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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...
  • Kids 6 to 10 years old are invited to join Kneisel Hall teaching artists and composer Christopher Stark TOMORROW WEDNESDAY May 25 at 4:00 PM for a musical journey in which the audience will help compose music inspired by the story Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. (more info below)
  • Blue Hill resident Valencia Libby will present an account of her mother's contributions to the Allied effort as a British nurse in Italy and North Africa during World War II at the  Library on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
  • The BHPL Plant Sale/Bake Sale/Book Sale starts at 8:00 AM THIS SATURDAY May 28! Bidding for the Silent Auction will start TOMORROW afternoon in the main room downstairs.
  • Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join the "Inklings" Book and Movie Club on the THIS SATURDAY, May 28 at 2:00 PM, to discuss the book, watch the movie based on the book and do a fun craft and have snacks in the theme of the book.
Plant Sale this Saturday!

The library's much loved Plant Sale and Silent Auction fundraiser is this Saturday! from 8:00 to 11:00 on the BHPL front lawn.plant Hundreds of perennials, seedlings, and soft fruit canes have been donated by your friends and neighbors.  The ones with the beautiful gardens.  Bring your wishlist and bring a friend-- your garden and your library will thank you!  Lines start forming at 7:45. See you there!

All proceeds go to support the Library.
Garden-themed Silent Auction
Lots of wonderful items have been donated to the Plant Sale's Silent Auction: Catered dinner for 8, a month's worth of local eggs, a granite garden bench, landscape design consult, pots with herbs, frozen blueberries, quilts, gift certificates.auction You get the idea. Something for everyone!  Some items will be on preview in the main reading room and available for early bidding starting Wednesday afternoon!

Tote by One Woman Studio
Rowantrees bowl
Floral quilt by Jean Savalchak

Don't Forget the Bake Sale

The Plant Sale would not be complete without the Friends of the Library Bake Sale!bake All manner of breakfast goodies made fresh by some of the peninsula's best bakers. Plus 44 North Coffee donated by Black Dinah Cafe.

If you are a baker and you want to pitch in, you can bring your treats by 7:45am* on Saturday or you can drop things off at the library Friday afternoon. 

*Can't get up that early? Bring it anyway, the Bake Sale always sells out!
Tomorrow! A Musical Exploration of
Where the Wild Things Are For Ages 6-10
The Library invites the kids 6 to 10 years of age to experience a sound journey through the beloved tale of Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, TOMORROW WEDNESDAY May 25 at 4:00 PM.kneisel Kneisel Hall teaching artists, joined by professional composer Christopher Stark, workshop will lead participants in composing music inspired by the tale, and the workshop will culminate in a performance of the resulting work! Musical training not required.

Elizabeth Lyon

Clara Lyon

Christopher Stark

Hannah Sun

Interactive Musical Program by the Daponte String Quartet
The Maine-based DaPonte String Quartet will give an interactive musical program at the Library on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 PM.daponte The group, founded more than 20 years ago, performs string chamber music in Maine and throughout the United States, and introduces string music to students of all ages. The mission of the Quartet is to connect audiences to composers and their influences by bringing to life the human context of each score's creation.

The DSQ will play and talk informally about rehearsal technique, score analysis, and phrasing choices. They will demonstrate with excerpts from their upcoming concert series including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Respighi. The audience will be invited to ask questions.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by grants from the Quimby Family Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation, and the Maine Humanities Council. This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Photograph Exhibit: Feeding Maine
The Library welcomes a new traveling exhibit to the Britton Gallery for the month of June, Feeding Maine, a photo exhibit created in partnership by Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine Farmland Trust.feeding The exhibit of photographs by Brendan Bullock documents some of the many grassroots projects in Maine that share a goal of increasing access to fresh, local foods to communities across the state.
Hannah Semler of the Gleaning Project and two other volunteers harvest spinach at Four Seasons Farm, part of the Feeding Maine exhibit of photographs by Brendan Bullock.

The phrase "food insecurity," might bring to mind scenes from distant places hit by the global food crisis: barren fields marked by drought, families fleeing wars, or people waiting in long ration lines. Yet more than 200,000 Mainers are food insecure. The term encompasses hunger and scarcity, as well as a lack of access to food that's fresh and healthy.

Featured in the exhibit's photographs are Maine's farmers, workers, and volunteers who are meeting the need for nutritious local food. Mainers are fortunate to have everything required to feed our state: rich farmland, skilled farmers, and people invested in forging ties between farms and low-income Mainers.

The projects featured in this exhibit are also forging new opportunities for Maine farms-by opening up markets, diverting waste through farm donations and gleaning, and creating new customers who seek fresh, local food.

The hope is that Feeding Maine will inspire a broader discussion around food access and security, raise awareness and stimulate innovation. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
 Exhibit: Asian Pottery 
A new exhibit, "Asian Pottery," will be on display in the Library's Howard Room glass cases from June 2 through the end of July. potteryThis show is offered by Deer Isle artist Frederica Marshall and her husband Dr. Herman Kidder. The two studied pottery techniques in Japan, and both made and collected "yakimono" as pottery is known there. This collection contains "chawan," the bowls used for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as well as plates and cups, with various glazes, firing techniques and styles of application.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule through the end of July. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Poetry Readings: Beatrix Gates and Rosa Lane
Two Maine poets, Beatrix Gates and Rosa Lane, will read from their recent books of poetry at the Library on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 PM. poetry

Beatrix Gates will read from her 2014 book of poems, Dos in addition to new work. Dos is Gates' fifth published collection. Gates is a poet, translator, writer of creative non-fiction and has taught at many colleges and universities including the MFA program at Goddard College. She is a Brooksville resident and on the Board of the Cannery at South Penobscot. She is the founder of Granite Press (1975-1989) and continues to actively promote poetry in our community and across the country.

Rosa Lane will read from Tiller North, winner of the Sixteen Rivers Press 2014 Competition. Lane is a native of coastal Maine, with familial and ancestral roots steeped in lobster fishing. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of the poetry chapbook Roots and Reckonings (Granite Press, East, 1980). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Briar Cliff Review, Crab Orchard Review, New South, and Ploughshares. Lane works as an architect and divides her time between coastal Maine and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Weekly and Monthly Events
52 Weeks of Giving volunteers, led by Hannah Semler of Healthy Acadia, transplant tomato seedlings destined for feeding local people in need.

*    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
The Fifth Rule, by Jennifer Lee Morrow

Ponzi Scheme, by Sarah Doremus

HO scale model train diorama from the collection of Micah Hileman. 
"Tin Can Art" by 7th graders at the Blue HIll Consolidated School