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This month in the Britton Gallery

No Catch But Happy, from the current show Stories: Assemblages by Axel Stohlberg (through January 30)
In the Howard Room Cases

Detail from an artist's book by Kristy Cunnane from the current show The Art of the Book (through March 31) 
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Drawing of Rose Quartz crystals, colored pencil, from the current exhibit, Crystal Gems, by Bean Fitzpactrick (Through February 29)
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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A Giant Blue Jay (aka Michael Donahue) assists FOL President Leslie Goode at the drawing for the curlew raffle  during Blue Hill's Last Night celebration.  Photo by Anne Berleant.
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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 Library will be hosting the annual National Geographic Bee for 4th to 8th grade homeschoolers THIS THURSDAY! January 14, 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM. More info here.
  • The Friends of the Library Film Series continues THIS THURSDAY, January 14 at 7:00 PM with McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), starring Julie Christie and Warren Beatty.
  • Join Friends of the Library for a preview of Georges Bizet's opera, The Pearl Fishers at 1:00 PM THIS FRIDAY!, January 15. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast the following day at the Grand in Ellsworth from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. More info here.
  • Don't miss Axel Stohlberg's art show reception THIS FRIDAY, details directly below.
Art Show Reception Friday
Join local artist Axel Stohlberg for a reception for his show  Stories, Assemblages in the Library's Britton Gallery THIS FRIDAY January 15 from 4:30 to 6:30.reception
Give Us Your Tired...

Through his assemblages Axel tells little stories with found objects, articles that people give him, or yard sale finds. The public is invited to a reception on Friday January 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. According to Axel, "There is some whimsy to these assemblages." He says, "I hope people will feel free to laugh at them". Axel attended The School of Visual Arts, NYC. and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Axel lives in Brooklin Maine and has his studio in Brooklin Village.
Sat. 9:30 AM

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting January 2. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
 Thanks to this week's donors
The following donors are kicking off our 2016 Appeal! Many thanks to everyone who remembered the library in their year-end and year-beginning giving. 38% of our budget is funded through direct donations to the library, fundraising events and fees. We are honored to have your support and wouldn't be here without you!Thanks

Richard & Barbara Ackerman * Ms. Joyce E. Anderson * Anonymous * Betsy Braunhut * Wimberly Burton * Mr. & Mrs. Robert Clapp * Ronald & Cheryll Cote * Daniel & Susan Dennett * Page W. Dwyer * Barrett & Jean Flanders * Jeremy Jackson & Nancy Knowlton * Meg & Miles Maiden * Sue & Paul Newlin * Jennifer Osborn * Katrina Parson * Christine Schutt * Susan D. Shaw & Cynthia Stroud * William & Kathleen Spangler * Paul Townsend * Tom & Deanne Urmy * David Weis * Steven Winthrop & M. Jane Williamson * Sally Wilson
Thanks, Jerry!
Huge thanks to Jerry Cumbo who donated the beautiful carved curlews for a raffle that made over $750 for the Friends of the Library.cumboThe winning tickets were drawn at Blue Hill's Last Night celebration-- the lucky winners were Whitney and Evan Landon, father and son library patrons from Brooksville.
Author Reading: Wolf Creek
Maine author Nikko Lee will discuss and read from her recent book, Wolf Creek at the Library on Thursday January 21 at 7:00 PM.wolf-creek Wolf Creek is about a gay werewolf who finds strength in that which makes him different. About the book, Nikko says, "Feeling like an outsider is something I'm familiar with. In writing Wolf Creek, I was able to take a character who hated his life and saw no future in it and have him discover that he had to believe in himself before he could make the life he wanted."

The author is a scientific curator who enjoys writing genre fiction from erotica to horror under the pen name Nikko Lee. Born in Canada, she moved to Maine after completing a PhD in Zoology and her post-doctoral training. She resides near Bar Harbor with her husband, daughter, two cats and malamute. She blogs about hiking, writing, and science at

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.
Acadia Centennial Community Read: "One Park, One Read"
The Library will be participating in "One Park, One Read" celebrating Acadia National Park's 100th anniversary in 2016. One-read"One Park, One Read" is a community event where people throughout the area around Acadia National Park will all read the same books and participate in discussion groups at their local Libraries. Libraries all the way to Bangor, Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island will participate during the months of February and March for a cozy winter community read.

There will be three book offerings. For adults there is a fiction choice, Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore, which will be discussed at the Library on Monday February 22, at 6:00 PM, and a non-fiction choice, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard, which will be discussed on Monday March 7 at 6:00 PM. Discussion sessions for each book will be led by University of Maine English professor Marge Irvine.

The children's book is Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson-appropriate for children 8 to 12 years old.  A discussion session will be offered on Saturday March 19 at 1:00 PM, led by Youth Services Librarian Libby Edwardson.

To register for a discussion group check the Library's website calendar or call the Library at 374-5515. Multiple copies of all the books will be available at the library for borrowing, and the books will also be available for purchase at Blue Hill Books. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.
 Play Reading: Lysistrata
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, January 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer.lysistrata This month the group will read Lysistrata, by Aristophanes.
From a 2007 New York production of Lysistrata. Having brought the Spartans and Athenians to their knees with the naked dancing of Reconciliation, Lysistrata is now free to negotiate peace and end the Peloponnesian War.

Lysistrata is a comedy, originally performed in Athens in 411 BCE; an account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. In the story Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. However, this strategy turns the situation into a battle between the sexes.

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