BLUE HILL — World Religions Book Club studies “Baghavad Gita,” 4:30-6 p.m. May 1, 8 and 15, at First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. For details call Sonia Turanski at 266-9530 or the church at 374-2891.
CALAIS — Book group focusing on “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese, 5:30 p.m. May 11, Calais Bookshop, 405 Main St. 454-1110.
FORT KENT — Food Not Fines Weeks in effect through May 13, at Blake Library at University of Maine at Fort Kent. Bring a nonperishable food item in lieu of each fine owed on overdue books and the fine will be forgiven. This is part of a statewide fine amnesty food drive coordinated by Maine State Library. The food from Fort Kent will benefit the Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry. For a list of other participating libraries around Maine, go to http://www.maine.gov/msl/fines.shtml.
KENNEBUNKPORT — Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will hold a special fundraising event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo reading at 6:30 p.m. June 11, at Colony Hotel. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 5-8 p.m. Tickets for the evening event are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. Advance tickets are available for purchase at three locations: Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport; Kennebooks, Route 35, Kennebunk; and the Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. For information contact Mary Lou Boucouvalas at Graves Library at 967-2778.
ORONO — A conference on “Literate, Supporting Life-Long and Life-Wide Literacy Learners,” 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 14, at the University of Maine in Orono. For information, registration, presenter biographies and workshops visit http://www.penquis.org/pdf/Growing%20Up%20Literate%20Conference%202011%20full%20flyer.pdf.
ROCKLAND — Rockland Public Library will remain open until midnight Tuesday, May 3, to accommodate college students studying for finals, 80 Union St.
ROCKLAND — Slide and discussion on “Celebrating the Midcoast Hills,” sponsored by Rockland Public Library and Georges River Land Trust, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the library. 594-0310. Free.