July & August: Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the library’s Peninsula Reads Passport Challenge! Participants can pick up a passport anytime during library hours starting Monday, June 26. This program will take place all summer through Labor Day weekend. Each passport will contain the reader’s photo and reading prompts such as “read a book about space” or “read a book outside.” Once a reading prompt is complete, kids can visit the library to get a special stamp on that page of their passport. Participants who complete the entire passport can visit the library to claim a final prize! The Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin and the Blue Hill Public Library are passport partners!
July 3- July 22: Art Show featuring local fishermen with works by several local artists. Half of all sales will go to the Maine Lobsterman Association. Opening reception on Thursday, July 6 from 6-8pm with live music by Curtis Brand.
Monday, July 10 at 5:30pm: Frank Gotwals will discuss the history of and the current history of the Maine lobster fishery and play us some music!
Wednesday, July 12 at 6pm: Author event: Gretchen Cherrington. Seasonal Brooksville resident Gretchen Cherrington will read from her new book, The Butcher, the Embezzler, the Fall Guy: A Family Memoir of Scandal and Greed in the Meat Industry. Kirkus Reviews says, “A dazzling account that deftly combines crime, drama, history, and introspective remembrance…This is a mesmerizing story, one filled with drama and suspense and told with remarkable emotional insights.”
Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm: Film: A Watershed Moment. Screening followed by Q&A with film maker Tate Yoder and Ciona Ulbrich with Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “A Watershed Moment” is about people, fish, and the water that connects them—and what it takes to keep that connection alive and strong. “A Watershed Moment” is a short film produced by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, which tells the inspiring story of a diverse group of partners who came together over five years to restore fish passage throughout the entire Bagaduce River Watershed on the Blue Hill peninsula in Maine. Three coastal Maine communities, numerous nonprofits, fishermen, school children, engineering and construction companies, and state and federal management agencies worked together to restore historic fish passage on their rivers and steward the historic alewife runs in their communities. Rooted in collaboration, this story acts as a beacon of hope for other communities involved in fish passage restoration and community-driven stewardship.
Saturday, July 15, 9am-12pm: Annual book sale! Something for everyone. All proceeds benefit the library.
Thursday, July 20, 10:30am: Blue Hill Bach at the Brooksville Library
July 24- Sep. 2: Annual library summer art: an annual Brooksville tradition! Enjoy gorgeous works from dozens of Brooksville artists. proceeds benefit the library. Reception at 5:30pm on July 26.
July 25, 3pm: Join our next Hidden History meeting where we’ll discuss items of mystery and interest that reveal stories about past lives. Everyone’s welcome so long as you bring an old object to discuss. In earlier meetings, we’ve examined an egg grader, a shoe stashed in a wall, and a slide rule (not so old, but ancient in terms of today’s technology!) among many items. After examing our objects, we’ll delve into the uncatalogued family histories and other genealogical books in the library’s local history collection to see what’s there. Join us for one or both!
Wednesday, August 2, 7PM: Documentary film screening: “Gabi Giffords Won’t Back Down”: a ilm and discussion with the Good Life Center
Sunday, August 6, 4PM: Talk on recent book banning efforts and challenges with librarian Brook Minner at the Good Life Center
Thursday, August 10, 4-6PM: Annual live dessert auction! Join us to bid on the best locally-made cakes, pies, and more. All proceeds benefit the library.
2nd Saturday of each month at 10am: Readers’ Cafe! Join us for an informal discussion of what we’re reading, what we loved, and what we didn’t like so much! This is a drop-in group that’s open to everyone.
3rd Saturday of each month at 10am: Book Club! The book club is open to everyone. In May, we will be discussing Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime. Contact the library if you need a copy. Everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday from 10-11am: Drop-in technology help. Bring your device, passwords, and tech problems and let us help you. First come, first serve.
Every Wednesday at 2pm: Mahjong! Everyone is welcome.
Every Thursday from 6:30-8pm: Cribbage at the library! Come learn to play or connect with other players. Free and open to everyone.
Every Saturday at 9:30am: Storyhour! Children of all ages and their families and caregivers are welcome to join our volunteer readers every Saturday morning for storyhour. Interested in volunteering? Contact Brook, firstname.lastname@example.org