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This Saturday:
Don't forget that the Library will close at 2:00 PM and then open for the Holiday Party at 2:30
This month in the Britton Gallery

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

Turtle Vase, by Mercuria Cumbo from the current exhibit, Brooklin Pottery Co-op (through December 31).
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Postcard from New Zealand featuring a nesting colony of Australasian Gannets, from the current exhibit, Postcrossings, from the collection of father/daughter team Tom and Eva Beal international postcards (Through December 31)
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. (when school is in session)
Tween Lounge for kids 11 to 15, games, snacks, crafts, movies: Fridays 4:00 to 5:45 PM. (when school is in session)
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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Noel Paul Stookey kicks off last year's Holiday Party
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to our direct-to-you library events newsletter! 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.

Please note: this Saturday the Library will close at 2:00 PM. Doors open at 2:30 for the Holiday Party.

In the newsletter this week: 
 Events This Week...
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library Play Reading Group TOMORROW! Wednesday, December 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the  The play selected for this month is Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound.
  • Levi Bridges and his coworker, Javier, a guest worker from the Mexican state of Coahuila, who Bridges picked apples with for two months on a  small farm in western New York.  
    Sedgwick native Levi Bridges will give a talk at the Library on THIS THURSDAY!, December 19 at 7:00 PM about his recent work documenting the life histories of Mexican migrant workers.  
  • The Friends of the Library will hold a special holiday book sale THIS SATURDAY! December 21 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  It will feature many new and like-new books for gift giving to children and adults, as well as books on Christmas and the holidays.
Tis The Season To Be Jolly!
Everyone is invited to celebrate the season at our
Annual Holiday Party
hosted by the Friends of the Library PARTY 
THIS SATURDAY! December 21, from 2:30* to 5:00 PM.
Join your friends and neighbors for refreshments, music, entertainment, and singing.  
  • 2:45 - Noel Paul Stookey singing songs of the season
  • 3:00 - "7-Up", GSA Jazz Combo
  • 3:30 - Dickens' A Christmas Carol- traditional reading
  • 3:30 - Zach Fields, Juggling
  • 4:30 - Alan Drew, Magic
  • 4:30 - Carol Singing

Bring family, bring friends, bring donated gifts for under the tree, bring some refreshments to share or just bring your holiday cheer!   

  * Note: Library closes for business at 2:00 PM, and opens for the holiday party at 2:30. 

Bring a present for kids in need!

 Please consider bringing a wrapped gift for a child, labeled with age and gender appropriateness.Cheer Gifts can be left under the tree at the Library anytime through the day of the holiday party (this Saturday). The gifts will be donated to the Tree of Life and the Emmaus Center where they will be distributed to families in need.
January Art: Paul Trowbridge
     Local artist Paul Trowbridge will exhibit Recent Drawings and Watercolors at the Library during the month of January.
trowbridgeThe show includes local landscapes, as well as figure drawings from the Blue Hill life drawing group sessions.
Scott's Landing, watercolor by Paul Trowbridge.
    While working "en plein air" Paul Trowbridge tries to capture the feeling of the moment, make observations of nature and respond in an unedited direct way.  He endeavors to work "with a fresh eye, and straightforward depictions without much interpretation, but with a personal perspective unique by definition." In his studio, he often finishes works started in the field by memory, reworks pieces and develops new work based on the original. This work sometimes results in "more interpretation, more emotion, and more expression of intellect, which in turn has resulted in some more stylized works and some greater abstraction of the subjects."
Grant Farm, watercolor by Paul Trowbridge.
    Paul Trowbridge was born in Bar Harbor and has lived in Sedgwick since the 1970's. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis, studied at the Museum School in Boston and University of Maine, and received a BA degree in the Creative Arts from Principia College. He has worked as an animation and background artist for Neworld Animation in Blue Hill, and an illustrator for Woodenboat and Downeast Magazines. He is a member of the Deer Isle Artist Association and is currently represented by Isalos Fine Art in Stoningtion. Examples of his work may be seen on his website,

    The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday January 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting January 2. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Thank You to This Week's Donors
      Christmas comes early for the Blue Hill Public Library with lots of gifts arriving every day. The best part of giving to the Library is that we turn around and share your gift with your fellow patrons. Gifts Each donation helps allow us to be open six days a week with new books, magazines, dvd's, audiobooks, programs, and digital services for the entire Peninsula to enjoy.  Please help spread the cheer of high quality library services throughout the year with a donation of any amount to the library this season.  Only two weeks left in 2013 and $26,000 to go to meet our goal.

Many thanks to this weeks donors!

Rick & Debra Alexander * Beehive Development * Jim & Tanya Bannon * Sandy & Robert Baroody * Mr. & Mrs. Henry P. Becton Jr. * Ellen Best & Geoff Anthony * Virginia Biddle, MD * Lynne & Farnham Blair * Mr. Gerhard A. Blaszies * Cheryl & Richard Boulet * Amy Bramblett & Khalif Williams * Lindsey & Teo Canino * Sally Chadbourne & Delacroix Davis III * Lynn Cheney * Tod Cheney * Blaise deSibour & Leslie Clapp * Mark & Elizabeth Cluett * Steve & Sandy Collier * Anne Cushman * Benjamin Fox * Mr. & Mrs. Bradford DuPont * Donald H. Dwyer * Andrew & Tania Felger * Margery Forbes * Duane Ford * G. M. Allen & Son, Inc. * Mrs. Evans Garber * Jane Garfield * Leslie Goode * Courtney Haight * Elisabeth Heinicke & Michael Levin * Ernest S. Hildebrand * Ms. Joy W. Hoffman * Margery & Willliam Irvine * Jeanne & Ray Jennings * Anne & Ted Johnson * Cynthia & Edwin Johnson * Stinson Electrical Service - Chris & Laurie Joyce * Marcia & Ed Kennedy * Cynthia & George Knapp * Dan & Jan Kopple * Susan Lees * Ms. Alice Lichtenstein & Mr. James Bercovitz * Jennifer & David Lisle * Alida Lovell * Elaine Maclean & Richard Mazzur * Della Martin * Jane McNichol & James Conboy * Jennifer Morrow * Holly & Matthew Murphy * Catherine Tynan O'Dwyer * Dave & Betty Parsons * Jane Ploughman & John Vincent * Alan Pooley * Bonnie Preston * Don & Gwen Reiman * Richard Roelofs * Carol Sawyer * Jeff & Sharon Scheff * Bob & Linda Slaven * Susan Snider & Michael Percy * Ms. Elizabeth M. Solet * Mrs. Colleen B. Spangler * William & Amanda Stanton * Troy & Toni Staples * Jane Story & Michael Donahue * Nancy Taras * William & Phyllis Taylor * Cynthia & Walter Voigt


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

First Thursday Book Club
     The next meeting of BHPL's First-Thursday Book Club will be on Thursday, January 6, from noon to 1:00 PM.  Thursday The group will discuss Dear Life:  Stories  by Alice Monroe for January 2  (an  easy read for the busy month of December). On February 6 the group will discuss The Great Journey by David McCulloch.
    The Book Club is open to anyone - no registration needed!  For more information or to request a copy of the book call the Library at 374-5515.
Mama Possum, sumi-e by Frederica Marshall from her December art show
Fresh Ink (Through December 31)