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This ceder waxwing is one of a flock that has been hanging around and enjoying crab apples and berries in the library's front yard this past week.
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 of all ages are welcome to come to the library before the Blue Hill Tree Lighting to make matchbox holiday ornaments THIS THURSDAY! December 1 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.
  • Join the Friends of the Library for one of two December book sales THIS SATURDAY! December 3 at 9 to 2 PM. More info below.
  • Still a few slots available for Reader Dog THIS SATURDAY! December 3, 10:30 to 12:30. Call Libby at 374-5515 to sign up.
Today is Giving Tuesday!
Created as a counter-balance to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a reminder to holiday shoppers to support their local non-profits as 2016 winds down.Tuesday

If you are making a list of organizations to support this year, consider putting the library at the top. Your donation to BHPL benefits every age group and every constituent on the peninsula.  Thank You!

Two Sales in December Feature Books for the Holidays
Friends of the Library will hold two Saturday book sales in December, on the 3rd and the 17th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.sale  The sales will feature many new and like-new books, CDs and DVDs for gift giving to children and adults. There are books for everyone: cooks, poets, artisans and readers of all ages. And most items are only a dollar or two!

Hundreds of quality used books fill the shelves in the book nook in all categories for all ages-- and most books are just a dollar or two! Proceeds from book sales enable the Friends of the Library to continue providing special events and purchases for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the library at 374-5515.
"Apps for Nature Lovers"
The library's "App Club" will present "apps for nature lovers" on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 PM.apps Do you love the great outdoors? Learn about apps for your phone or tablet that can help you identify flora and fauna, track the sun and moon, and more!

Belted Kingfisher Kevin Cole

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 and watch and listen do not need to register.
Film: The Lady Eve
The Friends of the Library Film Series will continue with The Lady Eve (1941), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM.eve The film is a "screwball comedy," written and directed by Preston Sturges, and based on a story by Monckton Hoffe. In the film a con woman meets the handsome heir to a brewery fortune on an oceanliner, and tricks him into marrying her but ends up falling for him.
Charles Coburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve

All films are shown free of charge on the library's "pretty big" screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or Donahue.mg@gmail.com.
December Art: Photographs by Juliane Gardner
Castine musician and artist Juliane Gardner will show her photographs in the library's Britton Gallery during the month of December.gardner The show will feature photographs of rocks and cloud formations.

About the rock photographs in the show Juliane says, "My intent behind capturing these beautiful little gems of nature, is to bring a bit of comfort in these troubled times and help us celebrate the intimate beauty of the Maine coastline and beyond. The Maine coastline has been a constant in my life and the source of my roots. So many times spent in rocky coves and inlets, skipping stones, saving them, cherishing some for color, for smoothness, others for their distinctive anomalies. I had no idea that all these weather worn rocks would affect my life, but they have in the most positive way."
The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting December 2nd. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Exhibit: Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities)
A new exhibit, "Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities)" by the Cynthia Winings Gallery will be on display in the library's Howard Room glass cases from December 2 through 30.wunder According to Cynthia Winings, "This show is a collection of whimsical, seasonally-inspired, small works, available for purchase as a holiday sale by local artists represented by the Cynthia Winings Gallery." The works will be a variety of media. Artists will include Bill Mayher, Heather Lyon, Buzz Masters, Avy Claire and Winings herself, among others.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday December 9 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours subject to the meeting room schedule through December 31. For more information call the library at 374-5515.
52 Weeks of Giving: Holiday "Good Works" Need Holiday Wrap and Cookie Donations

Youth Services Librarian Libby Edwardson will be holding two events for her "52 Weeks of Giving" program where kids can make a positive impact on their community this holiday season. 

fiftytwoOn Saturday December 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, kids will wrap presents purchased by Friends of the Library for local children in need. We would love it if people would donate wrapping paper for this effort! 

On Friday December 23 from 10:00 AM to noon, the kids will write and deliver notes of thanks, along with holiday cookies to hospital employees who have to work over the holidays. We are also looking for home-baked cookie donations to be dropped off on Thursday December 22 at the library. 

Libby says that the goal of 52 Weeks of Giving is "to instill in the kids a belief that they can make a difference." For more information contact Libby Edwardson at 374-5515.
Holiday Party December 17
Crafts to Benefit Kids Continues

Lots of wonderful hand-crafted items still for sale to raise money to buy gifts for local kids-in-need this holiday season. Items have been donated by local knitters, weavers, jewelers, potters, and felters and are either $25 or $45. 
Weekly and Monthly Events
Today's preschool story time was about hats.

  • 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), Photographs by Juliane Gardner (starting Dec. 2);  In the Howard Room Glass Cases, Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities) by artists represented by the Cynthia Winings Gallery (middle, through December 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

Study, gouache and collage on paper by Cyntia Winings

A Map showing the location of Campobello Island and a map showing details of the Island