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This month in the Britton Gallery

Turkeys, from the current show, Robert McCloskey: the Unknown Artist (through July 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Spider, woodblock print from the current exhibit, Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature (Through Aug. 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Serprentine from the San Francisco Bay Area, from the collection of Leda Beth Gray. If you look carefully, you can see slickensides (scrapes from movement of the rocks in a fault zone) (Through August 31)
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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: in the town park or if it rains at the Library, 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.
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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...
  •  Join us for the fourth Kneisel Hall Children's Concert, 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! Wednesday, July 16, 4:30  All ages are welcome!
  • Local author Barbara Lawrence will read from and discuss her new book, Islands of Time, at the Library THIS THURSDAY, July 17 at 7:00 PM.  This fictional story is about a young girl vacationing in Bar Harbor who falls in love with a local boy, a relationship considered taboo at the time. Books will be available for sale and signing. 
  • The weekly Friends of the Library book sale continues THIS SATURDAY! from 10AM to 2PM in the Library's basement "Book Nook."
  •  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! July 19 from 10:30 to noon.  Kids will create their own fantastical science fiction story with aliens, space creatures and monsters-- wild imaginations required!
  • The Library will be closing at 2:00 PM this Saturday to get ready for our fresh paint auction fundraiser, Paint the Peninsula! 
Paint the Peninsula Original Art Auction Fundraiser- this Saturday
Works in progress by Corey Paradise from last year's event.

Only 4 days to PAINT THE PENINSULA the library's largest and most exciting fundraiser. PtheP Eighty artists will plant their easels and sharpen their pencils to capture the beauty of the day this Saturday, July 19th. Their finished works will be exhibited and sold at a reception and silent auction at the Library from 4:30-7pm.  Admission to the event is a suggested $10, kids and participating artists are free.  Admission fee includes wine and refreshments.  Music is provided by Bill Schubeck on the piano.

Proceeds are shared between the library and the artists-- most donate 50% of the sale and some do more.  Winning bids support both our vibrant arts community and provide much needed operating funds for the Blue Hill Public Library.  Beautiful art at a fun party for a great cause.  Unsold work will remain for sale at the library through the end of July.

Special thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for sponsoring the event.  For more information:  374-5515
Author Event: Ayelet Waldman & Christina Baker Kline
Maine authors Ayelet Waldman and Christina Baker Kline will read from their new historical novels at the Library on Wednesday July 23 at 7:00 They will also discuss their approaches to writing historical novels.

Ayelet Waldman's new book is Love and Treasure. The story is built around the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train of World War II, a train full of treasures that had been taken from Jewish families. The train was captured by American soldiers and the story follows the man who is put in charge of guarding the train and a pendant that was on the train.

Christina Baker Kline's new book is Orphan Train, about trains that ran from the cities of the East Coast to the farms of the Midwest between 1859 and 1929 carrying abandoned children to uncertain futures and possible servitude.  In the story an older woman, who was one of these children and lives in Maine, bonds with a young Penobscot girl who was also an abandoned child.

This event is cosponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books. Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Science Heroes
The Library invites children who love science and heroes to join Tony Sohns, Maine's Natural History Educator Guru for a special program on Thursday, July 24 at 10:45 AM.heroes  Tony will bring specimens of wildlife that were discovered and researched by his own science heroes.

Tony Sohns has brought his science programs to audiences from Seattle to Searsport, along with his infectious enthusiasm for anything that creeps, crawls, slithers, hops or flies.  A native of Bucksport, Maine, Sohns co-founded Oregon State University's Bug Zoo outreach program and served as assistant curator of the arthropod collection. Among his many credits, he has been a presenter, along with Bill Nye the Science Guy, at the Cavalcade of Science, and has presented a workshop, "Insects Spanning the Curriculum," at the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute in Arizona.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Leaping Literacy Camp of School Union 93.  It is free and open to the public but registration is required.  Call the Library at 374-5515 or visit the Library's events calendar at to reserve a space. 
An Ecology of Shelter
Local builder Jim Bannon of Village Green Timber Frames will present a talk, An Ecology of Shelter: Crafting Natural Homes with Local Materials, at the on Thursday July 24 at 7:00 PM.ecology  Jim has been working for more than a decade to design and build houses that address the impacts and challenges of construction in an age of climate change, resource depletion, and ecological degradation.

In his talk, Jim will discuss ways of building houses that rely on local natural materials and craftsmanship rather than mass-produced industrial products.  Specifically, he will address how natural building techniques such as stone foundations, timber-framed structures, earthen floors, natural plasters, and passive solar designs can create durable, beautiful houses, while growing local economies, and benefiting native ecologies.

According to Jim, "I specialize in timber framed buildings because they are strong, durable, beautiful, use local materials, and belong to a thousand-year tradition that has demonstrated their worth as shelter beyond any question." Jim lives in Blue Hill with his wife Tanya and children Clementine and Guthrie.

There is no charge for this event, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Special Exhibit: Master Sculptor Edward J. Fraughton
Starting Monday July 28 the Library will host a special exhibit, Master Sculptor: Edward J. Fraughton, featuring mainly western-themed sculptures for which he is well-known. FraughtonThe exhibit is made possible through the generosity of Robert Baird and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in Utah. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, July 26, 4:30 to 7:00 PM.

Edward J. Fraughton is a native of Park City, Utah. Interested in art from an early age, he went on to study and complete a BFA and post graduate studies at the University of Utah under the renowned Beaux Arts sculptor, Dr. Avard T. Fairbanks, who had been in turn, a student of James Earl Fraser. Fraughton has done many high profile monuments, including the Spirit of Wyoming for the Wyoming State Capitol Building, a full-figure portrait of John Wayne for the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, and The Ancient Ones (Anasazi) Monument located in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

According to Fraughton, his primary inspiration "comes out of America's sculptural Renaissance, a period of Neoclassical architecture and art lasting from the early 1800's until the 1940's." His studio is located in West Jordan, Utah.

The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Library's main room downstairs during library hours from July 28 to August 23. For more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
From Last Week's Nature Journal Workshop...

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