Adult Programs and Events 

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


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 19th

1:30 - 3:00 PM

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:

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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Introduction to DIY Digital Projects

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Tuesday, October 22

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Computer Lab

An introduction to DIY digital projects! Mike Revel of The Bangor Makerspace will teach you about general safety principles, programming, and use cases using the Arduino microcontroller; then you’ll get the chance to try out a project yourself!

All materials needed are included for this free class.

Space and materials are limited, so registration is required.
Call 947-8336 ext.126 or email

Participants must be 16 years or older, or must be accompanied by an adult.

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Tuesday, October 22

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Computer Lab

Earn extra income while helping your community.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

The BPL Computer Lab will be open for you to register to be a 2020 Census Worker. Staff from the U.S. Census Bureau will be here to provide assistance. You may also sign up online by clicking here.

  • Extra income

  • Flexible hours

  • Weekly pay

  • Paid training

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Penquis C.A.N. Council presents

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Building a Strong Foundation for Children from Birth to Age 5

Thursdays, October 24, November 7, November 21

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

This class is free & open to all parents and/or those parenting children 0-5.

Refreshments will be served.

Your child’s first few years are so important! Learn how to make the most of them with Active Parenting: First Five Years, a program for parents and other caregivers. This course will show you how to nurture your child with a “just right” combination of freedom and nonviolent discipline. Help your kids start strong—sign up today!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • What a baby’s cry means

  • Ages and stages of development

  • Building a strong bond 

  • Your child’s growing brain 

  • Using mindfulness to keep your cool 

  • Effective discipline young children can understand 

  • Choices and consequences 

  • 6 ways to prepare your child for school success and much more!

  • For more information, call Jessica at Penquis 974-2488

Let’s Talk About Aging & Social Connection

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Monday, October 28

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

This program is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Join us for an interactive evening with Safe Space Radio, a nationally broadcast public radio show dedicated to initiating difficult conversations that foster courage and combat stigma. Together with host Dr. Anne Hallward and Dyan Walsh and Patty Hamilton of Bangor Livable Communities, we will listen to stories from Safe Space Radio’s new miniseries and discuss creative solutions to social isolation—and brainstorm our own.

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Honoring the Earth and our Environment

Thru Art Making

An Art Workshop with Kay Carter

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Saturday, November 2

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

Who - High School and Adults 

No ‘art’ experience needed

Limit 20 students, unlimited observers.

Please stop by or call the reference desk to reserve your spot: 947-8336 ext 125.


Kay Carter will lead this workshop. Participants will spend a short time looking at the ‘Close to Nature’ exhibit in the stairwell gallery and talk together about our connections to and concerns for the planet.  The group will then take time to think a bit about how we can honor the Earth with their artwork.

Participants will make a small 8x8 flag honoring the earth using a variety of mediums:



Colored pencils

Colored markers

There will be a variety of natural materials which participants can use to inform their flag. Suggestions on how to use them will also be available.

Each participant is encouraged to bring images from magazines for collage, scissors, crayons or colored markers.

When all of the flags are completed, we will string them together and hang them in the Library near the ‘Close to Nature’ exhibit.

The Maine Multicultural Center Presents

Improving the Health and Well-being of Marginalized Communities

with Dana Carver-Bailer, Anthony Fischetti, and Maddy Magnuson

Tuesday, November 5th

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Crofutt Community Room

Dana Carver-Bailer

Dana Carver-Bailer

Anthony Fischetti

Anthony Fischetti

Maddy Magnuson

Maddy Magnuson

The Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) envisions a world in which all people are values and celebrated, and health disparities such as HIV, Hepatitis C and AIDS-related deaths are nonexistent. By facilitating collaboration, education, advocacy, and action, HEAL empowers marginalized communities to improve their health and well-being and affect social and cultural change.

A HEAL team of three professionals will help define stigma and health justice as these pertain to the three core communities HEAL serves: people living with HIV/AIDS; people who use drugs; and members of the LGBTQ+ community. These are people you see every day—your neighbors—and HEAL can help you develop the human understanding needed to truly see them, meet them where they’re at, and break down the stigma standing in the way of health equality.

Dana Carver-Bailer is Director of Development, Anthony Fischetti is Director of Finance and Operations, and Maddy Magnuson is Director of LGBTQ & Harm Reduction Services at Health Equity Alliance

Please visit the MMCC website to learn more about this organization.

Click here to visit the Health Equity Alliance website.

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SciFi Book Group

Join us as we extend our summer book group into the winter.

2nd Thursday - November 14, December 12, January 9

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Second Floor Balcony

The November book is Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctrow.

Score Lunch & Learn

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA – Lunch & Learn Speaker

Thursday, November 21st

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for another great SCORE Mentors Lunch & Learn at the Bangor Public Library.

Guest speaker, TJ Pridell, with ReferenceUSA will be hosting an interactive lead generation marketing seminar catering to the Bangor business community.  To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales & marketing representatives and job seekers, Bangor Public Library is offering a service called ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research. Thank you to TD Bank for providing lunch!

Bring your laptop or device so you can follow along as TJ takes us through all the great resources in ReferenceUSA.

Click here to register


  • 11:30am - 12:00pm: Networking and a short presentation on the resources both SCORE and the Bangor Public Library offers for entrepreneurs and small business owners, whether you're just starting out or are already operating.

  • 12:00pm -1:00pm: Guest Speaker, TJ Pridell 

ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. 

The database features ten detailed modules of information: “US Business”, “US New Business”, “US Historical Business”, “Canadian Business”, “US Healthcare”, “US Consumers/Lifestyles”, “US Standard White Pages”, “US New Movers/Homeowners”, “Canadian White Pages”, & “US Jobs/Internships”.

The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 280 million consumers. Users can select a location and radius to search through a database of millions of businesses and locate direct business contact names.

Bangor Public Library cardholders may access this resource from within the library or at home or work with Internet access; all Maine residents are eligible for BPL cards.   

Please join us to learn more about how you can assist your business in establishing and growing your book of business with ReferenceUSA!



Author talk: Tess Gerritsen

“Shape of Night”


6:00 - 7:30 PM


Please visit our Author Talk Page for more information.

Author Talk: Dr. Amy Blackstone

“Childfree By Choice”

Thursday, December 12

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Lecture Hall

Please visit our Author Talk Page for more information.

Continuing Events

Adult Coloring Night

Every Monday evening 5 to 8 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. 26th, Oct 24th, Nov 21st, and Dec 19th 6 to 7:45 pm in the Atrium.

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.

Play Your Cards Right

Tuesdays from 4 pm - 7 pm

(Beginning Sept 7th) Saturdays from 2 pm - 5 pm

Minsky Lecture Hall

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.


(Beginning Sept 13th) Fridays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am

A weekly event for adults with ID. Come join us on Friday mornings to socialize, learn and have fun. Different activities every week including yoga, crafts, reading, ASL lessons, games and music. No RSVP needed.

Questions? Contact Karen Corbett, 947-8336 x 109

Location: Lecture Hall

Fall 2019 Schedule:
9/13/19 – Yoga with Shu
9/20/19 – Game Day
9/27/19 – ASL Lessons
10/4/19 – Game Day
10/11/19 – Yoga with Shu
10/18/19 – Craft
10/25/19 – ASL Lessons
11/1/19 – Game Day
11/8/19 – Yoga with Shu
11/15/19 – Craft
11/22/19 – ASL Lessons
12/6/19 – Game Day
12/13/19 – Yoga with Shu
12/20/19 – Craft