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Bangor Public Library presents first female boxing judge and local weatherman Mannix

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BANGOR Even though renovations at the Bangor Public Library continue, there is still space for some programming. This includes the children's and teen's summer reading programs and the Summer Music Series. The Library is proud to add two special programs this summer: a talk by Carol Polis, the first professional boxing judge, and a presentation by local weatherman Kevin Mannix, speaking about his new book, 'Weathering Shame.'

'The Bangor Public Library is excited to offer these events from two diverse and interesting people,' says Barbara McDade, library director. 'We are known for books and are proud to offer these free programs to talk about books, even in the midst of the noise, dust and confusion in our building.'

The first program on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m., features Carol Polis, the first professional female boxing judge. The 1970s were a time of great upheaval for women. There was Roe v. Wade and the Equal Rights Amendment. There were Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, Golda Meir and Carol Polis. Who is Carol Polis?

In 1971, Carol Polis married a part-time professional boxing referee and within two years, she went from being a squeamish spectator to a professional boxing judge, the first woman ever to do so. As luck would have it, not only was this period the golden age of women's rights, but it was also the golden age of boxing. Carol Polis had a ringside seat for all of it.

Polis will be presenting her book, 'The Lady is a Champ,' a sports story that will inspire women and a woman's story that will floor boxing fans.

On Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m., retired WLBZ/WCSH weatherman Kevin Mannix and his wife Linda Rota will be at the Library for a reading from their book, 'Weathering Shame.' 'Weathering Shame' is a personal journey, an autobiography penned by two well respected individuals, written about their individual experiences with shame and stigma throughout both childhood and their adult lives.

In this book, the authors share experiences, lessons, struggles and feelings of shame and the stigma that resulted from growing up exposed to alcoholism, severe depression and suicide.

In 'Weathering Shame,' the authors hope readers benefit from their struggles and be inspired and encouraged by these stories to embark on a journey of self discovery, recovery and awareness. Kevin and Linda's mission is to lead society farther down the path of reducing shame and stigma.

At both events books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information on the Library's renovation, programming and services, visit www.bangorpubliclibrary.org.

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