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. 

Due to the delay in publishing dates, travel concerns, an attempt to have speakers present in person, and other reasons related to the current health crisis, we have decided to postpone our 200 Years of Stories series until the fall. Exact dates will be forthcoming. The programs that have been scheduled, have been done so with the expectation that we will be able to host these speakers at the library. If quarantine recommendations and regulations do not allow for this, we will try to present the programs via Zoom. See below for more information on each program. Thank you for your understanding.


Summer 2020 Programs!         


 Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading                                                                   Tuesday, July 8 – Tuesday, August 11

For our summer reading program this year, we’re using Beanstack, which will allow you to keep track of your child’s reading from home. The program starts on Tuesday, July 8th, but preregistration begins July 1st. For babies to 3rd graders, there will be prizes and craft kits available on our curbside pickup table every Tuesday from July 8th to August 11th. For 4th – 8th graders, we will hold a drawing for great prizes on August 11th! Visit www.beanstack.com to get started!


Healthy Eating on a Budget (Zoom)                                                                        Every Monday from August 3rd – August 24th

Want to learn how to save money at the grocery store utilizing unit prices, learn tips and tricks to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and identify whole grains? Join a SNAP-ED Nutrition Educator for a virtual nutrition education series. This FREE four class series will give you the tools you need to implement small and manageable changes toward a healthier lifestyle. Each week you will join Gail Lane, Nutrition Educator, virtually through Zoom. Upon completion of the series you will receive a cookbook with 24 low-cost, healthy recipes and a couple helpful kitchen utensils.

Classes will be on Mondays, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at 2:00PM. Please register with the Brewer Public Library by calling (207) 989-7943 or emailing public-library@brewermaine.gov.

https://zoom.us/j/96927197975?pwd=bFBRcURjaXRNK093cVB0U1hhZzZsQT09

Meeting ID: 969 2719 7975
Password: 6tFYWS


Fall 2020 PROGRAMS!

200 Years of Stories: Home Now                                                                 POSTPONED – TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020 

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 thirty-nine 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: Hiking Maine                                                                              RESCHEDULED – Monday, September 28th, 11AM

Join Greg Westrich for a talk and book signing on Monday, September 28th at 11AM. He will discuss his book, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures. 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, the routes Greg presents are sure to please hikers of every stripe.

Greg Westrich is the author of seven Maine hiking guides published by Falcon and is currently working on several others. His most recent guides are Hiking Waterfalls Maine and Hiking Maine, 4th edition—which has 18 new hikes in it. He 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.”

Hiking Maine is one of thirty-nine 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: Maine Roads to Gettysburg                                                     POSTPONED – TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020

Join historian Tom Huntington for a talk about the Civil War and signing of his book, Maine Roads to Gettysburg. Although the book imparts several stories of Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine’s historic stand on Little Round Top, Maine Roads to Gettysburg looks beyond this historic battle to the lives of the men from Maine who fought victoriously at this Civil War’s turning point.

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. That love informed his books, Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Civil War Trails, George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg (Stackpole Books, February 2013), Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments, and his latest book, Maine at 200 (Down East Books, 2020). Huntington’s many magazine articles include American Heritage, Smithsonian, and Air & Space.

Maine at 200 is one of thirty-nine 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: Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine                               RESCHEDULED – Saturday, October 10th, 11AM

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: The Making of the Iconic Film.

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 thirty-nine 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: Boiling Off                                                                               RESCHEDULED – Tuesday, October 27th, 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,” during which energy efficient technology changed 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 thirty-nine 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: Maine Quilts                                                                               POSTPONED – TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020

Quilting has a rich history in Maine and America and its popularity has surged in recent years as people return to traditional handcrafts. Join Maine State Museum curator Laurie LaBar  as she talks about her book, Maine Quilts: 200 Years of Comfort, in which Laurie coaxes stories out of objects and uses those stories to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history. The first book of its kind, Maine Quilts 250 Years of Comfort and Community is the accompanying volume to a major two-year exhibit at the Maine State Museum.

Maine Quilts: 200 Years of Comfort is one of thirty-nine 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                                                                      RESCHEDULED – Monday, November 2nd, 6PM

Journalist and author Randi Minetor will share excerpts from her latest book, A Death in Acadia. The book 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. The information for the talk is listed below.

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 thirty-nine 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.

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

Meeting ID: 998 1978 9861
Password: 0pdMBg


200 Years of Stories: One Last Lie                                                                                RESCHEDULED – Monday, November 23rd, 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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