Library encourages listening

By Beanie Taylor -

On Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the community is invited to participate in the Listen and Connect program at the library. During these meetings, participants will listen to an excerpt from NPR’s “All Things Considered” or view a Ted Talks video and then discuss it.

“I think the importance of attending a Listen and Connect event is to learn and grow,” explained librarian Kasey Nowalk. “We aren’t debating issues, but listening to ideas and sharing our experiences with one another for the purpose of growing together.”

As an introduction to that idea, the first session will include a Ted Talks by Sherry Turkle author of “Alone Together,” which highlights the need to unplug from technology.

“The first one that we are going to do is on the importance of being present,” stated Nowalk, who hopes the program will encourage participants “to have a real live connection with each other.”

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the library at 336-835-5586. They also are encouraged to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

The next Listen and Connect session will be Feb. 13.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

By Beanie Taylor

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