Each month we have at least one author come and speak about their book. This is a great way to gain insight into the writing process, and the author, and perhaps learn something new.
The most up-to date schedule can be found on the Author Talk programming page.
The Camden Conference in Bangor
"Trump, the Swamp, and the collapse of American foreign policy"with Seth Singleton
Tuesday, January 16th from 6:30 - 8:00pm
In Washington, President Trump and loyalists who share his America First worldview battle the Establishment and its inherited assumption of a foreign policy based on "American world leadership." The result, so far, has been mostly incoherence and actions that cut the United States adrift from the rest of the world. Other nations, friends and enemies alike, watch with amazement, confusion, disdain, and fear as they scramble to minimize disruption and gain advantage. We will look at United States relations with Europe, Russia, China, and our neighbors Canada and Mexico, and ask if, in present circumstances, a coherent foreign policy is possible, and what it might look like.
Seth Singleton teaches international relations in the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine. He received his B.A. at Harvard, in Russian History and Literature, and his Ph.D. at Yale, in Political Science. He has lived in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador, and Vietnam, and consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia. He has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the US and overseas. Teaching is what he most enjoys, and he appreciates Maine students for their intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, ambition, and insistence on making the world a better place.
Architecture, Local or Global – Shifting Goals in a Shrinking World
Presenters: J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The impacts of globalism and nationalism are not new to cultural debates. Starting in the 19th century, as nations established modern identities and professions emerged to serve modern societies, architects began to create built environments that negotiated inherited classical ideals with newly-valued local traditions and growing urban settings. Through the 20th century to the present, large architectural firms have maintained international practices, drawing ideas from and working within the far reaches of the globe. Modern technologies and speedy communications have simply intensified the process. Yet at the same time, widespread appreciation for historic contexts and sense of place counteract notions of an “international style.”
Looking at the building types–dwellings, libraries, museums, schools, government buildings– that have served national (whether official or purely economic) purposes, this presentation will examine the historic and contemporary tensions in architecture between serving local or national identities and global ambitions.
This presentation is hosted by the Bangor Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018.
Photo Credit: Unilever Nederland, Rotterdam, JHK Architecten, 2007. Photograph by Jeff Titelius, http://www.eurotravelogue.com/2012/09/Holland-The-Netherlands-Postcards.html
Play Your Cards Right!
Every Tuesday from 5pm - 7pm (4pm - 5pm sign-in & socialize, 5 pm - 7pm playing)
Every Saturday from 1pm - 4pm (1pm - 2pm sign-in & socialize, 2 pm - 4pm playing)
This group is open to all and free. Its a chance to learn, teach or play your favorite card game.
The game being taought 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 avaiable for both.
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-8pm on the 2nd floor in the 1812 Reading Room.
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.
Harvest a Read Challenge
The Harvest a Read Challenge is a great way to inspire yourself to read outside of your comfort zone and possibly win a prize! How does it work? Pick six apples (genres) and read six books and return your entry form by January 15th, 2018 to be entered in the grand prize drawing. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up an entry form or print one off here. You'll find the tree on the 2nd Floor in front of the Reference Desk.