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This month in the Britton Gallery

Follow Me Serenade, oil on canvas, from the current show, For Love of Horses: An Introspective of color, by Jennifer White (through December 30)
In the Howard Room Cases

Detail from September on the Cape, watercolor on paper, by Marcia Stremlau (Through November 30) 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Doll  from Japan, from  Katie Marshall Greenman's International Doll Exhibit (Through December 30)
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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Kids can stop by and help make ornaments for the tree this week!
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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 Friends of the Library Film Series continues Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 PM with Airplane (1980), starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna More info here.
  • Kids can stop by the Larchwood Children's room any time this week and help make ornaments for the tree!
Thanks To This Week's Donors...

Three weeks until we close 2014, which means three weeks to balance our fiscal books.donors We still need to raise $44,000 to meet our budget. Like many non-profits, most of our donations come in the last few weeks of December.  Every year it's a nail-biter and every year our loyal patrons come through. If you haven't given yet this year (or ever)-- now is the time!  Donate now.

This week the following 43 households donated $3,350 bringing us closer to our goal of $132,000. We are grateful for your support.
Kate & Sherwood Anderson * Muriel T. Asbornsen * Mr. Paul G. Birdsall * Lynne & Farnham Blair * Nancy Bos * Don & Deb Christian * Janet P. Clarke * Shirley Crumm * John & Mary Jo Davies * Nancy Dontzin * Susan & Tim Farrar * George & Patricia Fowler * Jane Garfield * Hendrik Gideonse * Terry & Sally Gray * Frank & Wanda Henry * William & Eileen Mulliken * Pamela H. Holden * Deborah Jones & John Engel * Mr. Helmut Juretschke * Andrew & Nancy Kandutsch * John Ruger & Dee Kneisley * Scott & Maryanne  Koester * Shelley Latham & Kenton Jakub * Lesley A. Litwiller & Jonathan L. Smallidge * Mircea & Barbara Manicatide * Carol Ann McNeal * Marilyn Miller * William & Carolyn Mor * Eileen & Bill Mulliken * Rita O'Brien * Susan O'Connor * Robert J. Publicover * Don & Gwen Reiman * Daniel & Deborah Reinke * Elizabeth Rodgers & Jeanna Leclerc * Norman & Donna Scheutzow * Herbert Seltz * Jose M. Soriano * Louise Vialle * Mary Wadleigh * Mr. & Mrs. Norman Whyte * Robin G. Wilder    

Please contact Shelley Latham our Development Associate with any errors, omissions or questions about your giving history:
374-5515 ext 16 or
Holiday Party December 20
The public is invited to the annual Friends of the Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 20, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM.Party This year's event will offer something for everyone! The entertainment will kick off at 2:45 with songs and stories from Noel Paul Stookey, who has delighted audiences as a member of Peter, Paul and Mary for a generation, as well as for the last several years at this annual event.  Noel will be followed at 3:15 by the talented jazz stylings of the GSA Period One Jazz Combo.

Next up at 4:00 PM, party-goers will have a choice of the always entertaining dramatic reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or magician Peter Boie, who will blow your hair back with a stunning show. After these events, at 5:00 will be another tough choice: a special magic workshop with Peter Boie, singing carols with Holly Bartlett Weinberg, or an ornament making activity with Pat Horton. There will be the usual array of refreshments, cookies and more cookies. Extra snacks or goodies are always welcome if you want to bring something to share.

Party-goers are asked to consider bringing a wrapped gift for a child, labeled with age and gender appropriateness. Gifts can be dropped off at the Library anytime through the day of the party. The gifts will be donated to the Tree of Life and The Emmaus Center where they will be distributed to families in need.

The party is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For more information call the Library on 374-5515.
Play Reading: An Inspector Calls
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer.Inspector This month the group will read An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley.

  The play premiered in 1945 and takes place on one night in 1912, in a comfortable well-to-do neighborhood. A policeman questions the family of a young woman, who has apparently committed suicide, revealing their parts in her exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, leading to her killing herself.

The group welcomes inexperienced and experienced readers alike. The only criteria are the love of plays and the joy of reading them aloud among like-minded theater fans. For further information, contact the Blue Hill Library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248 (or
Book Launch: Swimming Home
The public is invited to a book launch at the Library on Friday December 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Swimming Home, a new children's book written by Susan Hand Shetterly and illustrated by Rebekah Raye has just been released!swimming Susan will do a reading and Rebekah will demonstrate illustration techniques. All ages are welcome.

"The story follows a school of fish (river herring, or alewives) on a journey of hundreds of miles, escaping porpoises, seals, eagles, and herons. It is also the moving story of a boy and his father who see the fish stopped just short of their goal by a new road, and transport them across the last hundred feet." The book is part of a series at Tilbury House that "brings the natural world to life for young readers without anthropomorphizing animals," and aims for "the highest standards of scientific accuracy and storytelling magic."

Susan has won two Maine Arts Commission fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and The Maine Literary Award for Best Nonfiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2011. Her children's books have been recognized as notable books in the fields of science and social studies by the Children's Book Council, NSTA.  

Rebekah is a well-known painter and sculptor of animal art. She is the author and illustrator of The Very Best Bed, which won a Maine Literary Award from the Maine Publishers Alliance and Bear-ly There, winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, and has illustrated other children's books including the award-winning Secret Pool by Kim Ridley. A native of Tennessee, Rebekah lives in East Blue Hill, Maine, and interacts daily with animals domestic and wild, which provide inspiration for her art. She also teaches workshops for adults and children.

Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, please call Pat at 374-5515.
Our Voice: Mine and Yours
The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues on Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM with a program-- Our Voice: Mine and Yours with local singer and voice teacher Sarah Schneider.Sarah

In this hour-long program Sarah will sing a handful of songs, accompanied by pianist Jackie Pike.  There will be a "sing-along" featuring simple songs and rounds, to celebrate the season, and a brief discussion of the power of song and singing on our lives as individuals and as communities.

Sarah Schneider has been living, singing and teaching singing in the Blue Hill area, for the past four years, having moved "back" here from Pennsylvania and before that, Portland, ME. She sings in groups, including Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County's "Evensong" at the bedsides of those nearing the end of life, and has sung solo work in many styles - classical, Broadway, folk, and church music.

Sarah says she is pleased to live in such a "great area where there are so many ways to get together with so people who love music and singing."  Sarah is a graduate of George Stevens Academy and has a Bachelor of Music Education from Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.  For more call the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview:Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Richard Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 19, at the Blue Hill Public LibraryMeister. An encore of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following week, on Saturday, December 27, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Johan Botha as Walther von Stolzing in a Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg." Photo: Beatriz Schiller/Metropolitan Opera

"James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy-back at the Met for the first time in eight years-about a group of Renaissance "master singers" whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art."

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 Book Arts: Uniques
More images from Marcia Stremlau's exhibit in the Howard Room cases-- Book Arts: Uniques. The "books' are often three dimensional with elements that stand out of the rest of the work.  

Herb's Highway, watercolor accordion book.
Detail from Herb's Highway
October in Umbria, watercolor accordion book.

Detail from October in Umbria
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