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This month in the Britton Gallery

Space Between, from the current show, Works in Wool by Melissa Mattes (through October 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Three Curlews, by Bill Mayher, from the current exhibit, Mayher and Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots (through November 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

A $100,000 "fun bucks" play money bill, with a special note on it saying "not negotiable,"  from the current exhibit, Things Discovered in Returned Books at The Blue Hill Public Library (Through October 31)
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime for kids up to age 4: Taking a vacation
-- will be back Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 AM Starting October 7

Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3:in the Howard Room, Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon

Chess Club for kids 7 and up: Fridays 3:00 to 3:45 PM when school is in session.

LEGO Club for kids 7 to 12:
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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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 Library will host an "illustrated music lecture" about the great American singers Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett by Michael Paul Lund of Serendipity Recordings
    THIS THURSDAY October 2 at 7:00 PM. More info
  • Fall Children's programs start this week, with Chess Club, for ages 7 and up THIS FRIDAY! October 3 from 3:00 to 3:45 PM. And LEGO Club, for ages 7 to 12 starts THIS SATURDAY! October 4, 10:30 to noon. More info here and here.
  • Reader Dog is back starting THIS SATURDAY October 4,  10:30 to noon! Young and emerging readers are invited to sign up for a 20 minute session. Call or visit the Library to sign up (374-5515). More info here.
Monthly Book Sale This Saturday
The Friends of the Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale THIS SATURDAY! October 4 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 10:00 AM to 2:00
Donations have been pouring in so there will be lots of new titles. Rolling Cart Specials will include a small collection of books by and about Irish authors, and a set of paperback novels by Patrick O'Brian.
These aren't even all the books that will be in the next sale!

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep us supplied in quality books.  Guidelines for donations may be found at Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library, and to make special purchases of books, dvds, etc., and equipment for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
Poetry Reading
Award-winning poet Paul Nemser will read from his two recently published books of poetry at the Library on Thursday October 9 at 7:00 PM.poetry Refreshments will be served.

Taurus won the 2011 New American Poetry Prize. About it, the Huffington Post said: "It takes place in St Petersburg, that mad city of frost, hallucination, and winter tulips, and tells the story of a bull gargoyle inhabited by a god, who comes down off a building, gets a job as a bouncer, and falls in love with a fashion model named Europa."

Tales of the Tetragrammaton, a chapbook of prose poetry, was published in August. In it he reaches into his own childhood memories to explore the mystery at the heart of ordinary life. "It is at once an evocation of a Jewish family's life in suburban Portland, Oregon in the 1950's, with its bowling alleys, formica countertops, and TVs, and a search for meaning and transcendence in the spirit of Jewish mysticism."

Nemser has published poetry widely in magazines such as AGNI, Poetry, and Tupelo Quarterly, and his work is forthcoming in the London Review of Books. He recently had the featured poem of the week at In the 1970's he was co-translator of two books of Ukrainian poetry, one of which won a PEN Translation Award. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Cambridge, MA and Harborside, ME.

For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview: Macbeth
Guiseppe Verdi's opera Macbeth comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, October 11, by live simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.macbeth To help music lovers prepare for this event, the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will join together to introduce and study this theatrical journey at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 10  at the Blue Hill Public Library.

"Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth in the Met's production, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lučić's doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble's chilling production of Verdi's masterful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts."

Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Frogtown Mt. Puppets: Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow
The Library is bringing the perennial favorite Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers back to Blue Hill to do a performance of The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, on Saturday, October 11 at 2:00 PM in the Bay School's Emlen Hall.headless In this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel.
Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a small puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor consisting of three siblings - Erik and Brian Torbeck and Robin Erlandsen. Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers has performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres in the United States and Canada.   They write and create all the shows they perform and have received three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, admission for the puppet show is free. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, call Pat at 374-5515.
Art Exhibit: Works in Wool
A series of works by Sedgwick fiber artist Melissa Mattes will be displayed in the Library's Britton Gallery during the month of  The exhibit, Works in Wool, will feature hand felted and hand dyed fiber paintings.
"Laundry Day"

A felt maker since 2004, Melissa has continued her work with fiber most recently by using organic dyes to hand dye Maine Nash Island wool.  Hand dyeing has allowed her to develop her own color palette as well as better represent the natural colors of Maine. Her works are made primarily with the traditional wet felting method, along with some needle felting and embroidery.  Recent works incorporate found objects along with some hand dyed fiber to create more aesthetically and conceptually diverse images.
"Fall Forest"

Melissa was born and raised in the Philadelphia area among a family of artists. After graduating from Marlboro College in Vermont, she moved to Texas where her first interest in working with wool began.  In 1996, Melissa and her family moved to Maine. After working with a local fiber artist, Susan Barrett Merrill, Melissa was captivated by the magic of felting.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting October 1st. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Candidate Forum
Candidates for Hancock County District Attorney and new State House District 133 (Blue Hill, Brooklin Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick and Surry) will meet the public in a Q&A forum at the  Library, Tuesday, October 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 Joining the forum are District Attorney candidates, Bill Entwisle and Matt Foster, who will speak beginning at 6:30; and District 133 House candidates, Ralph Chapman and Susan Walsh, who will speak beginning at 7:30. The forum will be moderated by Nat Barrows, publisher and editor of the Penobscot Bay Press.
Citizens are urged to attend and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Hancock County and the State of Maine.  

There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions to be presented by the moderator.    This event is sponsored by the Library, the Hancock County Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Ellsworth American, and the League of Women Voters Downeast. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
An additional candidates forum  is scheduled to be held at the Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium on Monday, October 20 that will include Ted Koffman and Brian Langley, who are competing for the new State Senate District 7 (district map here), State House candidates from the Ellsworth area.  This event will begin at 6:00 PM. More info here.  
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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