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This month in the Britton Gallery

Salt Pond, Blue Canoe, 2010, oil on canvas, by Alison Dibble, from the current art show Ocean Perspectives (through June 28))
In the Howard Room Cases

Vintage Music Cover from Maine, part of the current exhibit, Bagaduce Music Lending Library: 30 Years (through July 31).
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Bird illustrations from the current exhibit by Casey Thompson.(Through June 29)
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.
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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     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 Kneisel Hall Children's Concert series starts TOMORROW! Wednesday June 26 at 4:30 PM in the Library's Howard Room. 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.  First 
  •  Kids ages 7 to 13 are invited to a butterfly and t-shirt decorating program at the  Library THIS 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. Participants are invited to bring a plain t-shirt to decorate with a butterfly or purchase a new one at the library for $4.  


  • 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 THIS Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM. 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!  
  • The public is invited to an end-of-show reception at the Library THIS Friday, June 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM for the current art show Ocean Perspectives, featuring oil and watercolor paintings by Alison Dibble and bird sculptures in exotic woods by Harry Tyler.   
Resting Sandpiper, sculpted from a single piece of cocobola wood, by Harry Tyler, part of the current art show Ocean Perspectives.
 Exhibit: Posters of the Great War
      Blue Hill residents Larry Flood and Tyler Knowles will exhibit selected pieces from their collection of World War I posters at the Library during July.Second Included are posters from the United States and Europe, for the purposes of recruitment and raising of funds from the sale of Liberty bonds and their European equivalents. The posters were an effective way to get the message out in that period of history when there was no television or radio.  As with other periods in American history back to Colonial times, posters or "broadsides" were the most effective way besides the newspaper to advertise to large numbers of people.

     The images portrayed on the posters are propagandistic, designed to evoke emotion and action.  One particularly powerful image shows a mother with a baby in her arms, underwater-intended to bring to mind the ocean liner Lusitania that had been torpedoed and sunk by German U-boats.

      Larry Flood inherited much of the collection from his father. His grandfather acquired American posters as they were issued during World War I for Larry's father, who as a boy was confined to home during this time due to illness.  When Larry's grandmother died, he and his father rediscovered the hundreds of posters rolled up in her attic. Larry flattened them and had them conserved by a document specialist.  Larry has enjoyed researching and learning about the posters and has added significantly to the collection over the years, particularly posters produced in Europe and even one from Russia.

     With such a large collection, it was difficult to find sufficient wall space to display the  posters but between their two houses in Blue Hill and outside of Boston  Larry and Tyler have been able to hang as many as fifty of their posters for friends and family to enjoy. They now look forward to sharing them with a wider audience through this upcoming exhibition.

     The public is invited to an opening reception at the Library on Friday, July 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.
 Frogtown Puppet Show
     The Library is bringing Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers back to Blue Hill to do a performance of "Everybody Loves Pirates," on Tuesday July 2 at 6:30 PM at the Blue Hill Town Hall.Third The show is about kids who discover a treasure map and decide to set out on a quest to find their fortune. Unfortunately, they run into a group of bumbling pirates who try to thwart their efforts by stealing the treasure.

     Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a small puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor consisting of three siblings - Erik and Brian Torbeck and Robin Erlandsen. Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers has performed at fairs, festivals, theatres, parades, schools, libraries, and some of the finest petting zoos on the East Coast.

      The event is part of the Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading" but is open to everyone. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, admission is free. Reservations are not necessary.  For more information, call Pat at 374-5515.
Dig Into Cave Painting!
     Kids aged 8 to 13 are invited to "dig into cave painting" at the Library on Saturday July 6 from 10:30 AM to noon. The dig director will be Frederica Marshall, artist, teacher and experienced archeological dig artist. She has excavated and worked on prehistoric burial mounds.Fourth
Painting of a bison in the Cave of Altamira in Spain.

    Participants will learn about ancient cave art from 35,000 years ago when the first artists used natural pigments and created wonderful animals on the walls of caves. Later they will be cave artists for the morning and paint their own animal art on stones with natural brushes.

     Participants should wear old clothes in case they get paint on them! No experience is necessary. The workshop is free but space is limited so registration is required.  To register, go to the Library's web calendar or call Pat at 374-5515.
"Leaping Literacy:" Only A Few Spots Left....
    There are still a few 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.Fifth  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.

Cataloging marvel Sheri Sweet-Holcomb with all the books she cataloged in just a few hours.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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