Join our Community Discussion of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Picture of Dorian Gray

Professor Shelton Waldrep from USM will help us understand how Wilde’s text informs our understanding of current social trends and our expectations for the future. The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in 1890, explores the themes of narcissism and the nature of evil. As young aesthete Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. The book has been adapted for film and television more than a dozen times, most recently in a 2009 movie starring Colin Firth.

No registration is necessary to join our discussion, which will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. FMI: Please click here!


Learn about Maine’s Bats on Thursday, September 7

Big Brown BatLearn about the Little Brown Bat and other species of bats found in Maine. Wildlife research scientist David Yates will discuss these important and fascinating members of Maine’s diverse wildlife population and discuss his research of bats as an indicator species for mercury exposure. The program will take place on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming wildlife programs, please click here. 

About David Yates

David YatesDave Yates is the Mammal Program Director at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He has a B.S. in wildlife biology and management and a M.S. in conservation biology. He has been a wildlife research biologist with BRI since the Institute’s inception. As director of the mammal program, he is actively involved with various field studies focusing on wildlife conservation and management and the health assessment of aquatic ecosystems through contaminant screening.

Yates is currently conducting live-capture, tracking, and sampling studies on mink, otter, beaver, and muskrat. Along with this he is also researching bats as an indicator species for mercury exposure. This project is across the eastern U.S. at both point source and nonpoint source sites. He also conducts inventories of small and large mammals for the various state agencies and federal government.

Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Inanna: Sisters in Rhythm

Join us on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. for our last Outdoor Summer Concert of the season. 

Inanna: SIsters in Rhythm is an all-women’s percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to cultural diversity, education and healing through the universal language of music. Blending western vocal harmonies with the polyrhythms of West Africa, the Middle East and Brazil, they create a multicultural fusion beyond tradition.

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner and enjoy another fabulous evening of live music at the library!

Learn about Biomimicry with the Chewonki Foundation on August 17

HummingbirdFor grades 2 – adult

Many of the engineering challenges facing humans today are similar to difficulties that exist in the natural world.

Join us as we explore the ways engineers have taken advantage of nature’s bright ideas through biomimicry–and meet some live animals that help us draw comparisons between human-made products and animal adaptations!  

Thursday, August 17
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Note: The library will be closed all day on August 17 so that staff may attend the Town’s Annual Staff Development Day. We will open at 6:00 p.m. for this special program only!

Experience the Solar Eclipse with Us!

Solar EclipseWe have a variety of events related to the eclipse coming up. Please click here for complete details! (Please note, our eclipse glasses are gone, except for those we have in reserve for those we will distribute at upcoming events. If you already received some of our glasses and plan to come to our Eclipse Party, please bring them with you so we can make sure we have enough for others.)