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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 3, 2021
Blue Hill Public Library June events

Wild Sun Catchers Workshop

Adelaide Rouleau, a Wild Sun Catchers Workshop participants model the crowns she made at the recent event sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

Photo courtesy of Blue Hill Public Library

by Leda Beth Gray

The library is looking more like old times now! We are all still wearing our masks inside the library and ask everyone else to do so as well, but the tables, chairs, and public computers are back and available to use, all entrances are open, newspapers and magazines are out for browsing; also no more having to take a ticket to come in, or worrying about which staircase you can go up or down. Our plant sale is going great and continues through June 12. Stop by and see us soon!

June Art Show – Eliot Sweet

For the month of June, the retrospective on Blue Hill artisan Eliot Sweet (1906-2000) will continue and expand beyond the Howard Room glass cases into the Britton Gallery. Curated by his granddaughter Kathleen Murray, this additional part of the show will include a collection of original paintings, carved wooden sculptures and etchings, featuring various pieces Eliot created throughout the course of his life that show his wide skill set and artistic talents.

According to Kathleen, “My interest in Eliot makes me chuckle a bit. I live with all of these various works of art and utilitarian pieces every day of my life. He was a very important part of Blue Hill while he was alive. Doing everything from making and upholstering furniture to carving birds and animals, in addition to being part of the art community from its birth. The majority of the show will consist of a myriad of crafted things made by my grandfather.”

All are welcome to visit this retrospective exhibit in the Britton Gallery and the Howard Room.

Pride Month Events

June is Pride Month and Blue Hill Library has three events coming up to celebrate. On Tuesday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. kids are invited to join Youth Services Librarian Claire for an online Pride-themed storytime. Claire will read the picture book Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love and will demonstrate a rainbow craft for participants. This video will be posted on the library’s YouTube channel and the library’s online calendar at, available to view for one week after the premiere.

On Saturday, June 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. the library and the Blue Hill Congregational Church will host a Pride Celebration on the library lawn. Everyone is invited to stop by for some fun Pride-themed activities. Sidewalk chalk will be available to decorate the sidewalks in a rainbow of colors, in addition to supplies and directions for a playful ribbon wand craft. For more information, contact Claire at or call 374-5515.

Also on Saturday, June 12, at 4 p.m. join Teen Services Librarian Kendall Chapman for a special online book talk in honor of Pride Month. Kendall will present a selection of young adult books, fiction and nonfiction, that represent the LGBTQ+ community. This presentation will be available to watch on the library’s YouTube channel and for further viewing after the premiere. To access the video, visit the library’s online calendar at

Hiking Book Club

Tweens and Teens are invited to join Teen Services Librarian Kendall Chapman and a special guest from Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a summer hiking book club. For the months of June, July and August participants are invited to read a pre-selected book before meeting for a hike on a Blue Hill Heritage Trust trail. The books all have ties to nature and will relate to our hiking location, which will be discussed at a special spot on the trail.

On Wednesday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m. we’ll be hiking part of Blue Hill Mountain to discuss the book Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. Copies of this book are available now to check out at the library. Comfortable clothes, shoes, bug spray and a water bottle are recommended to bring with you for the hiking portion of this event.

All are welcome to join, though space is limited. Register for a spot through the library’s online calendar at or call 374-5515. For more information contact Kendall at