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Summer at the Library is here! This July and August, enjoy a plethora of free, fun-packed, and inspiring events for all ages, in addition to our regular programs. Whether you’re interested in free ukulele classes for kids, author talks, concerts, science presentations, outdoor adventure storytimes, or a classic Murder Mystery at the Library – we have something for everyone! For more details on our summer reading activities and prizes for all ages, please speak to our desk staff.

Scroll down to see the full calendar of events. To download specific program flyers, click on the respective button below. Note that some events require registration, which you can complete on the individual event pages.

Kids Summer Program

The special theme for the Kids’ Summer Program and Summer Reading Activities this year is Camping with Cryptids. We have numerous daily activities planned, including storytimes at the library and beyond! We are committed to lowering access barriers to our programs and resources. Therefore, the Library is collaborating with local partners like Frenchman Bay Conservancy to reach our broad community, particularly in the Hancock and Lamoine area.

Prepare to spend time outside with us this summer! During our Riverside Family Scientists Series in cooperation with Maine Outdoor School, you’ll explore nature art, identify plants, birds, and pollinators, and learn about your local watershed.

Don’t miss our family performances every Wednesday night at 6 PM on the library lawn starting July 10! All events are rain or shine!

Teen Summer Program

Keli and Adriana have crafted a six-week program for teens, running Friday afternoons at 3 PM in the Riverview Room starting July 12. Expect a mix of crafts and author meet-and-greets. Brook Merrow will discuss her debut novel TRAPPED, and Christopher Packard will enlighten us about the mythical creatures of Maine. Plus, enjoy anime, vision boards, and trivia. Download the flyer or use our audience filter below to browse the calendar!

Adults/All Ages Summer Program

Adults can look forward to Thursday night performances at 6 PM, featuring concerts by Annie and the Rainmakers, Daryne Rockett and Heather Macleod – Celtic Duo, and the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet. We also have visiting authors like Noa Silver, Saskia Reinholt, and Paul Doiron. Join us on August 22 for an interactive murder mystery set in a 1920s New York City jazz club during the Jazz Age. Browse the calendar for the full program and to see which events require registration.

See you this Summer at the Library!


Summer Reading for All Ages

The Ellsworth Public Library is running their Adult Summer Reading Program again this year.
The last day to enter the draw is August 31. The winners for each drawing will be announced on September 3!

This year’s drawing prizes are:

  1. Dinner & Show (A gift certificate to a local restaurant and 2 tickets to a show at The Grand)
  2. A Kindle
  3. Tickets to the 2024 Downeast Cider & Cheese Festival Tasting

Here is how it works:

  • Sign up for Summer Reading at the circulation desk.
  • Every time you return items to the library, you will receive one ticket
    (One ticket per visit to return items not per item).
  • Fill out a ticket and put it in 1 of the 3 drawing jars at the desk.

Summer at the Library 2024 – Summer Reading for kids & teens

We also run different reading incentives for younger visitors and patrons.

Participants of the ages 13 – 18 can enter a draw to win an instant camera, either by getting a bingo on their cards or for attending a program.

Younger audiences will receive smaller prizes for finishing their reading logs: They will get prizes after 20 and 40 days of reading.