Summer 2021 Programs! 

200 Years of Stories: Passing Through the Fire (Zoom)                                           August 2th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

On August 2nd at 6PM, Civil War historian and author Brian F. Swartz will present the well-illustrated Zoom program “Passing through the Fire: Joshua Chamberlain in the Civil War,” based on his new book of the same name. The book and presentation chronicles Chamberlain’s swift transition from college professor and family man to regimental and brigade commander. A natural leader, he honed his fighting skills at Shepherdstown and Fredericksburg. Praised by his Gettysburg peers for leading the 20th Maine Infantry’s successful defense of Little Round Top—an action that would eventually earn him Civil War immortality—Chamberlain experienced his most intense combat after arriving at Petersburg.

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.”

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A Powerful Presentation: The Sporting Events that Changed America (Zoom)       August 4th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

This enlightening and enjoyable program will entertain and illuminate sports fans or anyone interested in American history. It is hosted by Martin Gitlin and is based on his highly acclaimed book, “Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History.” The program features exciting videos of sporting events through more than 100 years that greatly impacted society and/or the sports themselves. Included are the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees that kicked off the greatest dynasty in American sports history, Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 1958 NFL Championship Game that brought pro football into prominence, the famed Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Rigg, the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry that brought the NBA back to life and much more, This presentation features a lot of fun trivia questions for patrons to ponder as well. A Q&A session follows. This presentation is both fun and thought-provoking, so join in!

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200 Years of Stories: Paul Doiron (Live in Person!)                                                       August 9th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join author Paul Doiron on the lawn by the Brewer Public Library’s playground for a talk about his Mike Bowditch crime novels! His new novel, Dead by Dawn will be available June 29th, 2021. Please wear a mask while in attendance.

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher’s Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for “Best Fiction of 2010.” PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 2010 list.

Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and past chair of the Maine Humanities Council. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife Kristen Lindquist.

This program will be capped at 35 people. Please hold your spot by registering. If you already registered through Zoom, you don’t have to register again. 

Knitting Social                                                                                                                  Every Friday, 9:30 – 11:00 

Bring yarn projects of any sort and socialize inside the library’s Cayford Room. Experienced or new knitters and crocheters welcome!

Monthly Adult Book Club                                                                                          

Our adult Book Club will return this fall!

Maine Audubon Nature Explorer Backpacks

You can now check out three Maine Audubon Nature Explorer Backpacks! The birds, wildlife, and plant-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.


Board Games!

Check out one of our thirty-three different board games! From classics like Chess and the Game of Life to more obscure indie games like Zogar’s Gate and Four Tribes, we have something for everyone. Click here to see what we have and put one on hold!


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. Stay tuned for the 2021 Summer Reading program, Tales & Tails!



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


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