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This month in the Britton Gallery

Guitar painted by Mariah Reinke and Mira Schubeck, part of the April Student Art Show(through April 29)
In the Howard Room Cases

Wabanaki Pouch by Jocelyn Willis, grade 8, The Penobscot School, from the April Student Art Show (through April 29).
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Ash Basket made by Clementine Bannon, homeschooler, from the April Student Art Show (Through April 29)
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 AM for kids up to age 4  
Reader Dog Gracie: Tuesdays, sign up for 20 minute slots from 3:10 to 4:50 PM.
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3: Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon  Chess Club (ages 7 and up): Fridays from 3:00 to 3:45
LEGO Club for kids ages 7-12: Saturdays, 10:30 AM to noon.
Ongoing Adult Events
Brown Bag Book Club: 1st Thursday of the month at noon.
Play Reading: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Pickup games of Chess: Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Genealogy Group: 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM-- join or drop in.
Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": First Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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Painted plates by the Blue Hill Consolidated 3rd grade, part of the April Student Art Show (Through April 29)
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Welcome...    to our direct-to-you library events newsletter!  With this service we will let you know about library-sponsored events.
     Unless otherwise noted these events are free and open to everyone. Many of these free events are made possible by generous funding from the  Friends of the Blue Hill Library. If you like what you see, thank a Friend. Or better yet, become one! There are many ways you can help support the Library.

Information about these events and many others is also available from the calendar on our website.
Shop the Co-op This Wednesday to Benefit BHPL!
      We were very excited to learn that the library is the beneficiary of the Blue Hill Co-op's April 1% Wednesday! So if you have any shopping to do, please do it at the Co-op tomorrow, Wednesday April 17! They are open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

      On the third Wednesday of every month the Co-op donates 1% of sales to a designated non profit. Thanks to them for supporting BHPL; we hope they get lots of business tomorrow!
Art Adventures: "Face to Face"
   The Library's "Art Adventures" series continues on Thursday April 25 at 7:00 PM with "Face to Face." This adventure is for anyone who has ever wished s/he knew how to draw a familiar beloved face or an intriguing face in a crowd. The guides for this month's adventure will be well-known local artists Eileen Ahern and Paula Dougherty, who will each create a portrait of the same sitter.

      Eileen has been interested in drawing people for as long as she can remember. Originally from southern Connecticut, she attended Antioch College and the Boston Museum School, graduating from Tufts University in 1978. Eileen moved to Blue Hill in 1995. Her work has been seen and collected nationally and internationally. She has worked in many media: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics and loves the challenge of creating a portrait.

     Paula has drawn and painted portraits for over thirty years.  Studying art intensively in the New Jersey-New York area, including at the Art Institute of New York, she found that her love for people translated to a love of portraiture and figurative work. Her work has been shown in more than 38 venues locally including 16 solo exhibits and commissioned work. Paula works in pastels, ink and watercolor.

     Paula and Eileen will talk about what they're doing as they work and will answer questions and then assist audience members in drawing portraits. Pencils and paper will be provided.  The workshop is free, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.  For more information call the Library at 374-5515

    The "Art Adventures" series will continue on the 4th Thursday of most months through September, spotlighting an array of visual and performing arts from photography and gardens as art to western swing and tattoo art. No registration is required for any of these programs.  For more information, contact the library, 374-5515.
Opera Preview: Guilio Cesare
      George Frideric Handel's Giulio Cesare comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, April 27th, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. To help music lovers prepare for this event, the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will join together to introduce and study this fictional account of the alliance between Cleopatra and Julius Cesar at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 26, at the Blue Hill Public Library.
David Daniels as Julius Caesar and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera, taken during the rehearsal on March 27, 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

    Known as the "opera that conquered London in Handel's time," Giulio Cesare comes to the Met in David McVicar's lively production. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bickman conducts.

    Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Kara Morrison, grade 7, Blue Hill, poses with her drawings of owls, part of the April Student Art Show (through April 29).
Events This Week...
  • The fourth of six sessions of Music and Movement is TOMORROW MORNING! WEDNESDAY April 17 at 10:30. For the first 30 minutes of Preschool Playgroup Deborah Reinke, an early childhood music educator, will engage and teach families how to use rhythm to promote learning. Please register here or call the library. This playgroup is open to the public and is for newborns to age three. It is sponsored by the Library and a gluten-free snack is served.  
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW NIGHT! WEDNESDAY April 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The play selected for this month is Neil Simon's Star-Spangled Girl-- a love triangle comedy set in the 1960's in San Francisco. All are welcome. No experience necessary.   


  • Wondering if you have arsenic or radon or ? in your water? Mike Gelberg, President of Air & Water Quality Inc., will discuss residential water supplies at the Library TOMORROW NIGHT! WEDNESDAY April 17 at 7:00 PM. Topics will include water sources, water delivery systems, public vs. private water systems, water testing, water contaminants and water treatment options. 
  • Hootenanny With Hank! Join local musician Henry  Elliott--bring whatever you'd like-guitar, ukulele, fiddle, spoon, tambourine, washboard, autoharp, penny whistle, what-have-you- THIS SUNDAY April 21, 2:00 to 5:00 PM.   Bring an instrument to play, or sing, or even just listen. Don't forget to bring a snack to share.
Oil pastel resist by Chad Davis, Adams School, grade 5, part of the April Student Art Show (through April 29)

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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