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This month in the Britton Gallery

Incoming Tide by Frederica Marshall, from the current art show, Fresh Ink (through December 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Hosta by Jane Story, from the current show Brooklin Pottery Co-op (through December 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Postcards from China and Belarus, in 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: 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.
 Events This Week...
  • In conjunction with her art show, Fresh Ink, here at the Library during the month of December, Frederica Marshall will give a demonstration of the art of sumi-e, Asian brush painting THIS THURSDAY! December 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, in the Library's Howard room.   
Birch Grove, sumi-e by Frederica Marshall, from the current art show,
Fresh Ink (Through December 31)

  • The public is invited to a reception for the December art show, Fresh Ink, by Frederica Marshall THIS SATURDAY December 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Haiku poetry, in many forms, will be presented at the reception by the Haiku Project, a group of local poets who have been writing together in Deer Isle for two years.   
"Night of Lights" Craft for Kids
    As part of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's "Night of Lights" THIS THURSDAY, December 5, the Library will be hosting one of the children's events of the evening.Craft Between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, children of all ages are invited to join in the fun and create their own magic star light wand to help guide them to the numerous events throughout town. This is a very simple and fun craft.

    Pat welcomes any volunteers aged 11 and older who would like to assist with this event. Call her at 374-5515 for details.
Two Book Sales in December
     The Friends of the Library will hold two Saturday book sales in December--on the 7th and 21st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM,  featuring many new and like-new books for gift giving to children and adults, as well as books on Christmas and the holidays.booksales
One side of the rolling cart specials!

    "Rolling Cart Specials" include a selection of new quilting books; books on woodcarving and whittling, architecture, and travel; and nearly complete issues of years '95, '96, and '00 to '13 of Green Magazine (for John Deere enthusiasts).

     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. 
Film: Grease
     Get your bobby socks on and join us as the Friends of the Library Film Series continues with a showing of the musical film Grease(1978) on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.Grease Starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and set in the 1950's, Grease is based on the 1971 musical of the same name, about two teenagers who fall in love over the summer and unexpectedly end up in the same high school in the fall.
    The film received 4 Golden Globe awards, 2 People's Choice awards and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

     All films are shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room.  For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or
Opera Preview: Falstaff
     Giuseppi Verdi's opera Falstaff comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, December 14, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.Falstaff To 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, December 13, in the Library's Howard Room.
Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of a Verdi's "Falstaff."
Royal Opera House Photo: Catherine Ashmore
     Robert Carsen's production-the first new Met Falstaff since 1964-is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff. James Levine conducts.

       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.
Many thanks to this week's donors!
We are getting close to our goal of $119,000 for our 2013 Annual Fund Drive.donors We are 66% of the way there with 4 weeks to go.  If you haven't given to the library this year, please consider making a gift of any amount.  Here's what one of this week's donors had to say:

"To all the great, helpful people at the Blue Hill Library, many thanks for your support and knowledge the BH Library is so special-- no other place like it-- in so many ways the heart of Blue Hill.  Couldn't let Thanksgiving pass without recognizing you."


Bill & Elita Agee * Claire Agoliati and Douglas Trenkle * Kate & Sherwood Anderson * Beehive Development * Rainette Bannon * Leonard & Elizabeth Buck * Kenneth & Kathleen Burgess * Carolyn Coe * Ms. Shirley Crumm * Ms. Annie P. Curtis * Deborah DeBerry * James Dowd * Irving Faunce & Jan Collins * Sherry Fletcher * Karen Frangoulis * Helen & Mark Goodberlet * Leslie Goode * Terry & Sally Gray * Joseph & Mary Grimaldi * Kathyrn W. Grover * The Haas Children * Mr. Harold Hall Jr. * Gary Harmatz * Alice Hauser * Dorothy B. Hayes * Judyth S. Herrick * Hewes & Company * Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Hileman * Lola Hosler * Timothy Houlihan * Janet Schlesinger & Jerry Jaffee * Jeanne & Ray Jennings * Mary Tyler Knowles & Laurence Flood * Patricia & Berell Kornreich * Nancy & Edward Larrabee * John & Ramona Larson * Marjorie F. Loberg * Lois W. Lock * Erin McCormick * Susan & Barry Mills * Thomas & Leslie Moore * Margaret Ober * Pat Orchard * Kate O'Rourke * Richard & Sarah Paget * Mr. & Mrs. Brian Patterson * Prior Family Foundation * Kipp Quinby * Martin S. Rosenthal & Corinne Axelrod * Jean K. Savalchak * Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Scarano * Joe & Ruthann Sitter * Joanne & Carsten Steenberg * The Taber Foundation * John & Betty Tyler * Ciona Ulbrich * Mary Wadleigh * Mrs. Caroline Werth * Mary Whiting & Rick Traub * Mr. & Mrs. Norman Whyte


Please contact Shelley Latham our Development Associate with any errors, omissions or questions about your giving history: 374-5515 ext 16 or  

Banded Bowl by Cathy Rees, part of the current show in the Howard Cases,
The Brooklin Pottery Co-op (through December 31). The items in this show by five very talented local craftspeople would make great holiday gifts-- stop by and take a look!

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
We are happy to help!