Upcoming Events:

 

The Library has FREE tickets to the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 2017 season!

We have 8 tickets in total to give away to patrons, first come, first served! Call the library at 326-4560 or email brook@brooksvillelibrary.org to reserve your tickets today. Read about the concerts here: http://www.bluehillconcertassociation.org/season.html

Thanks to the Blue Hill Concert Association for making these tickets available.

Mondays at 10am

Storyhour for children of all ages! Babies, toddlers, and home schoolers are most welcome!

Wednesdays from 10am-12pm:

The Library is offering free, drop-in iPad and iPhone classes. Bring your device, power cord and any relevant passwords and let us help you use your device.

Wednesday, March 15 at 5pm: Book Launch Event with the Brooksville Historical Society

The Brooksville Free Public Library will hold a book signing for the new publication Brooksville – Then and Now, a picture book commemorating Brooksville’s Bicentennial year.  Featuring photographs from the 1800s to the present, the 222-page book was assembled by authors Abbie McMillen, Christopher Raphael and Lorraine Dyer, and is published by the Brooksville Historical Society.  The authors will be on hand to sign copies and answer questions about the book, and show some additional photographs. 

This event is free and open to everyone. Please join us.

Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30pm: “Brooksville Maine: The Postcard View”

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine will present Brooksville Maine: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company” at 5:30pm on Wednesday, February 15 at the Brooksville Free Public Library. The slide show and talk will consist of a short film about the postcard company as well as the historical views of Brooksville and surrounding towns. 

The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast, Maine by Rudolph Herman Cassens. Cassens’ goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing “real photo” postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. Cassens did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks.

The images are fascinating on many levels. They take viewers back in time to when the roads were still dirt, horse drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped, and elms lined the streets. The collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and continues to grow as more negatives that “escaped” from the collection are located and acquired.The collection is being digitized and more than 90,0000 thousand images can now be viewed on the museum’s website in their online database. www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org