Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding

Rockport Public Library will host Nathan Lipfert Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 pm as he discusses the history of Maine shipyards and shipbuilders and the vessels they built, concentrating on the 200 years since statehood. His presentation will be based on his research for his recent book, “Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History.” Lipfert worked at Maine Maritime Museum from 1971 to 2017 in various curatorial capacities, and his current title is Curator Emeritus. This is an in-person event and is free and open to all. Call the library at 236-3642 or stop in with any questions.

Merryspring to host Wild Mushroom Workshop

Local mushroom expert Greg Marley will lead a two-day online and outdoor wild mushroom identification and foraging workshop at Merryspring Nature Center. The two-day course will begin over Zoom Sept. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed Sept. 17 by a 3-hour mushroom walk at Merryspring Nature Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are invited to bring fresh examples of mushrooms from their own locale (in paper bag or wrapped in paper towel). No prior mushrooming experience is needed. Handouts will be provided for digital download. The cost of this program is $60 for the two-day session, with a discounted rate of $90 for pairs living in the same household. Guests should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain for up to three hours during in the outdoor portion of this workshop. Participants can sign up by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Space is limited, with preregistration required.

Merryspring offers presentation on Maine’s native mammals

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Education and Outreach Supervisor Laura Craver-Rogers will lead a program about the adaptations of Maine’s mammals Tuesday, Sept. 13 at noon. The program will explore how Maine’s mammal species each have their own roles to fill in nature, what features make them so successful at living through the seasons, their different habitats, and ways to identify some native species. Admission to this program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

Chalk the Walk “Back to School”

The public is invited to join the Rockport Public Library to decorate the sidewalk with what you love about school! This free event will be held Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled for a date to be determined.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Selects Tour 

The Camden Public Library and the Town of Camden welcome the Maine Outdoor Film Festival back to the Camden Amphitheatre Thursday, Sept. 1 from 7:45 to 10 p.m. for an evening of outdoor adventure and conservation films. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a camp chair for comfortable seating. Visit librarycamden.org to explore the collection of short films to be shown.

Explorations Read-Aloud: Windjammers of the Pacific Rim’  

In honor of Camden’s Windjammer Festival, Sept. 2 and 3, local thespian Joseph Coté will read aloud from “Windjammers of the Pacific Rim” by Jim Gibbs and Phillip Drucker, Friday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. The book explores the history of windjammers on America’s western seacoast. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. in the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

“Maine by My Eyes” Fine Art Photography by Olga Merrill

During the month of September, the Camden Public Library will host a show of fine art photography by award-winning visual artist Olga Merrill. The exhibit will feature images of Maine — land and sea — which Merrill created over the past five years. Find more information at librarycamden.org.

Artist Reception for Olga Merrill 

The public is invited to visit the Camden Public Library’s Picker Room Saturday, Sept. 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. , and meet Maine-based, award-winning artist Olga Merrill. The show is an opportunity for the community to see a large collection of Merrill’s work in-person, which will feature dream-like images of Maine — land and sea. Learn more at librarycamden.org.

Concert by Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble

The library welcomes the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble back to Camden Amphitheatre for a free public concert, Sunday, Sept. 4, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ensemble, based in Rockland, is comprised of musicians who are high school age to retirees. This show is a family-friendly way to spend a Labor Day weekend afternoon outdoors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Art & Journaling

Librarian Amy Hand facilitates creative art and journaling projects through emails and via the Zoom online meeting platform every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Email Amy at alhand@libarycamden.org to receive project ideas and a link to participate in the Zoom Meeting.

Explorations Read-Aloud: Fellowship Point’ 

Local thespian Joseph Coté will read aloud from Alice Elliot Dark’s novel “Fellowship Point,” Friday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. The novel tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested in the twilight of their lives, set across the arc of the 20th century. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. in the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Yoga in the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library

On Tuesday and Friday mornings, Certified Yoga Teacher Denyse Robinson will offer a yoga class in the Camden Amphitheatre, from 9 to 10 a.m. Classes are by donation. Suitable for all levels. Contact Robinson at 975-5325 or denyserobinson@gmail.com for details.

Tai Chi in the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library

Instructor Anna Dembska will lead tai chi classes for all levels Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., by donation. A portion of the donations collected will benefit the Camden Public Library. For more info and to sign-up, email Anna at camdentaiji@gmail.com. Sign-up is highly recommended so that you can be reached if classes are canceled.

Outdoor Preschooler Story Time 

Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts outdoor story times on the library grounds and in Harbor Park, especially themed for preschool-aged children on Thursday mornings, from 10 to 11 a.m. The program will be moved indoors if there is rain. For information email Miss Amy: alhand@librarycamden.org.

Creative Art Afternoons for Kids 

Creative Art Afternoons are back in person every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in September. This is an afterschool activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. Projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up for the September sessions.

Free Historic Walking Tours of Camden 

Meet in the Camden Public Library’s Children’s Garden Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. to take a walking tour of several historic sites in downtown Camden, including the Camden Public Library grounds and Amphitheatre. Learn about the people, places, and industries that continue to make Camden a special destination. The tour ends at the Village Green. Free, donations accepted (to benefit the library). Appropriate for all ages. Moderate amount of walking required.

Book Time for Babies with Miss Amy

Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts an outdoor story time in the Camden Amphitheatre Wednesdays, from 10 to 11 a.m., especially themed for toddlers and babies. Weather permitting. For information, email Miss Amy: alhand@librarycamden.org.

Brain Injury Support Group Meeting. 

This will be the last meeting of the group at the Camden Public Library, Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The new regular meeting location will be in Union. The group welcomes survivors, family, and friends of stroke survivors, or anyone faced with a neurological challenge. Please call Carol at 273-2090 for more information.

Detective Dogs in Wildlife Research and Conservation

The Center for Wildlife Studies “Wild Maine” series of nature programs, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation that will discuss how dogs are sniffing out data for biological research. The program will be offered in person in the library’s Picker Room to a limited audience and simultaneously broadcast to remote audiences on Zoom. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to RSVP if you would like to attend in person, or visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to register for a Zoom link to attend. For digital publication, the Zoom registration link is us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zsGY3QhATuO1wdMxruUu7A.

Knox County Retired Educators meeting

Knox County Retired Educators will meet Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Route 1. If you are a retired person who worked any job that helped students in the school settling, you are entitled to join our group – bus driver, custodian, secretary, support staff, teacher, administrator, coach — you name it. For more info call 594-4397.