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This month in the Britton Gallery

Oil on canvas, from the current show, For Love of Horses: An Introspective of color, by Jennifer White (through December 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Detail from the watercolor accordion book, Late Afternoon on the Beach, from the show, Book Arts: Uniques by Marcia Stremlau (Through December 31) 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Doll from India, from  Katie Marshall Greenman's International Doll Exhibit (Through December 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 this special edition of library events newsletter! Please join us THIS SATURDAY! December 20, starting at 2:30 for the BHPL Friends of the Library Holiday Party. Below, you will find a detailed guide of the many events we have planned.  We hope you can make it!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- In this issue:
The Friends of the Library 2014 Holiday Party in detail:
Saturday, December 20
All times approximate: 
2:30 - Party Time!
The doors are flung open and partygoers stream in and begin enjoying refreshments, and chatting with their

2:45 - Noel Paul Stookey
For the last several years, folk music icon Noel Paul Stookey (formerly of Peter, Paul and Mary) has kicked off the festivities with songs and stories.  Last year he led us in a singalong rendition of Puff the Magic Dragon, during which he was accompanied by a child from the audience.  We are more than thrilled to have Noel start off our holiday party. 

3:15 - GSA Jazz Combo! Year after year, the George Stevens Academy music program, under the direction of Steve Orlofsky, nurtures some of the finest young musical talent in the state.  The Period One Jazz Combo, GSA's honors band, will play a brief set from their repertoire.  This is a great chance to see what the GSA music program is up to this year. and enjoy jazz in a great setting.

4:15 - Two options:

Magician Peter Boie!
In the Main Reading Room, the magician for non-believers, Peter Boie, will put on a stunning magic show "for kids from 4 to 104!"  From kids to teens, parents and grandparents, everyone will enjoy the show.   Peter first learned magic by checking a book out from his hometown public library in Topsham so you know he's a good guy.  He has delighted BHPL audiences in the past and we are pleased to invite him back. For some fun videos of his work check his website.

Dickens' A Christmas Carol
  This dramatic reading of the beloved classic is a Blue  Hill Library tradition started over a decade ago by the late Ed Schneider.  This year, in the Howard Room, Michael Donahue and his merry band of actors, Wendy Schweikert, Robert Burke, and Patrick Harris, will entertain their audience with a reading of the Dickens' classic play. (Ed liked to read the part of Scrooge with a pair of boxer shorts on his head as he is show here from a 2005 photo!)  Special thanks to Margret Baldwin for her inspired papier-mâché fireplace for the set.

5:00 - Three Options:
Carols with Holly Bartlett Weinberg! In the Main Reading Room, Holly, a local piano teacher who has taught a generation of aspiring musicians, will lead carolers in song.

Magic Workshop with Peter Boie 
Sign up during the party with Pat Horton!  Peter will teach simple magic tricks to a limited number of students (7 and older) who will be able to perform immediately following this hands-on magic workshop for kids, Some free magic props will be given out.  Who knows, maybe the next generation of magicians will get their start at the 2014 Friends of the Blue Hill Library Holiday Party!


Ornament Workshop with Pat Horton  
Pat will show kids how to make old fashioned pomanders using clementines and cloves.  Ornaments can be taken home afterwards.

 Lastly, please consider bringing a wrapped toy to put under the tree..    
Toys will be distributed to local children through the Tree of Life and the Emmaus Center.  Gifts should be marked with the intended age and gender of the recipient. 
Our young patrons have been making ornaments for the tree all week!
Thank You 48 Times!
There are many reasons that people give to the Blue Hill Library.thanks For some it's being able to check their email at midnight in the parking lot. Maybe it's because the library feeds their new obsession: audio books.  For many young families it is having a place to go where everyone is welcome and can have fun. It could be that day they needed to fax timely documents, or apply to a job online, or print their plane tickets. Sometimes it is in honor of staff members who go above and beyond. Whatever the reason, your donations make the library possible and we are grateful for the support.  There are only two weeks left to do your part! We have reached $99,000 which is 75% of our $132,000 goal. We still need you!  Donate now.

Thank you to the following who have made a recent contribution to the 2014 Annual Appeal since last week.  We are extremely grateful to you for your support and encouragement:

Andrew Abrams & Ann Sterling * Anonymous * Michelle Berger * Tom Batt & Galen Davis * Ms. Carole Beal * Elizabeth Brunner * Robert Burns & Gary Schiro * Ian & Meg Chittenden * Steve & Sandy Collier * Ken & Marnie Reed Crowell * Martin & Semena Curlik * Barbara Damrosch & Eliot Coleman * Joel & Ruth Davis * Donald H. Dwyer * Don & Merrie Eley * Sam & Linda Emerson * Mr. & Mrs. Alan Greenfield * Ms. Phyllis Hamabe * Eckley & Caroline Herrick * Glenn & Laura Hill * Peter & Valorie Jandreau * Fran Jennings * Ned & Judith Keenan * Peter Kleban * Susan Lees * Serge Liros * Catherine Thompson & Edward Manuel * Mr. & Mrs. Calvin  Massey * Maria Matthews & Michael Scott * Peg & Stan Myers * Richard & Lorna Nutt * Jean Olivett * Jen & Dan Perry * Renata & Mark Scarano * Elsie Sealander * Dorrance & Patty Sexton * Mrs. Colleen B. Spangler * Stanley Family Foundation * Sarah & James Talalay * Ms. Charlotte Taylor * Susan S. Taylor * Chris & Frank Wanning * Caroline Werth * Seth Wrightington    

Please contact Shelley Latham our Development Associate with any errors, omissions or questions about your giving history: 374-5515 ext 16 or

Other Events This Week...
  • The Library's monthly series of free Art Adventures for adults and interested teens continues TOMORROW, THURSDAY, December 18 at 7:00 PM with a program about singing, with Sarah Schneider, Our Voice, Mine and Yours. More info
  • 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 THIS FRIDAY! December 19, here in the Library's Howard Room. More info here.
  • The public is invited to a book launch THIS FRIDAY! December 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, of Swimming Home, a new children's book written by Susan Hand Shetterly and illustrated by Rebekah Raye. More info here.


Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
We are happy to help!