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This month in the Britton Gallery

Le Cheval, mixed media on panel, 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, Henry's Road, from the show, Book Arts: Uniques by Marcia Stremlau (Through December 31)  
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Doll from Tobago, 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 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.

2014 Annual Fund Drive: only two days left to donate!

Sometimes we get kind notes tucked into the donation envelopes.  Here are a couple that came in this week:

"We used the library this fall extensively.  It's a wonderful resource to the community, no matter where they live or how long they stay."Drive

"We wanted to support your ongoing mission to serve the surrounding community as an ever evolving resource. It gives  one a good feeling to be able to say to a visitor, "That's our library." Looking good is one thing-you've got that-but being good in another and you've got that too!  We're both pleased to be able to support , in a small way, the broad task you perform."

It truly has been a great year at the library, but it is quickly coming to a close. Before we can fully jump into 2015, we have to balance the budget for 2014. To do that we need $10,000 to reach our Appeal goal of $132,000.  We are very close, but we need your help.  If you haven't given yet this year, please consider making a donation to the library of any size.  Donate Now.
Join Four Seasons Giving: get a tee shirt!
If you would like to budget your donation to the library, you can through our Four Seasons Giving program. SeasonsEach month you make a manageable gift and we send you an acknowledgement in December, so $5/month becomes a $60 donation, $15 becomes $180! The other advantage is that you are in no risk of forgetting to support the library. There are many ways that you can make the payment and you can cancel at any time. Sign up at the $10 level and get a free BHPL tee shirt.  Details here.
Many thanks to recent donors!
Most of our donations come in during the last two weeks of the year. We are greatly honored by the support of the many patrons and businesses that contribute every year, including these recent donors:Thanks

Rinne Allen * Rainette Bannon * Richard & Gail Bartlett * Elvira Bass * Nancy W. Bauer * Aimee & Jim Church * The Becton Family Foundation. * Benjamin Moore & Co. * Sue & Stan Bergen * Jeannie S. Billings * Mr. & Mrs. Charles Boothby * Juanita Bruns * Leonard & Elizabeth Buck * Shirley & Jeff Cheeger * M. Harrison & Sarah A. Clark * Carolyn Coe * Jessica Booth & Ethan Coit * The Conlon Family * Ms. Virginia Dewing * Nina & William Doak * Yvan & Donna Dupuy * T.M. Emerson * Jacques & Rebecca Gagne * Peter Diemond & Jeanne Gaudette * Meta Goldin * Susan Greenlaw * Rich & Susie Gurin * Betsy & Roy Gutman * Harborview Apartments * June Harding * George & Jan Hartman * Nancy Hathaway * Joan MacCracken & Robert Holmberg * Don & Lee Holmes * Hans & Laurel Huber * Kat Hudson * Jill Scott-Conklin & Robert P. Conklin * Marcia & Ed Kennedy * Rebecca Kerchner * Gilbert & Rebecca Kerlin * Susan Kerwin * Mary Tyler Knowles & Laurence Flood * Dan & Jan Kopple * The Law Family: Ian, Wanda, Julia, Amy * Lucy Ledien * M.P. Peabody Fund * William L. MacDowell * Marge May * The Merle Grindle Agency * Erin & Nathaniel Meyer * Dee  Miller * T. J. Mueller * Ms. Julie Nicholson * James & Bonnie Paulas * Ruth & W. Lyman Phillips * Carol & Bob Plohr * Jane Ploughman & John Vincent * Reg & Janice Puckett * Florence Reed & Bruce Maanum * Robert B. Rettig * Lauren & Meredith Richardson * Ruth Robinson * Rooster Brother (George & Pamela Elias) * The Saams Family * Seachange Resources * William V. Shaw * Marti Siebert * Janet Simpson * E. V. Spelman * Autumn & Kyle Staples * Troy & Toni Staples * Bob & Tina Stephens * John R. Stiles * Noel Stookey & Betty Stookey * Katherine Strater * The Otter Foundation * Judith & Lowell Thomas * Jan Thomson & Bob Ivano * Jeff Titon & Masta Daniels * Jennifer & Andrew Traub * Mr. & Mrs. Fred Trimble * Win & Deb Turner * Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon * Marjorie & Alan Warner * Faith & Robert Webster * Zoe Weil & Edwin Barkdoll * Holbrook Williams * John & Nancy Wilson * Tracy Winthrop * Chris & Elizabeth Young   
1/2 Price Book Sale This Saturday
The Friends of the Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale THIS SATURDAY! January 3 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. All books will be half price and each child who comes may select a free book!sale

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the library supplied with quality book donations.  Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the 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 (guidelines at or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
Historic Photograph Exhibit
The Library will kick off a year of focus on local history with a historic photograph exhibit by the Penobscot Marine Museum, Hancock County Through Eastern's Eye, during the month of The Museum's photo archivist Kevin Johnson will present a talk about the exhibit on Thursday, January 15th at 7:00pm. 

A century ago the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company sent crews with box cameras into tiny northeastern towns telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.  Because of this, the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos are both aesthetically beautiful and historically important. 

"This exhibit definitely helps to keep our past present," says Kevin Johnson.   "People love to see what has changed, or not, over time.  And seeing photographs of their town in a travelling exhibit sparks a pride of place and an interest in local history." An online exhibit on the museum's website includes many additional Hancock County images.  

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine, New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives. The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.
The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting January 5. For more information, call the library at 374-5515, or go to
Start the New Year With A Clean Slate!
Library patrons who have overdue books and/or library fines on their consciences can start off the New Year with a clean slate.Amnesty The Library will be offering "Fine Amnesty Week" from Monday January 5 to Saturday January 10. During that time, patrons who bring back overdue items will not have to pay fines on those items.  In addition, for past overdue fines the Library staff is willing to negotiate-- Come in and make us an offer!" For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.

Film: Little Big Man
The Friends of the Library Film Series continues Thursday, January 8 at 7:00 PM with Little Big Man (1970), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, Martin Balsam, Fay Dunaway, and Chief Dan The film is about the life of a 121 year old man played by Hoffman who recounts his Wild West adventures to a historian. Hoffman's character is white but was adopted by Native Americans and so had perspectives on both Native and European Americans.

All films are shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room. The series occurs on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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