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Bangor Reads is back and part of a larger program set to display in April called Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human.  The book selection for this year is Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.  Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracking the organs of the human body back millions of years.  Join us on Wednesday, March 29th @ 6:00 pm to discuss this great book.  The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Frank Bragg. Contact the Library to reserve your copy of the book. 

The Bangor Public Library is excited to host Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in the month of April.  In the days leading up to the exhibit, the Library will be hosting a variety of programs associated with the event.  Every Tuesday in March at noon, the Library will be hosting TED talks that speak exclusively about human evolution.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk.  A library staff member will moderate a discussion at the conclusion of each podcast.  The Maine Science Festival, in collaboration with the Library and Mad Science of Maine will host Marvels of Motion, a children's program, to discuss Newton's three laws of physics and properties of the laws of motion and gravity on Saturday, March 18th @ 11:00 am.  It goes without saying, if Mad Science of Maine is involved, this will be a great show for the kids.  Seating is limited so be sure to arrive at this event a little early.  These are just a few of the great events we have planned for the month of March.  For more information on other events and the exhibit itself, check out our website.

In the age of technology, where over 50% of people get their news from the internet, it can be hard to know which sites are legitimate and which are not.  Join us on Tuesday, March 28th @ 5:15 pm and Wednesday, March 29th @ 5:15 pm as the Library will be hosting two events for Teens and Adults discussing all of the buzz surrounding the controversy of Fake News. On Tuesday, there will be guest speakers talking about the history of propaganda news as well as where and how to find reliable news sources.  There will be a panel discussion following this lecture for any questions you may have.  On Wednesday, we will be hosting a program in the Computer Lab to help navigate the murky terrain of digital news and help you determine which sites are safe to get reliable news from.

As part of our series on Parenting Teens, we will be showing the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.  Library showings will be Tuesday, March 14th at 5:30 pm  and Friday March 24th  at noon.  We will also be showing the film on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 pm at Wellman Commons at the Bangor Masonic Foundation Center.  Discussions will be moderated by professionals from Acadia Hospital.  The film runs about 60 minutes.  Here is the link to the trailer. https://www.tugg.com/titles/resilience.  From their site:

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose."

Need to file your taxes?  You're in luck.  AARP Tax Aide volunteers will once again prepare free tax returns at the library.  Their office will be in the first floor Community Room. Assistance is on a first come - first served basis. For dates and times, check out the website.

On March 1st we will be switching our eBooks and Audiobook provider from Overdrive to the 3M Cloud Library. 3M Cloud Library is an easy-to-use and very accessible program. We have five classes scheduled throughout March to help you with the transition and you can also come to any of our regular Wednesday drop-in labs.   Classes dates: Tuesday, March 7th, 2-4pm; Thursday, March 16th, 6-8pm; Tuesday, March 21st, 10-Noon; Saturday, March 25th, 1pm-3pm; Wednesday, March 29th, Noon-2pm.  To learn more, click here.

 Programming and Events

The new sessions of programming has begun in the Youth Services Department  for kids and teens.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 6:00 PM in the Atrium
FUSION Bangor Happy Hour
Join us for a SPECIAL Happy Hour to MAGNETIZE the community. Join the discussion about how we can work to bring - and keep - more young people in Maine. Experience all of the new features of the library for educators, employers and millennials - and maybe even renew your library card! Cash bar and light snacks will be served. For more information, click here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 PM in the Atrium
Jazz Night with Swingmatism

Thursday, March 30, 2017 From 10:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Lecture Hall
Quilting Workshop

If you like quilting and would like to make a simple, modern quilt, this is the event for you.  The quilt you will be making is called Illusion.  Bring a lunch and coffee will be provided.  Registration is required and limited to 15 people.  Contact the library at 947-8336.  For more information on the quilt and what you will need to bring, click here.

If you have any questions or are unable to find a book you are looking for, please feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.  Even if we do not have access to the book or books you are looking for we may be able to find what you are looking for and have that/those books delivered here from another library.  We will work as hard as we can to ensure that you have access to the information and books that you need.

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