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This month in the Britton Gallery

From Parker Point, watercolor, by Margret Baldwin from the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)
In the Howard Room Cases

A Pair of Percussion Pistols, from the current exhibit, A 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 from the current exhibit, Miniatures from Around the World, featuring items collected and donated by Library benefactor 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.
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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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...
  • Join the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of Blue Hill Library THIS FRIDAY! February 28 at 1:00 PM for a preview of Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor, which is coming to the Grand in Ellsworth this Saturday by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. events Everyone is welcome and no previous opera knowledge or experience is necessary.  
  • Hancock County Food Drive starts this Saturday (see below). 
"MARCH MADNESS" Book Sale This Saturday
     The Friends of  Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month "March Madness" book sale THIS SATURDAY! March 1 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.madness  Everything will be half price! There are over a thousand quality used books for children and adults.  


       The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions - big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library, and to make special purchases of books, dvds, etc., and equipment for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.


LEGO Exhibit in the Larchwood Cases
     A new exhibit, LEGO, is on display in the Library's children's room through the end of March. The creations in the exhibit were made by the Library's weekly LEGO Club members.LEGO

       LEGO Club for kids ages 7 to 12, meets on Saturdays from 10:30 AM to noon. Each week, participants are invited to make items of their choosing or use the monthly theme for inspiration. Kids are welcome to use the Library's LEGO collections or bring their own. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular Library hours. For more information call Pat at 374-5515.

 Deer Isle: Not Quite Enough Signatures
     Huge thanks to everyone who helped gather signatures and signed our petition to get a funding request for the library on the Deer Isle Town Warrant. Although we got very close, we unfortunately didn't get enough signatures by the deadline. 

     Why were we asking for funding from Deer Isle?  Many area residents probably do not realize that Deer Isle residents make up 10% of our patrons. More than 760 Deer Isle residents are Blue Hill Public Library cardholders and it is our hope that Deer Isle will help fund our operations like other towns around the peninsula (Blue Hill, Surry, Sedgwick, Penobscot). 

      Not making it onto the warrant means we already have a hole in our 2014 budget.  If you are a Deer Isle patron who uses the Blue Hill Library regularly, perhaps you might consider joining the 64 households in Deer Isle who directly donate to the library?  If you are already a donor, we thank you very much.

    We hope to try again next year.  Thanks again for your help and support.

Food Drive!
     The Library will again participate in the Annual Hancock County Food Drive! food During the month of March food items can be dropped off at the Library, as well as many other locations around the County. The goal is to help people who are struggling to get by during this cold winter, asking themselves, "heat or eat?"

         The cold temperatures, significant increases in the price of fuel and frequent snow storms have added an extra burden for our elderly on fixed incomes and those who have a hard time making ends meet. As a result food pantries and community meal sites have seen an increase in the number of people coming to them for assistance.

    A cooperative effort between the United Way, Healthy Acadia, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Community Foundation, the Washington Hancock Community Agency and all the volunteer drop off sites, the goal is to 15,000 food items. Every food item donated will be matched by a dollar up to $10,000.

    Suggested items include whole grain pastas, healthy soups, canned vegetables, low sugar cereals, whole grain rice, canned fruits, peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned meats. All food  and proceeds are donated directly to food pantries in Hancock County. Look for the shopping cart downstairs near the lobby and please bring something to help us exceed the goal!
Leighton Point, Pembroke, oil on board, by Rebecca Haley McCalle from the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)

Bluest of Hills, oil on board, by Sherry Streeter, from the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)

Bright Winter, oil on paper, by Eileen Ahern, from the February art show, How It Looks From Here: A Collection of Landscapes (through February 28)

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