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This month in the Britton Gallery

Detail from an early 20th century photo of downtown Orland, from the current exhibit, Hancock County Through Eastern's Eye. (through January 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Photo of Gandhi, taken by Adelaide Pearson, from the current exhibit, Miss Pearson Brings the World To Blue Hill (Through March 30)  
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Figures made from wrappers, and other discarded items, from the current exhibit Shelf Life, by Ken Weeks (Through February 28) 
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): 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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This young patron made her own figure out of materials similar to those in this  month's exhibit, Shelf Life, by Ken Weeks
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Library Closed Tomorrow

Looks like we are in for a doozie, and unless snowstorm predicted for tomorrow, Tuesday January 27, is a non-event, BHPL will be closed all day. Come see us Wednesday and tell us how you survived the blizzard of 2015!
 Events This Week...
  • The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Jacques Offenbach's opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann at 1:00 PM THIS FRIDAY!, January 30, here in BHPL's Howard Room.  More info here. Events 
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Library to Open Earlier
We are pleased to announce an increase in their business hours to make visiting the library more convenient for patrons who would like to get going earlier in the morning.hours The Library will be extending its hours by opening an hour earlier, at 9:00 AM, on Monday February 2.  The new hours will be 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday.

The increase in hours follows an expansion of Saturday hours in 2013 when closing time was extended from 2:00 to 5:00.  "We try to provide access to the library's services and facility as much as possible" said Library Director, Rich Boulet.  "This improvement is another step in that direction, and is based on observing patrons arriving at the library before 10:00 only to find us closed.  We are fortunate to be able to increase our hours without impacting the taxpayers thanks to generous private support for the library.  If you are a supporter of the library, thank you very much."
To help publicize the 9:00 opening time, the Friends of Blue Hill Public Library are offering a free cup of coffee to any patrons who come to the Library between 9:00 and 10:00 AM during February and any child who comes during that time will receive a free book of their choosing, also from the Friends of the Library.
Art Exhibit: Once Again
The Library will exhibit a series of works by Blue Hill artist Keith Herklotz in the Library's Britton Gallery during the month of February.exhibit The exhibit, Once Again, will feature assemblage, collage and encaustic painting of found objects. The public is invited to a reception for the show on Friday, February 6, 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
A potter for the last 35 years, Keith has apprenticed in Japan and the U.S., and has lived in Blue Hill for the last ten years. He says, "The more I look at our society's discards, random leftovers and broken pieces, the more I see the beginnings of new compositions and incredible natural beauty. A small pile of valued material becomes the treasury of new beginnings." He says that working as a potter, it can take weeks to finish a group of pieces, but working in this "direct and more immediate way is a welcome change."

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting February 2. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Register Now: Foreign Policy Discussion Group
The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion series returns to the Library on eight Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, beginning February 11th through April 1st.decisions Each meeting begins with a short topical documentary featuring international experts, followed by a lively group discussion. Participants receive a briefing book with background information and thought-provoking topical questions. Participation is free.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Great Decisions is a nation-wide series created by the Foreign Policy Association (  This year's topics are: Russia and the Near Abroad; Privacy in the Digital Age; Sectarianism in the Middle East; India Changes Course; U.S. Policy Toward Africa; Syria's Refugee Crisis; Human Trafficking; and Brazil in Metamorphosis. The discussions will be led by Ann Humphrey and Aaron Glazer.

Enrollment is limited to the first 20 participants who may register using the Library's interactive calendar at, or by calling the Library at 374-5515. 
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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