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Just a few of the handcrafts for sale in the main room downstairs to raise money for holiday gifts for local children in need, sponsored by Friends of the 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...
  • Writers are invited to enjoy free coffee and tea while they write their novels for National Novel Writing Month-- THIS THURSDAY November 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM., along with two more Wednesday sessions later in the month.
  • Join the Friends of the Library for the film, Key Largo (1948), starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, THIS THURSDAY! November 10 at 7:00 PM.
  • Exciting robot workshops from "Mad Science" for kids 7 & up THIS SATURDAY! See below for more information.
Robots in Action-- Workshop for Ages 7 & up
Kids ages 7 and up are invited to a hands-on program, "Robots in Action," at the library on Saturday November 12 from 10:30 AM to 12:45 PM.robotics Robotics is fun for girls and boys alike. The program will be presented by Mad Science of Maine, a company that has spent years developing robotics programs for elementary school students.

The program is a two-part workshop. In the first part, kids will compare, analyze and test robots after learning about their principal components. They will create modular mobile robots and circulate though robot learning centers to learn how each robot senses the world.

The second part of the workshop is a challenge. Kids will learn the basics of programing through an active game. They will then begin their "Robot Challenge"-- programming a robot to go through a race track full of twists and turns! After reaching the finish line, children graduate to the next challenge of maneuvering a race car through a colorful crisscrossing road map.

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by Cornerstones of Science and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), two non-profits based in Maine

This workshop is free but registration is required. Participants can sign up using the library's interactive web calendar, or call the library at 374-5515.
Fall Ball was a blast and a success.

Last Saturday over 275 people turned out to celebrate all things BHPL at the first Fall Ball Fundraiser.ball The Soulbenders had Emlen Hall hopping, and by that we mean many inspired plaid flannel dance grooves.

Many thanks to the volunteers, bakers, raffle donors, and sponsors, especially First National Bank, who made this event possible and helped us raise over $4,000.  More photos.
"Our Trip to Campobello Island"
The library has a new exhibit in the children's Larchwood case for November and December, "Our Trip to Campobello Island." campobelloLibrary patrons Lucy and Georgia Clews are exhibiting rocks, photographs, stories and drawings from their trip this summer.

Lucy and Georgia live in Blue Hill. They like to visit Campobello Island with their family. Even though the island is small and quiet, they always find plenty to do while camping at Herring Cove Provincial Park. During their most recent trip this summer they visited the Roosevelt International Park and the Roosevelt Cottage, hiked around a big bog, watched the enormous tide come in and out, and buried themselves in perfectly round, warm beach stones.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours. For more information call Libby at 374-5515.
Play Reading: A Sleep of Prisoners
The public is invited to participate in the library Play Reading Group on Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, and every 3rd Wednesday of the month until next summer.Play This month the group will read A Sleep of Prisoners, by Christopher Fry, an anti-war "verse drama" in the form of a religious drama.

In the play, four English soldiers are locked up in a church in enemy territory-the stress of it gets to them and two have a fight and have to be separated by the others. That night they all dream that they are characters from the Old Testament and each is seen in the dreams of the others, where they address their issues on a spiritual plane.

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 library at 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248, or Donahue.mg@gmail.com.
Live & Learn: Certainly You Can Draw
Local artist and gallery-owner Margret Baldwin will host a workshop series for adults on drawing at the library that will meet four times.drawing Registration is free but required in advance for the entire series, which is on Thursdays, November 17, December 1, and January 5 and 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Space is limited to 12. Anyone interested can register on the library's web calendar or call 374-5515. Students are asked to provide their own materials.

This class offers participants a chance to develop a range of drawing skills in a non-judgmental, noncritical atmosphere. Students will utilize some tried and true methods, guided by the experience Baldwin has gleaned from years of teaching and working on her own art.

Participants will learn to tackle depictions of people, objects, plants, and interiors, with attention to line, form, value, volume, space, and texture. The classes will hone skills that can lead to deeper explorations in the visual arts and meaningful effective self-expression.

Margret is a certified art Instructor with 25 years in the public school system and private teaching experience. She expanded her exposure to art and artists through her curatorial experience during eight years of employment at the Blue Hill Public Library. She has exhibited widely and runs a seasonal neighborhood "Little Gallery" in Surry.

This event is sponsored by the library. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Basic Knitting for Kids
Kids up to age 12 are invited to spend chilly afternoons learning to knit in the library's cozy Larchwood Room with instructor Carrie Marks.knitting This is an eight week knitting class, on Fridays from 4:00 to 4:45 PM, starting November 18 and going through January 6. The workshop is free but registration is required in advance for the entire series, and can be done on the library's web calendar, or by calling the library at 374-5515.
Victoria Williams
Carrie says she learned to knit when she was 12 in 4-H and knits in the "continental style." The goal is for kids to each have a finished scarf at the end!  For more information call the library at 374-5515.
Kids Live & Learn: Making Terracotta Elf Candleholders 
Kids 5 to 14 years of age are invited to make terracotta elf candle holders in a workshop at the library on Saturday November 19, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.gnomes Just the thing to light the long winter nights over the holidays! The workshop is free but space is limited so registration is required. Participants can register on the library's web calendar or call the library at 374-5515.

Local artist Margret Baldwin will show participants how to form their very own candle elves out of the soft gray clay provided by Rackliffe Pottery of Blue Hill. Potter Dennis Rackliffe will then bake the elves in the "Big Kiln" until they are ready to march out, magically changed to that beautiful terra cotta color, baked firm and hard. Then the terra cotta elves will be ready for candles in time for the holidays.

Baldwin is a certified Art Instructor with 25 years full-time in the public school system and private teaching experience. She worked at the library for eight years before deciding to go back to her first love--creating, teaching art and encouraging artists. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
App Makers at App Club
The library's "App Club" will host two local "app makers" who will talk about how apps are made on Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 PM.Apps

Apps are specialized programs made to operate on computer tablets, and over two and a half million are available on Apple's App Store, many for free. But how do apps work? Learn from the source as local developers share at this month's meeting.

The App Club meets monthly, both for people who want to share their favorite apps and people who want to learn more about apps. Anyone who would like to show and tell an app (Apple or Android) can register on the library's web calendar at www.bhpl.net or call the library at 374-5515. Those who only wish to attend to watch and listen do not need to register.
Weekly and Monthly Events
The 52 weeks of giving volunteers did an awesome job of collecting food for pets and humans last Saturday, to donate to the Tree of Life Food Pantry.

  • 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:1 to 2 times per month
  • 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), Symmetry, a photographic exhibition by Francoise Gervais (through November 30);  In the Howard Room Glass Cases; The Francis Hamabe Puppet Collection from the library's Archives (middle, through November 30); In the Larchwood case, Our trip to Campobello Island by Lucy and Georgia Clews (bottom, through December 30). exhibits
Red Leaf 1/10 by Francoise Gervais

Sketch of a puppet show by Francis Hamabe while on a trip to Paris.

Picture of the Roosevelt cottage at  Roosevelt Campobello International Park