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BELDEN NOBLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR SERIES PRESENTS: AMY VALENTINE & RICHARD ROBBINS

BELDEN NOBLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 2759 ESSEX RD. ESSEX, NY
AUGUST 5, 2021 AT 7PM
SUPPORT THE LIBRARY WITH YOUR DONATION: $5 (CHILDREN FREE)

August 5 @ 7:00 pm

Amy Valentine first came to the North Country in 1977 to attend Plattsburgh State University where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology. Continuing with her education, she then decided to pursue a nursing degree in 1983 in Clinton Community College’s Nursing Program. With her nursing degree, she has worked as a public health nurse, hospice nurse and clinic nurse at Planned Parenthood. Always wanting to pursue her dream of having her own store, she took a 10-year reprieve from nursing and in 1996 opened Imagine That Toy and Resource Center: an educational toy and teacher resource center. Her work with other merchants, residents and the City of Plattsburgh launched her into public life–when in 2002 she ran for a seat on Plattsburgh City’s Counsel. Amy served three successful terms as a City Counselor. She has since returned to Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York and now manages their Risk and Quality Assurance Program. In addition to her professional career, Amy sang for many years with the Champlain Valley Voices and most recently with the Pleasant Valley Chorale. Amy and her husband, Richard Robbins, and their beloved daughter, Rebecca, moved to Essex, New York in October of 2010. Keeping bees and savoring their honey is a current passion. Amy also helps to Coordinate Spirit Sanctuary Conservation Green Burial here in Essex.

Richard Robbins is currently SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY-Plattsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent his entire teaching career at Plattsburgh. Some of his most formative academic experiences include field research among Cree, Inuit and Naskapi peoples in Canada, Acadian farmers and fisher folk in New Brunswick and among religious communal societies in the United States. A sabbatical at the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh would count as one of his most stimulating intellectual experiences. His books have appeared in Chinese, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Italian and Spanish translations. He has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Anthropological Association’s Teacher of the Year Award. He appeared also in the hit anti-globalization documentary, The Yes Men. He, his wife Amy and daughter Rebecca moved to Essex from Plattsburgh in 2010 and never looked back.

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