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This month in the Britton Gallery

Painting by Elana Williamson, grade 8, of Blue Hill, from the April Student Art Show (through April 30). Opening Reception this Friday, April 3, 4:30-6!
In the Howard Room Cases

Egyptian Canopic Jar, by Tom Mount Miller, Adams School Grade 7, from the April Student Art Show (through April 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Horse sculpture from Japan, from teh current exhibit, Animal Sculptures from Around the World, from the collection of Frederica Marshall (Through December 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): Every two weeks: Tuesdays, 3:10 to 4:40 PM Saturdays 10:30 to noon
Chess PLUS 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": First Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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A young patron shows off the polar bear finger puppet that he made at a recent story time.
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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...
  • Anyone interested in helping with the Blue Hill Village Mitten Project to raise money to buy holiday gifts for children are invited to a knitting help session with Marjorie Yesley, THIS THURSDAY! April 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 More info here. Latvian inspired pattern available here.
  • Everyone is invited to a reception to celebrate the student artists with work on display this month, and their teachers THIS FRIDAY!, April 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. For more info see below.
  • Kids ages 4 to 8 years are invited to the sixth annual "Stuffed Animal Pet Show," THIS SATURDAY! April 4 at 10:30 AM. Registration is required. More info and register here.
  • Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to hear from local artist Frederica Marshall about the animal sculpture display she has in the Larchwood Children's room THIS SATURDAY! April 4, at 2:00 PM. Then kids will try making their own animal sculptures. More info here.
Celebrate Spring at the Student Art Show Reception Friday!

Please join us in celebrating the wonderful work produced by the students of the Blue Hill Peninsula.Student Almost every wall and surface of the library showcases the boundless talent of k-12 students from Blue Hill, Surry, Penobscot, Brooklin, Brooksville, Sedgwick, Castine, GSA, Bay School, as well as area homeschoolers.

The show is up for the month of April, but don't miss the opportunity to meet some of the artists and shake the hands of  their art teachers. Stop by the library this Friday, April 3 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. There will be refreshments and live music from the BHCS 8th grade jazz band.  This is a true celebration of arts in our community; we hope to see you there!
You helped stock our local food pantry!
Thanks to our caring patrons, we had another successful March Food Drive! Our effort was part of the 4th annual Hancock County Food Drive.  Once again, our grocery cart was more than filled with nutritious food for the Tree of Life.Thanks Pantry volunteers picked the food up before we got a picture but it was a LOT! Many thanks to all who donated!  Thanks too to Tradewinds Marketplace for the loan of a shopping cart during the drive.
Photo by Michael Mandleberg

Book Sale This Saturday
The Friends of Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale THIS SATURDAY April 4 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 9:00 AM to 2:00 While we are all waiting for the snow to melt the Friends have plenty of books for people who want to escape with a good novel, plan a spring project or get started with indoor gardening projects. Books of special interest this month include subjects like boating, foreign language for kids and adults, and "travelogues that will take you away to exotic places."

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.
Organic Gardening Workshop
Are you interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?garden Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? The Library will host an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own organic garden Wednesday, April 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Participants will be sent home with free seeds!

Topics that will be covered include basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants, the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include basic weed control strategies, common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

The workshop is sponsored by the Library, in addition to Adult Education of Maine, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) which will be offering the workshop at over 30 locations in Maine all the same evening.

Brooksville farmer Dan Huisjen will lead the workshop. All levels of gardeners are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.  The workshop is free, but space is limited, so participants are asked to register using the library's interactive web calendar or by calling the Library at 374-5515.
Film: The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Friends of the Library Film Series continues on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM with The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.postman The film is about a woman who owns a diner with her husband. She has an affair with a drifter, and together they conspire to kill her husband.

All films are shown free of charge on the Library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or
More From the April Student Art Show...
Every year the April Student Art Show is spectacular! And this year is no Please stop by and see the wonderful artwork that young people in our area are doing.  
Mixed Media Owlet, by Keegan Epprecht, kindergarten, Penobscot School, from the April Student Art Show (through April 30)

Egyptian Repousse by Lucia Stone, 6th grade, Penobscot School.

Watercolor by Lillie Maier, grade 8, Blue Hill
Egyptian sarcophagus paintings by students at the Adams and Penobscot Schools.

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