LGBTQ Awareness

As part of this year’s One Book One Valley program, on Monday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m., the Conway Public Library will present a panel discussion as a way to open conversation and provide awareness about issues and questions facing LGBTQ populations. The panel will include individuals representing personal perspectives, as well as members of medical and mental health services who have experience serving transgender individuals.

The Conway Public Library is located at 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway, NH. Call 447-5552 for more information.

Dine to Donate

Black Cap Grille in North Conway has generously offered to donate 10% of each participating dining party’s check on Thursday, October 25 to One Book One Valley, the same evening as Ty Gagne’s talk at Kennett High School. Serving begins at 5:00 pm, and reservations are not accepted.

If you aren’t planning on dining out, but wish to contribute to this program, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Friends of Conway Public Library, the not-for-profit 501(c)3 fiscal agent for One Book One Valley.

The Other Side of Rescue

Joan VeilleuxOn Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 pm, Brownfield Public Library will host a talk by Joan Veilleux, volunteer for Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue Service, on what it is like to be part of a rescue team in the White Mountains. She will present with candor and suspense, incredible and moving stories from some her colleagues who have dedicated their lives to saving others. In addition, she will share stories the wives of some of these rescuers and the story of a friend who was rescued.

Joan Veilleux is a mountain guide, park ranger and storyteller formerly from Brownfield, ME.  In 2003, while working as a naturalist for the AMC,  Joan discovered a love for storytelling.  In the evenings at the Highland Center Lodge and on the trail she told stories of the history of Crawford Notch and the White Mountains.

Since then Joan has presented on numerous occasions with the Mountain Story Teller’s guild and the US Forest Service at campgrounds, libraries, coffee shops and fundraisers in and around the Mount Washington Valley.  For the last 18 years Joan has worked as a mountain guide in all seasons, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and in Acadia National Park.  She enjoys telling stories with her clients on and off the trail.