Chief Librarian Beth Clinton
AMHERST – It’s nice when a plan comes together.
“We do have our community classes all lined up,” said Beth Clinton.
It was just in the new year that the Cumberland library system put out a call for volunteers to teach community classes. The idea, according to Clinton, chief librarian, was inspired by the Tantramar Seniors College, as well as a community classes program on Prince Edward Island.
The offers to instruct exceeded the library’s capacity to offer classes.
“We probably had…seven,” she said.
Four were chosen.
‘Six pillars of financial planning’ will be offered by Brian Sanderson and Alroy Chase of Investors Group.
‘Knit your own socks’ will be taught by Nel Joostema, proprietor of Pages and Stitches. (It’s not for total beginners.)
‘Basic Drawing’ will be taught by artist Gil Collicott.
And ‘What do you think’ will be a discussion group addressing current events, moderated by library board member Morris Haugg.
“Ours are completely free,” said Clinton, and the library is picking up the tab for refreshments.
The only cost to participants will be supplies.
The librarian hopes the offerings attract a broad age range. Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult also registered for the class. The classes have room for 52 participants total. People looking to register should contact the library.
Clinton said the four programs picked offer a good mixture of interests, and they’ll fit into the physical space of the library. The first class will be Monday, Apr. 22, and the programs run for five weeks, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30.
“There are limits on the class sizes,” said the librarian; she warned against waiting until the last minute to sign up.
They’re hoping for a good response, of course, and are considering offering classes twice a year – spring and fall sessions. It made sense to run the first program at the Four Fathers Memorial Library because of the size of the building as well as the large population base, she said, but Clinton would like to see future classes offered at other locations in the county, too.