Calendar

Jul
24
Wed
Bridgton Community Band
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for the Bridgton Community Band here in our Courtyard on Wednesday, July 17th and July 24th, 7:00-8:30! This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our little corner and set up your chair to enjoy some beautiful music. We will be expanding pedestrian areas for more people to stroll on our beautiful Main Street.

Jul
27
Sat
Discover the Joy of SoulCollage®
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you looking for something new to try that is fun, easy and fulfilling?

Come out and play!  Join me, local artist Heather MacLeod, and let’s explore SoulCollage® together.

SoulCollage® is a surprisingly joyful and satisfying process of creative self-discovery for all.  No background in art or specific artistic talent is required. If you know how to use scissors and glue you will succeed in this workshop.  All collage images and materials will be provided by the facilitator. You will be introduced to the basic process of SoulCollage® card making and then be encouraged to rip, snip and paste recycled magazine images onto 5 X 8 inch cards.  You will make several meaningful cards to take home with you. You will be amazed by what you create! Your cards will beautifully reflect your individuality and showcase your innate wisdom. The experience of creating SoulCollage® cards is empowering and transformative.  Later, you may decide to continue the process and learn how to create your own personal mindfulness practice with your cards. Just bring your scissors and yourself!

Pre-registration requested.

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Aug
10
Sat
Art Journaling
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Have you ever thought about keeping a journal? Not the kind you write your thoughts and feelings in, but an “art journal.” You’ll learn how to document your days with basic drawing, painting, and pasting. Join me, local artist Kim Dubay, and I’ll show how I create a journal that’s personal and meaningful. Please bring: a permanent fine tip black pen, some double-sided tape or glue stick, a blank journal, and any personal papers or photos you’d like to include. I’ll bring some basic art supplies to share, no expensive art supplies needed. *I will have some high-quality journals and fine-tip pens available for purchase if you don’t have these, or would like to upgrade your supplies.

Please pre-register here:

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Aug
17
Sat
Author Visit: Richard Blanco
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Only a few weeks old, Richard Blanco already belonged to three countries, a foreshadowing of the negotiations of cultural identity, community, and belonging that would shape his life and continue to inform his work. Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U. S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Author of The Prince of Los Cocuyos, his latest book of poems, How to Love a Country, both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still un-kept promise of its ideals.

Please pre-register for your free ticket, available for pick up at the Main Circulation Desk. Seating is limited.

This is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Bridgton Library.

 

Aug
24
Sat
Mail Art
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

When was the last time you got art in the mail?
Original Mail Art is easy and inexpensive to make and send. Give old paper new life as snail mail. Come have fun making one-of-a-kind cards out of stuff that would normally get tossed into the recycle bin. Learn how to make your own personalized postcards, greeting cards and even envelopes! Transform ugly cards, junk mail, discarded books & magazines into artistic creations worthy of postage. Entertain and amuse your postal worker. Impress and charm your friends. The best way to get good mail is to send good mail, so start making and mailing your own Mail Art!

Aug
31
Sat
Street Art
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The author of The Guerilla Art Kit, Keri Smith, explains guerrilla art in her own words… “as any anonymous work (including but not limited to graffiti, signage, performance, additions, and decoration) installed, performed, or attached in public space, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way. (p. 11)”

I have always loved hiding (and finding) out that I’ve made around the communities in which I’ve lived. I’d like to share that joy with others as we make some simple crafts together. Painting rocks and creating Artist Trading Cards are just a couple of the projects we’ll make, along with some simple crafts from Keri Smith’s book, mentioned above. Many of these can be done at home with supplies you would already have on hand.

During the last 30-45 minutes of class we’ll go out into town to leave our creations! It’s so much fun to do this activity with others who see the value in brightening someone’s day in an unexpected way! Join me and fellow students in “taking our ‘art’ to the street of Bridgton!”

Sep
11
Wed
Nonfiction Book Group
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman

Nov
9
Sat
Growing Microgreens
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

UMaine Cooperative Extension presents Growing Microgreens 101. Microgreens are herb, flower, or vegetable greens grown densely in trays and harvested just after they’ve put on their first true leaves. These tiny greens are packed with nutrients, color, and flavor. They are easy to grow indoors and can take between 7-28 days to produce a harvest. Participants will learn optimal growing conditions, the variety of seeds available and their flavor profiles; take home will include a container of microgreen sown seeds. For more information contact the BPL at 207-647-2472.

Nov
16
Sat
Make Your Own Pomanders
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A pomander is a ball or perforated container of sweet-smelling substances such as herbs and spices, placed in a closet, drawer, or room to perfume the air; a piece of fruit, typically an orange or apple, studded with cloves and hung in a closet by a ribbon for a similar purpose.

They are a beautiful way to decorate your home. Cherie Knight will be providing apples, oranges, cloves, and presentation ideas for you to try. Funding for this workshop is provided by the Friends of the Bridgton Library.

Registration requested, either through the form below, at our Main Circulation Desk, or by calling 647-2472.

Dec
7
Sat
Make Your Own Simple Swags
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Use some fresh evergreens and decorations to create beautiful swags for door frames, mantles, or windows. Cherie Knight will provide the greens and decorations, as well as decorating ideas for your holiday season.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the Friends of the Bridgton Library.

Registration requested, either through the form below, at our Main Circulation Desk, or by calling 647-2472.