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There is always something to do at the Blue Hill Public Library
Patrons taking advantage of the Library's late hours on Thursday night.
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 Play Reading Group THIS WEDNESDAY!, October 19 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. This month the group will read A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry.
  • The library will screen the third and final presidential debate and provide snacks for viewers THIS WEDNESDAY! October 19 at 9:00 PM. Participants will enjoy popcorn, cookies, and ice cream floats while becoming more informed citizens!
  • Sedgwick craftsman Stephen Rowles will do a presentation THIS THURSDAY!, October 20 at 7:00 PM on the methods and materials for making violins, cellos and violas. A musician will demonstrate a few of the instruments he will bring. More info here.
  • THIS FRIDAY! October 21 from noon to 3:00 PM, the library will host a viewing of the film, The Longest Loss: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, followed by a discussion facilitated by staff members from Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and Friendship Cottage Adult Day care facility. More info here.
  • Join Friends of the  Library for a preview of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni, THIS FRIDAY! October 21 at 1:00 PM. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day. More info here.
  • Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join the "Inklings" Book and Movie Club THIS SATURDAY, October 22 at 2:00 PM. This month they are discussing The Golden Compass and watching the movie made from it. It's not too late-- stop by and pick up a copy to read before the club meets!
Fall Ball Fundraiser November 5th
Fans of the library and live music will be doubly rewarded when they participate in the Library's "Fall Ball" fundraiser with music by Brooksville's "Soulbenders."ball The community is invited to dig out their best flannel and join in the festivities at the Bay School's Emlen Hall on Saturday, November 5, 7:00 to 9:30 PM.

The event includes a celebration of "all things BHPL" with a cider and dessert bar and cozy winter themed "pick-a-prize" raffles featuring local goods and services. One raffle prize includes a chance to be a back-up singer with the band for one song.
Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:00. Tickets are limited and are now available ($15/person, kids 12 & under/$5) at the Library and on bhpl.net.
"Our fall fundraiser has always been a fun event that kicks off the giving season, and as things quiet down, we like to put the focus back on the community," says Rich Boulet, library director. "The Soulbenders are an amazing band and we're excited to have them perform."
The Soulbenders

Plaid chic is encouraged and all proceeds benefit the library. This event is sponsored by The First. For more information, contact the library at 374-5515.
Candidates' Q & A Forum
The Library will hold a candidates "Q and A" forum on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 P.M.candidates Candidates for Maine District 133 House Ralph Chapman (D) and Nancy Colwell (R) will each introduce themselves and take questions from the audience. The forum will be moderated by Bill Case, social studies teacher at George Stevens Academy.

Ralph Chapman
Nancy Colwell
Citizens are urged to attend and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Hancock County and the State of Maine.

This event is sponsored by the library, the Weekly Packet, and the League of Women Voters Downeast. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse any political party or candidate for elective office. For more information about this event contact the library at 374-5515.
Author Event: Please Delete
Blue Hill author John Diamond will discuss and read from his recent book, Please Delete: How Leadership Hubris Ignited a Scandal and Tarnished a University, at the library on Thursday October 27 at 7:00 PM. Delete

The book is about the goings on behind the scenes of the 2006 scandal at the University of Arkansas that ended up with convictions of university management, local businesspeople and state legislators on charges including federal bribery, kickbacks, theft, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The scandal took down the university's chancellor Roy Johnson and involved a total of 15 people being charged, ten of whom pled guilty to charges.

In writing Please Delete, author John Diamond says he relied on thousands of pages of email, transcripts, financial records, and first-hand accounts "to complete a puzzle that investigative reporters, state auditors, and prosecutors couldn't-or wouldn't-finish."

John Diamond spent 22 years as a senior communications leader for universities in Maine, Arkansas, and Wisconsin. A former journalism professor at the University of Maine, Diamond was a panelist on MediaWatch, a weekly television program on Maine PBS that critiqued news coverage of current events. He also co-produced Inside Augusta, a documentary series on the inner workings of state government for which he won a national journalism award. Before moving into higher education, Diamond served eight years in the Maine Legislature, including four years as House Majority Leader.

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.
Zombie Prom
Teens are invited to get on your best zombie gear (or your most adorable Halloween costume) and come out for a night of dancing, games, and prizes at the library's Zombie Prom, Friday October 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Bay School's Emlen Hall.zombie The event is geared toward teenagers but everyone can join in the fun!

Party-goers will be welcome to stop by the wound station, see if they can pass the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Test, and enter to win ghastly zombie queen & king plushies to take home. Dance music and ghoulish games will be provided by local DJ Gary Milliken.

This event is sponsored by the library, and made possible by the wonderful Friends of the Library.  For more information call the library at 374-5515.
"Crafts for Kids" Sale and Fundraiser
The Friends of the Library is looking for knitters, weavers, potters, woodworkers--all sorts of craftspeople to donate crafts to for a sale to raise money to buy holiday gifts for local children in need.crafts Last year's fundraiser featured beautiful, locally knitted mittens for sale and was very successful. This year the group plans to offer an expanded range of handcrafted items.
Some of the mittens for sale last year.

Starting on November 7 and continuing through December 10, the library's downstairs counters will display and offer for sale items donated by local craftspeople. To keep things simple, there will be only two price categories: either $25 or $45. The public may buy works at any time, and items will continue to be added to the display as they become available. Sales will continue until December 10, when the gifts for the children will be purchased and donated to the Tree of Life Food Pantry and the Emmaus Center in Ellsworth. For more information call the library at 374-5515.
Weekly and Monthly Events

  • 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, 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, Looking Forward, Looking Back: Drawings, Paintings and Ceramic Tiles (top), by Eileen Ahern (through October 31); In the Howard Room Glass Cases; Hamabe Puppet Collection from the Library's Archives (middle, through November 30);  In the  Larchwood Case (bottom), Zoe's Bakery: beautiful desserts and characters made from modeling clay by 8-year-old Zoe Pulitzer (through October 31). exhibits
Across to Blue Hill, oil on canvas, by Eileen Ahern

Photo of Francis Hamabe interacting with his young audience