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Batman comic by Sedgwick kindergartener Ayden from the April Student Art Show, through April 29
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...
  • You are invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW!
    WEDNESDAY, April 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. This month the group will read Ride Down Mt. Morgan, by Arthur Miller.
  • Kids ages 9 and up are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library  with a workshop on "poetry boxes," taught by local artist Frederica Marshall, THIS SATURDAY! April 23 at 2:00 PM. More info here.
Surry Patrons: We Need You

If you are a Surry resident, the Library could use your support at the Surry Town Meeting next Monday April 25 at 7PM.Surry  BHPL is honored to provide library services to the people of Surry. Almost 30% of the year-round population has a library card in addition to over 165 seasonal residents. All told, 587 of our patrons come from Surry (as of the date of last count, 9/30/15).   It is important that friends and users of the library show up in support of our funding request. Thank you!   
Author Event: Zoe Weil: The World Becomes What You Teach

Zoe Weil, Surry resident and President of the Institute for Humane Education will  read from her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach at the Library on Thursday April 28 at 7:15 PM.zoe
She says that the book, just out this month, "offers a new approach to education reform that promises a better education for children and a more sustainable path for the future." Calling for a shift in the purpose of schooling, curricula, and pedagogy, the book presents a vision and practical ideas to prepare children for their critical roles in systemic problem-solving for a more just, healthy, and humane world for all.

Zoe Weil is co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). She is the author of Nautilus Silver Medal winner, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life (2009), and several others, including the children's book, Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs (2007) which won the Moonbeam Gold Medal. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on humane education and speaks regularly around the U.S., Canada and overseas.

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) (www.humaneeducation.org) is a nonprofit educational organization, offering master's degree and certificate programs that prepare people to be humane educators who provide citizens with the relevant knowledge and tools for examining and solving the critical and interconnected challenges affecting people, animals, and the earth.

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.

Opera Preview: Elektra
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Richard Strauss's opera, Elektra at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 29, at the Blue Hill Public Library.elektra A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, April 30, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Nina Stemme in the title role and Eric Owens as Orest in Richard Strauss's "Elektra". Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

According to the Metropolitan Opera, "The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn't live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme- unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner-who portrays Elektra's primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra's fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra's troubled siblings. Chéreau's musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss's mighty take on Greek myth."

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.
Live & Learn: Dividing Your Perennials
East Blue Hill resident and avid gardener Clifton Page will do a demonstration, "Dividing Your Perennials," at the Library on Saturday April 30 at 9:00 AM.perennials Perennial plants need to be divided every few years for optimal growth. This workshop will show you everything you need to know to divide your garden.

The three main reasons for dividing perennials are to control the size of the plants, to help rejuvenate them, and to increase their number. Dividing and replanting keeps rapidly spreading perennials under control. Dividing will rejuvenate old plants, keeping them vigorous and blooming freely. Dividing perennials is an easy and inexpensive way to gain additional plants for your garden or to share.

Clifton Page is an architect and landscape designer. He has divided thousands of perennials as a dedicated gardener and one of the organizers of the Blue Hill Library Plant Sale which consists entirely of donated plants. There is no charge for this event, and everyone is welcome. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.

Inklings Book & Movie Club

The Library invites kids ages 8 and up to join the "Inklings Book and Movie Club" on the last Saturday-of-the-month, April 30 at 2:00 PM.inklings Inklings explores stories of clever children who use their wits to overcome insurmountable odds. This month our book is "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau.
There are numerous copies available for checking out ahead of time, so kids can come in now, check one out and follow the story of Lina and Doon as they set out to unravel a mystery and save their entire city. On April 30, everyone will meet to discuss the book and watch the movie based on the book, make an amazing craft and have snacks in the theme of the book. For more information call the library at 374-5515. 
So Many Ongoing Events for Kids and Adults!
Participants at 52 Weeks of Giving recently planted seeds for local needy families. 

*    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
*    LEGO Club, ages 7 to 12: 1st Saturday/ month 2:00 PM
*    Reader Dog: 1st Saturday/month, 10:30 AM (call to sign up for time slot)
*    Mind Games: 2nd Saturday/month, 2:00 PM
*    Inklings Book & Movie Club, 8 & up: last Saturday/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 7:00 PM
*    Pickup Games of Chess: Thursdays 5:30 to 8:00 PM
*    Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": 1st Saturday/month, 9 AM to 2 PM

Current Exhibits
Don't miss our ongoing exhibits: The photo below is an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab shell from Treasures from Maine Shores, from the collection of Dr. Alison Dibble (in the Children's Larchwood Room through April 30).exhibits Look for images from the April Student Art Show below that. 

Artwork from the April Student Art Show
Species Pieces, oil, pastel, and watercolor pencil, by Rachel DeFosses, grade 12, George Stevens Academy

Totem Collage by Connor Epprecht, grade 4, Penobscot School

Watercolor and ink, by Phoebe Zildjian, grade 12, George Stevens Academy

Emily Conlon, kindergarten, Blue Hill