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3/23/2013 4:51:00 PM
Brown Bag Lunch talk helps library evolve
VVN/Bill HelmCamp Verde resident Neta Loveall talks about essential oils at the Camp Verde Community Library’s Brown Bag Lunch series on Thursday. The series, generally scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, has become so popular, according to library specialist Gerry Laurito, that people are beginning to contact the library to offer themselves as speakers.
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Camp Verde resident Neta Loveall talks about essential oils at the Camp Verde Community Library’s Brown Bag Lunch series on Thursday. The series, generally scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, has become so popular, according to library specialist Gerry Laurito, that people are beginning to contact the library to offer themselves as speakers.
Camp Verde resident Neta Loveall, right, educates Camp Verde Community Library volunteer Sharon Skinner about essential oils that could help Skinner with her arthritis. (VVN/Bill Helm)
Camp Verde resident Neta Loveall, right, educates Camp Verde Community Library volunteer Sharon Skinner about essential oils that could help Skinner with her arthritis. (VVN/Bill Helm)

Bill Helm
Staff Reporter


CAMP VERDE - Imagine a brown bag lunch talk. Without the brown bag. And without the lunch.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Camp Verde Community Library hosts a Brown Bag Lunch Talk, with local speakers that inform interested listeners on a wide range of topics, from sprouting to essential oils.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is about "people educating people," Library specialist Gerry Laurito says. "This is a venue to share and gather information." Laurito says programs like the Brown Bag Lunch series are important for the library because they can show people that libraries provide many services that the average person does not know about.

"This is a way for a library to evolve," Laurito said. "People mostly think of the library as [only places] with books and materials." With this program, Laurito says, "we are here to share information on specific subjects."

According to Laurito, the program, which began in February, has become so popular that he has been receiving calls from people offering their time to speak at the library. Rimrock resident Neta Loveall is one such example.

Loveall talked about essential oils on Thursday in the library's large print room. Loveall, who works as an independent product consultant, has years of experience with natural products. The first time Loveall used natural products, "I noticed a remarkable difference."

Loveall talked about dabbing peppermint oil on one's temples for relief of fever. Also, Loveall recommended a combination of oils known as 'On Guard,' as an alternative to antibiotics. 'On Guard' is a blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus.

But not all of the oils that Loveall recommends are for medicinal purposes. She uses lemon oil to clean countertops.

Library volunteer Sharon Skinner not only likes that the library is sponsoring this series, but as someone with arthritis, Skinner was able to be educated by Loveall on essential oils that could help alleviate her discomfort.

Laurito says that the library has speakers scheduled through July. The next scheduled speaker is Kathy Maxwell of Camp Verde, who will discuss family history and genealogy.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: Cynthia Daulton

Great way to utilize the librariy's facility to reach out to the community as a catalyst for growth. After any brown bag education, there are more resources all around to further explore the subject matter presented as evidenced by the background in this article.....shelves of books. I have a particular interest in this presenter since she is my daughter and I'm proud of all she's learned and is able to share. Go Camp Verde library!



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