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There is always something to do at the Blue Hill Public Library!
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...
  • Join the Friends of the Library for the film Gunga Din (1939) on THIS THURSDAY! May 12 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
Happy Fern Day: May 12th!

Fern McTighe was the beloved Reference Librarian at BHPL for 26 years until her death in 2004. Fern was known as an excellent conversationalist, also for most likely having been the inspiration behind the naming of a certain EB White character, and especially for having a soft touch for overdue fines.

May 12th (Thursday) is Fern's birthday, and we have an informal tradition of ignoring all library fines on this day. Therefore, if YOU have a long-overdue book and want a break from possibly having to shell out cash, THIS THURSDAY is your lucky day. Return your book and the associated fines will disappear. Happy Fern Day!
Library Plant Sale May 28
Calling all gardeners! The ever popular Blue Hill Library Plant Sale will take place on Saturday May 28 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM on the Library's front lawn-light rain or shine (extreme weather date is Sunday May 29).Plant Kick off the holiday weekend and start the gardening season right by browsing close to 1,000 potted perennials from local gardens, along with soft fruit canes, vegetable and flower seedlings. Bring your wish list and bring a friend, lines start forming at 7:45!

And, it's not just plants: The Friends of the library will host a bake sale with coffee and breakfast treats plus a special garden edition of their wonderful book sales.

Not a gardener or don't need more plants?  There are lots of wonderful items for bid in the Silent Auction. Featured items include: a gourmet farm-to-table dinner for 8, a granite bench, lunch cruise on a sailboat, fine desserts, terracotta pots filled with herbs, a month of local eggs, massages (to ease the aches and pains of weeding), and a large trellis, to name just a few--truly something for everyone.

All proceeds benefit the Library's general operating fund. For more information or to volunteer contact the Library at 374-5515.
Live & Learn: Planning a Cutting Garden
Cullen Schneider, owner of Fairwinds Florist will give a presentation at the Library on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 PM on how to plan a cutting garden that will yield beautiful bouquets and arrangements. CullenThe talk, part of the Library's Live & Learn series, will touch on the basic elements of floral design and suggest plants to grow for cutting.
Cullen Schneider, a certified and Maine Master Floral Designer, celebrated 10 years of ownership at Fairwinds this past December, as the 5th owner of the beloved Blue Hill business. She now has 20 years of experience in the industry, and last fall was accepted into the American Institute of Floral Designers accreditation program. She has completed the rigorous testing and will be inducted in July.

Cullen has worked to expand Fairwinds' offerings over the past several years, adding a greater variety of flowers and growing many at her own flower farm. She now devotes more than 7,000 square feet to production on her Orland property including two greenhouses. She grows about 45 varieties and supplies Fairwinds with more than 60 percent of its flowers. In addition to a full range of floral offerings at her shop, Schneider also has a flower CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program using the flowers from her gardens.

This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Play Reading: The Taming of the Shrew
The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until summer.shrew This month the group will read William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
Photo by Pacific Repertory Theater

The play is somewhat controversial as it depicts a fortune hunting man "taming" an unruly woman into being an obedient wife. The play's interpretation ranges from misogyny to tongue-in-cheek spoof and even an argument against patriarchy.

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.
 Live & Learn: Making Paintings Come Alive 
Old Town artist Michael E. Vermette will share his techniques for making watercolor and oil paintings come alive at the Library on Thursday May 19, at 7:00 PM.Vermette
The Battlefield of 1771, Oil on Gypsum Gesso Panel on Gypsum gessoed panel

A full time artist and part-time Maine art educator, Vermette will demonstrate traditional methods used by the Venetian master painters involving technique, composition, and innovative concepts that make award winning painting results. He will speak on preparing highly prized painting panels, the use of black oil wax medium to mix with oils to create a luster, and the multi-textural surfaces that make the subject pop in his watercolors. Vermette makes these secret formulas himself, and they are the very methods the masters used not only for archival reasons but to make color brighter and more alive. Vermette will also show framed examples of his work followed by a short presentation of highlighted work in his career.
Monhegan Lighthouse, Mohegan Island, Maine, watercolor

Michael Vermette was the winner of the Castine Plein Air Festival last year with his oil painting, "The Battlefield of 1771." Michael is also a new signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and has shown his work at the Boston Guild, MA. His next one-person show is in the month of September at the Gleason Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The artist has participated in the library's Paint the Peninsula Fresh Paint Fundraiser for the last two years.
Weekly and Monthly Events

*    Preschool Storytime for kids up to age 5, Tuesdays 10:30 AMongoing
*    Rainbow Warriors Writing Group, 12 & up: Tuesdays 4:00 PM
*    Playgroup - up to age 3: Wednesdays 10:30 to noon
*    52 Weeks of Giving for all ages: Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
*    Reader Dog: 1st Saturday/month, 10:30 AM (call to sign up)
*    LEGO Club, ages 7 to 12: 1st Saturday/ month 2:00 PM
*    Mind Games: 2nd Saturday/month, 2:00 PM
*    Inklings Book & Movie Club, 8 & up: last Saturday, 2:00 PM

*    Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30 AM-12:30
*    Play Reading: 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:30-9:30 PM
*    Pickup Games of Chess: Thursdays 5:30 to 8:00 PM
*    Film Series: 2nd Thursday of the month 7:00 PM
*    Basement Book Sales: 1st Saturday/month, 9 AM to 2 PM

We love your suggestions. 
Current Exhibits
Don't miss our ongoing exhibits: Heads and Tales in the Britton Gallery by Sarah Doremus and Jennifer Lee Morrow, Model Railroading in the Larchwood Case by Micah Hileman, and an extension of the Student Art Show in the Howard Cases.exhibits
Journal Pages, by Jennifer Lee Morrow
Morton's Fork, by Sarah Doremus 
HO scale Baltimore and Ohio steam locomotive and Bangor and Aroostook box car from the collection of Micah Hileman. 
Chicks, snakes, lizards and other critters made by students at the Adams and Penobscot Schools