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, 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.

Summer 2015:

Medicare Seminar
S. Edwards
Do you have Medicare questions? Are you turning 65? Retiring? Come learn about your Medicare options.

We will review Original Medicare, the difference between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplements (Medi-Gap), time frames for enrollment, late enrollment penalties and programs that offer additional help.

Date: Sat. 6/20
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

Lost Parents: Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
C. Lenzen
Adoption searchers are usually working in 20th century records: a period marked by closure of records and privacy issues. Learn genealogical research strategies to locate a birth parent.

This seminar is held with the cooperation of the Genealogy Club.

Date: Sat. 8/1
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

Fall 2015:

Spanish Beginning 1
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.

Date: Mon. 9/14-11/09
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: $40 for the class series

"The Heart of Darkness": A Discussion of a Modern Archetype
J. Ehrstine
Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness” has had a profound influence on popular culture, and in particular contemporary literature. We will look at three radically different recent novels that have two things in common: a character on a quest, and the discovery of darkness. How do these three novels reflect their varied influence by Conrad’s famous novel?

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
The Gateway to India by Paul Theroux

Date: Wed. 9/16-11/04
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: $40 for the class series. Texts available for purchase at a discount.

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. 10/24
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge