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This month in the Britton Gallery

Sketches for various projects by Bruce Stahnke of Stahnke and Kittagawa Architects, including The Grand (theater) in Ellsworth, the Young Naturalist Center on Congress Street in Portland, and the Bay School, from the current exhibit Design By Hand (through June 28)
In the Howard Room Cases

Stork, one of Jonathan Fisher's Scripture Animals, a woodblock print for the book, from the current exhibit, Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature.
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 the age of 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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A mad scientist reads to children during the Summer Reading Program kickoff party. This summer, in addition to reading and receiving incentives, kids get to explore various aspects of science with a weekly "Sensational Science Saturday" program.
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 Events This Week...
  • Join us for the first Children's Concert of the summer as musicians from Kneisel Hall's Young Artist program perform a variety of chamber music pieces and engage their young audience with questions and information about the music and their instruments, TOMORROW! Jun 25 at 4:30 PM.Events All ages are welcome! 
  • The Library's "Art Adventures" series continues THIS THURSDAY June 26 at 7:00 PM with Three Artists: Three Visions. Three local artists--Heidi Daub, Richard Wand and Louise Bourne--will use their work to illustrate their personal guiding philosophies for the creative process and discuss how they arrived at their unique ways of expressing landscapes. 
  • Readers and nonreaders from 4 to 11 years of age are invited to "Sensational Saturday Science," a weekly hands-on science exploration as part of the Summer Reading Program, THIS SATURDAY June 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. This week we will be doing "Food Science and Kitchen Chemistry" -- in other words, having fun with food!
Robert McCloskey: The Unknown Artist
During the month of July, the Library will show a selection of rarely seen works of art by the well-known children's author and illustrator Robert McCloskey.McCloskey The artwork is on loan from McCloskey's two daughters, Sally McCloskey and Jane McCloskey. The exhibit is entitled, Robert McCloskey: the Unknown Artist.

The paintings in this exhibit are very different from the artwork found in McCloskey's beloved books, such as Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings and One Morning in Maine.The selection depicts family life, kids at play, scenes from vacations in Mexico, Spain and Portugal, and various animals and birds.  Most of the works are in oil and a few in acrylic.

Jane McCloskey will give a presentation on her father's use of design at the library on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 PM.  He used a system called dynamic symmetry, which is based on the "Golden Rectangle" and other rectangles with particular proportions. Jane says that she believes that dynamic symmetry makes her father's work both bold and precise.
According to Sally McCloskey, in this selection of paintings, which date from 1945 through the 1980's, "One can see how he went from representational to geometric to abstract forms of painting." The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours for the month of July. For more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
Beyond Labels: A Roundtable Discussion Group
The public is invited to join the Library's weekly discussion group on current issues, Beyond Labels.Labels The group meets on Mondays, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Each week they discuss topics selected from a range of local, state, and national issues, policies or events.

The group was founded with particular goals in mind: to provide a forum for sharing and expanding participants' knowledge of the selected topic; to encourage a robust discussion of different perspectives on the topic; and identify areas of "common ground" as well as areas of disagreement among the participants.

The group usually chooses a topic for the following week, but sometimes, when the day rolls around, discussion leads to a more urgent topic or is allowed to veer where it will go. The topic selected for next Monday is ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) For more information contact the Library at 374-5515 or check the group's website at

If you would like to join the group or just listen in as a trial,
stop by any Monday at 10:30.
More From Design By Hand
This month in the Britton Gallery and Roland Howard Room, the library is featuring "analog draftsmanship" from a variety of local architects.Design There are many works on exhibit as well as a drafting table and tools. Our appreciation goes to Brooksville architect, Eric Chase, for organizing the show which will be coming down next Monday.  
Submission by Hub White of Deer Isle to a national architect competition for school buildings.

Designs for science wing renovations at George Stevens Academy by Lauren Reiter of Reiter Architecture and Design in Brooklin.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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