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This month in the Britton Gallery

Dunlin Sandpiper, Red River Gum, Sculpture by Harry Tyler, part of the June art show, Ocean Perspectives (through June 28)
In the Howard Room Cases

Music themed high fired enamel earrings and pendants, by well-known Brooklin artist Dottie Hayes, part of the exhibit, Bagaduce Music Lending Library: 30 Years (through July 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Illustration of an opossum from the current exhibit by Casey Thompson (Through June 30)
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 AM for kids up to age 4 
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3: Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon 
Ongoing Adult Events
Brown Bag Book Club: 1st Thursday of the month noon to 1:00 PM.
Play Reading: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 9:00 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.
"Hootenanny:" Impromptu instrumental and vocal jam sessions: Sundays 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
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     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.
 Events This Week...
  • Omar Conteh, Outreach Coordinator for the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono, will present a talk, "The Islamic Faith: A Faith of Peace," at the Library on Thursday June 6, 7:00 PM.First He will cover aspects of the history and background of the Islamic religion, including the "pillars and articles of faith" that the religion is built upon. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. 

Surf at Schoodic Point, Hurricane Sandy, oil on canvas, by Allison Dibble, from the June art show,Ocean Perspectives (through June 28)
 Free Week-Long Story Camps for Kids
     The Library and School Union #93 are cosponsoring 3 free week-long morning day camps in July and August at the Library, called Summer Fun with Leaping Literacy. Children will use art, drama, and movement to enter the wonderful worlds of their favorite books, fun and exciting ways for children to explore story books,Second strengthen their reading skills and let their imaginations take them for a thrilling summer ride. Activities will include "music and jumping around," journals, interactive science, book-making, and art projects.

     The program is for children Ages 5 to12, but the age range is flexible based on interest and need. The sessions are scheduled for Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to noon, July 29th to August 2nd, August 5th to 9th, and August 12th to 16th. More than one session may be requested depending upon availability. In addition, middle or high school students may request an internship to assist the teachers, and receive community service hours and a letter of recommendation upon completion of the program.

     This program is free, thanks to the generous support of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Robert N. Haskell & Gladys M. Stetson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library. Registration is open and forms are available at the library or at For more information call Rachel Kohrman Ramos at the Union # 93 Central Office, 374-9927.
 How to Stay Safe on Social Media
    The Library will host a talk by Nina Milliken, Education Coordinator for Downeast Sexual Assault Services about "Cyber-Safety," how to stay safe on social media, Wednesday June 12 at 6:30 PM. The talk will be geared toward 4th graders and older, and their parents, as well as any other concerned community members.Third


     When online, children may encounter inappropriate content, sexual predators looking for children, theft of personal information, and cyber-bullying or harassment. Nina will provide tips for avoiding these problems and provide information on where to go for help if dealing with such an issue.


     Downeast Sexual Assault Services is part of Downeast Health Services, and offers education, short term counseling, support groups, hospital and court accompaniment, and advocacy for free to people affected by sexual abuse and the public.  Both organizations serve Hancock and Washington Counties. DSAS is funded in part by United Way.   

    The event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Pat at 374-5515.

Reception for Bagaduce Lending Library Exhibit
    Bagaduce Music Lending Library will hold a reception at the Blue Hill Public Library for their current exhibit, Bagaduce Music Lending Library: 30 Years, on Thursday June 13 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The exhibit includes items from the Library's collection and photographs from the 30 years of its history.Fourth

    The Bagaduce Music Lending Library, now one of the largest music library collections in North America, began with 250 pieces of music in 1983. Today there are over 250,000 different titles in a great variety of musical genres, with over a million pieces housed in Blue Hill. The library's music is available world-wide for education, performance and research.

    The exhibit, Bagaduce Music Lending Library: 30 Years is in the Roland Howard Room cases upstairs and will run through the end of July. The exhibit includes vintage sheet music with colorful and artistic covers; music written by children from throughout the state of Maine; and photographs from the Young Composers Competition and Festival, the Annual Pops Concert and other events from the Library's history.

   The exhibit is available during library hours subject to the Howard Room meeting schedule. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
FOL Film: The Awful Truth
    The Friends of the Library Film Series continues on Thursday June 13 at 7:00 PM with its last film of the season, The Awful Truth (1937), directed by Leo McCarey and starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as a soon-to-be-divorced couple. The two characters try to ruin each other's romantic involvements but end up realizing that they are still in love after all.Fifth This "screwball comedy" won the Academy Award for best director, and was based on the play by Arthur Richman.
This photo of Cary Grant was taken in 1941.

    This last film until fall will be shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room.  For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or

Illustrations by Casey Thompson on mushroom boxes, part of the June exhibit in the Larchwood Children's Case (through June 30)
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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