Classes & Seminars

ShakespeareThrough the classes and seminars held at the library, you can:
  • Appreciate the genius of Shakespeare
  • Discover the hidden depths of film making
  • Feel the pulse of the inspired poet
  • Take a guided tour through literature, film, and history
  • Trace the development of the short story
  • View history in a whole new light
Each quarter, the library offers six to eight week seminars on a variety of literary topics, with each spring being reserved for the study of Shakespeare's plays being performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that summer. These affordable classes are always insightful, but casual, and are taught by seasoned and knowledgeable teachers.

Call the library at 503-682-2744 to reserve your spot.

Fall 2014:
Author Talk: W. Scott Jorgensen and "Conversations with Atiyeh"

Prior to his passing last July, Vic Atiyeh conducted a series of interviews with Jorgensen. Those interviews comprise the bulk of a book, Conversations with Atiyeh, which was published last month by Carlton-based Ridenbaugh Press. 

Atiyeh, a first-generation American of Middle Eastern descent, served in the Oregon Legislature for 20 years prior to being elected governor in 1978. His stint included terms in both the Oregon House and Senate. Atiyeh left office at the end of his second term in 1987.

“This is not a typical historical biography,” Jorgensen said. “Instead, it’s the story of how wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next. You get to hear about Governor Atiyeh in his own words, and his stories and anecdotes are absolutely priceless.”

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 12/3
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No Charge


Winter 2015:
Talking Heads of the Printed Page
J. Ehrstine
What are essays? Everybody who is anybody has written at least one of them. Where did they come from? What are their characteristics? Why are they important? 

Find out as Professor John Ehrstine uses the works of universally admired writers (and maybe a hack or two?) to explore the wide variety of subject matter and style of modern essays. 

The material chosen will touch upon a variety of fields, history, education, politics, and so forth. Lively and informative, Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded. Seating is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your seat. 

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 1/21 - 3/11
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series
Text available for purchase at a discount.

Beginning Genealogy
M. Laughton
New to genealogy research or just want to refresh your knowledge?  This is the class for you.

We will cover the essentials of genealogy research: getting started, record keeping, and print & digital resources.

Ages: High School through Adult
Date: Sun. 1/25
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No Charge