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This month in the Britton Gallery

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

Rhinoceros, 1823, woodblock print from the current exhibit, Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature (Through August 31)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Benitoite, a rare blue gem mineral only found in a few places in the world, from San Benito County, California, from the collection of Leda Beth Gray (Through August 31)
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: in the town park or if it rains at the Library, Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon  
Summer Reading Program: -- sign up at the Library.
Sensational Saturday Science: Activities for kids as part of the summer reading program 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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 Events This Week...
  • Just a reminder: there is no Kneisel Hall Children's Concert this week.  Look for them to be back with a concert next week, Wednesday July 30 at 4:30
  • Maine authors Ayelet Waldman and Christina Baker Kline will read from their new historical novels TOMORROW! Wednesday July 23 at 7:00 PM. Ayelet Waldman's new book is Love and Treasure.  Christina Baker Kline's new book is Orphan Train. Books will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books.  
  • The Library invites children who love science and heroes to join Tony Sohns, Maine's Natural History Educator Guru for a special program THIS THURSDAY!, July 24 at 10:45 AM. Tony will bring specimens of wildlife that were discovered and researched by his own science heroes. The program is free but space is limited so registration is required. Please register using our web calendar  or by calling the Library at 374-5515. 
  •  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 Library THIS THURSDAY! July 24 at 7:00 PM. 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.
  • THIS SATURDAY July 26 at 2:00 PM, Ethan Snyder, a 14 year old author who is a summer resident on Molasses Pond in Eastbrook, Maine, will read from his book, Best Friends: The Adventures of Squirrel and Chipmunk in Maine. Squirrel and Chipmunk live in Maine, and when a wildfire burns down their home, they set off for Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, and calamity and hilarity follow. They have a series of adventures that entertain while teaching about loyalty and friendship. This program is for all ages. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  •  The public is invited to an opening reception for a special exhibit, Master Sculptor: Edward J. Fraughton, on Saturday, July 26, 4:30 to 7:00 PM. The exhibit features mainly western-themed sculptures for which Fraughton is well-known. Regular exhibit hours start Monday July 28 and will go through Saturday August 23. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of Robert Baird and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in Utah.  
Partners, by Edward J. Fraughton, 9.75 inches high, cast bronze. 
Paint the Peninsula Auction a "Big Success"

The Fourth Annual Paint the Peninsula Fundraiser was a big success.paint Thanks to all the talented artists for creating such wonderful work, all the enthusiastic attendees, and the many volunteers who make this event possible.  We sold over $20,000 worth of art, raising $13,000 for the Library.  Works not sold on Saturday are still available for purchase at the library until the end of the month. Look for it on display in the main room!
A Life Line of Color: Artwork By Dottie Hayes
The Library is pleased to present A Life Line of Color: Artwork by Dottie Hayes during the month of August.Hayes The show will consist of recent work in watercolors and high fire enamel on copper, and will be highlighted with a reception and celebration on the occasion of Ms. Hayes' 90th birthday, on Tuesday August 5, from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. The public is invited!

Ms. Hayes was born in New York City and raised in Portland, Maine. She says, "Drawing, coloring, painting, designing were every day 'things to do' as early as I can remember. My mother was an artist so I grew up surrounded by all the entrancing 'tools' of creativity."   She has a BA in Art and Literature from Bennington College. She also studied drawing at the Portland School of Art, and has attended a number of workshops over the years at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle.
Cover Harbor, high fire enamel on copper.

Dottie was a UNICEF consultant in art in Malawi in the 1990's and has exhibited in Colombia, Nigeria, and Malawi, as well as New York City; and locally in Camden, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, and Ellsworth.

She raised 6 children while living abroad with her late husband Dr. Guy Scull Hayes, and now has 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. "During those times when life was very full with children, moving to and  living in challenging places, I painted whenever I could - often engaging the children in projects at home and teaching art at their school."

The show will be available for viewing during Library hours for the month of August. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.
Author Event: Connecting with Nature in an Island Landscape
Local authors Anneli Carter-Sundqvist and Kathie Fiveash, who each live and work on islands off the Blue Hill Peninsula will read from their new books, A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle, and The Island Naturalist, at the Library on
Monday July 28 at 6:30 PM.island

In her book, a collection of blogs, Anneli Carter-Sundqvist takes the reader through a whole year of living on a self-sufficient, off-the-grid homestead on Deer Isle. She and her husband Dennis live in a small cabin, heat and cook with wood, grow a whole year's supply of food, raise pigs and chickens, provide their own building materials, garden amendments and energy. In the summers they run the only hostel on the Maine coast: the Deer Isle Hostel, providing budget accommodation and positive-impact living education for hundreds of travelers each year.

Kathie Fiveash is a lifelong naturalist. For twenty years she was a classroom teacher and spent her free time exploring the mountains, woods, fields, ponds, lakes and rivers of New England. She earned a master's degree in environmental studies and eventually moved to Isle au Haut, where she writes a column for the local newspaper. The Island Naturalist is a compilation of four years of her columns, arranged by season, and is a reference to help readers explore their own connections to nature on the coast of Maine.

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is program is co-sponsored by the Library and the Deer Isle Hostel. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.  
Author Event: Name Your Poison
The Library is pleased to present Name Your Poison: A
Cookbook Writer, a Food Historian, and a Culinary Mystery Writer Talk About Food and Crime - and Food that is a Crime, on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 PM. The public is invited to join Maine authors Brooke Dojny, Sandy Oliver and Katherine Hall Page for a fun-filled evening.poison

Brooke Dojny
The authors will each introduce themselves and talk about their individual takes on food, then will have a panel discussion revolving around such topics as famous food poisoners, myths about various foods being poisonous, food trends, regrettable foods and food crimes such as adulteration of foods, bottled water and the shrinking sizes of packaging. Brooke Dojny will bring "food that is not a crime" for refreshments, namely spiced hermit bar cookies and home-made lemonade.   

Sandy Oliver
Brooke Dojny is the author or co-author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including
Lobster!, Dishing Up Maine, and The New England Clam Shack Cookbook.  Sandy Oliver is a food historian knowledgeable in American food history from Colonial through modern times. She has a new cookbook, Maine Home Cooking.  Katherine Hall Page is the award winning author of the Faith
Fairchild mystery series.

Katherin Hall Page
This event is sponsored by the  Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Books by all three authors will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Kids' Author Event/ Workshop:
Rebekah Raye and Kim Ridley

Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to sign-up for a special writing and drawing workshop with artist Rebekah Raye and writer Kim Ridley at the Library on Thursday, July 31 from 9:30 to noon.pool The workshop will be based on Rebekah and Kim's recent book, The Secret Pool.

The Secret Pool was one of four books to win the Maine Library Association's Lupine Award in 2014. The Secret Pool introduces young readers to vernal pool habitat as the voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons. "Fun facts" about these seasonal wetlands and the creatures that live there appear in sidebars. Kids learn how these overlooked wetlands play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment.

This workshop is free but registration is required. Participants can sign up using the Library's interactive web calendar or call the library at 374-5515.
Author Event: The Inquisitor's Diary
Local author Jeffrey Lewis will read from and discuss his new novel, The Inquisitor's Diary, at the Library on Thursday, July 31 at 7:00 PM.inquisitor The story begins in Mexico City in 1649, and is told through the journal entries of Fray Alberto, a zealous member of the Spanish Inquisition. Out of favor with the powers that be, he is sent on a mission to retrieve heretics and bring them before a tribunal and is surprised to find himself forming a bond with a mute prisoner.  Kirkus Reviews called the novel "A succinct gem of literary fiction."

Jeffrey Lewis is the author of Meritocracy: A Love Story, The Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show, and Adam the King - four interlinking novels that together comprise The Meritocracy Quartet - and Berlin Cantata. He won two Emmys for writing and producing Hill Street Blues. He lives in Los Angeles and Castine, Maine.

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515. 
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