Adult Programs and Events 

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


April Programs and Events Celebrating:

National Poetry Month and Autism Awareness Month through the written word, art, and music.


Let’s sing in spring with the

Bangor Community Chorus

"It's a Golden Night for Singing"

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, April 23

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Lecture Hall

Come listen to a selection of music the Chorus has sung over the past 50 years.  Join in the singing or just tap your toes, this is sure to be a treat and a great way to usher in Spring.

Special guest Michael Melochick, Director of the Bangor Historical Society who will provide historical context for the songs sung by BCC over the past 50 years.

A BIT OF HISTORY

The Bangor Community Chorus began as an outgrowth of The Bangor Savoyards. They wanted to try their hand at something other than church music. Two members of this group approached Marian Vafiades with their idea for a local group that was to become The Bangor Community Chorus.

The chorus had its first concert at The Ski Horse August 19, 1969. They began rehearsing in private homes. Eventually the group of about 30 members has called the First United Methodist Church in Bangor on Essex Street their rehearsal and performance home. The chorus has maintained about 30 members for the entire 50 years drawing from all of the surrounding communities. For many years it was a women’s chorus but in the 1980s the men returned and a combination of SATB has remained to this day. There have been many soloists over the years and many Chorus members also sing in other chorales with the occasional member joining the University Singers of the University of Maine.

Music selections range from the day’s popular songs, Broadway and the movies, secular music and songs from the nation’s conflicts. The Chorus performed in ballrooms, hospitals, nursing homes, parks, churches and other venues. Spring and holiday concerts have always been an annual tradition. This widely varied repertoire – something for everyone –has always been a trademark of the Bangor Community Chorus. 

Mrs. Vafiades conducted the chorus for 23 years and retired from the position in 1986. Her successor was Randall Scheri. There have been very few directors of its long history; the current director is Colin Graebert. Others were Joan Kroehler, David Kroehler, Joshua Schmersal and Douglas Beck.

A number of singers have been with the group for many years and one, Mr. Lloyd George, has been a part of the group for the entire 50 years.

The non-audition group is always looking for singers. Those in the community who love challenging and relevant music as well as belonging to a group of dedicated individuals who also look to sing for the pure joy of singing, this is the group to seek out. There are modest dues collected from members that provide music for the chorus member and a small stipend for the conductor and accompanist.


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“Poets Without Borders”

Lecture Hall

Books will be available for purchase.

The 17th annual POETS/SPEAK! is a celebration of National Poetry Month with readings by well-known and emerging poets, a local Poetry Out Loud winner, UMaine student poets, live jazz, and a panel on "Poetry Without Borders."

The panel will present the topic of how immigrants have contributed to the rich tapestry of poets and poetry in Maine and America.  Area poets will read from their recent books. UMaine student poets featured in the recent issue of The Open Field will also read, and books by participating poets will be on sale. The event is co-sponsored by the UMaine Department of English and Bangor Public Library. 

Former Bangor Public Library director Barbara McDade invited poet Kathleen Ellis to coordinate an annual poetry event for April, National Poetry Month. Kathleen Ellis facilitated the New England Foundation for the Humanities series, “After Frost: Poetry in New England,” for the library in 2001. Ellis created and has coordinated POETS/SPEAK! since 2002.

Program of events (Print copy)

4:00 Music, light refreshments, and book sales

4:50 Welcome by Ben Treat, Bangor Public Library Director, and Kathleen Ellis, Poets/Speak coordinator

5:00 Poetry & the World I: Readings from U.S. immigrant poets by University of Maine students, in order of appearance:

Olivia Holmes, Caleb Nottingham, Ally Scuderi & Zoey Diba, Molly Foran, Libbey Masse, Jaymie Shea, Reba Sands

5:15 Happy 100th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti! A True Coney Island of the MInd

5:20 University of Maine Poets I

Gavin Diou-Cass, Sarah Penney, Leah Poulin, Zoe Scharf

5:35 Poetry & the World III

Joanna Crouse, Rich Hoch

5:50 Poetry & the World IV

Francois Amar, Emily, Craig, Kim Crowley

6:10 Celebrating New Books

Judy Kaber, “Renaming the Seasons” ~ Lisa Panepinto, “Where I Come from the Fish Have Souls” ~ Bruce Pratt “Forms and Shades”

6:30 Bon Voyage! - Danielle Pafunda, UMaine Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, 2018-2019

Don’t miss this chance to hear Danielle read before she leaves for Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

6:45 Ghosts: a collaborative project with Abby Shahn by Mark Melnicove

7:05 University of Maine Poets II

Kat Du Bois, Kristyn Gerow, Nick Rotter-Weller

7:25 Poetry & the World IV

Annaliese Jakimides, Ellen Sander, Karin Spitfire

7:45 Final book sales and signings

After the reading, join us at Blaze, 18 Broad Street, downtown Bangor.


MAY EVENTS

 

Law Day

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Thursday, May 2nd

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

On Law Day, Thursday, May 2nd, lawyers will be here to meet and speak with members of the public about issues of access to courts and justice in the Twenty-First Century. They will also provide general guidance and information on referral to legal resources to individual attendees. We are partnering with Lawyers in Libraries and Pine Tree Legal Assistance for this exciting event.

This is a free event and registration is not required. We ask that you arrive at noon for the presentation from the lawyers and then there will be time to meet with them individually.


Maine Multicultural Center presents

The Food That Feeds Us All    

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Maine  

with Jan Morrill and  Rosi

thursday, May 2nd

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 farm-workers and their families. Each year the program connects with over 1500 farm-workers in more than 60 labor camps, work sites 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 farm-workers in Midcoast Maine.

Rosi Ontiveros lives in the Lewiston area, is a former farm-worker and has extensive experience in health education for dairy and egg factory workers.

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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Maine Multicultural Center presents

Seeking Asylum in Maine:

The Obstacles and Some Success Stories

with Jane Makela

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Crofutt Community Room

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Jane is an immigration volunteer lawyer with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. She will share what she has learned from her experience providing legal assistance to ILAP's clients and other newly arrived immigrants.  More specifically, she will report on the complicated legal maze that asylum seekers in Maine and elsewhere have to navigate, mostly unaided, in order to gain legal status or asylum.  

Minimizing legalese in the interest of clarity, she will describe the nearly impossible obstacle course that asylum seekers must make their way through, and why the ones who make it are so amazing.

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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Continuing Events

 
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Play Your Cards Right:

Tuesdays from 4 pm - 6 pm and Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 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.

 

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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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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