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This month in the Britton Gallery

Flowers/Plants of the Maine Woods (1853), Upper Branch of the Penobscot River.  From the current exhibit, Thoreau's Visits to the Maine Woods, by Beth Henderson (through March 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

This sextant, made of wood, ivory and brass was made in the late 18th century and may have been used by sailors from Blue Hill, 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

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.

 Events This Week...
  •  The Library's special 6 week music and movement program for infants and toddlers starts TOMORROW! Wednesday March 19 at 10:30 AM during the first half hour of the Library's "Play Group."events The sessions will be led by early childhood music educator Debora Reinke. Regular Play Group on will start at 11:00. Tomorrow through April 30, except for April 2. 
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW! Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library. This month the group will read Joe Orton's play, Loot, about two young thieves. No experience necessary.  
Art Adventures: U2 Can Ukelele
         The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 PM with a program--U2 Can Ukelele-- by local multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Henry Finch.Uke

     This workshop will center around demonstrating and encouraging musical exploration with the ukulele. Topics to be covered include tuning, strumming vs. plucking, simple chord progressions, and accompanying yourself while singing. Participants will have the opportunity to play and discuss the differences (if any) between making music, making sounds, and making noise. Ukuleles will be available for playing.

      Henry Finch teaches writing and music throughout coastal Maine. He has performed as a soloist and ensemble musician up and down the east coast. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. As a ukulele player, he teaches privately in Blue Hill and plays with the Valley of Stars Ukulele Club in West Brooksville.

     The event is free and everyone is welcome.  For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
5th Annual Stuffed Animal Pet Show
      Kids ages 3 to 8 years are invited to groom and dress their favorite stuffed animals, and parade them down to the Blue Hill Public Library for the fifth annual "Stuffed Animal Pet Show," on Saturday March 29.stuffed The festivities start at 10:30 and will include stories, games, prizes and refreshments.

      Registration is required so participants may sign up using the Library's interactive calendar at or by calling the Library at 374-5515.
Digital Library 101
     Do you know how to check out a digital book through the Library?  Have you downloaded an audio book or free music from the Library's download services? Digital Did you know that you can register to get email reminders about due dates?
       If you'd like to learn about these digital library services, don't miss "Digital Library 101," on Saturday, March 29, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Library's Howard Room. Presented by Lisa Arhontes-Marshall and library staff, this workshop is designed to show participants the many digital tools available to BHPL patrons.

     Also on hand will be the Maine State Library's "Digital Petting Zoo," a traveling menagerie of mobile devices such as Kindle Readers, iPads, and Nook Tablets available for exploration.

   Lisa Arhontes-Marshall is Queen Bee at Beehive Development in Blue Hill, which provides email marketing, social media consulting, and other services to start-ups and small businesses looking for personalized attention.  Lisa lives in Blue Hill with her husband and their 5 year-old daughter.

       Anyone who plans to participate in this workshop should make sure to get their new Library card before the workshop as some resources are only available using the new patron numbers. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.
Annual Student Art Show
      The Library will be hosting the annual Student Art Show during the month of April.student All schools and homeschoolers from surrounding areas have been invited to participate with the goal of sharing with the community the talent and creativity of local young people -- expressed in watercolors, pen and ink, ceramics, sculpture, collages, yarn and woven items, and much more. Creative energy will abound throughout the entire library, on almost every wall and counter, upstairs and down.  This show is a favorite with the public every year.

      Everyone is invited to a reception to celebrate the artists and their teachers on Friday, April 11, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Supported by the Friends of the Library, this reception is a good time to view the artwork, meet some of the artists, and enjoy some refreshments.  For more information, please call Pat at 374-5515.
Workshop on Self-Publishing
      Are you ready to independently publish your book? self-publishing Blue Hill Public Library will be offering a workshop about independent publishing by Cheryl McKreary, the managing editor of Maine Authors Publishing, on Thursday May 1st at 6:30 PM, if enough people sign up. Registration is now open and space is limited. The course is free.

    Recent advances in printing technology have created a boom in independent publishing.  Many first time authors as well as previously published authors are choosing to self-publish.  This class will guide authors through the steps needed to publish responsibly and effectively, and to learn to avoid the many pitfalls in the fast-changing world of independent publishing.  Participants will find out about all the aspects of self-publishing, such as the importance of editing, publishing eBooks or traditional books, marketing plans and the technical assistance needed to get a book in print, as well as what is offered locally.  The workshop will also highlight how to get technical assistance when needed, and about the many types of organizations, printers and publishers that work with Maine authors.

       Presenter Cheryl McKeary is the Managing Editor of Maine Authors Publishing.  She is in charge of the trade catalog production, the editing team as well as Internet marketing and social media.  Each attendee will receive the book "Mind Your Ps and Qs by Genie Dailey, the owner of Finepoints Editorial Services.

     To register for the workshop, use the Library's online interactive calendar, or call the Library at 374-5515.
Hancock County Food Drive 
Yay! We filled one basket and are going for a second!Food Thanks to all of you who have donated food to the Hancock County Food Drive.  All that gets collected goes to local food pantries which experience great need at this time of year. If you haven't donated yet, please consider bringing healthy packaged goods to add to the basket-- help us fill a second basket before the end of the month!

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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