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Staying young with your library

By Meg Wempe
Special to The PREVIEW

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” — Henry Ford.

Come and stay young with us. Starting tonight at the library is a six-week Lifelong Learning Lecture series that is open to everyone.

You may remember these series from the past; the topics vary, and you’re welcome to attend as many as you’d like.

This fall’s series starts tonight, Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs until Thursday, Nov. 21. Each Thursday during these six weeks, beginning at 6 p.m., the Ruby Sisson Library has a talk, with a range of topics. There is no cost to attend these lectures and we hope you’ll attend one, or all, of them.

This series begins with a talk by Joan Ward, Ph.D., R.D., titled “Nutritious Holidays.” Can you have your cake and eat it, too? If you come to this talk, you’ll learn tips and techniques to modify recipes for healthful holiday eating.

Next week, (Oct. 24) we will hear from Dr. Wendy Sutton about Chimney Rock. The archaeologist will present recent findings at our local national monument. Learn about the recent work done at the Chimney Rock Great House. Stimulate your imagination, understanding the lives of people who were on this landscape 1,000 years ago.

That talk will be followed with one by Dr. Donald Bruning (Oct. 31) who will discuss the West Nile Virus. Interested in the virus’ history, or how it made it here to the U.S.? Interested in its future? Also, find how it has progressed across the country and how it has changed over the last few years.

The following week (Nov. 7) we’ll hear from Susan McAdams. Join us on a photo safari in Africa. See pictures of her recent travels to experience the wild animals and birds from the forest, river and savannah.

The series continues Nov. 14 with a talk by Dr. Dennis Aronson. He will present “Women in Islam: A World of Contradictions,” during which we’ll hear the many challenges some Muslim women face, depending on where they live in the world.

The last lecture of this fall’s series (Nov. 21) will come just in time for the holiday season. Carol Anderson, wellness manager at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center Wellness Center, will present “Stress Reduction.” This lecture will be hands-on as we learn proactive ways to handle stress. She recommends you come wearing something comfortable and be ready to move.

More information is available at the library, including a brochure you can save that details the upcoming topics.

If you have any questions, call the Ruby Sisson Library at 264-2209 and ask for Meg.

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.