Adult Programs and Events 

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

Summer Music Series

Find information about our Summer Music Series on this page.

Summer Programming for Adults

It's not just for kids anymore! To find information about our summer “Universe of Stories” theme and programs, go to this page.


ReadME

JUNE 25 - AUGUST 29

Final event with the authors: Thursday, August 29, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Atrium

ReadME is a statewide summer reading program with a twist. Presented in partnership with Maine State Library and the Maine Humanities Council it gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author. This program takes place June through August of 2019.

The season will culminate with an episode of Maine Calling, aired in front of a live audience at Bangor Public Library on Thursday, August 29th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Join Maine State Library, Maine Calling, and Maine Humanities Council for a live discussion with this year's ReadME Recommending Author, Tess Gerritsen, as well as featured authors, Sarah Perry and Susan Conley.

For more information about this program, please click here.

August

Computer Class: Connecting Through Basic Technology

Monday, August 19th, 2 - 4 pm Monday, August 26th, 2 - 4 pm

Introduction to Computers, iPads, Kindles, and Smartphones.
This 2 hour class is part of the Aging Well With Technology series in collaboration with the Maine Digital Inclusion Network.

Please call (207) 947-8336 x126 to register.

This free class is hosted by the Bangor Public Library and taught by AmeriCorps VISTA members.


Parenting Kids with Mental Health Challenges

Tuesday, August 27th, 5 - 6:30 pm

Crofutt Room

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS OF KIDS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES: presented by representatives from the Maine Parent Federation and GEAR Parent Network.  Whether it’s all new to you or you’ve been at it for a while, parenting children and adolescents with mental health challenges can be exhausting and difficult. You are not alone. Find out what resources are available to you in our area. 

FREE ADMISSION, LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE!

Nami Maine

Maine Parent Federation

GEAR Parent Network

Co-sponsored with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine and the Bangor Public Library.

September

 

Author Talk: Robert Klose

“Life On Mars”

Tuesday, September 24

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

Please visit the Author Talk page of our website for more information.


Film Screening

No Small Matter

Wednesday, September 25

Crofutt Community Room

This event is free and open to the public.

5:30 - Welcome and refreshments

6:00 - 7:30  - Film Screening

7:30 - A conversation and discussion of the film. Tara Williams, Executive Director of the Maine Association For the Education of Young Children will facilitate the discussion following the film.

Childcare will be provided at the library by "Faith Linking in Action: Food and Medicine." For more information, please contact the reference desk: 207-947-8336 ext. 125.

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OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS. ON HOW MANY WORDS THEY HEAR IN THEIR FIRST MONTHS OF LIFE. ON HOW OFTEN THEY ARE HELD. ON THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THEY HAVE. 

Yet even with business interests, scholars, and politicians on both sides of the aisle lining up to support the early childhood education cause, millions of American children are still not getting the care they need to succeed—or even to keep up. And while it’s the poorest children who are most vulnerable, middle class families are increasingly feeling the squeeze, as the cost of quality child care soars. So why, when the importance of quality early care and education is so widely accepted, do we continue to fail so many? 

No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to this vital question by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins. The first major theatrical documentary to tackle this topic, No Small Matter is designed to kick-start the public conversation about early care and education. The ultimate goal: to produce an entertaining, accessible, and inspiring film that redefines the audience’s understanding of the issue and helps drive it to the top of the political agenda.

Learn more about the film at its website.

You can also watch the trailer and follow this project on its Facebook page @nosmallmatter.

This event is co-sponsored by Bangor Public Library, Faith Linking in Action, and the Maine Association For the Education of Young Children.


October

 

The Maine Multicultural Center Presents

From Somali Emigrant to Lewiston Leader:

My Journey to Maine with Zam Zam Mohamud

Thursday, october 10

6:00 - 7:30 PM

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Now known throughout the Lewiston-Auburn area as a bridge builder, Zam Zam Mohamud arrived in Lewiston eighteen years ago with two young children and forty dollars. She quickly proved to be a tireless worker, serving with a variety of community improvement efforts while demonstrating impressive competence in navigating processes and paperwork and cultural differences.

In 2013 Zam Zam was the first Somali representative to serve Lewiston in an official capacity as a member of the Lewiston School Committee. In 2014 she received the Community Power Award from the Maine Women’s Lobby.

Come hear this extraordinary woman’s story of her journey from Somalia to Maine.

For more information about the Maine Multicultural Center - visit www.mainemulticulturalcenter.org.

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Maine Writers and Publishers presents:

HOW TO PICK A PUBLISHER

A Business Of Writing Panel Discussion

with Elizabeth Garber, Catherine Schmitt, Cynthia Underwood, and Kim Yesis

Saturday, October 19

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Bangor Public Library

Crofutt Community Room

This workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so registration is required.

Click here to register.

You may also contact Hannah Perry at MWPA by email: perry@mainewriters.org.

Choosing which publishing format to pursue—traditional publisher, independent press, self-publishing company, or hybrid publisher—is among the most important decisions aspiring authors must make. What are the pros and cons of each model? How can writers determine which is the best fit for their book? What should they consider before submitting a manuscript without representation, or accepting a publisher’s offer?

In this panel, four authors will discuss these topics and more, based on their own experiences with each format, followed by a Q&A session.

For information about this event, please visit the Maine Writers and Publishers website.

Elizabeth Garber

Elizabeth Garber

About the panelists:

Elizabeth Garber is the author of Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter (2018) published by She Writes Press, and three books of poetry, True Affections (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005), and Pierced by the Seasons (2004) from The Illuminated Sea Press. Maine (Island Time) (2013) is a collaboration of her poetry with paintings and photographs of Michael Weymouth.  Three of her poems have been read on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. She received a MFA in creative non­-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program

Catherine Schmitt

Catherine Schmitt

Catherine Schmitt writes about science, nature, and the environment and is the author of Historic Acadia National Park (Lyons Press, 2016), The President’s Salmon (Down East, 2015), and A Coastal Companion (Tilbury House, 2008). Essays and articles have appeared in Cold Mountain Review, 1966, Terrain, Collectively Quarterly, Island Journal, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA Program and a master’s in ecology and environmental science from the University of Maine. She is a science communication specialist with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. 

Cynthia Underwood Thayer

Cynthia Underwood Thayer

Cynthia Underwood Thayer published her first novel, Strong Potatoes, at age 54. It won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish. Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy. She holds an M.A. in British Literature, and has taught at workshops for Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, the MWPA, and the University of Maine, among others. 

Kim Yesis is the author of Side by Side Tales from Behind the Canvas, a memoir recounting the challenges of becoming a fine artist…and being partner to the process. When Kim’s husband abruptly abandons the engineering office for an art career at age fifty, the couple must navigate the art world step by step while holding onto their marriage and sanity. When the Great Recession strikes, they are faced with starting all over again…in Maine. Out of their struggles emerge not only an accomplished artist, but a published writer.

Kim Yesis

Kim Yesis

Kim has worked over thirty years in business management, but at heart, she is a student of human nature, fascinated with people as they grapple with change and expose their true spirit in the process. In Side by Side, Kim reveals her own spirit as she faces a complete redirection of her life. Kim has a Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Marshall University. She lives with her husband, Peter, in Searsport, Maine, where they enjoy Maine’s great outdoors and its artist and author communities.

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Continuing Events

 

Play Your Cards Right:

Tuesdays from 4 pm - 6 pm.

This group is open to all and it's free! It's a chance to learn, teach, or play your favorite card game. The game being taught each session will change depending on who's willing to teach, and what folks want to learn.

If you just feel like playing, you can do that too! We'll have tables available for both.

Brought to you by AARP and Bangor Public Library.

 

Adult Coloring Night

Every Monday evening 5 to 7 pm in the 1912 Reading Room

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. 

 

Jazz Night with Swingmatism

Thursdays Sept. 26, Oct 24, Nov 21, and Dec 19. 6 to 7:45 pm in the Atrium.

Featuring:
Jay Bregman, Saxophone
Dan Barrett, Trombone
Bob Roman, Bass
David Clarke, Guitar
Lincoln Blake, Keyboard
Mike Borja, Drums

Swingmatism plays mainstream Jazz: Swing to Bop and Beyond.