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This month in the Britton Gallery

The Triangle Filling Station, Ellsworth, Maine, from the historic photo exhibit, Hancock County Through Eastern's Eye by the Penobscot Marine Museum (through January 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Bracelet of Persian Minatures (on camel bone), bought in Rangoon, India, from the current exhibit, Miss Pearson Brings the World to Blue Hill (Through March 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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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...
  • Don't forget, this is Fine Amnesty Week (through Saturday January 10).events 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!"
  • Join the Friends of the Library for a showing of Little Big Man (1970), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, Martin Balsam, Fay Dunaway, and Chief Dan George, THIS THURSDAY! JANUARY 8 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
Take our Survey!

If you have just a few minutes, please consider taking our online survey about the Library's services and funding.survey Just click the link on the link on BHPL home page at More info about this is coming next week.  Thanks!
You did it! We passed our funding goal. Thank you, thank you!

DonorsWe asked for your help, and we got it. We even went over our goal of $132,000. We are extremely grateful to the over 700 households that contributed to our 2014 Annual Fund Drive.  There are many deserving organizations on the Peninsula and around the world, so we are honored to have your enthusiastic and generous support. All funds not used to balance the 2014 budget will be applied to our capital reserves and will be used for much-needed building maintenance and improvements.

Many thanks to these most recent donors!

Carole Beech * Mr. & Mrs. Scot A. Bell * Lucy Benjamin & Clifton Page * Gayle & Dana Burnett * Ruth  Billings * Holly Bixby * Joan & Richard Blumberg * Ellen V. Booraem * Kathryn E. Booth * Mrs. Louise Giguere Boulet * Elena Bourakovsky & Bill Raiten * Barbara Bramble * Betsy Braunhut * James and Terry Briggs * Ms. Barbara P. Broad * Mary Anne Caton & Kevin D. Murphy * Mr. & Mrs. Robert Clapp * Clements Family Charitable Trust * Henrietta T. Clews * Julia Cluett & Robert Shepley * Dan & Kate Coit * Mary Glassanos & George Crampton * Julianne & Darren Crispin * Edward & Elizabeth Curran * Christopher Dadian & Nina Davis * Patty Deetjen * The DellaTorre/Heggestad Family * David Dietrich * The Dillon Family * James Dinnan * J.A. Dixon & P.J. Dussault * James W. Dow * Mr. & Mrs. Bradford duPont * James Fay * Lawry Finsen * Bob & Nina Fleming * Ann Flewelling & Charles Read * FM Global Foundation * Francis & Louise Nichols Foundation * Lane Franz * G. M. Allen & Son, Inc. * Leda Beth Gray & David Drake * Elizabeth Gross * Susan & Charles Guilford * Dana & Howard Harrison * Sarah Heanssler * Elisabeth Heinicke & Michael Levin * Keith Herklotz * Judyth S. Herrick * Rich & Mary Howe * Nicholas Sichterman & Mariah Hughs * Mark Hurvitt * Ross Greenlaw and Beth Jackson * Mr. & Mrs. Eric Jacobssen * Anne & Ted Johnson * James & Marsha Kannry * Jeff & Shelley Kehl * Nico & Jessica Jenkins * Paul & Kip Perkinson * Anne Kisburg * Phillips & Karen Kuhl * Ronald & Lisa Lesko * Loriman & Lisa Looke * Patricia Lown & Patrick Trowbridge * Russ & Katie Magnuson * Phil & Linda Marean Glaser * James L. Markos, Jr. * Debra & Frank Marsteller * Diana Marston Wood * Sarah McCloskey * Dan & Nancy McGraw * Larry and Sandy McKenna * Jennifer Mitchell-Nevin * Mr. & Mrs. Norman Mrozicki * Ms. Constance Myrick * Sam & Jane Nesbitt * Marianne New * Joyce & Art Newkirk * Tony Nicholas * Gerald O'Grady * Steve, Carol & Kate Orlofsky * Charlie & Kathleen Osborn * Katrina Parson * Eugene & Laura Pellerano * Kathleen Podraza & Joe Perkins * Janice W. Prior-Crofoot * Roxanne Quimby * Kipp Quinby * Blasdel A. Reardon * Catherine Rees * John & Renee Richardson * Joy & Tom Richardson * Tom & Barbara Rodes * Robert & Constance Simo Rosenblum * Christine Schutt * Wendy & Ken Schweikert * Susan D. Shaw & Cynthia Stroud * Mr. & Mrs. Peter W. Sly * David & Joyce Snow * Ruben Steck & Kirstin Witting * Nancy Struever * Edward Swain III * Thomas W. Sweeney * Pete & Elsa Teel * Mrs. Barbara G. Thorpe * Paul Townsend * Johanna Turnquist * Cynthia & Walter Voigt * Carolyn & Parker Waite * Robert S. Walker * David Weiss * Wellington Management Company, LLP * Rev. Heather C. Wicks * Alec & Gail Wiggin * John & Alice Wilkinson * Sara Willis * Steven Winthrop & M. Jane Williamson * Ben & Micca Wootten * Barbara Wright    

Please contact
Shelley Latham our Development Associate with any errors, omissions or questions about your giving history: 374-5515 ext 16 or
Mad Science: Radical Robotics for Kids
Kids in grades 5 to 8 are invited to a hands-on program all about Robots at the Library on 3 Saturdays, January 24 & 31, and February 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:45 PM.robotics  Radical Robotics is fun for girls and boys alike, and registration starts on January 10 on the Library's internet calendar at The program will be presented by Mad Science of Maine, a locally owned and operated company that has spent years developing robotics programs for elementary school students.

In the workshop kids will discover how robotic devices use sensors to learn about their environment, how people use robots to get work done, explore the mechanical aspects of robots, circuitry, and programing, and use squishy conductive dough and snap together circuit-board modules to perform exciting functions. They will guide "BeeBots" and "ProBots" through obstacle courses and have the opportunity to build their own robot to take home with them!

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by Cornerstones of Science and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), two non-profits based in Maine. Cornerstones of Science works to increase scientific literacy by strengthening public libraries' capacities to serve as gathering places for informal scientific discovery. MMSA works to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from kindergarten through college in Maine.

This workshop is free but registration is required. Participants can sign up using the Library's interactive web calendar at, or call the library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview:The Merry Widow
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Franz Lehár's opera The Merry Widow at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 16, at the Blue Hill Public Library.widow A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, January 17, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Susan Stroman's new production of "The Merry Widow," with Renée Fleming as Hanna and Nathan Gunn as Danilo, will be transmitted as part of "The Met: Live in HD" series on January 17, 2015. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera

"The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár's enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim's. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis 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.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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