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This month in the Britton Gallery

Broken Rainbow, hand felted merion/ mohair/ mixed breed wool from the current show, Works in Wool by Melissa Mattes (through October 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Vases by Carolyn Mayher from the current exhibit, Mayher & Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots (Through November 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Cute Cat Postcard, from the current show, Things Discovered in Returned Books at the Blue Hill Public Library (Through August 31)
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime for kids ages 2 to 5: Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:15
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3: in the Howard Room Wednesdays 10:30 to noon.
Reader Dog (sign up for a slot): Tuesdays 3:10 to 4:40 and Saturdays 10:30 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:
First Saturday of the month 10:30 AM to noon.
Ongoing Adult Events
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30 Click here for topics.
Play Reading: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM
Film Series: 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM
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 Caine Mutiny starring Humphrey Bogart THIS THURSDAY! October 23 at 7:00 PM, part of the Friends of the Library Film series, usually on the second Thursday of the month.Events More info here.
  • The Celebrity Spelling Bee THIS FRIDAY! See below.
New BHPL T-Shirts!

You already knew that you could look smart in our BHPL baseball caps. And many of you use our handy tote bag.TSHIRT Now you can be a Library All-Star in the new BHPL T-shirt printed on organic cotton by Liberty Graphics. The shirts have only been available a short time, but they are going like hot-cakes. And at $15 each, they are one of the best deals in town. Want to make it even better?  You can have one for FREE when you sign up for a monthly contribution of $10 or more to the library's Four Seasons Giving program. Yes, you read that right, FREE!

Shirts are available at the circulation desk. Want  one mailed to you? contact Rich Boulet, Library Director, Supplies are somewhat limited right now, but new shirts are on the way.

Pictured above: Library aficionadi Tammy Vu and children sport some fresh fruit and the new BHPL shirt in the Larchwood Room.
Celebrity Spelling Bee Friday!

The days are getting shorter, the nights are starting to get cold. Maybe your chickens have stopped laying.Bee Plus, there's that long list of things you meant to get done over the summer, but didn't, nagging at you. Face it, you could use a laugh. The BHPL Celebrity Spelling Bee is just what you need!  Friday night at the Bay School's Emlen Hall.  Doors open at 6:30.  Refreshments served.  Adults $15 (includes 1 glass wine); Students $5; Kids 12 and under free.  See you there!
Trick or Read!
The Library will again be celebrating Halloween with "Trick or Read" for children.Trick Kids in costume may stop in at the library anytime between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Halloween, Friday, October 31, and choose a free BOO-K! Books for all ages of kids will be available, from board books for babies to chapter books for the older set. Photos will be taken that can be picked up at a later date. For more information call Pat at 374-5515.

Opera Preview: Carmen
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 31, at the Blue Hill Public Library.Carmen A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, November 1st, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Don Josť and Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role of Bizet's "Carmen." Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
According to the Met, "Richard Eyre's mesmerizing production of Bizet's steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don Josť, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another."

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.
More From Mayher & Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots
Thanks to Bill and Caroline Mayher for this wonderful exhibit in the Howard Room Glass Cases-- the image below shows one of 5 exhibit cases featuring Caroline's pottery in the Japanese tradition and Bill's fish sculptures from salt cured wood gathered on islands.Mayher The exhibit will continue through the end of November, so there is still time to stop by and see it.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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