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This month in the Britton Gallery

Light Shaft, watercolor by Don Hartley, part of the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (Through February 28)Hartley
In the Howard Room Cases

Pewter balusters that were probably once the official measures for the town of Blue Hill, against which merchant's measures were checked. They are stamped (C.M.) on the bottom for Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which dates them to before 1820, from the current exhibit, Cabinet of Curiosities featuring items from the Library's collection that relate to Blue  Hill's history (through March 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Mexican figures: cactus, oxen pulling a cart, a chicken, a man barbecuing, from the current exhibit, Miniatures From Around the World, featuring items collected by Library benefactor Adelaide Pearson on her world travels (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.
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.
Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": Every first Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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 Events This Week...
  • The Camden Conference Discussion Group with Bob Sargent started Monday. We still have openings for the remaining three Monday meetings  (see below for more information).
  • The public is invited to a reception for the February art show, How it Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes, THIS FRIDAY! February 7, 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The show features seven local painters showing a mixed media exhibition of paintings: Eileen Ahern and Rebecca Haley McCall of Blue Hill, Margret Baldwin of Surry, Don Hartley of Brooksville, Jerry Rose and Paul Trowbridge of Sedgwick, and Sherry Streeter of Brooklin.
Registration Still Open for Camden Conference Discussion Series at the Library
     The Library is holding a four session discussion series in connection with the 27th annual Camden Conference (February 21 to 23 in Camden) "The Global Politics of Food and Water." ConferenceThe sessions are free, and are scheduled on four Mondays, February 3, 10, and 17, and March 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Library. The first session is past but late registration is still available for the remaining three sessions. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference.
     The first three sessions are to focus on the global politics of food, those of water, and other relevant concerns such as population growth and climate change, respectively.  The last session will accommodate an evaluation of the Camden Conference.  
Bob Sargent on assignment in Tunisia.

     The sessions are being moderated by Bob Sargent, a former U.S. diplomat whose overseas assignments included Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam. Mr. Sargent is a former member of the Camden Conference Board of Directors and Advisory Board and a three-time conference program chair.

   The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. In the years since, it has convened its annual Conference on the third weekend of February in the historic Camden Opera House, drawing some of the best minds on foreign policy to share their insights and expertise on a range of global issues with the community.

    Space is limited for the series, so participants are asked to register using the Library's interactive calendar found at or by calling the Library at 374-5515. For more information and suggested readings, check the event listing on the library's calendar or call the Library at 374-5515. More information about the conference itself can be found at
Film: Ordinary People
          The Friends of the Library Film Series continues on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 PM with Ordinary People (1988), starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton and Judd Hirsch.Ordinary Robert Redford's debut as a director, the film is about an upper middle class family trying to return to normal life after the death of one son and the attempted suicide of another.


  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

New Library Cards
      The Library is in the process of issuing new library cards to our patrons, so if you haven't gotten one yet, don't be surprised if you receive one on your next visit!Cards
Not just for checking out books anymore: This cool new card (actually, one for your wallet, one for your key chain) is the key to ordering your own interlibrary loans, free music downloads, and accessing e-books and audiobooks online.
        The State Library's interlibrary loan system is driving the change-- we will now all have much longer barcodes but the good news is that patrons will now be able to order their own interlibrary loans online anytime. Items will still be picked up at the Library and we will still notify you when they have arrived. And if you don't really want to order own ILL's-- we will still be happy to do that for you.
New Books from Downeast Audubon
      The Library gratefully received a gift from Downeast Audubon this week, of three new books for the Library's collection: Gulls of the Americas (2007), Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight (2013), and Behavior of North American Mammals (2011).downeast Look for them on the new materials kiosk in the middle of the Main Room downstairs. The gift is part of a series of gifts  Downeast Audubon, a chapter of Maine Audubon, is making to libraries around Hancock County.
Director Rich Boulet, pictured with the new books in front of Downeast Audubon's traveling display, is checking out the book on mammal behavior.

Putney Farm, Pembroke, oil on board, by Rebecca Haley McCall, from the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)McCall

Island Cloud, oil on panel by Jerry Rose, part of the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (Through February 28)Rose

Dad's House, watercolor by Paul Trowbridge, part of the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)Trowbridge
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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