@ Blue Hill Library
There is always something to do at the Blue Hill Public Library!
Look out Margret! Here comes an eagle (made by a student at the Sedgwick School, part of the April Student Art Show). Oh wait, It has a fish-- you're probably okay. Stop by and check out all the other birds made by the 5th and 6th grades at the Sedgwick School.
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...
  • Infants and toddlers are invited to the last meeting special weekly music and movement program during the first half hour of "play group" TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY April 13 at 10:30 AM led by early childhood music educator Deborah Reinke. Regular playgroup will start at 11:00. More info here.
  • Join Friends of the Library for an Alfred Hitchcock film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), starring Carole Lombard and Richard Montgomery, THIS THURSDAY! April 14 at 7:00 PM.  
  •  The public is invited to a preview of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux at 1:00 PM on THIS FRIDAY, April 15.  A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. more info here.
  • Join Jeff Space, President of the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a fly-tying workshop at the Library THIS SATURDAY! April 16 at 2:00 PM. For ages 10 and up, families welcome. The workshop is free but registration is required. Register here, or call 374-5515.
Play Reading: Ride Down Mt. Morgan
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer.Play This month the group will read Ride Down Mt. Morgan, by Arthur Miller.

The play is about a man, an insurance agent, who seems like a regular guy but who is maintaining two families, one in New York City, and one in Elmira, New York, without either knowing about the other. He is hospitalized following a nearly fatal car crash, and both wives show up at his bedside, and he has to explain himself.

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 Donahue.mg@gmail.com.
Workshop: Poetry Boxes
Kids ages 9 and up are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library on  with a workshop on "poetry boxes," taught by local artist Frederica Marshall, Saturday April 23 at 2:00 PM. poetryParticipants will write a haiku poem of three lines about any subject. Then they will create a container for the words to explode out of, be secretly hidden in, or displayed like a vase of flowers.

Artist Frederica Marshall is one of the founders of the Haiku Project, a group of poets who meet once a month in Deer Isle. She is an international award winning professional artist and has taught art and writing for 38 years.

This event is sponsored by the Library.  For more information call the library at 374-5515.
Free Access to Ancestry.com at BHPL!
Well, any Maine Library actually. If you go to www.ancestrylibrary.com
while in a Maine public library, either on public computers or on your own computer
Sometimes you can find images of original records, like this one.
or device on the library's WiFi you can access Ancestry.com for free.ancestry Ancestry has many databases that include censuses, vital records (birth, death, marriage), immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.

And for many of the records you find, you can send a link to yourself so you can look at them again when you are not on the library's internet access. If you are not familiar with Ancestry.com you can find some tutorials on  the Maine State Library website here.

In addition, the Maine State Library has other genealogy resources and tips on their website here, including a link to access another genealogy research service, Heritage Quest Online. In order to use Heritage Quest, one must have a Maine State Library card, which is easy for a Maine resident to get on their site here. Unless you expect to go there and check out books you can just request a card for using databases. They will send you a number with in a day or two. 

Ancestry research is fun and surprisingly addictive. Have fun finding the leaves on your family tree!  
So Many Ongoing Events for Kids and Adults!
Kids planted seeds to grow food for those in need at "52 Weeks of Giving," a weekly volunteer group for all ages, Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

  • 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
  • Reader Dog: 1st Saturday, 10:30 AM (call to sign up for time slot)
  • Mind Games: 2nd 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: Common Atlantic Slippersnail shell from Treasures from Maine Shores, from the collection of Dr. Alison Dibble (Below, in the Children's Larchwood Room through April 30). Images from the April Student Art Show below that.exhibits

More Artwork from the April Student Art Show

Pileated Woodpecker by a student from Sedgwick School's 5th or 6th grade.

Newspaper collage by Elena Ibarguen, grade 11, George Stevens Academy.

Drawing by Lily Jaffray, 5th grade, Blue Hill Consolidated

Tin Can Owl, by a 7th grader from the Blue Hill Consolidated School.

Snowman collage by Abby Sanches, Penobscot School


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