Adult Programming


August Art Exhibitions: 

  • Cyr Gallery - Michael lewis

  • Stairwell Gallery - Kenneth putnam

  •  Lecture Hall - eric darling

The Library is thrilled to welcome local and regional artists back into our spaces! Please check back here often to find more information as the year progresses!

If you are interested in exhibiting art in the future, please fill out the attached application form here.

The Library is proud to now offer three exhibition locations.

For more information click here

Bangor Celtic Crossroads

What is Bangor Celtic Crossroads?

Bangor Celtic Crossroads is a nonprofit corporation (501c3 pending) that presents traditional Celtic arts defined as traditions originating in Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, and the Isle of Man. We provide educational programming, workshops, concerts and an exceptional Celtic arts festival. Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival (September 14-16, 2017) features exhibits, children’s activities, jam sessions, and concerts. The Bangor Public Library is proud to be a sponsor of Bangor Celtic Crossroads. 

Bangor Celtic Crossroads Schedule of Events September 14-16, 2017

Thursday, September 14th:

Festival Opening Reception: 6-8pm at the Bangor Public Library.

Art opening with Jim Counihan’s photos of Ireland as well as music provided by harpist Daryne Rockett. The Scottish fairytale, “The King of Lochland’s Three Daughters” will be told with accompanying Celtic and improvised harp tunes. Throw in a few pub songs, some terrible jokes, and a little bit of harp lore for good measure. Light food and drink will be provided.

Free admission.

Music session: 9pm Paddy Murphy’s on Main Street. No cover.

Friday, September 15th:

Concert: Coìg, 7pm at the Hammond Street Congregational Church. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, September 16th:

Story time at the Briar Patch: 11am, free admission, for kids of all ages.

Irish Genealogy Classes: 10-12pm and 2-4pm at the Bangor Public Library. Free admission.

Music session: 4-6 pm. Have an early supper and enjoy live Celtic music at Paddy Murphy's. No cover

Concert: Matt and Shannon Heaton at 7pm at the Hammond Street Congregational Church. Tickets are $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets:

Social Security Benefits Class

When: Wednesday, October 11th from 4pm-5:30pm

Do you need to apply for Social Security Benefits? Do you need a replacement Medicare card, benefit verification or want to get a retirement benefit estimate? Register for this free workshop and receive guided instruction from the staff of the Social Security Administration on how to access benefits and information on their web site. 

For more information on applying for Social Security visit the Social Security Administration website:


Eclipse Lecture with Shawn Laatsch from Emera Planetarium

When: Wednesday, August 16 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

Join Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. for a special presentation about the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Total Solar Eclipses are one of the most spectacular events in all of nature which humans have observed for millennia. Explore how eclipses take place, the different types of eclipses viewable from Earth, how to view the upcoming eclipse safely, and share the latest eclipse science. Along the way Laatsch will look at cultural views of eclipses and share his experiences of viewing total eclipses during his career in astronomy education. 

About Shawn: 
M.S. Earth and Space Sciences Shawn has over 25 years of experience in planetariums having directed facilities in Hawaii, Kentucky, and Maryland as well as managing the construction and installation of a number of facilities in the US and abroad. He is responsible for all operations and management of the Emera Astronomy Center.

Shawn serves as President Elect (President in 2017-2018) of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals and is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. He has a passion for cultural and historical astronomy, and sharing the wonders of the universe with people of all ages.

The Writers Connection

**Starting in September

When: Every Tuesday @ 5pm to 7pm 

*This is a Library Sponsored Program - But it is administered by a community partner*

A free and open writing group offering support, criticism, and advice for writers on the path to publication.


  • All forms of writing accepted.
  • Critiques of other's works are voluntary.
  • Posting: done through a shared Google Drive folder.
  • Post by Saturday evening (include names and page numbers).
  • No more than three pieces per week (one per person).
  • Do not explain your piece before it's been read.
      • Give as little context as possible (e.g. "this is an excerpt").
  • Keep the weekly word count below 10,000 words between all pieces.
      • If your piece is too long, break it up or save it for the next meeting.

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Paul Betit: Let Me Tell A Story

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 143 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Let Me Tell A Story is a mix of short fiction and memoir, a collection of stories that take place over a span of more than 50 years. 

“The book reads like a novel, but it isn’t one,” Betit said. “The narrator in one story is not necessarily the narrator of the next story or any of the stories that follow, but the book has a definite chronological arc and a nostalgic, melancholy feel to it.”

 During his talks, Betit shares back-stories, reads from current writing projects and talks about the creative process and the publishing game. He always leaves plenty of time for Q&A.

 Inscribed copies of all four of Betit’s books will be available for purchase at discounted prices: Phu Bai, Kagnew Station and The Man In The Canal. 

For more information about Paul and other upcoming Authors - Click Here

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Jazz Night with Swingmatism

Thursday August 24, 2017 from 5:30-7 PM


Adult Coloring Night

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.

Every Monday night from 5pm-7pm on the 2nd floor in the 1812 Reading Room. 



2017 Summer Music Series

Kickoff: Tuesday, June 13th with The Bangor Band from 7-8 PM.

The Summer Music Series is a free, public event and it begins in June and happens every Wednesday from 7-8 PM all the way through August.


Book Groups

The Library has four diverse book groups capable of meeting a variety of different reader's needs or interests. If you would like more information on the book groups at the library click here.