Mechanics' Hall Library & MCMA Events in Jan.2015

Joanne Fitzpatrick's Exhibit of nature’s pressed flowers opened on the First Friday Artwalk, Jan.2nd 2015, and is available for viewing for the month of Jan. during Library hrs., Tues, Wed. & Thurs., 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
For more information about the artist check out her website
  2. FMI  call the library at 207-773-8396 or e-mail at

Tuesday,Jan.6th, in the Mechanics' Hall library- 
 First Tuesday Book Club will be discussing acclaimed author Maya Angelou’s autobiography 
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” on Jan. 6, 2015, 12PM at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland.   
This book is the first in her series of 7 autobiographies of different stages of her life.  With her passing in 2014, America has lost an author, poet, actress and civil rights activist who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King and who, in 1993, recited one of her poems at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.   Bring a lunch, tea and sweets will be provided.  Pre-reading of the book is not necessary and all are welcome.  
After the book discussion we will be selecting books for the next 5 or 6 months so bring your ideas!

Travel Lecture-JAN.12TH, 2015
We are excited to present a slide program on the Antarctic as part of our travel lecture series on Monday, Jan. 12,2015 at McAuley H.S. Auditorium on Stevens Ave. at 7:30 PM.
In February, 2014, Peter Plumb and seven friends chartered a 75’ sailboat, and, with a captain and cook, sailed it from the Beagle Channel, in southern Chile, via Cape Horn to the Antarctica Peninsula.  The trip south took about five days.  Once there they cruised the West coast of the peninsula, getting almost as far south as the Antarctic Circle.  The sail home, again via Cape Horn, took six days.  The voyage included astonishing vistas of the frozen continent and its fringing islands, visits to isolated research stations, parades of icebergs and plenty of wildlife including thousands and thousands of penguins.  From cold Antarctic sunshine to a violent blizzard, this trip had something of everything.
Peter Plumb will be in hand to narrate and answer questions.   Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Friday January 16, 2015 - 3 pm Quarterly Members Meeting Historic Date 
On this day in 1815 was the first gathering to form the M.C.M. Association. Come join us on this historic occasion for a members’ meeting and celebration. Food, music, and entertainment will be on offer for members and their guests.