That’s the whole idea behind the Brown Bag Lunch ‘N Learn Series happening at a few South Shore Public Libraries.
Barbara Jones, the South Shore Libraries’ children’s programmer, is helping to facilitate the project with other committee members.
“We’d love to get the community involved with the library,” says Jones.
The committee thought the lunch and learns would be a good way to increase the number of people involved with the library.
The idea, says Jones, is to have an informal atmosphere.
“Kind of like friends sitting around a dinner table and chatting, so that people can ask questions and feel very at ease rather than have the speaker at a podium,” says Jones.
Cate Bird, who was the first speaker in the series, talked about the Astor Theatre’s history.
“She had photographs, all sorts of anecdotes and funny, funny stories,” says Jones.
To find speakers, Jones has simply been asking around and spreading the word in Liverpool, Bridgewater and Lunenburg, which is where the series take place.
“Everyone’s becoming so insular now… it’s just so nice to sit down and see people face to face and have a chat and learn something that way, the old fashioned way,” says Jones.
It’s important for the community to be involved with the library because that’s what it’s there for, adds Jones.
Mary Kuhn is set to discuss balance and mental calm through self-realization at the Thoma H. Raddall Library on Oct. 20. Mary Ann Marriott is slated to speak about credit ratings on Nov. 24.
Mary Kuhn has been practicing Sahaja Meditation for 15 years.
At the lunch and learn on Oct. 20, Kuhn will explain how people can awaken energy inside them to realize their potentials and to achieve a state of thoughtless awareness.
Kuhn says awakening the energy is a gentle, easy and natural process. Once the energy is awakened, meditation can begin.
To find out more about the Brown Bag Lunch ‘N Learn Series, call the Thomas H. Raddall Library at 354-5270.
- With files from Kelly Brooks