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The Library's 52 weeks of giving helped the Marine Environmental Research Institute collect sea creatures along Blue Hill Bay to test for ocean acidification and then let them go, and they also collected invasive green crabs.

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...
  • The public is invited to participate in the Library's Play Reading Group TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY, September 21 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Library. This month the group will read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen.
  • Kids 10 and under are invited to join the musicians of Kneisel Hall on an interactive journey through a story book THIS THURSDAY! September 22 at 4:30 PM.
  • The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hunter safety course this Thursday at 6:00 PM is full but there are a few spots left in the waiting list--click here to join it. Attendance at part 2 of this course, on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, is also required for students to complete the course and receive a certificate.
  • The Library invites kids ages 8 and up to join the "Inklings" Book and Movie Club on the last Saturday-of-the-month, September 24 at 2:00 PM. This month the book is "How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell-- stop by to pick up a copy to read today!
Presidential Debate Screening (Snacks!)

The Library will screen the first presidential debate and provide snacks for viewers on Monday September 26 at 9:00 PM.debate Participants will enjoy popcorn, cookies, and ice cream floats while becoming more informed citizens!

This banner has been appearing at presidential debates since 1992 but no one seems to know the history of it.

The first debate, broadcast from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator, Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Community members of all ages and all political affiliations are welcome and encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by the Library. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.

 Truth, Healing and Change in the Land of the Dawn

Barbara Kates of Maine-Wabanaki-REACH, will lead a presentation and discussion on the shared history of Maine and the Wabanaki people at the Library on Wednesday September 28 at 7:00 PM.wabanaki

The program--Truth, Healing and Change in the Land of the Dawn--will focus on key findings from the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, set up in 2012. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission spent two years collecting stories and data about the experience of Wabanaki children and families in the child welfare system in an effort to support the healing process by documenting the truth. The report issued last spring also addressed related concerns such as tribal sovereignty and the Wabanakis' general relations with the state. (For more information http://mainewabanakireach.org)

Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a cross-cultural collaborative that advances Wabanaki self-determination by strengthening the cultural, spiritual and physical well-being of Native people in Maine. The work is focused in three areas: Wabanaki health, wellness and self-determination; ally building in Maine communities; and strengthening systems and organizations.

2015 Maine-Wabanaki REACH and the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Wabanaki people include the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac. All have experienced the taking of their lands, lives, children, language, and spiritual practices. This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.

Author Event: Do Parents Matter?

Harvard anthropologists and seasonal Surry residents Sarah and Robert LeVine will present their new book, Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don't Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax, at the Library on Thursday September 29 at 7:00 PM.Parents

American parents seem to drive themselves crazy trying to perfect their children. There is always another news article or scientific finding proclaiming the importance of some factor or other, but it's easy to miss the bigger picture: that parents can only affect their children so much.

In their decades-long study of global parenting styles, the LeVines--grandparents themselves-- offer a refreshing counterpoint. They show how Japanese children co-sleep with their parents well into grade school, and how babies in many agrarian cultures are cared for by all their family members, and most of all, how American culture uniquely blames parents for childhood problems. The LeVines' fascinating global survey reminds us to embrace our limitations as parents.

Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine have collaborated for 47 years, coauthoring two previous books, Child Care and Culture and Literacy and Mothering. Robert is the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Sarah has conducted research on four continents. Her books include Dolor y Alegrķa, Mothers and Wives, and The Saint of Kathmandu.


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

Weekly and Monthly Events

Two young patrons showing off their story time crafts. Okay, one showing off her story time craft and one looking skeptical.


  • Preschool Storytime for kids 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)
  • 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, 6:30 to 9:00

*   Pickup Games of Chess: Thursdays 5:30 to 8:00 PM

*   Friends of the Library Film Series: 2nd Thursday 7:00 PM

*   Basement Book Sales: 1st Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM


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Current Exhibits
Don't miss our ongoing exhibits: In the Britton Gallery and Howard Room (top 3), The Peninsula Painters, by many artists from the local area (through September 30);   In the  Larchwood Case (bottom), Zoe's Bakery: beautiful desserts and characters made from modeling clay by 8-year-old Zoe Pulitzer (starting later this week in the Larchwood Cases and going through the end of October).exhibits

Boats on the Bay, oil on panel by Wendy Eysenbach

Blue Hill Birch, oil on canvas by Charles Fenner Ball

Frequencies IV, gouache on board by Heather Lyon 


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