Local libraries are a pretty big deal in Maine. A simple collection of books they are not. These community buildings, whether stately or modest, often double as daycares, meeting spots, social hubs, workshop spaces and lecture venues. So keep your eye on library event calendars. You’re apt to stumble across free events that will expand your knowledge or at least chase away the winter doldrums.
For all you nature-loving blog readers, the Camden Public Library is offereing “Angles on the Environment,” a series of talks on a wide variety of environmental issues in March.
March 6, 6:30 p.m.: “Preserve Maine Tradition,” by representatives of groups that are concerned about the proposed national park in Maine north woods. David Trahan of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Bob Meyers of the Snowmobile Association of Maine, and Jim Robbins of Robbins Lumber will give an illustrated presentation on their concerns and reservations about the proposed park.
March 8, 6:30 p.m.: “Sustainability” with David Oakes, the co-director and founder of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning based in Hope, Maine.
March 13, 6:30 p.m.: “Permaculture” with Jesse Watson, the owner of Midcoast Permaculture Design in Rockland, Maine.
March 15, 6:30 p.m.: “Signs of the Seasons: Coastal Climate Change” with Esperanza Stancioff, Midcoast Audubon Society.
March 17, 10:30 a.m.: “Foraging and Use of Medicinal Mushrooms” with Greg Marley at the Maine Mycological Association’s annual meeting, open to everyone.
March 20, 6:30 p.m.: “Appreciating Environments” with Arnold Berleant sponsored by the Camden Philosophical Society and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
March 29, 6:30 p.m.: “Preserving Rivers” with Coastal Mountains Land Trust Director Scott Dickerson joined by Landis Hudson, Executive Director of Maine Rivers. They will discuss current issues and successes in protecting Maine’s rivers and the collaboration that protected the Ducktrap River.
For information, call the Camden Public Library at 236-3440.