Adult Programming


Smithsonian Exhibit



BPL is thrilled to be one of 19 libraries in the United States to be hosting the Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human? Exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Based on the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit hall in the National Museum of Natural History, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human? seeks to shed light on what we know about human origins and how we know it. The programs and displays trace the evolutionary journey of humans from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

For more information click here.

April Art Exhibitions: 

  • Cyr Gallery - Bangor Fine Prints

  • Stairwell Gallery - Jon Bryer

  • Lecture Hall Gallery - Citizens of Maine 

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

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Jazz Night with Swingmatism

Thursday April 27, 2017 from 6-8 PM 

Thursday May 25, 2017 from 6-8 PM

Thursday June 22, 2017 from 6-8 PM

Thursday July 25, 2017 from 6-8 PM

Thursday August 24, 2017 from 6-8 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 from 6-8 PM.



The Memoir Network Workshop

The Memoir Network is a group of writers who assist, mentor, and coach other writers.  The Memoir Network will hosting a workshop at the Bangor Public Library Wednesday, May 10th  from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The workshop will help participates create a working outline of a memoir in hopes of encouraging writers to put their stories on to paper for the world to read.

For more upcoming Author talks click here

     Dr. Ethelle G. Lord, Reading and Book Signing

Dr. Ethelle G. Lord, author of Alzheimer and Dementia Coaching: Taking a Systems Approach to Creating an Alzheimer-Friendly Healthcare Workforce will be having a book reading and signing at the Bangor Public Library on Wednesday, May 17th from 6 – 7:30pm. Dementia is increasing in Maine and all over the world. It is a topic that is affecting too many families and lives. The book aims to give caregivers the tools they will need to take care of someone with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For more upcoming Author talks click here


How do colleges REALLY choose students?

Monday, May 22nd at 6pm

High school students and their parents are invited to an informative, interactive, and entertaining presentation to help families understand the role essays, interviews, extracurricular activities, sports, and other factors play in the admissions decisions colleges make.

Wendy served on the admissions staff at Bowdoin College from 2000-2012, where she evaluated thousands of applications.  Her college and independent school admissions career spans thirty years.  She conducts college planning workshops and has helped students navigate the college search and selection process since 2003.

Dirigo Speaks Presents: Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Exclusive conversations with the people shaping Maine's culture, economy, policies, and communities.

Dirigo Speaks presents Kristen Miale. Kristen Miale is the President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger relief organization. Good Shepherd Food Bank works with a network of 400 nonprofit organizations to distribute 21 million pounds of food a year throughout the state to people in need.

Lauren Abbate & Abigail Curtis of the Bangor Daily News will be hosting the Q&A portion of the evening



Dirigo Speaks Presents: Lucas St. Clair, President Elliotsville Plantation

WHEN: Wednesday, June 7 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

A North Woods native, St. Clair remains an avid outdoorsman – fly fishing, canoeing, and hiking around Maine and the world. Currently managing Elliotsville Plantation Inc. (EPI), a swath of more than 125,000 acres of timber land in Northern and Central Maine. In 2016, President Obama accepted 89,000 acres from EPI to create the newest piece of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. AARP Maine and the Bangor Daily News are pleased to welcome St. Clair to Dirigo Speaks to learn more about the future of land management in one of America’s last remaining wild places.

Make A Quilt!

Lots of Boxes: a Log Cabin Variation

Approximately 74“ by 74”


On Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the library will host a free quilters’ workshop.  Pre-registration is required since there is space for only 15 quilters.  Please call 947-8336 extension 126 to register or email with QUILT in the subject line.

You will need to bring the following items to class:

Sewing machine, fabric, thread, bobbins, scissors, 45mm or 60mm rotary cutter, cutting mat, straight pins, seam ripper, iron, towel to press on, extension cord,  and a 1/4 inch presser foot is advisable but not required.  The 1/4 inch presser foot helps you keep a consistent 1/4 inch seam.  You decide, but consistent seam width is crucially important in quilting.  You can also purchase an inexpensive magnetic seam guide which is generally much cheaper than the /4 inch presser foot.

You will also need to bring your own lunch.

Yardage required:

  • Starting square—Contrasting Color             1/3 yard
  • First Round--Light Color                                   1 yard
  • Second Round--Medium Color                     1 ½ yards
  • Third Round—Darkest Color (this also includes border)            3 yards

We have allowed a few inches extra for each cut of fabric just in case, but accurate cutting is very important.  Be sure you have a fresh new blade in your rotary cutter. You will also need backing fabric and binding fabric, but we suggest you wait until you finish the quilt top before you purchase this.


2017 Summer Music Series

Kickoff: 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.


In June, we hold our annual Book Sale.  Proceeds from past sales have purchased the benches and bicycle rack by the lower entrance, folding chairs and an annual library membership to the New England Genealogical and Historical Society.  A Member Preview is held the day before the sale; each family member may buy up to 50 books.

The Book Sale will be held the 17th of June at the Bangor Elks Lodge on the Odlin Road.

Dirigo Speaks Presents: Best-Selling Author Anita Shreve

WHEN: Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Publishing her first novel in 1989, Shreve has since published twelve additional novels including the award-winning, The Weight of WaterThe Pilot’s Wife, and Light on Snow. Shreve’s new book, The Stars Are Fire, is based on the true story of Maine’s most devastating fires of 1947 that destroyed more than 17,000 acres from Bar Harbor to Kittery. In Shreve’s newest novel, Grace Holland and her husband fight to protect their young children and community from the oncoming fires and then deal with the wreckage, physically and emotionally, afterwards. We are pleased to welcome Anita Shreve to Dirigo Speaks and look forward to our evening with her on June 29th at the Bangor Public Library.

Dirigo Speaks Presents: Best-Selling Author Christina Baker-Kline

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, among other places. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine. Her latest work, A Piece of the World, tells the story of Christina Olson, the real-life muse of artist Andrew Wyeth as portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece, Christina’s World. It is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how an artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. We honored to welcome Christina Baker-Kline to Dirigo Speaks and hope you will join us for this special evening.

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.