Be sure to also check out our Author Talks and Art Exhibits

Upcoming Adult Programming 

Holiday Music Featuring

The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra

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Wednesday, December 12

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Lecture Hall

Stop in to hear these wonderful musicians play selections of the season.

The Maine Multicultural Center presents

"The Food that Feeds Us All: Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Maine"  

with Jan Morrill and  Rosi Ontiveros

Wednesday, January 9th

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Crofutt Community Room

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For 25 years, the Maine Mobile Health Program (MMHP) has addressed the health needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Each year the program connects with over 1500 farmworkers in more than 60 labor camps, worksites and community locations in Maine. MMHP has worked to address social determinants of health including access to education, employment, food security, and housing. The program uses community health workers to promote patient engagement and advocacy. In 2017, the National Association of Community Health Centers recognized MMHP as the Outstanding Migrant Health Center of the year.

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Jan Morrill is the Director of Advocacy for the organization. She oversees its legislative outreach and community engagement programs. She also works as a Community Health Worker with migrant farmworkers in Midcoast Maine.
Rosi Ontiveros lives in the Lewiston area, is a former farmworker and has extensive experience

Maine Multicultural Community Forums are free, public educational events sponsored by the Maine Multicultural Center. They will enlighten, challenge and provoke participants in support of the Multicultural Center's mission to "welcome and champion diversity as essential to the economic and social vitality of Maine." The views and opinions presented during the Forums are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Maine Multicultural Center.

For more information about the Maine Multicultural Center - visit

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The Total Lunar Eclipse of January 20th-21st     

Saturday, January 12

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Lecture Hall

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Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center will share information on the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse visible here in Maine on January 20 and 21.  Join us to learn what causes eclipses, how to view them safely, and why they are important scientific events.  The lecture will include images and information from recent eclipses, and a preview of the Total Solar Eclipse in 2024.

The presentation will be followed by a time for questions and answers.

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Mr. Shawn Laatsch currently is the director of the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine.  He has presented numerous planetarium shows, led educational workshops, and has been an invited guest lecturer on astronomy and planetariums in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia. He is recognized as a pioneer in the use of digital dome technology and innovations in the field. Shawn installed the world’s first 3D stereoscopic planetarium at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. He has consulted on the planning and building of numerous planetarium projects worldwide and recently evaluated the Iziko Planetarium in Cape Town, South Africa for its planned upgrade to digital in late 2015.

Shawn serves as President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals.  In 1998 he was inducted as an International Planetarium Society Fellow, for his work in promoting astronomy education.

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Originally from Wausau, Wisconsin he started his planetarium career at the Wausau West High School Planetarium in 1984 as a student.   While there he built telescopes and became president of the school astronomy club. Shawn has extensive planetarium experience in public, school, and university facilities.  He served as planetarium director for the Arthur Storer Planetarium in Maryland, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium in Kentucky, and the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii where he worked to bring new astronomical datasets into the planetarium environment.  While in Hawaii he also did a weekly radio program called Stargazer on Hawaii Public Radio His most recent position before coming to Maine in January 2016 was as director and site manager for the Infoversum, a 3D digital dome in Groningen, Netherlands where he was recruited to supervise its construction, installation of technical equipment, and trained staff for opening the center.     

In 2004, Shawn was selected as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. In 2006 he was asked by NASA SEARCH to be a special presenter on cultural astronomy education at COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) in Beijing, China.   In 2008 he received the International Planetarium Society’s highest honor, the Service Award for dedication to the planetarium field. In 2010 he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and received the Tanaguchi Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Shawn initiated and led the production of Two Small Pieces of Glass, a planetarium program for the International Year of Astronomy which has become one of the most distributed planetarium shows in the world. In 2011 he was appointed chair of the Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee.  In 2017 he was inducted by the Wausau Public School System into their 25 Year Society as a former graduate with 25 years or more of service and significant contributions in the field of education.

He has taught undergraduate astronomy courses at the University of Louisville, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo using traditional and online methodologies.  Additionally he developed a number of special techniques for using the digital planetarium to teach undergraduate astronomy in the dome.

Shawn has a passion for cultural and historical astronomy, and sharing the wonders of the universe with people of all ages. In his free time he enjoys the great outdoors and traveling with his wife Kim.

For more information, check out the Emera Astronomy Center and M. F. Jordan Planetarium's website or find them on Facebook @JordanPlanetarium.

Contact: Shawn Laatsch  

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Continuing Events


Fridays from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Adults with special needs meet up on Friday mornings for crafts, games, educational activities, and social time. Hope to see you there!  

CONTACT:  Karen Corbett  947-8336 x. 109

LOCATION: Minsky Lecture Hall

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Adult Coloring Night

every monday evening

Join us to color away some stress and brighten your day. We supply the coloring sheets and pens/pencils/crayons and you bring your creativity. Sometimes it's nice to color inside the lines. 

Fall Hours begin September 4th and are 5 pm to 8 pm on the 2nd floor in the 1912 Reading Room. 

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