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April is Student Art Month!  
 Stop by and enjoy the amazing exhibits  from local pre-K through grade 12 students. There is artwork all around the Library!

Painting with watercolor, crayon and pencil, by Rylee Dorr, Sedgwick 2nd grade, from the April Student Art Show (through April 30)

Bee Mosaic, James Paul Adkins, 5th grade, Brooklin School, from the April Student Art Show (through April 30)

Collage by Alec Cole, grade 8, Blue Hill Consolidated School, from the April Student Art Show (Through April 30)
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.
Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": Every first Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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Hoot, Hoot, Hoot, paintings on wood by Guthrie Bannon, homeschooler.
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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...
  • As part of the Library's "Boredom Busters" activities for school vacation week, THIS THURSDAY! April 24 at 1:00 PM, local teacher, Sharon Longley, will present a very exciting program based on the book, Mirette On The Highwire by Emily Arnold McCully.Events  Sharon will read the book aloud and explain the science inherent in the book. Then she will provide the participants with a collection of "stuff" and leave them to their own scientific devices in order to solve a perplexing problem.  
  • Crescent City of Dreams
    by Wally Warren
    The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues THIS THURSDAY!, April 24 at 7:00 PM with a program--Found Object Art--by Maine sculptor and engineer Wally Warren. Based in Ripley, Maine, Wally makes crazy, colorful cities that rise up from old computer, electronic parts,  and other things--threaded steel rods, copper wiring, plumbing fixtures, golf balls, typewriter keys,  - all painted in vibrant colors.  Participants are invited to bring "found objects" to work with. A glue gun will be provided.
  • Join the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of Blue Hill Library THIS FRIDAY! April 25 at 1:00 PM for a preview of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's La Cosi Fan Tutte, which is coming to the Grand in Ellsworth  this Saturday by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.   Everyone is welcome and no previous opera knowledge or experience is necessary.   
Author Event: Suzanne Massie
     Author and former Reagan advisor Suzanne Massie will discuss her new memoir "Trust But Verify: Reagan, Russia and Me" on Tuesday April 29 at 7:00 PM.Massie In this book she draws on her experience as an advisor on Russia to President Ronald Reagan during the end of the Cold War.

     Suzanne Massie has been involved in many aspects of study and work in the Soviet Union/Russia for 38 years. Her outstanding ability as an interpreter of Russian culture and bridge builder between the Russian and American people has been acknowledged by both countries.

     In the United States her books: Land of the Firebird, Pavlovsk, The Living Mirror, Journey and Nicholas and Alexandra, on which she worked with her former husband Robert K. Massie, have been read by millions. She has been consulted by many members of Congress and the Senate and from 1984-88 advised President Ronald Reagan, meeting with him 21 times during the critical years of the ending of the Cold War. A fellow of the Harvard Russian Research Center (now the Davis Center) from 1985-97, she has also served on the Board of the International League for Human Rights.

     The tri-lingual Ms. Massie is the daughter of a Swiss diplomat. Born in New York, she graduated from Vassar College, and also studied at the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris. She now lives in Maine, travels regularly to Russia and is writing a book about her experiences and her interpretation of the years of dramatic change in American-Russian relations.

       Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Exhibit: Kokeshi Dolls
     Deer Isle artist and art instructor Frederica Marshal will display her collection of kokeshi dolls in the Larchwood Case at the Library for the months of May and June.kokeshi  Kokeshi dolls are very stylized, traditionally cylindrical, no arms or legs and made of wood by hand, originally from the northern part of the Japan. They have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face and floral design on the body.

      Frederica collected dozens of dolls during her 28 years in Japan at various times in her life.  She is a master brush painter, artist, teacher and researcher and teaches sumi-e and watercolor classes at her studio in Deer Isle, at educational institutions on Florida's gulf coast and in the Republic of China. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular Library hours. For more information call Pat at 374-5515.

Exhibit: Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature
     The Library will host an exhibit: Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature in the Howard Room glass cases starting in May and going through the end of July.Fisher The exhibit is put together by Rick Sawyer, vice-president of the Jonathan Fisher House Memorial and features a selection of Fisher's paintings, drawings and other works. This July the community will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the house that Fisher designed and built.

     Jonathan Fisher was born in New Braintree Massachusetts on Oct 7th 1768 and like many young men in the 18th century, he learned as a young man the qualities of perseverance, diligence, devotion and industry.  He brought those qualities to his seven years of education at Harvard and to every aspect of his life there-after.  On June 22nd 1794 Jonathan Fisher preached for the first time in Blue Hill when there were about 60 families living here. He was invited to be Blue Hill's first settled minister and in 1796 took and held that position for the next 41 years.

      According to Rick Sawyer, Jonathan Fisher's influence on the town was paramount.  "He not only ministered to his people but left behind a plethora of artwork, poetry, musings, sermons, and a house full of objects of his creation-all of which leave evidence to the extent of how instrumental he was to the development of Blue Hill.  His love of art, spirit, and nature merge in the story of his life and are depicted in the works he left behind, and after 200 years the effects are still, to this day, in the essence of Blue Hill."

     The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Teacher Art Month
     The Library will be hosting Teacher Art Month during the month of May, following the popular Student Art Month in April.Teacher Teachers from the Blue Hill Peninsula-- both current and retired, art teachers and teachers of other subjects-- have been invited to participate by submitting up to two pieces each.
Lobster mosaic from broken glass on an old window by Katrina Dagan from the May exhibit, Teacher Art Month (through May 30)

    The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting May 2. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Metal Eagle by Tim Cousins, 11th grade, George Stevens Academy.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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