2019 Summer Reading Program for Adults

(it's not just for kids anymore!)

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This summer we are encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and check out some new books with “The Universe of Stories” theme. 

We have great programming for everyone, including adults!

Check out the Adult’s, Children’s, and Teen’s pages for information about those Summer Reading Programs.

Follow the Bangor Public Library’s Solar Trail!

June 25 - August 29

Fun for all ages! Pick up a copy of the Solar Trail Guide at the Library or Click here for more information.

Author Talk


Tuesday, July 23

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Lecture Hall

Books will be available for purchase. Visit our Author Talks Page for more information.

Enter to win tickets

to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing!

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Entry forms are in the entry by our Astronaut Selfie-station.

The historic first human steps on the Moon took place 50 years ago and today we dream of travel to Mars and beyond. Join us at the University of Maine on Saturday, July 20th for a celebration of human space exploration with a day of special programming on campus featuring Emera Astronomy Center, College of Engineering’s HIAD and Lunar Habitat Modules, with special activities from the Challenger Learning Center of Maine and Bangor Public Library. The day includes lunch with keynote speaker and UMaine Alumnus, Dr. George Nelson, Director of the International Space Station Technology and Science Research Office at NASA.

For more information about the event, please check the website.

BPL Summer 2019 Book Challenges:

Themes and booklists for this summer’s theme, “A Universe of Stories”:

Maybe you’re not familiar with SciFi or think you know what it is? Think again! Click here to learn about all of the categories (sub-genres) of SciFi and here for a list of library short list of fiction in “A Universe of Stories”. We’ve also go this great list of nonfiction science and space books!

No time to attend a book club at the library? Try Bangor Public Library’s Book Challenges. This summer the book challenges are fiction and nonfiction titles about space, science fiction, Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary, and possibly even the space you store things in. The lists and books are available at Bangor Public Library. Have an idea for a book to read along these themes and BPL doesn’t have it? The Reference staff can usually find it using inter-library loan. Stop by the library, call us, or visit the website for more information. Don’t forget you can find ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines online with our digital resources: Cloud Library, RB Digital, TumbleBooks, and Flipster-this list will get you going! Need even more booklists? Here you go!

Every time you read one of these books please fill out an entry card and drop it in the entry box on the the BPL Book Challenge display. Entries will be drawn for a prize on July 26 and again on July 29. 

Ready, set, read!

Summer SciFi Book Club

Thursday, July 25

Thursday, August 22

5:30- 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

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Featured books: "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein and "Heritage of Stars" by Clifford Simak

This is an interactive book group looking to engage participants in their love of SciFi or introduce it to others. The conversations held will include the expansion of humanity into the physical and technological universe while considering the humanistic implications we see around us today.


The interactive part? Bring your favorite SciFi books or titles with you to both meetings to discuss why they are important to you and to recommend them to others who are part of this group. At the second meeting, participants will choose a title from those recommended books to read for the final session on August 22.

Bangor Public Library reader’s resources will be presented during the July meeting.

Links to information:

The Heinlein Society

A list of Robert Heinlein’s books can be found at Fantastic Fiction.

Information about Clifford Simak can be found on Wikipedia and at Fantastic Fiction.