2016-09-08 / Editorial

Library has plenty in store

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By Bob Cochran

The days may be getting shorter but what isn’t is the list of Libby Memorial Library’s fall programs designed to inform, entertain and enrich the lives of our patrons and visitors.

This month sees the return of plenty of popular programs as well as a variety of new ones, too. One of our most popular is Live Model Portrait Sessions. This wellreceived program is returning in a three-session format. The sessions will be held 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month from Sept. 20 through Nov. 15. Participants are required to supply their own materials. Whether a beginner or a seasoned artist, all are welcome to come try their hand at portraiture.

We’re not just about art and culture; we have your practical side covered as well with a three-session program in organization presented by Lisa Luken of Simple Joy Living. The first session, Organizing Paper, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27. If you want to get a handle on that mountain of paper on the counter, all over your desk and stacked on the floor next to the file cabinet because there’s no room inside, this is the program for you. The second session, Dealing with Digital Clutter, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25. This session deals with the accumulation of documents, e-mails, photos, etc. that can clutter your computer/tablet/mobile device/ phone. The third session, Organize and Simplify for the Holidays, is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8, just in time for the busy holiday season. All organization programs are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Another program we’re excited to offer is “Suburban Foraging,” a four-session course designed for youngsters, particularly those being homeschooled, but all are welcome. Instructor Wendy Brown will teach participants basic techniques used to identify the many edible weeds and other plants found in suburban areas. The class is structured for children ages 7 and older and will be held at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday from Sept. 14 through Oct. 5.

Also for the kids is a slew of new and returning fun activities, including Lego Club, which returns to Thursdays at 3 p.m. and Magic the Gathering, Wednesdays at 3 p.m. There’s even more fun with Steam Powered Saturdays starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 and continuing every third Saturday of the month. Start times will change from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for our popular Family Movie nights starting with the Sept. 16 showing of “Inside Out.” You can find a listing of our upcoming films on the library’s website, Facebook page or posted in-library and remember, free popcorn.

Kids will definitely want to check out our brand new Pokemon Go Club that will meet every Thursday at 3 p.m. starting Sept. 20. Another fun new addition is our brand new 2 iPad Krayon Kiosk. Each iPad is packed full of nifty apps for children to enjoy.

Both parents and kids are invited to attend our presentation on Backpack Safety and Postural Awareness. Dr. Brent Reiche of Active Chiropractic will hold a presentation noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Preregistration is suggested as seating is limited. You can register by calling 934-4351, or emailing director@ooblibrary.org. With preregistration, you’ll receive a free ($50 value) postural screening.

In closing, we’d like to remind you that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Your public library is the portal to a universe of education, entertainment and personal enrichment and it’s all free. Whether you lost your library card, never got around to getting one or your dog ate it, September is the time to come on down and get your library card.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer at Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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