For the past 125 years, the Belfast Free Library has served people in the Belfast area. Judging from that track record, it would seem that the idea of the public library has staying power.

Still, in the age of the Internet, some people have loudly predicted the demise of libraries. Then why has the use of libraries (including the Belfast Free Library) continued to soar?

What does the future hold for libraries and for our own public library here in Belfast? A distinguished and forward-thinking panel of library leaders will address that question as part of the Belfast Free Library’s series of special events commemorating the 125th anniversary of the library.

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord; Director of Colby College Libraries Clement Guthro; and Director of Maine InfoNet James Jackson Sanborn will present their thoughts on the future of libraries in “From Closed Stacks to E-books and Beyond” in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m.

All are invited to participate in this lively consideration of what libraries might become in the next year or decade or century-plus!

This program is one of many scheduled to celebrate the Belfast Free Library’s 125th anniversary and sponsored by the library’s trustees, Friends of the Library, and staff, with major support from Camden National Bank. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10, or visit