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October Blueberry Field and Oak, Near Surry,  watercolor, from the current show, Donald Mallow: Watercolors (through July 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

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

Batman cape, from the current exhibit, Heroes, from the collection of Teddy Holcomb (Through August 31)
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: at the Town Park Wednesdays 10:30 to noon, or if rain, in the Howard Room.
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
Weekly Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, through August 22.
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 Events This Week...
  • Join us for another Kneisel Hall Children's Concert, as musicians from Kneisel Hall's Young Artist program perform a variety of chamber music pieces and engage their young audience, TOMORROW! Wednesday, July 8, 4:30  All ages are welcome!
  •  Maine coauthors Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Christopher Glass and Scott Hanson will discuss and show photographs from their new book, Homes Down East: Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses, at the Library THIS THURSDAY! July 9th at 7:00 PM. More info here.
  • Kids 5 to 12 are invited to another Super Hero Saturday, to explore ocean life with marine biologist Kipp Quinby THIS SATURDAY! July 11 at 10:30 AM. We will use digital and regular old fashioned microscopes to view marine life up  close!
Paint the Peninsula: July 18th!
Fresh Paint Fundraiser

The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to some of the most iconic views in the state-bays dotted with islands, saltwater farms with weathered barns, the dramatic tumult of the reversing falls, Blue Hill Mountain, fishing boats and sailing skiffs-it seems every bend in the road reveals another breathtaking vista.paint On the morning of Saturday July 18, over 70 invited artists will participate in Paint the Peninsula to capture those views in watercolor, oil, pencil, ink, pastel or any other medium that strikes their fancy. Later that evening more than 100 original works of art will be sold to benefit the  Library at a reception and silent auction from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.

The resulting exhibition is a celebration of both the area and the artists who live here. It is rare to have almost 100 artists-from young, emerging talent to some of the region's most celebrated painters-gather under one roof to show and sell their work.  Opening bids range from $50-$350 making Paint the Peninsula a great opportunity to start buying local art or to add to an established collection. Most artists donate 50% of the sale to the library and some do more, so winning bids support both the Blue Hill Library's operating budget and the local arts community.

The Blue Hill Public Library is an independent non-profit organization serving all members of the Blue Hill Peninsula and depends on the financial support of the local community. There is a $12 suggested admission fee that includes wine and refreshments. Children and participating artists are free. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Exhibit: Heroes
12 year old Bucksport resident and son of Blue Hill Library's own Technical Services Wiz Sheri Sweet-Holcomb and her husband Daniel Holcomb,  Teddy Holcomb  will exhibit his collection of hero- related toys in the Library's Larchwood Children's Room during the months of July and August.Teddy In the collection are various emergency vehicle toys: tow truck, fire engine, police car, etc, as well as stuffed animals dressed as a policeman, fireman, marine and chef, and super hero capes including Batman, Superwoman and Green Lantern. Teddy also has patches from the Bucksport Police Department, the Maine State Police and the Penobscot County Sheriff.

This exhibit was timed to coincide with the summer reading program, the theme of which is "Every Hero Has A Story." Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to sign up and participate in the program which includes weekly Saturday programs focusing on different heroes in the community and bringing out the hero in each reader.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during Library hours until the end of August. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Coyote: America's Song Dog
Maine conservation biologist Geri Vistein will present an educational slideshow and discussion program entitled, Coyote: America's Song Dog at the Library on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00 PM.coyote

Geri invites the public to come and learn about "this important, resilient carnivore in a way you have never heard before." The presentation will center on perceptions and relationships between coyotes and Native Americans, European Americans, other wildlife and the ecosystem, and also our own perceptions of and relationships to coyotes.

Audience members will have a chance to share their own stories, ask questions, and share a "dialogue that will help all to understand better our very deep rooted relationships with all life, including our fellow humans."  Geri believes that in order for carnivores to survive and play their role effectively in the ecosystems of Maine, communities need to be informed and knowledgeable about the animals' ecology and value, and to understand and practice coexistence skills.
Photo by Jacques Tournel.

Geri received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, and a Masters in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. A conservation biologist here in Maine, her work focuses on carnivores and human relationships with them. In addition to research and collaboration, she educates communities throughout Maine about carnivores, and how we can coexist, through presentations and creative outreach projects with artists, musicians, poets, puppeteers, and farmers.  

This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
"A Musical Colony: Music in Blue Hill from 1885-ca. 1930"
Betsey Wanning Harries, a long-time summer resident of Blue Hill and professor emerita at Smith College, will give a talk called A Musical Colony:  Music in Blue Hill from 1885-ca. 1930 at the Library on Wednesday, July 15, at 7:00 In the presentation she will explore the music-making of year-round residents and rusticators, focusing particularly on Franz Kneisel and the summer chamber music school he founded here, probably in 1902.
Franz Kneisel leading the Kneisel Quartet

Betsey has been researching the history of Kneisel Hall and is particularly interested in why Franz Kneisel decided to spend his summers in Blue Hill and what made Blue Hill the right place for his teaching, playing, and conducting. She will discuss what she knows about the answers to these questions and other aspects of the history of music in Blue Hill.

This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.  
Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper
Dana Sawyer, professor of philosophy and religion at the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland, Maine, will discuss and read from his recent book, Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper at the Library on Thursday July 16 at 7:00 PM. wisdomAccording to Sawyer, Huston Smith is the most renowned authority on world religions and comparative religion for the past half century.  

Professor Sawyer has taught at MECA full-time for 26 years and is a native of Jonesport, Maine. He previously wrote a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley (Crossroad Publishing, 2002). Huston Smith was Huxley's friend and student, and in the new book Sawyer focuses on their mutual investigations into mystical experience and the roots of human spirituality.

Huston Smith's career spanned more than 60 years, during which time he taught at Washington University, M.I.T., Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley, establishing himself as the most prominent scholar of religious studies in the world. His many books include The World's Religions, Forgotten Truth, Beyond the Postmodern Mind, and Why Religion Matters.  Dana Sawyer worked with Smith for seven years to produce this authorized biography, conducting interviews with Smith and more than 60 other who were prominent in his life.
The author with Huston Smith

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.  
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