Event : Edible Book Festival and Launch of the "Campaign for the Future"
Category: Events
Date: 4/6/2019
Time: 02:00 PM
City: Camden
State: Maine
Location: Camden Public Library

Camden Public Library Kicks Off National Library Week with Edible Book Festival

and Launch of the "Campaign for the Future," April 6


The Camden Public Library will kick off National Library Week on Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 pm with an "Edible Book Festival." Participants will share their edible book creations to be judged – and devoured! Winners earn prizes donated by local businesses. All are welcome and encouraged to come dressed as their favorite book character.


As part of the Edible Book Festival, the library will launch its "Campaign for the Future." This fundraising effort will create a fund to help permanently support the library's work in the community. The library creates young readers, fosters lifelong learning, and sustains the historic building and parks now and, given community support, into the future. At the event, community members can learn about the Campaign for the Future and the ways they can add lasting support for the library. The library will also screen its brand-new short video of the library at the event – this will be its premiere showing!


The goal is to raise $2.5 million. Friends of the library have quietly raised $1.5 million toward that goal. Those individual donors and foundations are joined by more than 20 local businesses who have come together as the Business Leadership Circle to contribute more than $100,000.


"This year's theme of National Library Week is 'Libraries = Strong Communities.' That couldn't be more fitting as we invite the community to join our effort to support our library's future," Executive Director Nikki Maounis said. "On the front steps, it says that the library was 'Erected by the United Effort and Generosity of the Community.' Today, we are asking for that same united effort. For the library to be able to keep offering the programs, services, and beautiful setting that we all know today, we need everyone's support. We look forward to sharing news of how our community can help."


The week-long celebration of the library's future will include a showcase of the library's hidden treasures; the grand re-opening of the Walsh History Center; and special walking tours with Dave Jackson and Amy Rollins. Community members are also invited to Dine for a Cause at the Hartstone Inn in Camden, March 31, April 7, and April 11, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Reservations are required at (207) 236-4259. Mention the library when booking your dinner, and the Hartstone Inn will donate 50% of the proceeds to the library.


For a full list of National Library Week events celebrating the future of the Camden Public Library, including how to register for the Edible Book Festival, visit

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