Rick Hermann has always been interested in the chemistry behind winemaking, and even once thought he’d like to open a vineyard. So when he found out the Christian County Library was offering a winemaking class last July at The Home Brewery, a brewery supply store in Ozark, he was excited for the chance to learn about the tools and science involved.
But Rick didn’t just attend the class. He used the knowledge he gained there and his new connection with local experts at the Home Brewery to turn his dream into a skill. “You have somebody else grow the grapes, and you take it and be creative with and have fun with it. It’s a hobby.” Before the library program, Rick wasn’t aware that the resources were available locally for him to pursue winemaking. Now, he’s shared dozens of bottles of his own making with friends and family and family, and gotten friends interested in home brewing. “It’s chemistry,” he says, “and I love chemistry.”
What does Rick wish others knew about Christian County Library? “It’s not just about books. It’s about the tours, the community contacts that you make, and knowing that the library has other things besides books and bookshelves.” When library users can pursue interests, learn new skills, and connect with local organizations and businesses, everyone benefits. The library makes this happen by finding partners willing to share their knowledge with the community, and creating classes that are free and accessible to everyone. The winemaking class was part of the CCL Cooking School series, in which participants learn a new culinary technique or dish with CCL staff of community chefs. Other types of classes offered at the library have included gardening, financial issues, arts and crafts, technology and more.
The library’s ongoing series of classes on homeownership, coordinated by Keller-Williams agent Marrhya Williams, brings together real estate and home professionals from around the area to give participants the information they need to buy, sell, and maintain their homes. The next class in that series, happening October 28 at 10:00 a.m., is called “Make the Most of Your Space: Downsizing and Smaller Space Living.” Margo Shull from Interiors by Margo LLC will teach some easy steps to take to downsize your home and possessions and make the most of the space you have. Call the library at (417)581-2432 to register.
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