Bangor Daily News

Dirigo Speaks 


"Why Leadership Matters"

Dr. Susan J. Hunter, Retiring University of Maine President

Wednesday, May 30   5:30 PM   Atrium

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Dr. Hunter will be speaking on the topic of "Why Leadership Matters". Bangor Daily News reporter Matthew Stone will moderate          a Q & A session following Dr. Hunter's remarks. 

This event is free and open to the public.  However, since space is limited, please RSVP at:  Or you may register online by clicking here.

To contact Bangor Daily News:  207-990-8021

Author Talk: Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing

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"Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake"

Sponsored by

     The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Bangor Public Library

Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

in the Crofutt Community Room

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The creation of Flagstaff Lake wrote a sad chapter in Maine's history.  The three villages of Bigelow, Dead River, and Flagstaff were inundated and their residents forced to relocate and scatter.  Buildings, most of them purchased by CMP prior to the gates in the dam being closed, were either razed, sold, or moved by their owners.  Some buildings were left to be flooded.  Long Falls Dam was constructed in 1948 and 1949 and impounds an area of approximately 22,000 acres.


Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, lifelong Mainers have had a shared passion for the story. They will share the photos and storied from their book, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake.

Find out more information about Flagstaff Lake at the Maine Folklife Center or the Dead River Area Historical Society webpage.



Presented by Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

in the Crofutt Community Room


Writers have just a few paragraphs at best to sell a magazine editor on their terrific story idea. Join Down East magazine managing editor Brian Kevin as he gently (but firmly) explains how to not screw up a pitch.

“Every mag editor is a delicate flower,” quips Kevin, “and from calling on the telephone to flash-pitching multiple ideas to getting the name of the freaking magazine wrong, there are about 100 ways to make one wilt before they even started considering your pitch.”

In a presentation that’s conversational and none-too-earnest, attendees will hear about some of the most egregious—yet avoidable—pitching pitfalls. Kevin will also dissect several real-life pitches (the good, the bad, and the absurd) as he describes how to identify tropes, grab an editor’s attention, and understand the crucial difference between pitching a topic and pitching a story.

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This presentation will address pitches for both long-form and short-form work—from reportage to reviews to essays—with an emphasis on consumer magazines, rather than trade or literary publications. There will be ample time throughout the session for questions, and attendees are welcome to submit questions in advance via email: send to with the subject line “PITCH QUESTION.”  More information may be found at the Maine Writers website.

Brian Kevin is the managing editor of Down East and has written for OutsideTravel + LeisureMen’s JournalAudubonMother Jones, and a number of other magazines. His work has been recognized or anthologized in Best Food Writing, Best American Essays, and Best American Sports Writing, and his book The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America received the MWPA’s Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2015. VISIT

This presentation is free for MWPA members and $5 for nonmembers.

Continuing Monthly Programming

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Monthly Jazz Night with SWINGMATISM featuring: 
Jay Bregman, Saxophone
Dan Barrett, Trombone
Bob Roman, Bass
David Clarke, Guitar
Lincoln Blake, Keyboard
Mike Bennett, Drums

Play Your Cards Right!

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Every Tuesday from 5pm - 7pm

Every Saturday from 2pm - 4pm

Where: Atrium

This group is open to all and free. Its 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

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. 

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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.