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This month in the Britton Gallery

Solstice 3, from the December art show, Fresh Ink, by Frederica Marshall (through December 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Vase by Bunny Gorski from the current exhibit, Brooklin Pottery Co-op (through December 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Postcard from Germany, 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: 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...
  • The Friends of the Library Film Series continues THIS THURSDAY, December 12 at 7:00 PM with a showing of the musical film Grease (1978), starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.  events 
Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Angela Meade as Alice, Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page in Verdi's "Falstaff." Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

  • Join the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of Blue Hill Library THIS FRIDAY! December 13 at 1:00 PM for a preview of Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff, 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.  
Play Reading: The Real Inspector Hound
    The public is invited to participate in the Play Reading Group on Wednesday, December 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer.Inspector The play selected for this month is Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound.


     A one-act play, The Real Inspector Hound is a parody of Agatha Christie-style murder mystery productions. It features two theater critics who are watching a play and get involved in the action, causing a series of events that parallel the action in the play.


     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

Lecture: Travels With Mexican Migrant Workers
     Sedgwick native Levi Bridges will give a talk at the Library on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 PM about his recent work documenting the life histories of Mexican migrant workers.mexican Bridges, a 2001 graduate of George Stevens Academy, received a Fulbright research grant in Creative Writing last fall to begin work on a book about the experiences of migrant workers who come to the U.S. each year to find employment in agriculture and other low-skilled jobs. 
Levi Bridges preparing to leave his apartment in Mexico City on a trip to a small mountain community.  

    After completing a year of research on Mexican communities that send high numbers of workers to labor in the apple, citrus, and traveling carnival industries in the U.S., Bridges decided to "embed" himself in the lives of migrant workers. This fall, Bridges completed the first part of his research in the U.S. by working on an apple farm in western New York on a crew of Mexican and Honduran migrants.


     Bridges first became interested in the subject of migration between the U.S. and Mexico while studying abroad in Mexico City as an undergraduate student. There he met many Mexican nationals who were deported from the U.S., leaving children and spouses behind, and was moved by their stories. Bridges says that U.S. media mainly focuses on the story of undocumented migrants trying to enter America by walking through the desert in Arizona, but he wants to tell the story of what happens to migrants before and after they are in the U.S.


Levi Bridges, pictured with the children of a Mexican family who Bridges interviewed and stayed with during his fieldwork in Mexico.

        While completing the fieldwork for his book, Bridges has sought to tell the more seldom-told stories of Mexican migrants, focusing on workers who have returned to Mexico instead of staying permanently in the U.S., and migrants who have tried to enter the U.S. legally on short-term labor contracts.


        The process of researching and writing his book will take Bridges over two years. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.


Holiday Party December 21
      The public is invited to the Library's annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 21, from 2:30 to The entertainment will include Noel Paul Stookey singing songs of the season, the traditional reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, music by the George Stevens Academy varsity combo "7UP," carols with Holly Weinberg, and plenty of refreshments. Children's entertainment will include magician Alan Drew and, back by popular demand, the zany antics of juggler Zachary Field.

Donated gifts for children can be left under the Library's tree, which has been beautifully decorated by volunteer Elvira Bass.
       Partygoers are asked to consider bringing a wrapped gift for a child, labeled with age and gender appropriateness. Gifts can be dropped off at the Library anytime from now through the day of the party. The gifts will be donated to the Tree of Life and The Emmaus Center where they will be distributed to families in need.

     The party is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For more information call the Library at 374 5515.
Pottery Exhibit = Local Holiday Shopping (and support for BHPL)
     The Brooklin Pottery Co-op show will be in the Howard Room cases for the month of December, a great time for our patrons to do a bit of holiday shopping.pottery Stop by and take a look at the many reasonably priced items by the five members of the Brooklin Pottery Co-op, Mercuria Cumbo, Bunny Gorski, Cathy Rees, Elsie Sealander and Jane Story.

Thank you 52 times!!!
We received a kind note with a $5 bill -- "I love the Blue Hill Library, unfortunately I no longer live in Maine. I hope this helps!" Thanks Yes-- it does help. Every donation makes what we do possible, and we love reading your appreciative comments. Many thanks to all of our donors this week:

Barbara Anderman *Michelle Berger * Tom Batt & Galen Davis * Ms. Carole Beal * The Borealis Press * Robert Burns & Gary Schiro * Mark & Mary Canner * Sally Carlisle * Dr. Richard S. Carter * Gloria Coomer * Douglas & Sophie Cowan * Mr. & Mrs. James B. Crawford * Ms. Margaret Cruikshank * Susan Daniels * Suzanne & David Decrow * Daniel & Susan Dennett * Ursula K. Dyer * Profs. Shepard Krech & Sheila Ffolliott * Ms. Alida L. Fish & Mr. Stephen Tanis * George & Patricia Fowler * Leda Beth Gray & David Drake * Ms. Phyllis Hamabe * Ross Greenlaw & Beth Jackson * Heather & Richard Jacoby * Joshua & Samantha Jones * Rebecca Kerchner * Serge Liros * Maine Community Foundation component fund--
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We're making good progress, but still have $41,000 to go and only 3 weeks to get there.  If you haven't already Please donate now!

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Some of the youngsters who came to our magic star light wand workshop on the night of the winter carnival got to talk with Santa.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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