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Beth Clinton, Cumberland Public Libraries Chief Librarian, discusses the free classes offered during the Library's Community Classes fall program.
AMHERST – Only a few things in life are free. Expanding your mind is one of them.
The Community Classes five-week fall session held at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst and the Miners Memorial Library in Springhill is one of those free mind expanders.
“We had a great turnout during the spring so this fall we’re doing it again,” said Beth Clinton, Cumberland Public Libraries Chief Librarian. “We’re going to offer it again at the Amherst Library and now we’re expanding into the Springhill Miner’s Memorial Library.”
Community Classes is modeled on the Tantramar Senior’ College and the P.E.I. Community School Program.
“It’s a chance to socialize, to learn new skills, to share knowledge and to be a part of the community,” said Clinton.
Classes being taught in Amherst this fall are Writing for Everyone, Rug Hooking for Dummies and Basic Drawing with Gil.
“Writing for everyone is going to be taught by Laurie Glenn Norris,” said Clinton. “She wrote ‘Haunted Girl: Ester Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery.’”
Rub Hooking for Dummies is being taught by Lisa Remington and Basic Drawing with Gil, which was full in the spring, is being taught by Gil Collicott.
All the programs are free.
“We don’t charge for the courses but we are registered charity so we do accept donations,” said Clinton. “But some of the courses, such as the rug hooking, you do have to bring some supplies.”
Springhill is going to have Beginner Guitar with Andrew Lloyd, Beginner Fly Tying with Bob Brown, and Learn to Crochet with Jean Schiefer.
“You will need to bring your own guitar for beginner guitar,” said Clinton.
The programs are once week, every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 21.
“Both libraries are closed on Monday, so we won’t be disturbing anyone because we’re not open,” said Clinton. “All the classes will have a short break for refreshments.”
Space is limited.
For more information or to register call the Four Fathers Library at 667-2549 or the Springhill Library at 597-2211.