Bangor Celtic Festival
Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30.
Here’s what’s happening at Bangor Public Library during the festival!
Saturday, September 29
All programs at the library are free and open to the public.
10 am Family Fairy and Pirate Parade, craft projects, stories, and more!
Costumes are encouraged!
Start at the University of Maine Museum of Modern Art for a craft project. When the wands, drums, and flags are ready, fairies and pirates will march in a parade to the Bangor Public Library for light refreshments and story time in the children’s room.
The parade will proceed from the Hannibal Hamlin statue in the Kenduskeag Stream Park at 11.
12 - 1 pm Introduction to Highland Piping
On the patio. (If the weather is inclement, the session will be moved inside.)
The workshop will be an introduction to the Great Highland Bagpipes, given from the perspective of a very new Piper, Sally Jones. You will get to see and feel and try to play Sally’s practice chanter, and pipes, if you want. She'll share some tunes that you may want to learn. She'll also share personal experiences being a middle aged woman learning the pipes, playing in a pipe band, and also a bit of history and humor. My husband Howard will assist me, and share some of his experiences beginning to play the snare drum for Maine St. Andrews.
Sally Jones (Piper) and her husband Howard Jones (drummer ) will lead this session. Sally plays the Great Highland Bagpipes has been playing with the Maine St. Andrews Pipes and Drums for three years. She has been playing two pipe drones for a year! This is Howard's first year on the snare drum with Maine St. Andrews Pipes and Drums.
10 am Genealogy Workshop - session 1
Join Bangor Public Library’s head of local history, Betsy Paradis, in the computer lab to learn how to start researching your Celtic heritage. Betsy will also provide information about genealogy resources available to you through the Bangor Public Library.
2:30 pm Irish Dance Demonstration
Angeli Perrow and Angela Szucs will be discussing and demonstrating basic steps of the soft shoe Irish reel and Irish jig.
Angeli and Angela have taken Irish dance classes at Thomas School of Dance in Bangor for a number of years. They perform with the local Celtic group Doolally. When they aren't dancing, Angeli is teaching art to elementary students and Angela teaches high school math.
3 pm Genealogy Workshop - session 2
This session is a repeat of the workshop described above. So, if you can’t make it to the 10 am session stop by for this program.
"Growing up in Bangor" with Dick Shaw
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Hosted by the Friends of Bangor Public Library
Dick Shaw compiled eight photo books for Arcadia Publishing, and had a 30-year career with the Bangor Daily News as an editor and writer.
"This is a presentation of about 60 vintage photos from the 1950s to the 1970s, reflecting the Bangor in which I remember growing up. There are rare views of old streets, the Bijou Theatre, Union Station, and Freese’s Department Store. I saw JFK twice here, and black and white news photos show those visits. Not to be left out are wonderful old views of the Bangor Public Library, where I spent many hours. I provide commentary with each presentation."—Dick Shaw
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the story behind the renaming of Columbus Day
with Maulian Dana
Thursday, October 4
6:00 p 7:30 PM
Crofutt Community Room
What we choose to honor and celebrate has impacts on both the legacy and the modern day realities of colonizing and Indigenous cultures.
Maulian Dana is the first ever appointed Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation. This position was created as a way to assert the sovereignty of the nation in the state of Maine and in relations with the federal government. Prior to her appointment Maulian was an elected member of the Tribal Council and worked as the Human Resources Director for the tribe's business corporation. Maulian has a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine Orono. She has been active in the movement to remove stereotypical and racist imagery and mascots that are degrading and damaging to Indigenous people. Maulian works, lives, and raises her family on the Penobscot Reservation Indian Island.
Legal Services Day
October 9th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and the Bangor Public Library are partnering to host our third Legal Services Day event. Legal Services Day will take place at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday, October 9th from 3-7 pm. Members of the public with low incomes will be able to meet with VLP volunteers and complete confidential initial interviews to start a case with VLP. Following the event VLP staff will review case information, follow up with attendees about their case, and in many cases find a local attorney to take the case.
According to VLP Bangor staff member Greg Pierce “the legal community in Bangor has been especially generous with their time over the years. There is a tradition of involvement for local attorneys, and here at VLP we are very pleased to be working with our partners at Bangor Public Library to help raise awareness of our programs throughout the community.”
In 1983, Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) partnered with the Maine Justice Foundation to create a project dedicated to engaging volunteers in providing civil legal aid. Housed within PTLA for 35 years, the Volunteer Lawyers Project became a separate non-profit organization with its own board in 2017. The VLP has a small staff that recruits, trains, manages, and supports volunteers. In most VLP cases, the legal assistance is provided by pro bono attorney volunteers. Student and community volunteers conduct intake interviews, provide legal information, organize events, and help develop new service projects.
Typically, VLP clients must have a household income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines, however, determining income eligibility is quite complex - please don't assume you are not eligible without talking to VLP. Members of the public who wish to check their incomes prior to the event may go to http://www.safetyweb.org/fpl.php .
Members of the public should bring documents relevant to their case, including court notices, letters, and other documents necessary to understand their individual case.
Throughout the year, all across Maine, the Volunteer Lawyers Project provides help with a variety of civil legal problems that are handled in Maine courts. Family law clinics are operating weekly at various Maine courthouses. Check out http://vlp.org/access-justice-today for clinic scheduling information and to find out about our ongoing case intake hotline services.
Please visit our Author Talks page for more information about this event.
The House At Lobster Cove by Jane Goodrich
Wednesday, October 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Crofutt Community Room
We are approaching the final drawing for Valerie’s Challenge. Entering is as simple as reading a book from the list here or located on the display shelves in the New Nonfiction Books on the second floor and filling out an entry form. For the pleasure of reading from this remarkable selection, you have the chance to win $50 in cash. Our final quarterly drawing will be held on December 1st. You are welcome to take a copy of the book list and keep it as a guide to future reading. Join in and enjoy some great titles! Contact the Reference Desk at 947-8336 with any questions.
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 avaiable for both.
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.