Classes & Lectures

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. 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 2016

The Marriage of Art & Fiction

N. Rubel
"I got the call about Robert Oliver in April 1999, less than a week after he'd pulled a knife in the nineteenth-century collection at the National Gallery." And so begins our first book, The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova. We will read four novels where the dominant theme centers on either art or an artist and their work. Fine arts and literature come alive through lively discussion and Power Point slides. The artwork as well as the novel will be discussed.

This class will be taught by local author/illustrator Nicole Rubel, known for her uniquely colorful illustrations and charming stories. She has over 60 books to her credit and is the co-creator of the popular Rotten Ralph series. Ms. Rubel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston Museum School in association with Tufts University, and has received awards from The American Book Association, The American Institute of Graphic Arts and American Booksellers

*NOTE: Please read The Swan Thieves before the first class. Participants may want to get an early start on this lengthy novel of nearly 600 pages.*

Book List and Reading Order:
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Date: Wednesdays, 9/7 through 10/26
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series. Texts available for purchase at a discount.

Spanish: Beginning Level 2

C. Iturrino
Discover the world of Spanish language and culture! This 10-week course will provide you with the initial tools you need to start using the Spanish language to communicate and function in a variety of real-life situations. Develop skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Spanish, and gain insight into the richness and beauty of Spanish speaking culture.

Participants must have basic knowledge of the Spanish language, for example: subject pronouns, interrogative questions, present tense of verbs Ser and Estar, and present tense of regular verbs ending in -ar, -er, -ir, and the periphrastic future. Also, participants should be able to produce short sentences verbally about their daily life.

Date: Wednesdays, 9/7 through 11/16 (no class 10/05)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: $40 for class series.

Financing College Costs (Cancelled)

A. Steiger
With college costs constantly rising, how can anyone afford it? Local retired CPA Alan Steiger will discuss options and considerations for paying for college without going broke. For parents and college-bound students.

Date: Thurs. 9/22
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: No charge

The Story Collector: Memoir Workshop

R. Hayward
The Story Collector workshop jumps into memory, allows your stories to emerge, and offers ideas on how to preserve them based on your unique vision. Bring a journal or some paper, your favorite pen or pencil, and something to share: a picture of a loved one, a picture of a place you remember deeply, an object or family heirloom.

Date: Sat. 9/17
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

Creating a Wellness Vision

B. Moore
Are you engaged, passionate, and leading a life that you desire? Learn how you can begin to create a wellness vision for yourself by using your innate strengths and the strengths of others to help make you aspirations for a healthy and passionate life come true in this fun workshop.

Date: Thurs. 9/29
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

Introduction to Meditation

A. Ante-Marandi
Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases happiness, but just how exactly do you do it? Instructor Ahsamon Ante-Marandi will provide an overview of meditation, and then lead a variety of meditation exercises.

Date: Sat. 10/15
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Location: Oak Room 
Fee: No charge

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

A. Erickson
November is National Novel Writing Month (aka "NaNoWriMo"). The goal: write a 50,000 word novel during the month. Not sure how to do it? Come find out! Learn tips and strategies for writing your Great American Novel in record time.

Date: Sat. 10/22
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Location: Rose Room 
Fee: No charge

Managing Diabetes Naturally

PK Melethil
Diabetes is a global epidemic in the noncommunicable diseases sector. Learn about self-care techniques, focusing on diet modifications and stretching exercises, that are both economical and effective. Share ideas on ways to keep the damage caused by this chronic and resistant illness under control.

Date: Sat. 11/05
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Location: Oak Room 
Fee: No charge