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It's here!! The generator that will keep the library powered during electricity outages is resting comfortably waiting to be hooked up. Winter-- here we come. Thanks to everyone who helped us get here!
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...
  • Barbara Kates of Maine-Wabanaki-REACH, will lead a presentation and discussion, Truth, Healing and Change in the Land of the Dawn, focusing on key findings from the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission TOMORROW! Wednesday September 28 at 7:00 PM. More info here.
  • 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. More info here.
  • The Friends of the Library first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale is THIS SATURDAY! October 1 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More info below.
Last few days for Peninsula Painters
If you haven't seen the wonderful group show, The Peninsula Painters, featuring many of the artists who submitted work for Paint the Peninsula in July-- you still have time.painters Over 65 local artists are included in the exhibit which includes paintings, drawings, prints, and enamel.  Proceeds benefit both the library and the artists. The show continues through Thursday Sept. 29.

A Bend in the Road by Rosie Moore

Tidal Rocks by Em Herzstein

Under the Pine by Margret Baldwin

Book Sale this Saturday
The Friends of the Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale this Saturday October 1 in the Library's basement "book nook" from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.sale Most books are only a dollar or two.

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions - big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library, and to make special purchases of books, dvds, etc., and equipment for the library. To donate books that are in good, saleable condition (please no moldy or soiled books!) or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.
October Art: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Blue Hill artist Eileen Ahern will exhibit her work in a show, Looking Forward, Looking Back: Drawings, Paintings and Ceramic Tiles in the Library's Britton Gallery during the month of October.ahern The public is invited to an opening reception at the Library on Friday October 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The reception coincides with Blue Hill's "First Friday" when the Library and local businesses stay open until 7:00 PM.
Summer Field, watercolor

When a fire destroyed a home containing decades of Eileen Ahern's artwork three years ago it was a personal and professional blow. Some work was miraculously intact, drawings packed tightly in portfolios that protected them. It was fortunate that some work was in storage. She had not looked at most of the older work in a long time, but doing so, revisited the experiences of a younger self.

Ahearn says, "Now I am looking forward, and starting over. But also taking the time to look back and share work that still resonates. Challenged, and ready to start again, this exhibit at the library offers the opportunity to share both current and past work with a broad, multi-generational public. My new goals: Be honest. Be open. Try new things."
Irises and Leaping Deer, oil on canvas.

Eileen Ahern completed a BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University, studying French and Italian drawing, painting and, sculpture. A native of Southern Connecticut, she lived in Manhattan's East Village in the 1980's. Visiting Maine in 1989 resulted in exhibiting and working at Thistle Brown's Wingspread Gallery in Northeast Harbor, and meeting Sheila Varnum, of Rowantrees Pottery in Blue Hill. In Maine year-round since 1995, her work has been exhibited in Maine and nationally, and is in collections in the US and abroad.

 The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting Monday, October 3rd. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Anna in a Rocking Chair, oil on paper
Author Event: Art of Acadia
Art writer and poet Carl Little will talk about the making of his new book, Art of Acadia, written with his brother David, at the Library on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM.little Published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park, the book highlights the artists who have been inspired by the landscape of greater Mount Desert Island, the Cranberry Isles and Schoodic Point, from the early 19th century to today. Little will offer a sampling of images from the book.

Carl Little has written essays for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and lectures widely. He is a regular contributor to Art New England, Working Waterfront, Ornament, and Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors. He helped produce film portraits of artists William Thon, Stephen Pace, and Jon Imber in the Maine Masters series and is featured in the video "Richard Estes: My Camera Is My Sketchbook." His poetry appears in three anthologies edited by Wesley McNair, the poet laureate of Maine.

A native New Yorker, Little moved to Mount Desert Island in 1989. He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Columbia, and Middlebury. He directed the public affairs office and the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic for eight years before joining the Maine Community Foundation as director of communications and marketing in 2001.

This event is sponsored by the Library, and presented in conjunction with the Acadia Centennial. Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview: Tristan und Isolde
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Wilhelm Richard Wagner's opera, Tristan und Isolde, at the Blue Hill Public Library on Friday, October 7 at 1:00 PM.opera A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, October 8, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Stuart Skelton as Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.

According to the Met website, "Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for the 2014-15 season's double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met."
Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme in the title roles of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.

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.
Weekly and Monthly Events
Rainbow Warriors hosted Kneisel Hall musicians last week in a special program.

  • 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
We love your suggestions. 
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 29);   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
Blue Hill Bay Light, acrylic on canvas by Cynthia Gallant-Simpson.

The Arrow, watercolor, by Mary Ann McKellar

Lily Pond, watercolor by Paul Trowbridge