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This month in the Britton Gallery

Dunlin Sandpiper, red gum, scuplted from a single block of wood, by Harry Tyler, from the June art show Ocean Perspectives (through June 28)
In the Howard Room Cases

Part of the current exhibit, Bagaduce Music Lending Library: 30 Years (through July 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Illustration by Casey Thompson, part of the current exhbit (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...
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW NIGHT! Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. FirstThe play selected for this month is T.S. Elliot's Murder in the Cathedral, a verse drama about the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, thought to be written in opposition to the Nazi Regime. No experience necessary. 
  • Poets Stuart Kestenbaum of Deer Isle, Tom Moore of Brooksville and Sharon Bray of Orland will read from their work in a new anthology Take Heart: Poems from Maine TOMORROW! Wednesday June 19 at 7:00 PM. The anthology, by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, gathers together the first two years of his popular weekly newspaper column of the same name.Three community members will also read poems from the anthology-- Seeta John, an eighth grade student from the Brooklin school; John Gray, contractor and Brooksville selectman; and Samantha Haskell of Blue Hill Books.


  • Brooklin conservation biologist and artist Alison Dibble will discuss and read from her new novel at the Library THIS Thursday June 20 at 7:00 PM. Her new book is a suspense novel, A Skeptic's Luck, by A. D. Morel, the first in a trilogy. Books will be for sale and the author will be available to sign copies at 6:30 PM before the event.   
  •  Author of "A Child's Walk in the Wilderness," former New York Times "Outdoors" columnist, Paul Molyneaux will talk about his book with his son Asher, who turned 8 on the trail, experienced bears, rattlesnakes, and bull moose up close, and became the youngest Mainer to thru-hike the AT. This inspiring "kick-off" for the Blue Hill Library Summer Reading Program will be THIS Saturday June 22 at 10:30 AM. All ages are welcome, not just families with kids participating in the summer reading program.
Paul and Asher Molyneaux.
Kneisel Hall Children's Concerts Start June 26
      Kneisel Hall children's concerts are back at the Library this summer.  The six concerts will be performed Wednesdays June 26, July 3, 10, 24, 31, and August 7, from 4:30 to 5:15 PM.Second
A photo from one of last summer's concerts.

     Musicians from Kneisel Hall Young Artist program will be performing a variety of chamber music pieces and engaging their young audiences with questions and information about the music and their instruments.  They will be playing some combination of violin, viola, cello and piano and the combinations may change from time to time. The Young Artist program is a 7-week intensive session for 50 international pre-professional young artists.

      All ages are welcome to attend the concerts. The concerts are co-sponsored by the Library. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Butterfly and T-Shirt Decorating Workshop For Kids
      Kids ages 7 to 13 are invited to a butterfly and t-shirt decorating program at the  Library on Thursday June 27 at 4:00 PM.  Jerry Schneider the Butterfly Guy will lead this interactive program about Eastern butterflies, their habits and habitats, and life cycle. Third He will also talk about good places to look for butterflies and all about the amazing migration of the Monarch. Participants are invited to bring a plain t-shirt to decorate with a butterfly or purchase a new one at the library for $4.
Canadian Tiger Swallowtails are out now and are found in Maine.

     Schneider is a former teacher and children's librarian. In 2001 he invented The Butterfly Game, which has received a Parents Publication Honors Award. He has offered nature programs to schools and libraries for the past nine years.

     This event is part of the Library's Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "Dig into Reading!" However kids do not have to be signed up for the reading program in order to participate in the event. Thanks to the Friends of the Library this workshop is free but space is limited so registration is required.  To register, go to the Library's web calendar at or call Pat at 374-5515.
How Ideas Become Tattoos
     As part of the Library's ongoing Art Adventures series, local tattoo artist and owner of Paradise Studio in Blue Hill, Corey Paradise, will offer a presentation on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM on how ideas become tattoos.Fourth According to Corey, "Art is a big word for three letters, and 'tattoo' is a loaded word worth a thousand pictures."
     With the rising popularity of tattooing in current pop culture, more and more body art is on display and growing numbers of people are choosing to get tattooed. This session will explore the common design elements that make up the languages of tattoo culture and give participants a look inside the tattoo world.  Beginning with a slideshow of tattoos and illustrations, Corey will briefly discuss the history and context of tattoos as an art form around the world and right here in Maine.

     Participants will be encouraged to design their own version of a classic tattoo, and will get a chance to see tools, and a demonstration of a tattoo being done, albeit on fruit not skin! Drawing materials will be provided, but participants should feel free to bring their own particular favorite drawing tools.

     Originally from Bangor, Corey Paradise opened Paradise Tattoo in 2007 after moving to the Blue Hill area from Belfast where he apprenticed under Julie Rose at Secret Tattoo. He tattoos year round, and participates in art shows and projects around Maine. An avid music fan, Corey volunteers at WERU radio in Orland and, in "full disclosure as a lifelong library patron," serves on the Blue Hill Public Library board. Find out more at his blog,

      The program is free, thanks to the Friends of the Library. The "Art Adventures" series will continue on the 4th Thursday of most months through September, spotlighting an array of visual and performing arts from gardens as art to western swing and tattoo art. For more information, contact the library, 374-5515.
Art Show Reception
     The public is invited to an end-of-show reception at the Library on Friday, June 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM for the current art show Ocean Perspectives, by local artists Alison Dibble and Harry Tyler.Fifth 
Camden Harbor, View From the Yacht Club, oil on canvas, by Alison Dibble.

       The show features oil and watercolor paintings and collage by Brooklin artist Alison Dibble, and wood sculptures by Hallowell artist Harry Tyler. In this show the artists ask, "Do we sometimes take the ocean for granted? This show reminds us that some of our favorite foods come from the sea, views of blue water lift our spirits, we delight in boating on the sea, and life at the intertidal is full of wonder."

"Leaping Literacy" Summer Camp Registration is Open
     There are still some spots left in the FREE "Leaping Literacy" morning summer day camp here at the Library this summer. The camp is for kids ages 5 to 12 but the age range is flexible based on interest and need.Sixth Registration forms are available at the Library and at the Union #93 central office (374-9927) for 3 sessions: July 29- August 2, August 5-9 and August 12-16.

    Activities will include story reading, music, "jumping around," journals, book-making, art projects and interactive science. The camp is free to all participants thanks to generous funding from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Robert N. Haskell & Gladys M. Stetson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Friends of Blue Hill Public Library. 

Downtown Bangor on a January Evening, 2013 by Alison Dibble from the June art show Ocean Perspectives (through June 28)
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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