 ext 24.

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August 2019

Genealogy Group Meeting

August 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For this month's meeting of the Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, we will be sharing stories of our ancestors! Who is your favorite ancestor? Famous? Notorious? Who inspired you to start your genealogical research? Think about who you would choose and be ready to share. Feel free to bring pictures, charts, newspaper clippings, stories, or anything else that might aid in sharing. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

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September 2019

Putting Meat on the Bones: Discovering the Stories of Your Ancestors’ Lives

September 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ted Steele, genealogist and past President of the St. Louis Genealogical Society, will use case studies to demonstrate how, after you have constructed your family tree, you can use a multitude of sources to discover who your ancestors were and what they did during their lifetimes.   All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

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October 2019

Genealogy Group Meeting: Tour of the Archives

October 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian, will be giving a tour of the Archives on the 3rd floor, highlighting the materials that may be of use to genealogists, other notable collections, and some of the archival work completed in the past year. All are welcome! Light refreshments will follow. *We will meet in the Abbott Room and then proceed up to the 3rd Floor.*  

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November 2019

Genealogy Group Meeting: Show & Tell

November 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This month's meeting will be our annual show & tell event! Bring your family heirlooms, photographs, documents, artifacts, or anything else you'd like to share and discuss with the group. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

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