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

Upcoming Adult Programming 


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Thursday, January 31
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Minsky Lecture Hall

The past twenty years of education in China has been one of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. The curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged. Having worked closely with the one million student school system of Hefei for two decades have allowed me to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the education of their young. I will talk about the traditional systems, how they have been "jerked" into the 20th and 21st Centuries, and how simple demographics drive so much in education as well as societal thinking. I will attempt to get beyond the stereotypes and delve deeper into the mind of the Middle Kingdom.

Kyle has been an educator for thirty-five years. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1983 with a degree concentration in East Asian History, Kyle has been a teacher and administrator at Independent schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Maine where he is currently the Assistant to the Head for Special Programs at Lincoln Academy. While at Columbus Academy in Ohio, he started the East Asia Institute which involved the teacher and student exchanges in East Asia and teacher training in Hefei, China. An author of two textbooks on American Language and Culture for Chinese students and teachers, Kyle received the Columbus Council for World Affairs Award for Outstanding International Educator in 2007. In 2013, he was bestowed with the title of Honorary Citizen of Hefei, China for his work with the City schools.

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The Maine Multicultural Center presents:

"Unveiling the veil: Truths about Muslim women in Maine  

Thursday, February 7th

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Crofutt Community Room

Two women who are leaders in the local Islamic community will reflect on their journeys as Muslim women in Maine and discuss their passion for bridging gaps by dispelling misconceptions about Muslim women. Additionally, they will elaborate on the challenges and joys they face in maintaining their identities as both Americans and

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 www.mainemulticulturalcenter.org.

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Wednesday, February 13th
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Minsky Lecture Hall

China’s world strategy faces west, across Eurasia. Chinese companies and workers are building roads, railways, bridges, ports, and pipelines in countries from Malaysia and Pakistan to Greece and Croatia. These projects, called the Belt and Road Initiative, are financed with Chinese loans. They are designed to bring resources to China, expand markets for Chinese goods, and extend political influence.  The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and new financial institutions led by China complement the Belt and Road projects. The goal is to extend Chinese primacy from China to Europe, by land and by sea. 

The Belt and Road begins in China’s western province of Xinjiang, homeland of the Turkic Muslim Uyghurs. Uyghurs have resisted Han colonization with riots and occasional violence, which China says are linked to international terrorism. Now the government has imposed mass surveillance and forced assimilation, with cameras in every mosque and perhaps a million Uyghurs indoctrinated in camps to stifle their religious and cultural identity.

We will look at China’s westward strategy, and the reactions to it, and will consider the fate of the Uyghurs.

Seth Singleton teaches international relations at the University of Maine.  He studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and political science at Yale.  He has held grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kennan Institute, the Fulbright program, and the Open Society Institute and has been academic dean in universities in the US and overseas.   He has lived in Tanzania, Ecuador, Russia, and Vietnam and consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia. Teaching is what he most enjoys, and he appreciates Maine students for their intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, ambition, and insistence on making the world a better place.

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Art Journaling Workshop

with Amber Walker

Saturday, February 16

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crofutt Community Room

You may also visit out Art Exhibit Page for more information on the Artist

Registration is required, there is a limit of 15 students but observers are welcome. Call 947-8336 ext 126 to register.

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Workshop Outline

All supplies will be provided by the artist.

  • Introductions and examples of art journal pages will be presented.

  • Warm-up exercises including color breathing (breathe in a color you like and breathe out a color of stress), listening to music while doodling, and writing prompts.

  • Create the background of the art journal page.

  • Cut images out of magazines.

  • Glue images on the pages and stamp and or doodle on the pages.

  • Close with final writing prompts to add to the pages.

  • Share pages if people are open to sharing and if time allows.

  • Discuss ways people can consistently continue the practice of art journaling.

About the artist

Amber has been art journaling for the past thirteen years. Her art journaling has coincided with her career as a social worker, this love of art becoming a therapeutic creative outlet and passion. The words, paint, and ink spill across the pages and canvas with no conscious plan or desired outcome, nothing off limits. The work is intuitive and often incorporates themes of women and the pursuit of freedom. 

Amber Walker was born and raised in Maine. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2001 from the University of New England and returned to college for art courses following her time on active duty in the US Air Force. Amber has facilitated art journaling groups with veterans and homeless adults. Amber developed and held Art Journaling Workshops for professionals. 

Amber has a part-time private therapy practice in downtown Bangor. She is a veteran, served ten years in the US Air Force and currently serving in the Maine Army National Guard. She has published artwork in eleven of Stampington & Company's nation-wide magazine edition in 2018.  

Amber had her altered book included in the Paste and Pages exhibition in the Harlow Gallery in June of 2013, art journal pages displayed in the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Art Gallery for the Combat Paper NJ Exhibition in 2015, and it was chosen for Artist's Choice Exhibition in River Arts Gallery in 2017.

Visit Amber's website for more information. She is also on Instagram @alteredbyamber.


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The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and the Bangor Public Library are partnering to host our fourth Legal Services Day event. Legal Services Day will take place at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday, March 5th from 4-7 pm. Members of the public with low incomes will be able to meet with VLP volunteers and complete confidential initial interviews to start a case with VLP. Following the event VLP staff will review case information, follow up with attendees about their case, and in many cases find a local attorney to take the case.

Typically, VLP clients must have a household income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines, however, determining income eligibility is quite complex - please don't assume you are not eligible without talking to VLP. Members of the public who wish to check their incomes prior to the event may go to http://www.safetyweb.org/fpl.php.

Members of the public should bring documents relevant to their case, including court notices, letters, and other documents necessary to understand their individual case.

Throughout the year, all across Maine, the Volunteer Lawyers Project provides help with a variety of civil legal problems that are handled in Maine courts. Family law clinics are operating weekly at various Maine courthouses. Check out http://vlp.org/access-justice-today for clinic scheduling information and to find out about our ongoing case intake hotline services.


Continuing Events

TGIF Club

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 or kcorbett@bangorpubliclibrary.org

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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Scrapbooking at the Library

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First THURSDAY of the month

February 7, march 7, April 4, May 2

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Lecture Hall

This is a monthly scrapbookers group, free and open to the public. Scrapbookers and interested participants are encouraged to bring supplies to work on individual projects. Table space is provided for participants.  The group provides an opportunity to share ideas, tools, etc. and set time aside to work on scrapbooking each month.  

Contact Jen Cowing for more information: jencowing@hotmail.com.

 

Jazz Night

Jazz nights are scheduled through Spring of 2019! Put them on your calendar so you can be sure not to miss it! February 28th, March 21st, April 18th, and May 23rd from 6 to 7:45 pm.

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