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This month in the Britton Gallery

"I rejoice that there are owls" (1857), East branch of the Penobscot River, from the current exhibit, From the current exhibit, Thoreau's Visits to the Maine Woods, by Beth Henderson (through March 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

A "broadside" advertising an anti-slavery lecture in Blue Hill in 1857, from the current exhibit, A Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring items from the Library's collection that relate to the history of Blue Hill. (Through March 28)
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 continues TOMORROW! Wednesday March 26 at 10:30 AM during the first half hour of the Library's "Play Group." events The sessions are led by early childhood music educator Debora Reinke. Regular Play Group on will start at 11:00. Through April 30, except for April 2.   
  • The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues THIS THURSDAY!, March 27 at 7:00 PM with a program--U2 Can Ukelele-- by local multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Henry Finch.
  • Kids ages 3 to 8 years are invited to groom and dress their favorite stuffed animals, and parade them down to the Library for our fifth annual "Stuffed Animal Pet Show," THIS SATURDAY! March 29.  The festivities start at 10:30 and will include stories, games, prizes and refreshments.  
  • Don't miss "Digital Library 101," THIS SATURDAY!, March 29, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM if you're interested in learning how to check out digital books, download audiobooks and make use of other digital library services. 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.  
Library Plant Sale May 24th
Calling All Plant Donations!!
We might be getting more snow, but spring IS coming. To prove it we have set the date for our Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser:  Saturday May 24, 8:00 to 11:00 AM. plant (Save the Date!)  And to make this sale work we need lots of gardeners to donate perennial and soft fruit plants when dividing them in their gardens this spring. We can also use vegetable and flower seedlings if you don't mind planting some extras. For more information or to let us know what you can donate contact us at or 374-5515 ext. 16.


Last Chance for Free Tote Bag

Only one more week to qualify for a free Friends of the Library tote bag when you sign up for our 4-Seasons Giving Program and make monthly donations of $5 or more.tote  Signing up is easy and monthly contributions are a great way to budget your gift to the library.  $10/month = .33/day = $120/year!  Plus we won't  send you any other donation requests. For more info: or 374-5515 ext.16

Grow Your Own Organic Garden
      Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? organicThe Library will host an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own organic garden Wednesday, April 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

     Topics that will be covered include basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants, making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation, how to incorporate green manures, and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include basic weed control strategies, common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

    The workshop is sponsored by the Library and  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) which will be offering the workshop at over 30 locations in Maine all the same evening.

     Local farmer Dan Huisjen will lead the workshop. All levels of gardeners are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.  The workshop is free, but space is limited, so participants are asked to register using the library's interactive calendar or by calling the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview: La Boheme
      Giacomo Puccinin's opera "La Boheme" comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, April 5, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.boheme 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 heartbreaking tragedy at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 4, in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library.
Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo and Anita Hartig in her Met debut as Mimì in Puccini's "La Bohème." Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

      "La Boheme" is the most performed opera in Met history-- with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.
Susanna Phillips as Musetta in Act II of Puccini's "La Bohème." Photo: Cory Weaver/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.
Hancock County Food Drive
Okay, folks-- we're on the home stretch, trying to fill our second basket for the Hancock County Food We just have until the end of the month so if you haven't donated yet, please consider bringing a donation of healthy packaged food to help those having a hard time paying for food and heat. This is a tough time of year for many people. Thanks!

FOL Film: The Awful Truth
Trees of the Maine Woods, 1857, Chamberlain Lake, from the current exhibit, Thoreau's Visits To the Maine Woods by Beth Henderson (Through March 31)

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