POLAND — Friends of Ricker Library will launch a new series of programs to be held at noontime once a month in the Poland library. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch to the upstairs reading room of the library, while they listen to a presentation about a current topic or book.

The Check It Out Series is planned to give people an opportunity to get together to find out about and discuss interesting ideas, to hear authors and to learn about community resources.

There will be an invited speaker each month. Guests will be invited to stay to continue discussion of the monthly topic following the presentation, to visit among themselves or spend time in the library.

The first of the Check It Out events will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 (snow date, Jan. 26). Bonnie Shulman, a Bates College math professor, will share stories from and about the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, an alliance of indigenous female elders. It works to promote a grassroots movement of prayer and action, in an effort to ease war, environmental degradation and social ills.

Everyone is invited. For additional information, call the library at 998-4390.

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