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This month in the Britton Gallery

Various perspectives of a design for an auditorium by Elliott and Elliott Architecture, from the current exhibit Design By Hand,   (through June 30)
In the Howard Room Cases

A ruffed grouse, one of the wood block prints Jonathan Fisher did for his book Scripture Animals, and one of the tools he used to carve it, from the exhibit Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature (through July 31).
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Kokeshi doll, from the collection of Frederica Marshall (Through June 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  
Summer Reading Program: starts Saturday June 21-- sign up at the Library.
Sensational Saturday Science: Activities for kids as part of the summer reading program Saturdays 10:30 AM to noon starting June 28.
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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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 Friends of the Library Film Series continues THIS THURSDAY, June 12 at 7:00 PM with Remember the Night (1940), directed by Mitchell Liesen and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.Events The film is a romantic comedy/drama about a woman arrested for shoplifting that is ultimately proposed to by the attorney who is supposed to prosecute her.  
Book Talk: Maine Beyond the Usual
One of the sites covered in the book, a statue of a Passamaquoddy woman at the  St. Croix Island National Historic Site
Longtime Orono residents Marisue and John Pickering will share photographs and short essays from their new book, Maine Beyond the Usual: A Travel Guide, at the Library on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 PM.Beyond Published in 2013 by Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland, Maine - Beyond the Usual takes travelers to 50 "beyond the usual" Maine sites, each presented through John's photographs and Marisue's short essays.

The Pickerings both have decades of experiences as educators and a shared interest in exploring Maine's historical and cultural heritage as well as its natural world. John has taught at both elementary and university levels, including the University of Maine's College of Education and Human Development.  Marisue is a University of Maine Professor Emerita. John's photographs have appeared in International Travel News, institutional newsletters, and other media. Marisue's travel essays have appeared in Echoes, The Maine Scholar, Northern New England Review, Route 66 Magazine, Episcopal Life, and International Travel News.
One of the places featured in the book, the Orono Bog Boardwalk is currently closed for repairs and will open up again in July.
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.
Film: The Show That Shook the World
Filmmaker Richard Miller will present and talk about his new film, The Show That Shook the World: Marcel Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show, at the Library at 7:00 PM on Friday June 20.Shook Reportedly, "one of the most influential events in the history of modern art," occurred on February 17, 1913 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in New York. A huge exhibition of modern art, featuring a large selection of "unknown" European artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin, drew 80,000 viewers.

The show created a big stir and drew much negative criticism, including the now iconic painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, by Marcel Duchamp who did a presentation about the 1913 show at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY, 50 years later. Filmmaker Richard Miller was on the staff at the Institute and filmed Duchamp's presentation in 1963, now the centerpiece of his new film. In it Duchamp discusses a number of the works that were on display in the Armory show.
   nude descending a staircase

A retired marketing consultant, Richard Miller is the author of two books on international marketing.  He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked in professional theatre and TV production for many years.

This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Have a Blast at Your Library
Non-readers and readers ages 4 through 11 are invited to the kick-off party for the Library's summer reading program on Saturday June 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.Blast The party will be hosted by a mad scientist who will do some exciting science experiments (we hope without blowing up the Library) and create some sparks with fun games to play.  Terrific scientific refreshments will be served.

Our in-house mad scientist will be visiting local classrooms to publicize the great summer reading program events we'll be having
Kids can sign up for the summer reading program at the party and power up with books. This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read!"-which means all things science. Every week there will be a Sensational Saturday Science event when kids can electrify their minds with hands-on science explorations. Kids in the program can read books about science or any subject and will keep track of how many books they read throughout the 8 week program.  They will receive incentives to celebrate their reading accomplishments.

Kids can also sign up for the program after the party, by stopping by the library's investigation station.  For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.  The program is free of charge thanks to the Friends of The Library.
Play Reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, June 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library-the last play reading until fall.Midsummer This month the group will read William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing. William Blake. c.1786

This play involves three interrelated plots having to do with the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, and the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, controlled and manipulated by the fairies that inhabit the nearby forest. This play is one of Shakespeare's most popular and is widely performed.

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 Blue Hill Library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248 (or  
More From Design By Handdesign
This month in the Britton Gallery and Roland Howard Room, the library is featuring featuring "analog draftsmanship" from a variety of local architects.  There are many works on exhibit In addition to the samples below, as well as a selection of draftsman tools. Our appreciation goes to Brooksville architect, Eric Chase, for organizing the show.
A number of images by Bruce Stahnke of Stahnke & Kittagawa Architects.

A drafting table and drawing tools are on display in the Britten Gallery with the rest of the show.

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