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We are now open earlier, at 9:00AM, Monday-Saturday.  Hooray!! 
This month in the Britton Gallery

Collage, from the current art show, Once Again by Keith Herklotz (Through February 28)
In the Howard Room Cases

Buddha head sculpture, 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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"Electric Elaine" gets the attention of the "Radical Robotics" workshop -- participants before switching to their next robot activity--more photos below.
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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 public is invited to a reception for Keith Herklotz's art show, Once Again, This Friday February 6 from 4:00 to 6:00 More info here.
We REALLY want your input!

This year we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Blue Hill Public Library at 5 Parker Point Road. We are making plans for the future and we need to hear from you.input What's working?  What could be improved?  How often do you visit?  What services do you use?  The survey takes 5-10 minutes and we would greatly appreciate your input.


Book Sale This Saturday
The Friends of the Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale on February 7 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 10:00 AM to 2:00 Friends volunteers have been busy restocking all the sections, so there are many new titles. Featured in this month's sale are books on boat building and also graphic novels. Most books are still just a dollar or two.  Children at the sale may each take one book for free!

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions - big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special 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 or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
Film: On the Beach
The Friends of the Library Film Series continues Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 PM with On the Beach (1959), directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Gregory Peck, Ava Garner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins.Beach The film is about the end of the human race, after World War II ended with nuclear destruction of most of the world. Only the inhabitants of Australia and a United States submarine remain and, with a cloud of radiation bearing down on them, confront the idea of their impending doom, each individual in his or her own way.

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
Opera Preview: Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of a double feature of operas-- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta," and Béla Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle" at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 13, at the Blue Hill Public Library.opera A live performance of the operas will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, February 14, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Mikhail Petrenko as Bluebeard and Nadja Michael as Judith in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

"On the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebird's Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala as the Count, and Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts."
Anna Netrebko (center) in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

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.
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Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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