It’s here – Labor Day and the end of summer.  It’s a little bit sad, but also very exciting.  What will you be learning this year?  That’s a question for people both in and out of school.  What new topics will you explore? What new skills do you want to acquire? Your library is the perfect place to start. You can start with our great programs and extensive collection and those in the rest of the consortium. Did you know we offer on-line classes, too? 

Universal Class offers over 500 on-line classes – all for free with your library card! Classes range from career development (accounting and computer training, for examples) to personal enrichment, such as “Pursuing happiness” or “Candle making 101.”  Many of the classes offer certificates and CEUs on completion.  Homeschoolers will find a variety of classes which would also be useful to traditional students looking for review and enhancement. All courses are self-paced so that you can learn when you want on your own time yet they also have teachers you can contact any time. Sign up through the link on the library homepage.  

If you’d like to learn something about music, come to the library on Saturday, September 7 at 1:00.  Rock historian Vincent Bruno will be presenting a program on The Sixties: the Motown Sound. He’ll tell you about Berry Gordy who established Motown in 1960. Thanks to its ''hit machine'' songwriting teams and the in-house studio band it has been described as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. Of course, the hits were also due to the extraordinary roster of recording artists including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes, Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It is certain to be a rockin’ good program—register your space today. 

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There are some other programs coming up that will be both educational and fun.  Thursday, September 12 at 7:00, adults will have the opportunity to learn origami. Have you ever wondered how a simple square of paper can look like a bird or a butterfly with only a few folds? Now is your chance to find out how to do it. Space is limited; please register in advance. 

If you don’t want to fold paper, fold yourself (gently, figuratively). The next session of Integral Yoga is on Saturday, September 14 at 1:30. Integral Yoga practice can help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and improve your quality of life. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle, and wear loose fitting clothing. You must sign up in advance to assure yourself a place in class.  

Our ongoing English discussion groups are open to all adult ESL students.  Starting September 7, there will be three sessions to choose from. Students can attend one, two or three a week. On Saturdays, class is from 10:00 to noon.  Starting September 9, there will be a group every Monday from 10:30 until 12:30.  On September 12 and subsequent Thursdays, a group meets from 1:00 to 3:00. If you have questions, ask for Eve at the reference desk. 

The staff of the children’s room is on break after their busy summer.  Regular children’s programs will resume October 1.  

The Friends of the Library are getting ready for their annual Book & Bake Sale. The sale will take place from September 21 through September 28. All sales benefit your library. If you’d like to donate baked goods, please sign up at the circulation desk. 

The Friends will be accepting donations until September 20. Donated items must be in good shape (no dirty, yellowed or water-damaged books; no scratched or cracked CDs and DVDs). The Friends will NOT take encyclopedias, textbooks, or VHS tapes. If you have more than a box or two, please call first to make sure we’ll be able to take them.  

The Friends are having a special meeting to help prepare for the book sale.  If you’d be interested in helping out, come on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00. You’ll be joining a group that does so much to support the library; among many other things, they fund the very popular museum pass program.  

Summer is ending, school is starting, but your library continues to serve you.