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This month in the Britton Gallery

The types of items found in Henry David Thoreau's pockets, from the current art show, Thoreau's Visits to the Maine Woods (through March 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Blue Hill undertaker and blacksmith receipts are just two out of a dozen or so receipts from Blue Hill businesses in the late 1800's and early 1900's, from 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

LEGO creations by the Library's LEGO Club are on display through the end of March.
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.

Town Meeting Time!

Please support BHPL at your local town meeting.  The library relies on municipal funds for 20% of our operating budget. meeting We are grateful for the continued support of our patrons and the communities that we serve and appreciate your vote on our warrant requests at the following meetings:

  • Penobscot:Tuesday March 4 (Tonight!)  7pm
  • Sedgwick: Saturday March 8  9am
  • Blue Hill: Saturday April 5  9am
  • Surry:  Monday April 28 7pm 
Thoreau's Visits to the Maine Woods Depicted in Art Exhibit
      The Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a special exhibit about Henry David Thoreau's visits to the Maine Woods by noted Maine artist Beth Henderson of BelfastThoreau. The exhibit will be on display in the Library's Britton Gallery during the month of March.  Beth was a student of the Maine Naturalist Program during its 2012-2013 session, learning all about Maine natural history and how to interpret it to the public.  The culmination of the course focused on a Capstone Project designed to express some of what she had learned from the Maine Naturalist Program.

       Inspired by Henry David Thoreau's travels in Maine, Beth has created a series of two- and three-dimensional pieces illustrating where in Maine Thoreau traveled, his documentation of the plants and wildlife he discovered, as well as his habits and practices as a naturalist.

     Beth Henderson is a sculptor, and says that the focus of her work has changed over time from stone and wood sculpture to encaustic (hot wax applied to a surface) and mixed media. Most of her training has been in education, including a certificate of advanced study from Harvard University, but she has done several summer courses at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She participates in shows around Maine, New England and other parts of the country.

     The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours through March 31. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Film: Shadow of a Doubt
     The Friends of the Library Film Series continues on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 PM with Shadow of a Doubt (1943), directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten and MacDonald CaryFilm. A teenager living in a quiet town with her family wishes for a visit from her uncle, who she idolizes.  When he finally does visit she is thrilled but then finds out that he is suspected of being the "Merry Widow Killer", knocking off elderly rich widows, and later observes him acting strangely.

      All films are shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or
Opera Preview: Werther
     Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, March 15, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.opera To help music lovers prepare for this event, the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will join together to introduce and study this theatrical journey at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 14, in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library.
Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther."Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
     Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča-appear together for the first time at the Met in Massenet's adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance. It is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit production of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.
Sophie Koch as Charlotte and Jonas Kaufmann as the title character in Massenet's "Werther." Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
      Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Juggling Show and Workshop
      Steve Corning, entertainer extraordinaire, is bringing his juggling show to the Library on Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 PM. JugglingHe will wow the audience with amazing juggling feats, silly audience participation and comedic wit. A snow date has been scheduled for the following Saturday March 22.

     Steve's 30-minute show Extraordinary! is great for the whole family and features fast paced juggling routines, a Houdini-style rope escape and a spectacular light show finale, all set to original upbeat music. Steve will even demonstrate his expertise in a truly unique way by juggling props from the audience, these often include shoes, car keys, cell phones, water bottles, whatever! Afterwards Steve will give a 30 minute workshop on the basics of how to juggle for anyone who is interested and would like to stay.

     Thanks to Friends of the Library the program is free and no registration is required. For more information contact Pat at the Library at 374-5515.
Hancock County Food Drive
Please help us fill this basket with packaged foods for local pantries. This has been a cold winter and the need is large!drive

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