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Harbor Arts and Books – This Weekend!

The Camden Public Library will host more than 90 artists in its annual summer Harbor Arts & Books Fair on July 14 and 15, 2018. The fair will feature items for every taste and prices for every pocketbook!

Art patrons will find works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels, as well as photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Fans of handcrafted wares can shop for pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, and furniture. Fiber artists will also be represented, with a wide selection of hand-woven sweaters, handmade quilts, and much more.

Harbor Arts & Books Fair is an admission-free, family-friendly event, making it a perfect day trip or weekend destination. Area inns, restaurants, and day-sailing schooners welcome our Harbor Arts guests — and the coastal panoramic views from nearby Mount Battie are not to be missed!

The Camden Public Library carries on the tradition of excellent juried arts, with a festive flavor and emphasis on quality and publicity.

Exhibitor booths will be in the Amphitheatre, on Atlantic Avenue in Camden, and along the water in beautiful and scenic Harbor Park.

The Fair is sponsored by the Reny Charitable Foundation, with added support from Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns.

A complete list of exhibitors and booth locations will be online leading up to the show at

This summer the Camden Public Library’s huge July book sale under the tents will run for four days. Thousands of books in 29 categories will be on sale beginning on Thursday, July 12, and running through Sunday, July 15, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Topics will range from biographies to young adult books and everything in between. Featured will be books on business, cooking, essays, gardening, health, history, hobbies and crafts, humor and satire, nature, pets, quilting, marine subjects, Maine, performing arts, philosophy, poetry, religion, sci-fi and fantasy to science, sports, and travel. Books in foreign languages, books for children and young adults, fiction and nonfiction paperbacks, and fiction by authors from around the world will be for sale.

Books are $3 each except for tabletop books which are priced individually. Children’s books range from 50 cents to $2 each. Paperbacks are $1 each. There will be a very large selection of music from classical to country on CDs and movies of varied genre on DVDs and VHS as well as books on tape. CDs are $2 each, and $4 for a set of two or more CDs. VHS tapes are 50 cents each. Records and sheet music will also be available – records for $1 each and sheet music for 50 cents each.

The supply of books will be refreshed continually during the sale. Many books have just been donated to the library in the last couple of weeks and will make their first appearance at our book sale.

Volunteers are needed to help set up for the sale on Wednesday, July 12, at 9:00 am. “We are looking for volunteers to serve for three-hour shifts as cashiers and to refresh the tables of books during the sale. Volunteers are also needed to help pack up books at the end of the sale, on Monday, July 17, at 9:00 am,” says Susan Fitzgerald, book sale coordinator. For information about volunteering for any phase of the book sale, please call the Library at 236-3440.

All of the funds raised at the book sale will be used to purchase new books and for children and adult programs at the Camden Public Library.

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