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.


TEEN EVENT – Creation Station Journaling
Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join other teens at the Youth Library to share writing pieces, manga drawing, and poetry (sharing optional!), and then create your own journal with an original cover!

(ages 12-19)

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!

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!”

Local Author: Robert Spencer
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Local Author: Robert Spencer


Lizzie Millett was born in Waterford, Maine, in 1861. She and younger sister Hattie escaped from their troubled childhoods and, each in her own way, built successful lives. Lizzie’s struggles to achieve personal and professional success in “a man’s world” of business are struggles that, in some forms, continue for women today.


Spencer, after living forty years in downtown Boston, resides in South Waterford, Maine. His home is a former water-powered box mill on City Brook, where he writes at a desk perched above a breached split-granite dam. His avocations are writing, reading, gardening, and enjoying his wife’s fabulous cooking.

Please join us Saturday, August 31st 1-2:30. Pre-registration requested but not required.

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

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

Local Author: Paul St. Cyr @ Main Reading Room
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Local Author: Paul St. Cyr @ Main Reading Room

Paul St. Cyr, the third author in our series, currently resides in Westbrook, Maine and writes on the “American Civil War as more than battles in well-known locations, but as stories of common men and women who demonstrated the dedication, determination, and true grit of common men and women.” His two novels, Innocent Pride and Aftermath, capture the story of a young Confederate soldier’s journey.

Registration requested but not required.

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.

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.

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.