The 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program is here! The theme is “Read Globally, Discuss Locally!” The program this year will focus on events, books, and discussion groups meant to share ideas and celebrate differences. There will be opportunities to win prizes, review books, and participate in small discussion groups. There is no need to sign up, simply come collect your Bingo card at the circulation desk starting June 1.
The Summer Calendar is nearly complete. Keep an eye on it here to see all the exciting events going on at the library this summer.
Camden Public Library will be participating in a state-wide read of two books chosen by Maine author Monica Wood. The Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library have organized the community read, called “Read ME”. Read more about “Read ME” here.
You may participate regardless of whether or not you wish to participate in the “Read ME” state-wide read. There will be other activities for all, no matter what you are reading!
The cover of the January/February issue of Yankee Magazine features a glorious photograph of Camden Harbor, with the schooners, the Library, and Mount Battie prominently and beautifully portrayed. The photograph illustrates the magazine’s cover story on “New England’s 10 Best Winter Towns.” The Camden Public Library, Camden Harbor Park, and the Camden Snow Bowl are featured in the article.
The Camden Public Library has again received a Five-Star Rating from the Library Journal based on their 2015 Index of Public Library Service. Only eight libraries in Maine were awarded star ratings and only one other library (Southwest Harbor Public Library) received a Five-Star Rating. The staff at the Camden Public Library is very pleased to again be recognized in this way for their service. The high rating for the Camden library is a reflection of the high use that residents and visitors make of the library, and the support for the library’s services and programs. THANK YOU CAMDEN! (more…)
The National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable. (more…)
The Camden Public Library will be the first system in the state of Maine to provide Beanstack to families in the local community. Beanstack is an online portal that offers free personalized recommendations of children’s books and apps handpicked by the library staff. It is an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational apps that match each child’s specific age, interests, reading level, and background. The service is powered by children’s curation company Zoobean, and gives the library access to a database of books using over 1,600 unique tags to help library users find the right books and apps. (more…)
Camden Public Library’s 3M Cloud Library of ebooks has a new look! Same great service providing many bestsellers (fiction and non-fiction) without a long wait. Download an ebook simply and easily directly to your device using your library card barcode.
The Camden Public Library participates in the Community Events series of the Camden Conference. We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent, is now available for viewing on the Camden Conference. Click HERE to view the proceedings. (more…)
The book shed is overflowing with books that everyone has so generously donated. Now we have some work to do! We need people to; process and pack donated books donated to the library; transport books (we need someone with a van!) from our shed in the Amphitheatre parking lot off Atlantic Ave. to and from the library before and after our books sales; help set up for the book sales; serve as cashiers at the book sales; pick up books at the residences of individuals who want to donate books to the book sale; and transport books which we cannot use to Goodwill in Rockland.
It is helpful if you are able to carry a box of books but not a requirement to help process or setup for the book sale! For more information and to volunteer please contact Jean Freedman-White at 236-4885 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Join the team (and get a first look at all those books!!).
The weather was challenging, but thanks to all the volunteers who helped prep the Amphitheatre, serve the food, and provide the music and kids crafts, the Winterfest Community Ice Carving was a big success and indeed we had a ball! Ken Gardiner was the MC and started us off with a stirring sing-along of “The Hokey-Pokey,” Chris Barrows was our DJ and everything was up-tempo and seasonally flavored (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”), All That Jazz performed indoors, with Hazel Delehey’s performance during intermission; Miss Amy and Miss Stefanie regaled the kids with crafts and facepainting, and Caroline Morong’s truly intrepid crew served up hot food throughout the event in the snowiest part of Camden, right in front of the library doors! The Winterfest events are supported by sponsorship from The First and hosted by the Camden Public Library. Click for more photos.
Check-out is for one week, no renewals, no holds, for a quick turn-around. Prepare to be surprised and delighted at what you can find on this table!
Want quicker access to what everyone is reading? Check out the Bestseller Express table at the Camden Public Library! The table is stocked with the newest and most popular books for immediate checkout and quick turnaround. With the “Bestseller Express” system, check-out is for one week only, and no renewals are allowed, to ensure a quick return and plenty of books available. (more…)
All Discovery Kits circulate for a two-week period with a valid library card and must be returned to the Camden Public Library circulation desk for check in. They are filled with books and craft ideas and puzzles, dvd’s, games, etc. for young and old. Great for families, daycares, grandparents with visiting grandchildren, and more! What will you discover at the library?
ABC/Word Play Discovery Kit
Elephant Discovery Kit
Construction Discovery Kit
Curious George Discovery Kit
Bug Discovery Kit
Outer Space Discovery Kit
Wizard of Oz Discovery Kit
Special Occasion Card Making Kit
Down to the Sea Discovery Kit
Binocular Discovery Kit
Raising Reader Discovery Kit
Dinosaur Discovery Kit
Fairy Discovery Kit
Farm Discovery Kit
Airplane Busy Bag
Car Busy Bag
Coming soon- Peter Rabbit & Friends Discovery Kit, Ocean Explorer Discovery Kit and Dino Wonder Discovery Kit.