Sunday, October 5, 2014

At the Raymond Village Library - By Sally Holt

This weekend I read from cover to cover one of my favorite magazines, Vanity Fair. Yes, Vanity Fair is filled with fashion ads of every type, but it also has some in depth, thought provoking and well-researched articles that are interesting to read. October’s topics included the Ebola epidemic, Jackie Kennedy and the winter after JFK was assassinated and the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 and more. The article that interested me the most was entitled, “The Great Connectors,” by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson begins with how similar the Industrial Revolution and the Digital Revolution are to one another and though the relationship between the two did not start off well, once they became intertwined the relationship became much more cordial thus the digital economy began to transform our lives. Though, the Internet has been around since WWII, it was not organized for the general population’s use until just a mere 20 years ago. Isaacson ends his article suggesting that there is a new challenge for the next 20 years and he stresses the importance of the humanity of the Internet. “The people who succeed will be the ones who can link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology, and poetry to processors.” Please join Raymond Village Library for the following programs and connect with some great speakers.

Sock Knitting Classes
If you know the basics, knit, purl, increase and decrease – you definitely qualify for this class! These socks will make great Christmas gifts. An informational handout that explains what to expect each week will be sent to registered participants prior to October 6. This class will take place at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, beginning Monday, October 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will continue for six classes with Georgette Ouellette as instructor. Call the library at 655-4283 for more information.

Speaker on Women’s Health
On Thursday, October 9 the main library will close at 6 p.m., and the Raymond Village Library will host Deborah Cowens, an adult nurse practitioner specializing in gynecology, nutrition, Native American holistic healing and author of A Gift for Healing. She will speak on how the anatomy of a women’s menstrual cycle can hold the key to successful transition through peri-menopause and menopause. Join in a personal discussion on health topics such as cycle variations, importance of thyroid function, breast health, osteoporosis, liver health and prudent use of hormones. Biodentical and synthetic hormones will be detailed to understand the role of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women’s health. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 8 p.m. The fee for this course is $14. Call Adult Ed at 892-1819 to register.

Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland
Maine author and beer blogger John Christie will share the history of brewing in the state, from post-Prohibition Maine to the unique and inventive beer culture that flourishes today. He’ll provide a variety of recommendations, including historically significant beer, his own personal favorites and local beers. Josh’s book will be available for purchase and signing and combines a history of early brewing in Maine and a guide to every brewery to open in the state since the resurgence of the Maine craft beer industry in the 1980s. Josh will bring a variety of beers for tasting. He will be at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Rte 121, Raymond on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30PM. This is a free program and open to the public. Please pre-register by calling the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283.

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