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This month in the Britton Gallery

Cut Ledge View, watercolor from the January art show, Recent Drawings and Watercolors, by Paul Trowbridge (through January 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Wedgewood Tea Set donated to the Library by Roland Howard, from the current exhibit, Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring items from the Library's collection that are related to  
Blue Hill's history (through March 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Miniature furniture, pottery, cactus and dioramas from Mexico, from the current exhibit, Miniatures From Around the World, from the Library's collection, donated by Adelaide Pearson (Through February 28)
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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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.

 Events This Week...
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library Play Reading Group TOMORROW! Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the The play selected for this month is Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. 
  • A 5 week yoga class for children from 3 to 5 years of age starts THIS THURSDAY! January 16 at 10:00 AM and a few spots are still available! The class, taught by Rebecca Rose Tousignant, introduces children to the practice of yoga through stories, games, songs, and creative movement. The classes are free. Register using the Library's online events calendar or by calling the Library, 374-5515. 
  • Sedgwick author and director of the World Ocean Observatory Peter Neill will read from his recent book of previously published novellas at the Library THIS THURSDAY! January 16 at 7:00 PM. Peter Neill will be reading from and discussing the making of the book, entitled "3". The three novellas were first published individually in the 1970's. The event is co-sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books.   
Art Adventures: Steel Drums
    The Library will be hosting its second monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens beginning  Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 PM with" The Steel Drum as Musical Instrument." drums

     Nigel Chase and members of Planet Pan Steel Drums will inaugurate this year's series with an exciting interactive demonstration and introduction to the mysteries of coaxing music from steel drums.
Nigel Chase leading Planet Pan
     Planet Pan has delighted, astonished and awed  audiences young and old for over 20 years on the Blue Hill Peninsula and in locations all over the East Coast, playing at dances, competitions, and festivals,  music ranging from traditional Trinidanian to Beethoven's 5th Symphony and the William Tell Overture by Giachino Rossini.

     Nigel Chase, founder and artistic director of Planet Pan, was inspired as a young boy watching his father, Carl Chase, founder and director of the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, hammering and tinkering with steel drums in his backyard in Brooksville.  Nigel took off from there, fascinated by the possibilities of this easily available material to create beautiful music. Nigel went on to create opportunities for others to join in his passion, ultimately starting the Blue Hill-based Planet Pan. Frequent participants in occasions such as school parades, dances, festivals, fundraisers for countless worthy causes just for the asking, Planet Pan has added greatly to the rich culture of this community.

     The event is free and everyone is welcome.  For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Social Media Safety for Kids and Parents
     Nina Milliken, Community Educator for the Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC) will present an informative, lively and interactive workshop on how to stay safe while using social media websites on Saturday January 25 at 1:00 PM at the Library. safetyThe talk will be geared toward children ages 10 and older, and their parents. Specific attention will be given to the security settings of Facebook as well as other topics and questions raised by the participants.

    AMHC is a private, non-profit behavioral health care organization with operations in Aroostook, Hancock, and Washington Counties. No registration is necessary, and the event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Pat at 374-5515.
Exhibit: Miniatures from Around the World
     A new exhibit, Miniatures From Around the World, is on display in the Library's children's room through the end of February.minatures The items are from the Library's collection, donated by Library benefactor Adelaide Pearson who collected them on her travels.
Miniature coronation coach from England, with English knights.
Included are miniature tin soldiers, Roman horsemen, French Grenadiers, Tyrolean Revelers, Mexican dioramas, English royalty and knights and a Chinese wedding procession. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular Library hours. For more information call Pat at 374-5515.
Thanks to our 2013 donors
In addition to over 750 donations we received some lovely notes of appreciation during our Annual Fund Drive such as this one:donors

"Quiet and serene yet active and vibrant; the library serves the area populace by nurturing the intellect and providing a hub for a myriad of activities.  We applaud the efforts of its volunteers and leadership." 

The support of our patrons, in both word and deed, is deeply gratifying to us. You make it possible for us to provide free library services for all. Thank you.  We look forward to renewing your enthusiasm for the library in 2014!

Many thanks to the following donors who gave in the last weeks of 2013:

Hattie Barker & Beal Lowen * Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Bryan * Barbara Cabot & Ron Markman * Thomas C. Clark & Louise Handy * Chan & Sue Duffy * Edward Dufresne * Barrett & Jean Flanders * Mr. & Mrs. Martin Haase * Nicholas Sichterman & Mariah Hughs * Mark Hurvitt * Melody & Richard Kane * Anne Kisburg * Sue Largay * Donald Lateiner * Don & Barbara Mallow * Dan & Nancy McGraw * Dr. Margaret E. McVey * Dale Quinby * Hal & Lisa Reynolds * Michael W. Taylor * Wendy & Ken Schweikert * Dorrance & Patty Sexton * Susan D. Shaw & Cynthia Stroud * Jack F. & Patricia C. Shepard Jr. * James Thurmond Smithgall * Win & Deb Turner * Ms. Kate Unkel * David Weiss * Lisa & Nick Witte


Please contact
Shelley Latham, our Development Associate, with any errors, omissions or questions about your giving history:  

 374-5515 ext 16 or    

Harbor Sheep, watercolor, from the January art show, Recent Drawings and Watercolors by Paul Trowbridge (through January 31)
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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