Be sure to also check out our Author Talks, Adult Summer Reading Program, and Art Exhibits

Artist demonstration:  Mixed-media storytelling

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Find Your Own True North

with Carol Michaud

Thursday, July 26

2nd Floor bleacher area

 Carol will introduce the idea of finding your own “True North” through inspection of historical events, places, and people of influence using meaningful colors, shapes, and ephemera.  

The demo will show how we can layer this information to demonstrate, through art, various feelings and the direction of our lives may be taking.

Visitors are encouraged to be an integral part of the demonstration.  

Birch Bark Canoes and Sense Of Place


Thursday, August 2

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Lecture Hall

Butch Phillips and James Francis present the history and tradition of the birch bark canoe. This presentation is in advance of the Birch Bark Canoe Flotilla and Social Gathering on August 5 as part of the Penobscot Nation Community Day celebrations.  A visual overview will be part of this public presentation.  For more information about this event, visit the Penobscot Nation Facebook page by clicking here.

These event are free and open to the public.

AmeriCorps and Maine Campus Compact’s Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship Present:

“Weatherizing Bangor: An Energy Efficiency Education Event”

Tuesday, August 7

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Lecture Hall

AmeriCorps has partnered with MCC’s MPES initiative to help low-income communities with energy efficiency and weatherization of their homes. With a focus on environmental stewardship and economic stability, energy consumption can be decreased while housing quality is increased. 

If you are interested in learning more about the ways that you can weatherize your home and help create a more energy efficient and sustainable community, please join us for an educational event at the Bangor Public Library on August 7th. There, our volunteers will discuss topics ranging from eligibility to receive window inserts to small steps you can take to lower energy costs in your own home. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For more information about Campus Compact, click here and here to find out more about Americorps Maine.

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Muster Seed Storytelling Workshop

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Friday, August 10

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Throughout the library 

This Muster Seed Storytelling event, sponsored by the Maine Storytelling Muster (the annual gathering for Maine storytellers and fans of storytelling) and a grant from Coffee By Design, welcomes residents and visitors to a day of learning about storytelling.  Admission is free and lunch is included. 

The program will include presentations of storytelling events in Maine and opportunities to record historical stories with our partner, the Maine Historical Society.  Workshops include “How To Tell A Story So Folks Will Listen” and “The Nuts and Bolts of Storytelling”.  Story techniques will be demonstrated and participants will be invited to share their own stories at the concluding story swap. 

The day will be led by long-time Maine Storytellers Phyllis Blackstone of Brunswick, Hope Lewis of Seal Cove and Michael Parent of Portland.  Bangor Public Librarians Betsy Paradis and Candis Joyce will host the event. 

Visit the Bangor Public Library calendar for the day's schedule.

For more information of the day’s events, contact Phyllis Blackstone at or visit her website. Follow the Storytelling Muster on their Facebook page @MaineMuster.

This event is free and open to the public but space may be limited.  To reserve a space for the event, contact Betsy ( or Candis ( to register.

Featuring Abdi Nor Iftin, author of "Call Me American"

Thursday, August 9

5:30-7:00 PM


Author Abdi Nor Iftin will join Dirigo Speaks to share his journey of becoming American. After the discussion, Iftin will be signing his newly released book, "Call Me American," also available for purchase.

This event is free but space is limited.  Please RSVP at:

 For more information call 207-990-8021 or email

Destigmatizing Addiction featuring Dr. Trip Gardner

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Wednesday, August 22

5:30 - 7:00 PM


As Chief Psychiatric Officer and Medical Director of Homeless Health Services at PCHC, Dr. Gardner has led efforts to develop community guidelines for the responsible use of benzodiazepines and stimulants in primary care. Dr. Gardner presents regularly about efforts to reduce high risk and addiction, and addiction as a brain disease.

This event is free but space is limited. RSVP at BDNEVENTS.EVENTBRITE.COM

For more information call 207-990-8021 or email

Lunch & Learn: ReferenceUSA Database Demonstration

Date: Tuesday, August 21st

Time: 12 -1:30 pm.

Guest speaker, TJ Pridell, with ReferenceUSA will be hosting an interactive lead generation marketing seminar. To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales & marketing representatives and job seekers, we offer a service called ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required, please call Reference at 947-8336 ext 126 or email to register.

ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 280 million consumers.

Bangor Public Library cardholders may access this resource from within the library or at home or work with Internet access. The database features ten detailed modules of information: “US Business”, “US New Business”, “US Historical Business”, “Canadian Business”, “US Healthcare”, “US Consumers/Lifestyles”, “US Standard White Pages”, “US New Movers/Homeowners”, “Canadian White Pages”, & “US Jobs/Internships”.

Users can select a location and radius to search through a database of millions of businesses and locate direct business contact names. Many entries also include links to job postings.

Users can access ReferenceUSA at under “Research > Databases > ReferenceUSA” Members may log in by typing in their active library card number. 

Summer Music has started!  Check out the schedule and see who's playing this week by visiting our Summer Music Series Page

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Summer dates are every Tuesday from 4pm - 6pm

This group is open to all and 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

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. 

Summer hours for 2018 are 5 pm- 7pm from June 18th through August 27th on the 2nd floor in the 1812 Reading Room.