Camden library recognized for programs, service

Nov 29, 2012

Camden — The Library Journal’s 2012 library review and annual report has awarded the Camden Public Library its highest honor, Five Stars, signifying excellence in programs and service.

This will be the fifth consecutive year the Camden Library has received a star rating and the third time it has been ranked Five Stars. The Library Journal annually reviews more than 7,500 libraries from across the nation. Ratings are based on annual performance figures: taking into considering circulation, number of annual visitors, computer terminal use, and audience attendance and participation at presented events.

Camden Public Library was one of six Maine libraries to receive a star ranking this year. Other noted libraries were Southwest Harbor Library (Five Stars), Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta (Four Stars), Rockland Public Library (Three Stars), Witherle Memorial Library in Castine (Three Stars), and Guilford Memorial Library (Five Stars).

“We are very fortunate,” said Nikki Maounis, Camden Public Library’s director, in a news release. "The library truly is the center of our community. Our building sits prominently atop a hill on Main Street, surrounded by exceptional library grounds. Thousands of people visit us every year to use our services.”

Since it first opened its doors in 1928, the Camden Public Library has been committed to serving the literary and community needs of Camden and surrounding communities in Midcoast Maine. Along with extended hours of operation and being open every day, the library offers an extensive calendar of educational and cultural events, and oversees the historic Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre.

In 2011, more than 190,000 people walked through CPL’s doors and checked out nearly 250,000 items. Nearly 23,000 people attended the library’s educational and cultural events.

“We make the most of our location and also listen to what our public wants — new stuff to read, literacy programs for our children, interesting talks and performances, and relevant technology. It's not magic; we work hard to meet our growing community’s needs,” said Maounis.

Last year, CPL offered more than 320 educational activities for infants, toddlers, and children. Popular literacy programs such as Story Hour, Babbling Books, Creative Art Afternoon, Summer Reading Program, and Children’s Book Fair by the Sea attracted more than 7,000 children and parents.

As an active cultural and arts presenter, the library also coordinates more than 250 public lectures, talks, workshops, and musical performances each year — almost all with free admission to the public. Popular events include the History and Maritime Month lectures, the Coffee House Series, the Brown Bag Lunch Series, and Winterfest. The Summer Movie and Music Series offers the community weekly outdoor movies and concerts every July and August. The library’s Picker Room regularly hosts monthly art exhibitions by regional artists and photographers.

To learn more about the Camden Public Library’s ongoing programs and upcoming events, please visit


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