August 2019
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Thank You for Your Support!!
Book & Bake Sale

Even though the sale had to be moved indoors due to the heat and thunderstorms, the library raised over $1,600 from this year's fundraiser!

Thank you to all those who donated all the wonderful books, movies, puzzles and baked goods, and to those who braved the heat and humidity to shop the sale. We are truly grateful for your support!
Calling for Holiday Basket Donations!

Yes, it is still summer ... and we are looking for donations for our Annual Holiday Basket Fundraiser.
Cleaning out? Cleaning out your camp at the end of the season?  Have items you want to re-gift? 
Items you make yourself? ... . We’re interested!
We are in need of items that are in very good condition that you would like to donate to fill our baskets.

Donation ideas:  kitchen items, nice plates, coffee cups, jewelry, stationery, tea towels, toys, teas, coffees, hot chocolate, cookies, crackers candy, (small packets of the food items are great), jams/jellies, gloves/scarves, scented candles and hand creams, etc.
We are also in need of baskets, wire-edged ribbon and small holiday decorations.
Contact person for donations: Allison Griffin, / 207-655-4283.
Where do I deliver my donations? The Raymond Village Library
When can I deliver my donations? During any open library hours.
Interested in assembling baskets? Please leave your name/number/email contact information with Allison or contact Margie Thumm at  (put Christmas Baskets in your subject line).
New Faces at RVL
Meet Rachel!

Drop by the library and meet Rachel Holden, our new library assistant. Rachel has a background in libraries, programming and patron services and will be at the library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We are excited that Rachel will be joining us here at RVL!
RVL Featured Artist
 Monday, August 5, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm

T he Raymond Arts Alliance "Come Meet the Artist" program continues!
Don Willard is best known as the Town Manager of Raymond, having dedicated his time to that position in service of the needs of residents here since December of 2000.
His son, Holden, a 2017 Graduate of Windham High School, now enrolled in Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA, is also, now becoming known for his artistic skill, having received the "Best in Show" award from "The Works", a worldwide competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.  
But did you know that his father is also a man of great talent and creativity? Come enjoy the inspiring, and thought provoking creations of this prolific, yet entirely unique, father and son, exhibiting during the months of July and August as part of Raymond Arts Alliance: "Artists in the Library" program at the Raymond Village Library.

Future Artists
September and October 2019: Bruce Small, Photographer
November and December 2019: Library Art and Craft Show
January and February 2020:  Melanie Tornberg, Painter
March and April 2020: Robert Grimm, Woodcarver
May and June 2020: OPEN! email if you are interested!
July and August 2020: Sandra Crowell, Painter

Upcoming Events & Programs for Adults & Seniors
Beginner Painting Class
Thursday, August 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm
Barn Meadow Scene

Taught by a Certified Art Night Out instructor. Art Night Out instructors are experienced artists who provide a relaxed atmosphere, lots of support, and quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience.

$20.00 materials fee. Space is limited. FMI or to register, please contact the library.
Senior Hours
Tuesdays, 9:00am-noon

Join us on Tuesday mornings for weekly Bridge and Mahjong groups, along with special monthly events and activities.

We are also looking for two additional pinochle players to form a new card group. Please contact the library FMI.

Interested in a special activity or starting a group? We would love to hear your ideas for new programming!
Book Club
August 26th at 6:00pm
Join us for literary discussion of:
"The Stars are Fire" by Anita Shreve

"In October 1947 more than 200,000 acres of Maine burned, including half of Acadia National Park. Nine towns were destroyed. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteer fire-fighters. Grace and Her best friend Rosie and their children watch as their houses go up in flames and the are forced to flee to the ocean to survive When dawn comes the are left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists." (Amazon)
Hatha Yoga
Fridays at 5:30pm

The course is designed for all levels, and especially friendly for beginners and seniors. Great for toning the body and relaxing.

Fee: $10.00 per class.  Space is limited & pre-registration is recommended but not required.
Introduction to LifeBreath
August 2nd at 7:00pm

LifeBreath is a high level, transformational tool that uses "breath" to assist people in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual journey and is based on a mixture of many ancient breathing methods.

Fee: 10.00 per class. Please bring a pillow, blanket and water.
Events & Programs for Children
Cardboard sandcastles!
Monday, Aug. 12th

Join us outside the library from
10-11am and 2-3pm.

Come dressed to help create and decorate a giant cardboard sandcastle. We will be making castle doors and windows, and adding flags and seashell decorations.
Found Items Art
Monday, Aug. 5th
from 1-3pm

Have you seen the great steampunk/found items artwork on display in the library?
Kids will be assembling their own designs using found items and recyclables in the children's room with Miss Karen. All the new creations will then be displayed in the children's room for two weeks!
Free and Reduced Fee Community Passes

Looking for summer activities? We have passes available for RVL patrons for the following:

Maine Wildlife Park: Reduced admission of $3.50 for up to 7 people.
Maine State Parks: Free vehicle admission for participating State parks.
Portland Museum of Art: Free entry for up to two adults and six children.
Maine Maritime Museum: Free general admission for up to 8 family members.
Southworth Planetarium: Free admission for up to 6 family members.
Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine: 50% off admission for up to 4 people.
Upcoming Community Events
How's Your Laugh Life?”

August 3rd
Internationally Renowned Comic Performer Randy Judkins
The Raymond Arts Alliance is hosting a performance featuring the comic arts of Randy Judkins. Randy, a past resident of Raymond, is recognized throughout the United States as a popular, professional new-vaudeville stage artist, a visually engaging performer, and an entertainer who also educates. He has instructed at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College in Florida, and has served as a character consultant for Tri-Star Pictures in Hollywood, California.
The title for the evening performance is “How’s Your Laugh Life?” Randy will do all the things he is most famous for: juggling, character-based comedy, magic, and more! And while all the fun happens, he will also educate – discussing how the brain reacts to humor, laughter, and why it is so helpful to our general health and well being. So come on down, and learn how to answer the important question
Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St. in Raymond.
Starts at 7pm, and the doors open at 6:30. There is a suggested donation of $10. Light refreshments will be served.
Community Connections
August 12th 2:00pm
What's Next? After the Survey Results
Public Safety Building

This month will feature Patricia Oh with AARP.
August will feature a discussion on where age friendly is heading now that we have our survey results. Patricia Oh, AARP will join us to share the next steps. Patricia has worked with Age Friendly Raymond and communities throughout Maine providing guidance to age friendly efforts.

Age Friendly Survey Report      
The final report is available. Over a year in the making and with the help of many people and partners we have published our survey results!

September Community Connections Meeting
 September 9th: What Services Do They Have? Liz Thompson with the Southern Maine Area on Aging will be joining us!
A Writing Workshop
Sunday, August 18, 2019 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Nathaniel Hawthorne House

As a verb, to prompt means to cue to get going. As a noun, a writing prompt is a suggestion of what to write about. In this workshop, "Prompt!" will be both.  
Come enjoy what happens when the same prompt activates the very unique ideas and stories of multiple people. We will have writing time for 4 - 6 prompts. This fun and inspiring workshop with Diana Altman has been so enjoyed these past two summers, we're aspiring to making it annual! This year, as time allows, there will be some feedback to writers and their "Prompt" creations!
Registration required @ 712-6200
 Suggested donation: $7.00

Diana is an independent film historian and fiction writer, whose work has appeared in the NY Times, American Heritage, Forbes Woman, Story Quarterly and other places. She is the author of the novel, In Theda Bara's Tent and the non-fiction film history Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the Origins of the Studio System. A short story, "In The Wrong Skin", appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of The Notre Dame Review. Come enjoy
Diana's reading of her recently published novel: We Never Told, at Longfellow Books in Portland on August 22nd, 7pm!
Raymond Arts Alliance Scholarship Fundraiser
September 7, 2019
1:00- 3:30 PM
163 Raymond Hill Rd

~ Donations gladly accepted ~ 

Multiple bands will perform to help launch the Raymond Arts Alliance Artist Scholarship Fund! 
Come enjoy:
David Young and the Interstate Kings
The Disclaimers
Dos Conosos
  Rain date: Sept. 14
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