Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the Brewer Public Library will close to the public. We will open as soon as is possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Programs

All in-house programs have been postponed for the foreseeable future, but we will be offering online lectures on our Facebook page and through Zoom.

Spring 2020 Programs! (Accessible on Facebook or Zoom)

Joshua Chamberlain and the Surrender of Confederate Infantry                Wednesday, June 10th, 11AM (Zoom)

Did you know that a Brewer native accepted the surrender of the Confederate Infantry to end the Civil War? It’s true! On Wednesday, June 10th at 11:00 AM, join Brian Swartz for a lecture about Joshua Chamberlain’s leading role in this historic event.

A Brewer native and a Bangor Daily News reporter and editor for 27 years, Brian launched his Maine at War column in April 2011 and his weekly Maine at War blog in March 2012. Brian and his wife, Susan, live in Hampden with their cat, Miss Getty, short for “Gettysburg.” This talk will be presented via Zoom. The Zoom link, ID, and password are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact us at public-library@brewermaine.gov.

https://zoom.us/j/91306390184?pwd=MXplTEZRV0dtT29EeDg3ZWxrcHNwQT09

Meeting ID: 913 0639 0184
Password: 003743


Summer 2020 PROGRAMS!

200 Years of Stories: Home Now                                                               Monday, June 22nd, 6PM (Zoom) 

Join us via Zoom on Monday, June 22nd at 6PM for a lecture with Maine native Cynthia Anderson. She will discuss immigration and her latest book, Home Now: How 6,000 Refugees Transformed an American Town, the true story of African immigration into Lewiston, Maine.

Home Now is one of forty adult Maine non-fiction books the Brewer Library purchased in celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. This project was made possible thanks to a Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund Grant of the Maine Community Foundation. The talk is sponsored by the Brewer Public Library, the Brewer Library Association, and a Maine Bicentennial Commission Community Grant award. This talk will be presented via Zoom. The Zoom link, ID, and password are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact us at public-library@brewermaine.gov.

https://zoom.us/j/93018967063?pwd=N240Zk5kNWQ3QTlRWjQyTk5yTGxjZz09

Meeting ID: 930 1896 7063
Password: 2WzWnx


200 Years of Stories: Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine                               Monday, July 20th, 6PM

It is a well-known fact, perhaps legend now, that Peyton Place, the controversial, scandalous blockbuster was filmed in Camden, Maine and the surrounding towns in 1957. But how did the movie come to be filmed in Maine, who was involved in getting it here, and what did the locals think about 20th Century Fox shooting a big-budget film in their front yards? Find out when Mac Smith presents a talk based on his new book Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine. Location TBD.

Mac Smith is a Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and former news reporter for the Bar Harbor Times. Mac lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead.  He is also author of Mainers On The Titanic.

Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine is one of forty adult Maine non-fiction books the Brewer Library purchased in celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. This project was made possible thanks to a Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund Grant of the Maine Community Foundation. The talk is sponsored by the Brewer Public Library, the Brewer Library Association, and a BMaine Bicentennial Commission Community Grant award.


200 Years of Stories: Boiling Off                                                                               Monday, August 10th, 11AM

Veteran maple sugar producer and historian John Hodgkins will discuss his new book Boiling Off: Maple Sugaring in Maine and what he calls the “30-year revolution,” where energy efficient technology is changing the industry.

John Hodgkins has been boiling sap for over 50 years in the woods of Temple, Maine. Along the way, he served two terms in the 1990s as president of the Maine Maple Producers Association. He also won the 2011 best of show award for his medium amber syrup. Working alongside him all those years was his wife Beth.

Boiling Off is one of forty adult Maine non-fiction books the Brewer Library purchased in celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. This project was made possible thanks to a Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund Grant of the Maine Community Foundation. The talk is sponsored by the Brewer Public Library, the Brewer Library Association, and a Maine Bicentennial Commission Community Grant award.


200 Years of Stories: A Death in Acadia                                                                      Monday, August 17, 6PM (Zoom)

Journalist and author Randi Minetor will share excerpts from her latest book A Death in Acadia, gathers the stories of fatalities that have occurred in the park, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest–even getting swept out to sea–and presents dozens of misadventures. The talk will be presented via Zoom.

Randi has written more than 60 published books on America’s national parks, hiking and exploring New York State, birding, nature, historic cities across the country, and on business and lifestyle subjects. She also served for five years as the National Parks Examiner on Examiner.com.

Death in Acadia is one of forty adult Maine non-fiction books the Brewer Library purchased in celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. This project was made possible thanks to a Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund Grant of the Maine Community Foundation. The talk is sponsored by the Brewer Public Library, the Brewer Library Association, and a Maine Bicentennial Commission Community Grant award. This talk will be presented via Zoom. The Zoom link, ID, and password are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact us at public-library@brewermaine.gov.

https://zoom.us/j/99819789861?pwd=RkxuWE8vRjJvdksxRUVKMDRZMEdZQT09

Meeting ID: 998 1978 9861
Password: 0pdMBg


200 Years of Stories: One Last Lie                                                                                Monday, August 24, 6PM

Bestselling author Paul Doiron will share excerpts from his latest book One Last Lie, in which Charlie Stevens vanishes, telling Mike Boditch, “Never trust a man without secrets.” This program is made possible thanks to the Brewer Library Association and a Maine Bicentennial Commission Community Grant award.

Paul Doiron is the best-selling author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels set in the Maine woods. His first book, The Poacher’s Son, won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award and was nominated for an Edgar for Best First Novel. His story “Rabid” was a finalist for the 2019 Edgar in the Best Short Story category. Paul’s eleventh book, One Last Lie, will be published on June 30, 2020 by Minotaur Books. Paul is chair of the Maine Humanities Council, Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, and a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing.


Seasonal Pre-Opera Talks                                                                                           CANCELLED UNTIL WE REOPEN

These talks are presented in cooperation with the Orono-based Collins Opera Outreach Committee and present information to help attendees make the most of their experience with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD (presented at the Collins Center for the Arts).


Knitting Social                                                                                                               CANCELLED UNTIL WE REOPEN

Bring yarn projects of any sort and socialize in our comfortable conference room. Experienced or new knitters and crocheters welcome!


Dog Ears Reading Therapy                                                      CANCELLED UNTIL WE REOPEN    

TDI, which organizes our Dog Ears program, has cancelled all of their dog therapy programs for the time being. We look forward to seeing Jade and Joey again soon!


Monthly Adult Book Club                                                                                          POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

Discuss the book of the month with other members! Book Club will meet next on March 2; contact Library staff to join.


One-day pass to the Maine Discovery Museum (admits up to 4 individuals) and a day pass to Maine State Parks (admits up to a 17-passenger vehicle to many state parks) are available FREE to patrons with a Library card in good standing. Visit the Library circulation desk, or call us for more information.


Maine Audubon Nature Explorer Backpacks

You can now check out two Maine Audubon Nature Explorer Backpacks! The birds and wildlife themed packs make it easier for families to get outside, connect to nature, and learn about Maine’s habitat year-round. The backpacks are made possible by Maine Audubon and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The Brewer Public Library is one of seven libraries that will be piloting this program throughout the winter and spring.


Upcoming Seasonal Programs

Seasonal StoryWalk® project, Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Please call the Library for more information on the project. Annual Summer Reading Program, six weeks, June through July, for children ages newborn through 12th grade. Our 2019 Summer Reading Program has ended for the year. Stay tuned for the 2020 Summer Reading program, Imagine Your Story!


The STEM Climate Change Program is for Grades 2-5! throughout October and November. Kids will learn about a specific scientific topic during this fun six-week program packed with crafts and experiments. The series is hosted by the Brewer Library and University of Maine Cooperative Extension/4-H, and facilitated by University of Maine students.


Visit our online calendar which includes even more City of Brewer events!

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