March 2020
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2020 Community Garden Plots
Reserve your Community Garden Plot!

The Raymond Community Garden is totally organic, and plots are available to all members of the community. The community plots are approximately 10 by 16 ft, and there is a recommended donation of $15 a plot. The donations cover shared gardening tools and equipment. Smaller, raised garden beds are also available.

Every member of the Raymond Community Garden is also asked to plant one row of fruits or vegetables to donate to the Raymond Food Pantry.

Last summer, the Raymond Community Garden donated 200 pounds of food to Maine families struggling with hunger. Raymond’s donations were in good company. According to the Harvest for Hunger website, over 120 farms in the state of Maine donated 193,000 pounds of food.

The Raymond Community Garden is also always looking for volunteers to help weed and water! Contact Leigh Walker at 207-310-0741 or visit the Raymond Village Library to request more information or to reserve your spot for the upcoming season!
Upcoming Events & Programs for Adults & Seniors
Drawing Class: Elements of Light & Water
with Jess Bates
Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm

This drawing session is a continuation of the Introduction to Nature Drawing Class and is geared towards those who have already taken the introductory Nature Drawing class with Jess.

Materials fee: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors.
FMI or to register for this class, please contact Allison or Rachel at the library. Preregistration is required.
cloudLibrary for Kindle Fire
Saturday, March 28th at 10:00am

This class will introduce participants to the cloudLibrary, which provides library patrons
with access to a collection of over 10,000 e-books
and e-audiobooks.

The session will focus specifically on accessing the cloudLibrary with your Kindle Fire e-readers.
Please note: cloudLibrary is only compatible with Kindle Fire OS 5.0 or above.
Pre-registration required. Please contact the library FMI or to sign-up for this free session. Individual sessions can also be scheduled.
Reiki with Natasha Lougee
Tuesday, March at 6:00-7:00pm

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that utilizes the laying on of hands or just above the body that is intended to provide comfort physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
Pre-registration required. Please contact the library to reserve a session time with Natasha. Suggested donation: $5.00.
Senior Tuesdays
Every Tuesday from 9am-noon

Drop by the library on Tuesday mornings for Bridge group or just to check out some new books and movies. Have a cup of coffee and meet new people in your community.

Interested in joining a Tuesday morning dominoes or Scrabble group? We are currently looking for players to form a new group during senior library hours.
For more information about senior Tuesdays, contact Rachel or Allison at the library.
Book Club
Monday, March 30th, 6-8pm

Join us for a literary discussion of:
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

"On the morning of April 29th, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous, it reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than 7 hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than 30 years later, the mystery remains. Did someone purposefully set fire to the library, and if so, who? Orlean studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself, and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting the LAPL fire. Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present."
Events & Programs for Children
Baby Time:
Monday, March 2nd, 9th, 16th,
23rd & 30th - 10:30-11:00am

Preschool Story Time: 
Wed., March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 10:30-11:00am
Join Miss Karen for stories, songs and crafts!

You are always welcome to stay and play after story time with books, trains, barn animals, and coloring!
Holiday Make & Take
Wed., March 11th, 1:30-3:00pm
Drop in and create your own paper collage leprechaun house.
For all ages.

Legos & Building
Wed. March 25th, 1:30-3:00pm
Drop in session for all ages.

Please contact Miss Karen at the library FMI, or to register for upcoming children's events.
Read with Lucy
March 18th,

Preregistration required.

Grab your favorite book and reserve your reading time with our visiting reading therapy dog, Miss Lucy!
Recycle & Support the Library
Did you know that you can support library services and programming in Raymond through the CLYNK bottle redemption program that is offered through Hannaford Supermarkets?

You can pick up your green pre-tagged CLYNK redemption bags at the library to fill with redeemable bottles and containers. Once filled, the bag can be dropped off at a CLYNK drop off location at the Hannaford Supermarket of your choice.

The Windham Hannaford CLYNK drop off is located in the front entryway, but you can drop the bags off at any CLYNK location in Maine. 100% of the proceeds from the pre-tagged bags of redeemed cans and bottles will directly support library programs and services here in Raymond!
Upcoming Community Events
Community Connections is Back!
March 9th at 2:00pm
Raymond Public Safety Building

Community Connections returns with guest Heather DiYenno, Director of the Institute for Integrative Aging with Saint Joseph’s College. Learn about the Institute, its programming and its future plans.

Free Community Meal
March 17 th  from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
Raymond Village Community Church

Join us for a free community friendship meal on Tuesday, March 17 th  from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. Come in out of the cold and join us for a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner and good old-fashioned friendship. 

Please spread the word, tell your neighbors and friends – and perhaps even invite them to come along with you. This is a great chance for us to just gather as a community here in Raymond – to greet (or maybe meet for the first time) our neighbors, to see old friends, and to welcome  SPRING !

Please stay after the meal for an entertaining Irish singalong provided by the  Sebago Lake Ukulele Society (SLUKES)  – sponsored by the Raymond Arts Alliance a program of the Raymond Village Library.
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