Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Winter Break Special -- Design our own buttons  February 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking for something to do during school vacation week?  Drop by the library between 2 and 4 pm on Wednesday to design and make your own personal pins and badges.

For kids 7 and up; younger kids bring a grownup helper!

Bookend Painting- Decorate Your Library!  February 22, 2017, 11:00 am

Personalize your library! Join us in the Bartlett Room for Teens on and help make it a more colorful place!  Design a bookend based on your favorite book or fandom, the possibilities are endless!

After they're painted, the bookends will return to holding up books on the teen room shelves with a lot more style!

Bookend Painting!

This program is free, and open to the public.

For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I February 22, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.
Image featured: George Wesley Bellows, Massacre at Dinant (Village Massacre), 1918. Lithograph on onion skin paper, 18 5/8 x 30 3/8 in. (47.3 x 77.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 117.2013

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki February 22, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

Image featured: Zao Wou-Ki, Décembre 89–Février 90—Quadriptyque (December 89–February 90—Quadriptych) (detail), 1989–90. Oil on canvas. Each canvas: 63 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (162 x 100 cm); overall: 63 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. (162 x 400 cm). Private collections, Taiwan. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich. Photography by Jean-Louis Losi

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border: An Interrogation of Political, Natural, and Interior Borders January 11 - February 25 Tracking the Border is the culminating event of a year-long project supported by a Kindling Grant from the Warhol Foundation. The project focused on the artist’s navigation of the 611 miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. The resulting work takes many forms, including installation, drawing, and photography, all of which will be represented in the Common Street Arts exhibit, alongside other, related bodies of work. Several years ago, Bliss’ passion for running began to influence her drawings–GPS records of her runs became source material for works on paper. This process then began to inform a range of approaches to considering place, environmental concerns, and issues of identity. Though the Tracking the Border project was initially inspired by global politics–Lucinda was in Paris during the attacks in the fall of 2015–throughout the year, her exploration became increasingly linked to personal questions about gender and power. Mirroring the conceptual shift, photographic processes became a more central part of the artist’s creative process. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 4pm-6pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm-5pm Saturday 10am – 1pm CLOSED: Sunday-Tuesday For more information visit:

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] February 22, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis


Come read with the Reader Dogs!  February 22, 2017, 3:30 pm

Come read with our friendly therapy dogs.   Great for kids who want to practice reading aloud or for families who want a calm time to read together with a furry friend.

Spaces are limited, so call 680-2604 for your appointment today!  Or stop by the Children's Desk, too!

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