Polly Mahoney gives a slide talk on her recent trip to Bhutan, which is titled: Bhutan — A World Away on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockland Public Library.

Last year Mahoney journeyed with a small group to the mysterious and largely inaccessible kingdom of Bhutan, located in Asia on the northeastern border of India. Bhutan has been identified as one of the 10 bio-diversity hot spots in the world. Almost three fourths of land area is covered by forests of temperate and sub-tropical species that are a natural habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna. Its various eco-systems harbor an estimated 770 species of birds and more 50 species of rhododendron, along with an astonishing variety of medicinal plants (more than 300 species) and orchids. Established in 1616 as a Buddhist sanctuary, so successful were Bhutan’s founders at isolating themselves that by the 1930s virtually all that was known of Bhutan in the west was James Hilton’s novel, “Lost Horizon.” He called Bhutan Shangri-la. Mahoney will share her impressions of this gentle land, which is now experiencing incredibly rapid changes through western influences. Mahoney, a native of Maine, is a registered Master Maine guide and co- owner of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry. When not guiding canoe and dogsledding trips, she enjoys traveling to remote and wild areas of the world.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the library at 594-0310.

This is part of a continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the Rockland Public Library & the Friends of the Rockland Public Library.