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This month in the Britton Gallery

Circle of Seven, oil on Limoges porcelain, from the November art show, Paul Alexandre John: A Painter's Life (Through November 30)
In the Howard Room Cases
Mask from Nepal, from the current exhibit, Asian Artifacts and handworks, from the collection of Jeff Kaley (through November 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Postcard from Russia, from the current exhibit, Postcrossings, from the collection of father/daughter team Tom and Eva Beal international postcards (Through December 30)
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: 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.
 Events This Week...
  •  The Blue Hill Chess Enthusiasts will resume their Thursday night "pick-up games" THIS THURSDAY! November 7 at 5:30 PM. eventsThe public is invited to join these weekly fun games of chess, and all levels of expertise are welcome. No registration is necessary. 
  • 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, THIS THURSDAY! November 7, at 7:00 PM. 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.    
Patricia Racette as the title character and Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi in a scene from Act III of Puccini's Tosca. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • Join the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of Blue Hill Library THIS FRIDAY! November 8 at 1:00 PM for a preview of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, which is coming to the Grand in Ellsworth this Saturday by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  Everyone is welcome and no previous opera knowledge or experience is necessary.      
  • Join father/daughter team Tom and Eva Beal for a "Postcrossing" postcard workshop at the Library THIS SATURDAY! November 9 at 10:00 AM. The Library will supply postcards and receive addresses for participants to address their cards to international destinations and write any message they want.  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!
    Just a couple of the dozens of cards received by the Beals.
  • THIS SATURDAY November 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM there will be another installment of "Quilting with Rich's Mom:" one of a series of hands-on quilting workshops. Louise Boulet, Library Director Rich Boulet's mom, will offer instruction and advice on projects. Register using the Library's interactive calendar or by calling 374-5515. There are still some spots available!  
"Trick or Read" a Great Success!
   The rain didn't dampen the Halloween spirit which was very much alive at the library last Thursday.Trick  Over a hundred kids turned out for the Library's annual "Trick or Read" event and took home a free book of their choice.  Thanks to our Children's Librarian Pat Horton and Friends of the Library for making this family event possible.

Artist Talk and Bamboo Flute Demonstration
     Artist Paul Alexandre John will discuss his artwork and give a performance of Indian classical music on bamboo flute at the Library on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 PM.artist This talk is being held in conjunction with Paul's current show at the Library, Paul Alexandre John: A Painter's Life. The show features samples of his work in oils and acrylics over the past four decades.
Swimming in the Springs, 2012, oil on canvas, from the November art show, Paul Alexandre John: A Painter's Life (Through November 30).

     Paul studied painting, sculpture, printmaking, and life drawing at Claremont Art School in Australia, where he received a diploma in fine arts, and also taught as a professor of bamboo flute. In 1981, Paul moved to United States where he has continued to practice both disciplines. As an Indian classical flutist, Paul has been composing, developing new flute prototypes, and performing in concerts and has recorded three CDs to date.

     As an artist, his styles and themes have cycled through numerous realms, including those of the imaginative and the allegorical, of baseball, carpets, and the ocean. Paul has been commissioned to provide artwork for a number of schools in Maine.  He is represented in many collections around the world, including the Embassy of Armenia in New Delhi, India.
Paul's work may also be viewed at The exhibit is available for viewing during library hours through November 30. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Film: Always
     The Friends of the Library Film Series continues on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 PM with Always (1989), starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter and John Goodman, and directed by Stephen This romantic comedy, is a remake of a 1943 film, A Man Named Joe. The film features a deceased pilot who, in spirit form, mentors a young pilot as he falls in love with the spirit's surviving girlfriend.

     All films are shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room. The rest of the films, shown once a month until next summer, will be on Thursdays.  For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or

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