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This month in the Britton Gallery
Fall Coming to the Coast, pastel by Barbara Joy Hare, from the September art show, The Peninsula Painters (through September 30)
In the Howard Room Cases
A wooden "Lackay" mask from Nepal, representing a Demon, from the current exhibit, Asian Artifacts and Handworks, from the collection of Jeff Kaley. (Through November 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases
Model Santa Fe Diesel Engine from the current exhibit of Model Trains by Leif Ray (Through October 31)
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
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30 Click here for topics.
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": Every Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, through September 7.
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Detail from Rocks and Water, Monhegan, oil on board by Rebecca McCall, from the September art exhibit, The Peninsula Painters (through September30)
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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 Friends of the Library will start their fall film series TOMORROW WEDNESDAY September 11 at 7:30 PM with a showing of To Have and Have Not (1944), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.Events Everyone is welcome and the event is free.
  • Bar Harbor author Steve Perrin will discuss his recent book, On My Mind: A New Vision of Consciousness, at the Library on THIS THURSDAY September 12 at 7:00 PM.  Books will be available for sale and signing. 
Looking West From GSHI, pastel on paper by Lydia Cassatt, from the September art exhibit, The Peninsula Painters (through September 30)

Exhibit: Asian Artifacts and Handcrafts
     Brooksville resident Jeff Kaley will exhibit handicrafts collected from across Asia in the Library's Howard Room cases through November 30. ArtifactsOver the last 48 years, Jeff has made frequent visits to Asia, and especially Nepal where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural villages for four years beginning in 1967. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibit on Friday September 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
   About his exhibit, Jeff offers, "This display is an opportunity for me to express my gratitude and appreciation for the wonders of the East. In my travels I have marveled that every Asian country I visit has its own unique richness of cultures, languages, religions, history, and objects. Despite these innumerable differences there are many congruent threads woven into the fabric of life throughout Asia. I have witnessed for myself similar methods yet unique styles for the making of paper, baskets, statues, tools, homes, household objects, unusual foods, ritual art etc. and throughout Asia people make use of many of the same materials."
     Jeff lived in Nepal long enough to be fluent in the language and through later trips came to know generations of families in several rural communities and small towns. He has also traveled through India, Sikkim, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Japan, and China. Over the years he has been presented with, bought, and sold many Asian objects new and old, and now with gratitude wants to share some of what he has seen and learned,
      The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule.Jeff is happy to answer questions about any of the pieces in the show and if there is enough interest would do a presentation about his collection. He may be emailed at For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Calling All Homeschoolers....
     Calling all Blue Hill area homeschool families: you are invited to attend a special reception--a "Homeschool Family Tea"-- at the Blue Hill Library on Wednesday, September 18 at 2:00 PM.homeschoolers Library staff will be on hand to briefly discuss the library materials and services that are available to local homeschoolers.   Children's Librarian Pat Horton and Director Rich Boulet primarily hope to listen to homeschooling families about how the Library can best serve their needs, both those of the students and those of the teachers.
   This reception will also be an opportunity for homeschoolers to connect and share resources with each other. Refreshments will be served and students are welcome.  For further information, please call Pat at 374-5515.
Workshop on Fermentation
     The public is invited to learn how simple it is to make your own kimchi, kefir, and other fermented delicacies, in a workshop at the Library on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM.fermentation Fermentation expert and author Sandor Katz will talk about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious histories and integral roles in human cultural evolution.  Participants will be empowered with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods right at home.

     Sandor Ellix Katz is the author of Wild Fermentation (2003) and the encyclopedic The Art of Fermentation (2012). A self-taught experimentalist and a world leading fermentation expert, Katz lives in rural Tennessee and teaches workshops across North America and beyond. He has information posted on his website at

    This event is free and everyone is welcome. It is co-sponsored by Deer Isle Hostel and the Library. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Play Reading: Absurd Person Singular
    The public is invited to participate in the Library Play Reading Group on Wednesday, September 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every third Wednesday of the month.Absurd The play selected for this first meeting of the season is Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular (1972), a comedy about climbing the social ladder. The play follows three couples who attend parties at each other's houses on three successive Christmas eves, highlighting their changing fortunes and marital difficulties.

   The group welcomes inexperienced and experienced readers alike. The only criteria are the love of plays and the joy of reading them aloud among like-minded theater fans. For further information, contact the Blue Hill Library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248 (or
Author Event: Barbara Hattemer
     Deer Isle resident and author Barbara Hattemer will read from her recently published book An Island Just For Us on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM at the Library. hattemerAn Island Just for Us, released by OakTara Publishersl takes place on an island in Maine's beautiful Penobscot Bay. It is a tale of romance, family values, and the determination to fight a dark evil. Readers will enjoy the intimate but innocent moments of a developing romance, strong family values, and the determination to fight the effects of our increasingly sexual culture on young boys.

     Barbara Hattemer has been summering on Deer Isle since her earliest days, when she and her parents slept in tents as they built a summer cabin on a cove off Sand Beach Road in West Stonington. She and her husband and four children summered at the cabin until 1999 when they built a house on the property. Their children and grandchildren, who come every summer, still stay in the old cabin.

    Barbara has belonged to the Deer Isle Morning Writer's Group since 2000.  She writes a blog on Epigenetic Science about how our positive and negative attitudes and lifestyles can change the way our genes are activated. To read her blog go to

     Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.

After the Haul, watercolor by Paul Trowbridge, from the September art exhibit, The Peninsula Painters (through September 30)
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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