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There is always something to do at the Blue Hill Public Library!
Three young patrons plug in together
Welcome to our library events newsletter!  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...
  • Ages 9 & up are invited to join the Inklings Book & Movie Club THIS SATURDAY March 26 at 2:00 PM. This month's book is Harry Potter and the Sourcerer's Stone. More info here.
  • Former education professors Bernadette and Vivodh Anand will lead the discussion of part 3 of Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me THIS MONDAY Monday, March 28, 6:30 to 8:15 PM
March Food Drive: Let's fill the cart!

Only a little over a week leftFood

Please help us fill this cart-- we can do this! We have filled it twice in other years.  Please consider bringing healthy packaged food donations to help local families in Hancock County who are struggling.  

Want suggestions of what to get? Check here.
"Music to Grow On" For Infants and Toddlers

The Library is pleased to announce the return of a special weekly music and movement program for infants and toddlers, on Wednesdays during the first half hour of the Library's "Playgroup" starting March 30 at 10:30 AM.Music  "Music to Grow On" will be led by early childhood music educator Deborah Reinke, and will be held weekly through April 13. Regular playgroup on these dates will start at 11:00.

Caregivers and children will be encouraged to listen, chant and physically respond to age-appropriate songs that encourage language skills and stimulate brain development. These sessions will be geared toward both infants being held and toddlers who can follow along with the movement and singing.  Along with the music, Deborah will use silk scarves, musical instruments and other items to engage participants.
Tell us what you think. Survey 3/24-7/19

The Library invites full- and part-time peninsula residents to fill out a survey about whether they think there is a need for the Library to expand its hours of operation.survey Look for an invitation to take the the online survey in your email later this week. The link can also be found on the Library's home page and paper copies can be obtained at the Library. For more information call us at 374-5515. 
Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Giacomo Puccini's opera, Madama Butterfly at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 1, at the Blue Hill Public Library.butterfly A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, April 2, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

According to the Metropolitan Opera, "Anthony Minghella's breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly's heart. Ana María Martínez, Latonia Moore, Roberto De Biasio, and Gwyn Hughes Jones star in a second set of performances. Karel Mark Chichon conducts."
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
So Many Ongoing Events for Kids and Adults!
Rainbow Warriors writing group for teens and twelves. 
  • Preschool Storytime for kids up to age 5, Tuesdays 10:30weekly
  • Playgroup - up to age 3: Wednesdays 10:30 to noon.
  • Rainbow Warriors Writing Group for 12 & up: Tuesdays 4:00 PM
  • 52 Weeks of Giving for all ages: Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
  • Inklings Book & Movie Club, 8 & up: last Saturday, 2:00 PM
  • LEGO Club, ages 7 to 12: 1st Saturday of the month 2:00 PM
  • Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30 AM
  • Play Reading: 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:30-9:30 PM
  • Film Series: 2nd Thursday of the month 7:00PM
  • Pickup Games of Chess: Thursdays 5:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": 1st Saturday of the month, 9 AM to 2 PM.

 We love your suggestions.  

Current Exhibits
Don't miss our ongoing exhibits: A "Waved Whelk," favorite food of gulls, from Treasures from Maine Shores, from the collection of Dr. Alison Dibble (below, in the Children's Larchwood Room through April 30); Landscape painting from Landscapes Unfurled, by Maria Matthews (lower left, in the Britton Gallery and Howard Room through March 31); Detail from an artist's book by Kristy Cunnane, from The Art of the Book (lower right, in the Howard Room cases through March 30). exhibits