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The First Time You Heard It, acrylic on canvas by Roberta Amina Greany, from the August show, Water and Light (through August 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Busy Summer Day, high fired enamel on copper, by Dottie Hayes, from the August art show, Water and Light (Through August 31) 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Shocking pink Superman cape (wow!), 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 or if raining, in the Howard Room 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
Weekly Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, through August 22.
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Home and Away, digital montage, archival pigment print on rag paper, by Jeffery C. Becton, from the August art show, Water and Light
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Welcome to our library events newsletter, where we tell you what's going on @ BHPL.  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!
 Events This Week...
  • Knitters are invited to participate in the Blue Hill Mitten Project and come to a knitting session to learn more and get tips on knitting, THIS THURSDAY! August 13, 6:30
    PM. More info 
  • Join us for a talk by local antiques dealer and Blue Hill history expert Brad Emerson, Picasso, Pie, and Gropius: Mid-Century Art & Design and the Blue Hill Pavilion, THIS THURSDAY!, August 13, at 7:00 PM. More info here. 
  • Check out the ever popular weekly book sale in the basement "book nook" THIS SATURDAY! August 15, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Weekly summer book sales continue for two more Saturdays with new titles and different half price sales each week! 
Undersea Landscapes of Coastal Maine with a Focus on
Blue Hill Bay

University of Maine professor of marine geology Dr. Joseph Kelley will present a talk, Undersea Landscapes of Coastal Maine with a Focus on Blue Hill Bay at the Library on Wednesday August 19 at 7:00 PM. underseaThe ocean bottom may be blocked from our view by water, but it is not shielded from the "ears" of acoustic geophysical remote sensing equipment that can image the seafloor and the layers of sand and mud under it. For 30 years marine scientists have used this technology to understand geological history since the end of the last Ice Age 15,000 years ago.
Bathymetry of Blue Hill reveals numerous gas-escape pockmarks (from Brothers et al., 2012)

Dr. Kelley will talk about the geologic, glacial tectonic history of coastal Maine, highlighting the sea level change and features that occurred as a result of the last ice age.  Sea level was as much as 200 feet (60 m) below the present level by 12,500 years ago, but 7,500 years ago sea level rose rapidly, drowning the earlier beaches and deltas as well as archeological sites including Indian settlements.
Close up of pockmarks with the Blaine House (Governor's Home) for scale. (from Brothers et al., 2010)

One unexpected discovery scientists made while studying Blue Hill Bay and other muddy coastal areas was of seabed pockmarks, crater-like features up to hundreds of feet in diameter and tens of feet deep. There are hundreds of these in Blue Hill Bay, formed by methane gas erupting out of the seafloor. It is not known if they are active today, but there are hints that they do erupt occasionally. Such craters have been proposed as dredge disposal sites in Penobscot Bay which" may or may not be a good idea."
Joe Kelley in front of  Mount Saint Helens in Washington

A native of Maine, Dr. Kelley received his Ph. D. from Lehigh University and taught at the University of New Orleans. He worked as the Maine State Marine Geologist before taking a position in Orono. He has written more than a hundred scientific papers on the Maine coastline and seafloor and co-authored several popular books on beaches. This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Mapping the Frontier: A Memoir of Discovery from Coastal Maine to the Alaskan Rim
Jan Hartman will present the new book that she edited, Mapping the Frontier: A Memoir of Discovery from Coastal Maine to the Alaskan Rim on Thursday August 20 at 7:00 PM at the In this book Hartman publishes for the first time Maine native Rufus Harvey Sargent's diary of his explorations in the world's outer edges, from China to Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Montana, and Alaska.

R. Harvey Sargent (1875-1951), a surveyor and topographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, was born in Sargentville, where the Sargent family still lives. Sargent led the U. S. Geological Survey in Alaska for over three decades, 1901-1936, charting the vast expanses of the remarkably beautiful and treacherous land. A pioneer of modern mapping, he introduced 20th-century "firsts": photogrammetry and aerial surveys in Alaska, and the first professional surveys of China's mountainous interior. He also explored areas of Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Montana.

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

Friends of the Library weekly book sales are great, but did you know that the Friends also have an ongoing book sale upstairs open any time the Library is open? Paperbacks are 50 cents each and hardcovers are a dollar! books
More From Water and Light...
This show features the works of twenty nine artists inspired by the play of light on Maine's extensive coast and waterways. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Library.water Huge thanks to Jennifer Mitchell and Marcia Stremlau for curating this wonderful exhibit!
Releasing the Stars, artist book, acrylic, ink, various papers, book cloth, by Kristy Cunnane.

Sketchbook, Marcia Stremlau.

Thunder Hole, oil, by Margret Baldwin.

Sketchbook, Jennifer Mitchell Nevin

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