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This month in the Britton Gallery

Mount Waldo Quarry, Frankfort, Maine, MMXIII, from the June art show, Quarries of New England: Photographs by Steven D. Keirstead (through June 26)
In the Howard Room Cases

Artist book by Katie Greene, from the current exhibit, Beyond the Page (Through July 31)  
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Orioles infielder Billy Ripken baseball card from the current exhibit, Sports Memorabilia, from the collection of Azaiah Nanson (Through June 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.
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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Super Librarian is heading out again to fly to local schools and publicize the summer reading program! This year's theme: "Every hero has a story."
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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...
  • Join Friends of the Library for their last play reading of the season, until next fall-- THIS WEDNESDAY!, June 17 at 6:30 More info here. 
  • Maine author Mary Quinn Doyle will present an educational slideshow and discussion program about the Unique Maine Farms' project, and the book she has written about it, at the Blue Hill Public Library THIS THURSDAY!, June 18 at 7:00 PM. More info here. 
  • Readers and emerging readers ages 4 through 12 are invited to the kick-off party for the Blue Hill Public Library summer reading program THIS SATURDAY! June 20 from 10:30 AM to noon. See below.
Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party!
Readers and emerging readers ages 4 through 12 are invited to the kick-off party for the Library summer reading program THIS SATURDAY! June 20 from 10:30 AM to The party will include a musical performance by Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast, in her 19th year of presenting jubilant summer concerts at libraries.
Judy has designed a fun and interactive musical program to go with this year's Summer Reading Program Theme, "Every Hero Has a Story." The program will focus on different types of heroes...from superheroes to young heroes, heroes in the community and even animal heroes! It will help children see how they can be heroes by being brave...brave enough to be themselves, brave enough to say "no" and brave enough to walk away from bullying. The program ends with the rousing pop anthem "Little Cheerleader," which encourages children to be their own number one fan.

As always, Judy will spend time chatting with each audience member in a meet and greet after the show, and each child will leave with a color autographed photo. To find out more about Judy, visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be

Be a hero and join the fun! What will your story be? Kids can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the party or by stopping by the Library during Library hours any time after June 20. For more information, call Pat at 374-5515
Microscope Circulating to Patrons
The Library is now circulating a Brock "Magiscope," to patrons .microscope The "Magiscope" is a very rugged microscope that can be taken anywhere with no electricity or special light needed. The circulation period is one week and patrons can place holds on it just like any book or video using the Library's online catalog or by calling the Library at 374-5515.
Detail of a lupine blossom taken with the Library's iPad through the new Magiscope

The microscope was purchased with a grant 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 places for patron's informal scientific discovery. MMSA works to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from kindergarten through college in Maine.

  Parents or guardians must check the microscope out and monitor children while they are using it. Patrons checking out the microscope will get a short lesson in its use. Four insects encased in plastic are in the microscope case for patrons to view through the microscope.  For more information call Pat at 374-5515.
Detail on a ball chain that holds a pen to the desk, taken with the Library's iPad through the new Magiscope.

Kneisel Hall Children's Concerts
Kneisel Hall children's concerts are back at the Library this summer.concerts  The six concerts will be performed Wednesdays June 24, July 1, 8, 15, and 29 and August 5, 4:30-5:10 PM (there will be no concert on July 22).
A photo from one of last summer's concerts

Musicians from Kneisel Hall's Young Artist program will be performing a variety of chamber music pieces and engaging their young audiences with questions and information about the music and their instruments.  They will be playing some combination of violin, viola, cello and piano and the combinations may change from time to time. The Young Artist program is a 7-week intensive session for 50 international pre-professional young artists.

All ages are welcome to attend the concerts. The concerts are co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library. For more information call the library at 374-5515.
Leaping Literacy: Free Week- Long Story-Camps
Blue Hill Public Library and School Union #93 are cosponsoring 3 one-week-long morning day camp sessions in July at the Library, called Summer Fun with Leaping Literacy.camps Children will use art, drama, and movement to enter the wonderful worlds of their favorite books, fun and exciting ways for children to explore story books, strengthen their reading skills and let their imaginations take them for a thrilling summer ride. Activities will include "music and jumping around," journals, interactive science, book-making, and art projects.

The program is for children ages 5 to 12, but the age range is flexible based on interest and need. The sessions are scheduled for Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to noon, July 13 to 17, 20 to 24 and 27 to 31. More than one session may be requested depending upon availability. In addition, middle schoolers may request an internship to assist the teachers, and receive community service hours and a letter of recommendation upon completion of the program.

This program is free, thanks to the generous support of the Blue Hill Public Library, Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library and many local businesses. Registration is open and forms are available at the library or at For more information call Shelly Schildroth at the Union # 93 Central Office, 374-9927.
Blue Hill Village Mitten Project
The Blue Hill Village Mitten Project is looking for knitters! MittenVolunteers are invited by the Friends of the Library to knit mittens from a Latvian-based design by Friends volunteer Marjorie Yesley, and to show them in an exhibit at the Blue Hill Public Library this fall.  And if the volunteers are willing, the mittens will be offered for sale at the exhibit, with the money raised going to buy holiday gifts for local children in need.

To help knitters with the project, knitting sessions have been set up at the Library where questions will be answered and help offered on Thursdays, June 25, July 16 & 30 and August 13 & 27 -6:30- 8 PM. For the pattern and more information please check:, or call the Library at 374-5515.  Please bring any finished mittens to be photographed.
Save the Date: Paint the Peninsula Saturday July 18th!
Mark your calendars and call your friends, this year's fresh paint auction is July 18. You don't want to miss it!paint

If you need more information call the library at 374-5515.  If you would like to participate as an artist please email. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Shelley at 374-5515 ext. 16 or
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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