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This month in the Britton Gallery

P. Serotina 08.03.11-12, text: news from March 11-12 and ink on mylar by Avy Clair, from the current show, Messages (through October 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

Women's Large Mitten, 85% wool/15% mohair, by Marjory Yesley, from the current exhibit, Blue Hill Village Mittens (Through November 30)  Mittens were knitted by volunteers and donated to raise money for holiday gifts for local kids. 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Stamp commemorating Elvis Presley, from the collection of Genevieve Philbrook (Through October 31)
Ongoing Youth Events
Preschool Storytime for kids up to age 5, Tuesdays 10:30 starting Oct. 6
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3:
Wednesdays in the Howard Room 10:30 to noon.
Chess Plus Club for ages 7 and up: Fridays, 3:00 to 3:45 PM
LEGO Club for ages 7 to 12:
Saturdays 10:30 AM to noon
Ongoing Adult Events
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30
Monthly Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": First Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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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...
  • Northeast Historic Film Executive Director Brook Minner will present a program highlighting some of the group's collections THIS THURSDAY!, October 15 at 7:00 PM. She will show some films from Blue Hill and nearby towns, including some footage of Blue Hill village in 1919. More info here.
  • Join Friends of the Library for a preview of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Otello at 1:00 PM THIS FRIDAY!, October 16. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, October 17th, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. More info here.
Poetry Author Event:
Gary Rainford
Swan's Island resident Gary Rainford will talk about and read from his new book, of poetry Salty Liquor, at the Library on Thursday October 22 at 7:00 PM. This is Rainford's first full-length collection of poetry. poetry

Gary Rainford lives on Swan's Island year-round with his wife and daughter.  His poetry, shaped by tides and saltwater, is published in a wide range of literary magazines and university journals, including North Dakota Quarterly, Words and Images, Aurorean, Omphalos, Kindred, and Blast Furnace.  Gary was a featured poet on the Maine Poetry Express, at The Roundup Writer's Zine, and Artist-in-Residence in Acadia National Park.  Gary grew up on Long Island, NY, but home is six miles off the north coast of Maine "where rocks, wind, eagles, sky, spruce trees, and seasons converge on the sprawling field outside his office window."

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Play Reading: The Crucible
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer. This month the group will read Arthur Miller's The Crucible.crucible

The Crucible, written in 1953 as an allegory of McCarthyism-the anticommunist fervor in the US during the early Cold War--takes place during the Salem Witch Trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692.

The group welcomes inexperienced and experienced readers alike. The only criteria are the love of plays and the joy of reading them aloud among like-minded theater fans. For further information, contact the Blue Hill Library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248, or
Training Opportunity for Local Nonprofit Board Members
Whether you serve on a non-profit that is a school, library, arts organization or land trust, all board service carries with it certain legal responsibilities and liabilities. Rob Levin, a Portland-based attorney who works with nonprofits, will talk about what concepts like duty of care and duty of loyalty mean in practice on Tuesday November 3, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at the Library. He will also discuss employment matters, by-laws, meeting rules, liability questions, conflicts of interests and public access to meeting issues. Most importantly he will be available to answer your

Join your fellow Blue Hill Peninsula Area board members as they improve their understanding of legal issues, enjoy delicious food, and take advantage of this networking opportunity. Registration is required and can be done using the Library's web calendar or by calling us at 374-5515.

Target Audience: Individuals who serve on non-profit boards in the Blue Hill Area that employ one or more professional staff. There are only 30 seats available for this event, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $35 per participant. Includes dinner with Barncastle pizza, salad and wine. Dietary restrictions should be e-mailed at the time of registration to We will invoice you after registration is complete.

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for refunds.

Rob Levin ( has extensive experience in nonprofit organization legal matters, land conservation transactions and related tax issues. Over the last 12 years, he has consulted for the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the Land Trust Alliance and has represented dozens of Maine nonprofits. Rob has spoken at many conferences, including the Land Trust Alliance Rally and the Maine Land Trust Network Conference, and has written several papers on nonprofit and conservation issues.

On a personal note, Rob and his wife Sarah walked to Maine from Maryland in 2002 for their honeymoon. And in 2012 they bicycled 2,001 miles with their 5-year-old daughter on a grand tour around Maine, Atlantic Canada, and Quebec.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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