The Brewer Public Library will be closed on Monday, April 19th in observance of Patriot's Day


Most 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 2021 Programs!         

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

Bring yarn projects of any sort and socialize outside in the shade of our playground. Experienced or new knitters and crocheters welcome!

Choose MyPlate (Zoom)                                                                                               Tuesdays, May 4th – May 25th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

This FREE, virtual four class series will give you the tools you need to implement small and manageable changes towards a healthier lifestyle. You will receive helpful handouts and recipes to try! You will need an internet connection to take the class and an email address to receive the Zoom link. To register, click

What’s on the Plate? (Zoom): 6th – 12th Grade Students                                       Thursdays, April 22nd – June 3rd, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

This six-part series for 6th – 12th grade students introduces participants to the science of food. Students will learn the secrets of baking, the power of protein chemistry, how to keep fruits and veggies from browning, and what it’s like to be a food scientist. The series will be held via Zoom every Thursday at 3PM from April 22nd – June 3rd. Accommodates a maximum of ten students. Click here to register.

Summer 2021 Programs! 

200 Years of Stories: Laurie LaBar (Zoom)                                                                June 21st, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Quilting has a rich history in Maine and America and its popularity has surged in recent years as people return to traditional handcrafts. The history of quilting in Maine is a story of community and Maine State Museum curator Laurie LaBar coaxes stories out of objects and uses those stories to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history.

Former archaeologist Laurie LaBar is a curator at the Maine State Museum. She has written two previous books, both published by the museum. She lives outside Augusta, Maine.

200 Years of Stories: Greg Westrich (Zoom)                                                                June 28th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Lace up your boots and let Greg Westrich lead you through seventy-two of the finest trails the Pine Tree State has to offer. From the beaches of Acadia National Park and historic routes through Belfast or Portland to scenic treks up Mount Katahdin and backpacking along the Bigelow Range, Maine has routes to please hikers of every stripe. Whether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you’ll find trails suited to every ability and interest throughout Maine.
Greg Westrich earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. Greg teaches writing and literature at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. Greg’s also worked as a carpenter, sous chef, newspaper carrier, fence installer, stay-at-home parent, children’s educational book editor, bookstore manager, and warehouse supervisor in an Alaskan salmon cannery. He spends way too much time thinking about the “nature writing problem.” He is the author of seven Maine hiking guides published by Falcon and is currently working on several others.
To register for the program, click here.

200 Years of Stories: Tom Huntington (Zoom)                                                               July 5th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Everyone knows about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine Regiment, but there’s much more to the story of Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. Join historian Tom Huntington as he talks about the soldiers from Maine who made their presence felt all over the battlefield during three days of fighting in July 1863, including the 17th Maine, who fought ably in the confused and bloody fighting in the Wheatfield on the second day, the 19th Maine, who helped defeat Pickett’s Charge, and of course Chamberlain’s men and their legendary stand at Little Round Top.
As the editor of the late, lamented Historic Traveler magazine, Tom Huntington developed a love for writing that merged stories from the past with journeys of discovery in the present. Huntington’s many magazine articles have appeared in American Heritage, Smithsonian, Air & Space, British Heritage, America in WWII, Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Invention & Technology and many other publications. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Beth Ann, and his children, Katie and Sam.
To register for the program, click here.

200 Years of Stories: Mac Smith (Live in Person!)                                                                  July 12th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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? Join historian Mac Smith (Mainers on the Titanic) for a lecture on this behind-the-scenes story. The presentation will be held on the lawn next to the library’s playground. Please wear a mask while in attendance.
A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of Mainers on the Titanic and Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.
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. 

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. 

Seasonal Pre-Opera Talks                                                                                           POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

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).

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.

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!


Penobscot Theatre Tickets!

From December 5th until May 9th, the Brewer Public Library will offer our patrons free tickets to the Penobscot Theater’s digital performances! You can start reserving your tickets one week prior to each show’s opening . To do so, call 989-7943 or stop by the library. You will then be emailed a link to the performance, which you can watch from the comfort of your own home. For more information and a complete listing of shows and dates, visit Penobscot Theatre’s website. Only the Theatre’s “Main Course” shows are eligible for this offer.

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!


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


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