Sunday, August 2, 2015

At the Library - By Sally Holt at Raymond Village Library

According to the Pew Research Center, “Text messaging is the most widely-used smartphone feature but voice/video calling remains popular, even among young smartphone owners; email continues to retain a place of prominence in the smartphone era.”

I purchased a Smart Phone about three years ago. I thought access to the Internet and other features would be good to have but the main reason was because I knew I would be able to communicate with my 20 something daughter, more, via texting. I have discovered that we can have fairly deep conversations with using fewer words. At least she can. Besides my daughter I have just a handful of other people that I text and very occasionally. And that works out okay but I don’t want many more “text friends.”

One of my close friends has a new puppy. I call her several times a week to get a “pup report” and enjoy hearing the happiness in her voice. Another friend is dealing with some health issues and I can hear in her voice how she is “truly” feeling and that matters to me.

Talking with someone face to face or via phone and being able to see a person’s facial expressions and hearing the tone in their voices is so much better to the entirety of our conversation.

Two programs at the library in August will keep you down to earth and take you to the moon. 

Alice Oldford will visit the library on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. to share tips on how to plant a Square Foot Garden and will have copies of her award winning cookbook, Recipes and Life: Life is Too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen available for purchase. Call the library at 655-4283 to reserve your spot.
On Wednesday, August 12th (rain date August 13th) Loon Echo Land Trust in collaboration Raymond Village Library and Casco Public Library invite you to a relaxing evening under the summer sky, and if conditions allow, shooting stars! Bring a comfortable chair, bug spray and drinks.  

Meet at the summit at 9 p.m. (7:30 p.m. if you want to catch the sunset).  Please park in the "Event Parking" area to the right of the summit. Call the library at 655-4283 to reserve your spot.

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