July events in the Mechanics’ Hall Library

July Artist and First Friday Art Exhibit on July 3rd
The Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough Recycled Art Project is headed to Downtown Portland. The art will be displayed at the Maine Charitable Mechanic’s Hall on July 3rd as part of the First Friday Art Walk.
Residents at the Scarborough Veteran’s Home have been taking  part in a popular new recycled art program, and the results have been nothing short of stunning!  
The artwork will be for sale, with the proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.  The art will be displayed from 5-8pm,Friday and on display for the public in the library during the month of July during Library hours,Tues., Wed. &Thurs.10:00am-3:00pm
519 Congress St.second floor, elevator accessible
FMI-773-8396, or

Mechanics’ Hall Library, First Tuesday Book Club
Tuesday, July 7- Art Forger   by B.A. Shapiro - Fiction
“On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life......”

Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(Tea or Lemonade) provided, 12 Noon
All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book not required
FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or e-mail

Tuesday,July 14 
Quarterly Members' Meeting. The meeting will be at 5PM in the Ballroom and the approval of the Strategic Plan will be on the agenda.

July 16th, Thursday
The Hon. Herb Adams will share the story of the Portland Mayor, Neal Dow and the1855 Rum Riot .
 "In the dark on June 2, 1855 , a thousand roaring protestors
stormed Portland City Hall in Monument Square  to loot liquors Mayor
Neal Dow had locked in the basement.  Mayor Dow ordered the City
Militia to fire on the crowd -- with tragic results.   How could this
happen in peaceful Portland -- the birthplace of Prohibition ?  And
under Neal Dow -- the "Father of Temperance "  ?   Even 160 years
later, this mix of mystery, mobs, the Irish,  politics and Prohibition
makes for new surprises and a remarkable retelling of Portland's
hottest time in the old town --ever.  ".
Bring a lunch dessert and drinks provided tea or lemonade, but no Rum, 12 noon, all are welcome
FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or e-mail