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This month in the Britton Gallery

Stonington Storefront, from the October art show, Chasing Horizons, by Trish Pettigrew (through November 30)
In the Howard Room Cases

Assorted textiles from Bhanjari and Bhutan, from the current exhibit, Asian Artifacts and Handworks, from the collection of Jeff Kaley (Through November 30).
In the Larchwood Children's Cases
A new exhibit will be installed later this week called Postcrossings.
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime for kids up to age 4: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 AM   
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3: Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon  
Chess Club for kids 7 and up: Fridays 3:00 to 3:45 PM.
Tween Lounge for kids 11 to 15, games, snacks, crafts, movies: Fridays 4:00 to 5:45 PM.
LEGO Club for kids 7 to 12: Saturdays 10:30 AM to noon.
Ongoing Adult Events
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30 Click here for topics.
First Thursday 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 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.
 Spelling Bee a Success!
     Friday's celebrity spelling bee was so much fun! Thank you to all of the people who volunteered to bring refreshments, compete, and attend.Spelling Fred Cole was the perfect understated bee master; our judges lent the event a modicum of credibility as an actual bee; Shelley Latham did a superb job as the emcee; the stage set was beautifully done by Julie Jo Fehrle and Sarah Pebworth; and Paul Sullivan's music rounded off the evening in a very entertaining way. It was standing room only with around 200+ people in attendance. Most importantly, people had fun while supporting the library.
Alma Mote was one of a few contestants who earned extra money for the Library by singing the spelling of some of her words!

     The evening was also a successful fundraiser. There will eventually be a final tally, but in the meantime it made approximately $2,300 estimating known expenses.

     HUGE THANKS to the wonderful contestants and all who came out on Friday to support the library and have a good time!
 Events This Week...
  • "Trick or Read!" on Halloween, THIS THURSDAY: kids in costume may stop in at the library anytime between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 31, and choose a free book. eventsBooks for all ages will be available, from board books for babies to chapter books for the older kids.
Postcard Exhibit and Workshop
     International postcards are the subject of a new exhibit and a workshop at the Library in November.  Five-year-old Eva Beal and her dad Tom Beal will exhibit their postcard collection in the Library's Larchwood case in the children's room during November and December.postcard They have participated in an online postcard exchange program called "Postcrossing" for over a year and so far have both sent and received over 30 postcards from all over the world.

     The "Postcrossing" workshop will be at the Library on Saturday November 9 at 10:00 AM. The Library will supply postcards and receive addresses for participants to address their cards to and write any message they want.  The Library will send the cards and once they are received, the Postcrossing organization will see that a postcard is sent back from somewhere in the world.  The location will be a surprise! For more information call Pat at 374-5515.
Introduction to the Affordable Care Marketplace
     Certified Affordable Care Act "Navigators" Lynn Cheney and Kevin Hunt will conduct an informational session on the Affordable Care Act online marketplace application process at the Library on Tuesday November 5 at 7:00 PM.obamacare Starting this month, information about all the plans available in Maine are online at the Marketplace. People can enroll directly through the website, or call a toll-free phone hotline.

    "Navigators" are people who help the public navigate the process of signing up for health insurance through the ACA. They explain the options available, help people understand which are the most economical plans for them, and give people information about the Maine Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program that can help them file an appeal or a complaint about their insurance. Navigators receive training in order to understand the needs of businesses and people, and who is able to enroll in the Marketplace plans.  They must show that they have no conflict of interest, and they must adhere to Federal privacy and security standards.

     For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Blue Hill Chess Enthusiasts
    The Blue Hill Chess Enthusiasts will resume their Thursday night "pick-up games" at the Library on November 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The public is invited to join these weekly fun games of chess, and all levels of expertise are welcome. ChessNo registration is necessary. Chess boards will be supplied by the Library. The group meets weekly on Thursdays through the end of April. For more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
One of the games here at the Library last fall.

Author Reading: Carolyn Locke
    Maine author Carolyn Locke will give a slide show and reading from her new book Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho's Narrow Road to the Interior, on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 PM at the Library.reading A combination of prose, haiku and photography, Locke's book explores her travels around the island of Honshu with 15 other teachers from around the United States as part of a Fulbright-Hays Special Project to Japan.

    Considered by many to be Japan's greatest haiku poet, Basho dressed as a humble monk and traveled around the country on foot, visiting many important historical, religious and literary sites. The group studied Basho's famous haibun (a Japanese literary form combining prose and haiku) Narrow Road to the Interior, as well as other literary and historical works, as they followed Basho's 1689 pilgrimage route. Locke will read selected passages from the book with an accompanying slide show of cultural and historical sites in Japan.

    A longtime teacher at Mount View High School in Thorndike, Maine, Locke graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. Her work has twice been recognized in the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Poetry Competition and was featured in Poet Laureate Wes McNair's recent book project, Take Heart. She published a collection of poems in 2010, through Maine Authors Publishing, Always This Falling.

     Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview: Tosca
     Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, November 9, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. ToscaTo 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 theatrical journey at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 8, in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library.

    This production of Puccini's dramatic tragedy has an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, with Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi,  and George Gagnidze as the villainous Scarpia.
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.
Saturday Book Sale November 2
     Friends of the Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale on November 2 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  According to the Friends, "It's not too early to start thinking about gifts for the holidays!" sale
We have lots of new books-- this is how many comes in just in a few days!

      Featured in this month's sale are books for and about the holidays - as well as "like-new" books for holiday giving to both children and adults. Also of note are several new titles in the foreign language, art, and Maine sections as well as LOTS of classical CDs.   The special collections cart will feature books on art and architecture, and books in Swedish.  
      Hundreds of quality used books fill the shelves in the book nook in all categories for all ages-- and most books are just a dollar or two!! Proceeds from book sales enable the Friends of the Library to continue providing special events and purchases for the library.  To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.

Watercolor by Trish Pettigrew, from her October art show, Chasing Horizons, in the Britton Gallery (through October 30)
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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