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This month in the Britton Gallery

The Great Sedgwick Elm Tree, from the current show, Advent Calendars and Winter Scenes (through December 31)
In the Howard Room Cases

The 12 "Apps" of Christmas, a card by Christopher Raphael, from the current show, Mail Art, representing decades of holiday greetings from artists (Through December 31) 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Play Structure-- 2103 from the current exhibit, Pictures Until Now, by Jasper Rossney (Through December 31)
Ongoing Youth Events
Preschool Storytime for kids up to age 5, Tuesdays 10:30 
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:
First Saturday of the month 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...
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY, December 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. This month the group will read
    Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. No experience necessary!
  • Local author and private investigator Stephen Pickering will read from and discuss his new crime fiction novel, Bad Moon Rising, THIS THURSDAY!, December 17 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
  • Don't miss the second of TWO December book sales THIS  SATURDAY December 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lots of books for and about the Holidays! More info below.
  • Join us for the Friends of the Library Holiday Party--THIS SATURDAY DECEMBER 19 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. More info below.
Thank You Donors! 16 days to go.

This week, 74 donors got us much closer to our goal of $140,000. donors There are just 16 days left to help us raise the final $40,000.  If you haven't already this year, please consider making a donation in any amount.  Supporting BHPL is a gift you give to your family, friends and neighbors!

Anonymous * Mary Barnes & Peter Neill * Diane Bartholomew & James Dougherty * Benjamin Moore & Co. * Ian & Meg Chittenden * Katherine & Charles Claggett * Janet P. Clarke * Chuck Collison * Ms. Claire S. Connor * Jerry Cumbo * Annie Curtis * Susan Daniels * Nancy Dontzin * Yvan & Donna Dupuy * Donald H. Dwyer * Joyce Ferguson * Nonny & John Ferriday * Captain Ellen Jamieson Findlay * Charles & Kathy Flood * Dr. Brent & Mrs. Anne Follweiler * Francis & Louise Nichols Foundation * Jane Garfield * Peter Diemond & Jeanne Gaudette * Kathyrn W. Grover * Kay Hansen * Richard & Lorraine Hutchinson * Peter & Valorie Jandreau * Terence Janericco * Fran Jennings * Anne & Ted Johnson * Jane & Fred Jungbluth * Melody & Richard Kane * Jeff & Shelley Kehl * King Hill Farm * Cynthy & George Knapp * Mary Tyler Knowles & Laurence Flood * Patricia & Berell Kornreich * The Turtle Gallery- Elena Kubler * Lucy Ledien * Francis X. Lynch * Barbara & Rick Malm * Robin Jettinghoff & John Marples * Martha M. Massey * Linda & James May * Heather McCargo * William & Carolyn Mor * Bebe & Terry Moulton * Thomas J. Mueller * Eileen & Bill Mulliken * Richard & Lorna Nutt * Anne & Lin Parker * Stephen & Sherry Pfister * Dale & Karen Prinkey * Prior Family Foundation * Margaret Reick * Daniel & Deborah Reinke * Hal & Lisa Reynolds * Elliot Schrage and Juliet Whitcomb * Ms. Joan Gurley Scopinich * Herbert Seltz * Michael Sinclair * Peter & Donny Smith * Dylan Sparks * Robert and Kristina Stephens * Old Ackley Farm * Sarah & James Talalay * Pamela & Paul Talalay * B. G. Thorpe * Mr. & Mrs. Fred Trimble * Marianne & David Vandiver * Ms. Julie C. Wang * Mrs. Caroline Werth * Robin G. Wilder * George & Liz Zentz * George & Leonora Ziegler

Holiday Party This Saturday!
The public is invited to the annual Friends of the Library Holiday Party THIS SATURDAY!, December 19, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM.PartyThis year's event will offer something for everyone! The entertainment will kick off at 2:45! Here's the schedule:

2:45-songs and stories from Noel Paul Stookey
3:05--music by the GSA "High Five" Varsity Jazz Combo.
3:30-- a fun dramatic reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol
3:30-- magician Norman Ng: "magic that is far from the Norm"
4:30-- seasonal music with Ellacappella
4:45-- a special magic workshop with Norman Ng
5:00-- singing carols with Holly Bartlett Weinberg
Norman was a featured magician on the popular CW TV Show, Penn and Teller: Fool us.

Partygoers are asked to consider bringing a wrapped gift for a child, labeled with age and gender appropriateness. Gifts can be dropped off at the Library anytime through the day of the party. The gifts will be donated to the Tree of Life and The Emmaus Center where they will be distributed to families in need.

There will be the usual array of refreshments, cookies and more cookies. Anyone who would like to donate extra snacks or goodies-- it would be much appreciated.  The party is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For more information call the Library on 374-5515.
Book Sale This Saturday!
Friends of the Library is holding a second December book sale THIS SATURDAY!, December 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. SaleThe sale will feature many new and like-new books, cds and dvds for gift giving to children and adults. There are books for everyone: cooks, poets, artisans and readers of all ages.
Hundreds of quality used books fill the shelves in the book nook in all categories for all ages-- and most books are just a dollar or two! Proceeds from book sales enable the Friends of the Library to continue providing special events and purchases for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
Shorebird Carving: Raffle Tickets Available Now!
Local artist Jerry Cumbo has generously donated two of his beautiful, hand-carved curlew sculptures as a raffle fundraiser to support the library. (Curlews are a type of shorebird).Curlew Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20, and are available at the main circulation desk.  100% of the proceeds will support the Friends of the Library, and two lucky winners will each take home a beautiful work of local art.
The drawing will be on December 31 at the "Last Night" festivities. Until then the curlews will be on display downstairs in the Library's main room. Come check them out!
BHPL Has Great Gifts for the Holidays!

Share your love of the library with someone special this holiday season!gifts The library has 100% organic cotton tee shirts in all sizes from youth small to XXL($15) and super sturdy canvas tote bags in black and natural ($12).

Want a free tee shirt? You'll receive one if you support the library through Four Seasons Giving: automatic contributions of $10 or more/month.  Four Seasons spreads your payment out making it easier to budget, and more convenient: you can set it and forget it.

Speaking of gifts and donations, you can always make a donation in honor of someone special. This meaningful tribute will be published in our Spring Newsletter.

Can't make the Book Sale in the Book Nook?  The Friends keep the upstairs shelves stocked with high quality, sometimes barely used, paperbacks for $.50. Whether your friends like mystery, classics, fiction, or history, there is something fun to be had. Free books for kids!

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
We are happy to help!