207-377-8673   •   M-W: 10-6 | TH: 3-8 | F/SAT: 10-3

The Bailey Library, with support from the Winthrop Library Foundation, produces and hosts the Winthrop Lakes Region Forum held in the King Event Room of the Bailey Library each month. The events focus on the arts and humanities and feature a wide range of topics and speakers. The series began in the summer of 2010 and has featured artists, historians, authors, poets, and musicians from all over the world. For more information please download our newsletter or call the library at 207-377-8673.

Upcoming Speakers:

all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted


August 27: Laurie Apgar Chandler
Talk focusing on: Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
In the summer of 2015, at age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Her memoir “Upwards” provides one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the NFCT, the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail. Her story of achieving an improbable dream combines inspiration with a down-to-earth account of the joys and challenges, nature and people of this historic route. Chandler holds degrees in biology and forestry and worked for many years as a research forester. She is the author of numerous scientific publications. She lives year-round in Maine, sharing her parents’ log cabin in Bremen, and enjoys swimming, canoeing, hiking, and snowshoeing.

September 24: The Beet Poets (Poetry & Live Music)
The Beet Poets present an evening of poetry, storytelling and music at the Bailey Library.
The Beet Poets are friends and neighbors Claire Hersom, David Moreau, Jay Franzel, Stan Davis and Brian Kavanah. Hersom, Moreau and Franzel will be reading their poetry, followed by Davis and Kavanah performing a story accompanied with music. Hersom lives in Winthrop and serves on the Board of Directors for Maine Equal Justice Partners; Moreau’s poetry has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac produced by American Public Media, and lives in Wayne; Franzel is a New York City native who teaches in Winthrop and lives in Wayne, and recently received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission for a poetry manuscript in progress; Davis is a musician and storyteller from Wayne, who recently retired as a family therapist and school counselor and continues to speak all over the world about bullying prevention; Kavanah, from Readfield, also performs with Davis as one half of the popular duo “Hurry Down Sunshine.”

October 29: Joan Dempsey
Talk focusing on: This Is How It Begins
Joan Dempsey received her MFA degree and teaching certificate in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation for her work on “This Is How It Begins,” a grant that took her to Warsaw and Washington, D.C. to study in the archives at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her writing has been published in “The Adirondack Review,” “Alligator Juniper,” “Obsidian,” and “Plenitude Magazine,” and aired on National Public Radio. She lives in Maine with her partner and their family of animals.

December 7: Winthrop Handbell Ringers | 1:30pm
The popular Winthrop Handbell Ringers will give a holiday themed concert in the King Event Room. The Handbell Ringers have performed together for over 25 years, and will perform a medley of holiday favorites.

2020:

To celebrate 10 years of Bailey Library’s Lakes Region Forum the library will host a “Play Outside” themed speaker series in 2020. Speakers and dates TBA soon!

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Hey everyone! Richard here. I know it’s been a long couple weeks of goodbyes, but I’d like to add to the choir. In July, 2010 I called this guy in the photo with me in for an interview after he applied for a position that I had open at the library. One reference described him as “the nicest man who’s ever worked for me,” while another added “Shane is ‘that employee’ who you never forget and wish never left.” Recently, a Bailey patron described him as “Mary Poppins” because he “arrived unannounced, changed our lives for the better, but now he has to go.” Well I just want to say that Shane was “that employee” and we do wish he’d never leave! Hundreds of you have stopped by to share stories with me about how Shane changed your lives, and I think that’s very neat for a town librarian to have that type of impact on the community. Tomorrow is Shane’s last day at Bailey, and from all of us in Winthrop - we will miss you, and best of luck on your next journey! ...

Hey everyone! Richard here. I know it’s been a long couple weeks of goodbyes, but I’d like to add to the choir. In July, 2010 I called this guy in the photo with me in for an interview after he applied for a position that I had open at the library. One reference described him as “the nicest man who’s ever worked for me,” while another added “Shane is ‘that employee’ who you never forget and wish never left.” Recently, a Bailey patron described him as “Mary Poppins” because he “arrived unannounced, changed our lives for the better, but now he has to go.” Well I just want to say that Shane was “that employee” and we do wish he’d never leave! Hundreds of you have stopped by to share stories with me about how Shane changed your lives, and I think that’s very neat for a town librarian to have that type of impact on the community. Tomorrow is Shane’s last day at Bailey, and from all of us in Winthrop - we will miss you, and best of luck on your next journey!

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My heart is full. Thank you so much for the many warm wishes and beautiful comments you’ve all left me here and in person over the past couple of weeks. You’ll never know how much they mean to me! Bailey Public Library will forever have part of my heart and soul. It has truly been my honor and privilege to work for all of you. Please don’t forget me! Love, Shane

Ron and I will miss you Shane your a wonderful person , Your the best , it will take big shoes to fill your spot 🙂 <3 Love ya , Ron and Vicki 🙂

Godspeed Shane ☘️ Thank You for your friendly smile and warm greeting every time any of my family members came to the library. You will be missed!

Good luck Shane M. Billings! Remember you are so welcomed back, if you are called to do so! I shall miss your kindness, warmth, respect for all. As I have ALWAYS said, the world needs more Shane's!

Yes, to all you said! I gave him a little something when I had to leave town and "his" library, hope he takes it with him and remembers me as well as I do him! So glad I left first, can't imagine the place without him!

Best of luck to your future whatever is ahead you got this and it's exciting we will miss you myself included.

Shane was the first person to welcome us to Winthrop. He IS amazing, and will be missed!

I truly will miss this guy. He made a huge impact on my entire family. It is going to take alot to find someone as spectacular as Shane M. Billings!

Good luck Shane!! And I'm sad to see you go but remember this is a new chapter in your life so embrace it and go out and shine for the world to see.

Such a great tribute to an outstanding human being! Wishing Shane happiness and success in his new ventures.

Shane will be very missed for his warmth and welcoming personality. Good luck in your new adventure!

Perfect description. Shane, we wish you the best in all that comes next!

Shane has been amazing and we all wish him the best in what’s next! ♥️👏📖

Wishing you all the best Shane M. Billings! I’m excited to see where this next chapter takes you! Xo

You will be very much missed, Shane! (((HUGS)))

Shane M. Billings I didn't get to say goodbye. I already knew you were amazing. But if I were to calculate your amazingness based on the number of people that have asked about you since I started working here, it would be 1,000%! Everyone is going to miss you so much. Good luck in all you do!

Thanks for saying YES to Shane and Shane, thanks for saying YES to Winthrop! 💚

Yes agreed!!! Congratulations our friend many Blessings always!!!

Thank you, Shane. We'll miss you!!

Great picture of you two!!

Best wishes, Shane!

Awh I love this.

Shane, we miss you already.

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