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Seasons, oil on canvas, by Della Martin, from the current art show, Teacher Art Month (through May 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

A hand turned wooden vase, made and painted by Jonathan Fisher, one of many things he and his family did to earn extra money, from the current exhibit, Jonathan Fisher, Art, Spirit and Nature (through July 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Kokeshi doll from the collection of Frederica Marshall (Through June 30)
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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  
LEGO Club for kids 7 to 12: Saturdays 10:30 AM to noon.
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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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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 public is invited to a reception THIS THURSDAY May 15, 4:30 to 6:00 PM for the exhibit in the Howard Room glass cases, "Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature," put together by Rick Sawyer, president of the Jonathan Fisher House  
  • Bangor Daily News reporter Abigail Curtis will talk about her part in the newspaper's recent multimedia retrospective, Living the Good Life In Maine about the 60-year-old "Back to the Land Movement," inspired by the Nearings THIS THURSDAY, May 15 at 7:00 PM.  
In 1983 friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate Scott Nearing's 100th birthday
Plant Sale Fundraiser May 24
     Calling all gardeners!  The ever popular Blue Hill Public Library Plant Sale will take place on Saturday May 24 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM on the Library's front lawn-light rain or shine.Plants (extreme weather date is Sunday May 25th) Kick off the holiday weekend and start the gardening season right by browsing more than 1,000 potted perennials from local gardens, along with soft fruit canes, vegetable and flower seedlings. Bring your wish list and bring a friend, lines start forming at 7:45!

     And, it isn't just plants: The Friends of the library will host a Bake Sale of coffee and breakfast treats plus a special garden edition of their wonderful Book Sales.

      Not a gardener or don't need more plants?  There are lots of wonderful items for bid in the Silent Auction. Featured items include: a gourmet farm-to-table dinner for 8, a granite bench, lunch cruise on a sailboat, fine desserts, a handmade floral quilt, terracotta pots filled with herbs, a month of local eggs, tattoos (to forever show your love of plants), massages (to ease the aches and pains of weeding), and a pile of goat manure-truly something for everyone.

      All proceeds benefit the general operating fund for the Library. For more information or to volunteer contact the Library at 374-5515.
Special Preschool Story Time
     The Library's Preschool Storytime on Tuesday May 20 at 10:30 AM will feature "kamishibai," a kind of storytelling unique to Japan.kamishibai Surry resident Donna Tamaki will perform Japanese stories - both traditional and modern - as a special event in conjunction with the current exhibit of Japanese kokeshi dolls in the children's Larchwood cases.
A Kamishibai artist in Tokyo.
     Kamishibai is a dramatic form of storytelling that uses large, illustrated cards inserted into a miniature wooden stage. In Japanese, "kami" means paper and "shibai "means play. Before people had television in their homes, the kamishibai storyteller would come regularly to parks and playgrounds and sold candy to children from the back of his bicycle. Then, as a treat, he would tell stories very dramatically using illustrated cards and a stage mounted on the bicycle.

     There are almost no street storytellers left in Japan today but kamishibai is still an integral part of Japanese children's culture and is performed in schools, libraries and at community events. Everyone in Japan - young and old - loves kamishibai and along with anime and manga, it is now enjoying popularity all over the world. For more information, please call Pat at 374-5515.
Play Reading: Blythe Spirit
     The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, May 21 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until summer.blythe This month the group will read Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward. This comedy is about a novelist who invites a clairvoyant to his house to conduct a sťance in an attempt to gather material for his next book, but ends up being haunted by the ghost of his first wife, who then attempts to disrupt his marriage to his second wife.

    The group welcomes inexperienced and experienced readers alike. The only criteria are the love of plays and the joy of reading them aloud among like-minded theater fans. For further information, contact the  Library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248 (or
Art and the Scottish Landscape
     The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 PM with a program by Blue Hill resident Val Libby on Art and the Scottish Landscape. scottish
Formal terraced gardens at Drummond Castle

      From the Highlands to Balmoral castle, Val will explore how changing tastes in the arts in Scotland transformed people's view of natural and designed landscapes. She will illustrate her observations with extensive use of images.

     Val Libby is a retired professor of Landscape History at Temple University, Philadelphia, and a Fulbright Scholar to Portugal. A year-long internship at Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh introduced Val Libby to the Scottish landscape.

      This exploration will be followed on June 26 at 7:00 PM by a panel presentation and discussion with Richard Wands, Heidi Daub and Louise Bourne, three well-known local landscape artists with totally different visions and approaches to painting landscapes.

    The events in this series are free and everyone is welcome.  For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Future Walk, ink with colored pencil, by Rob Kufrovich, Adams School, from the May Art Show, Teacher Art Month (Through May 31)

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