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.

Summer 2016:

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: Thurs. 6/2
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: No charge

Talking to Aging Parents about Money

A. Steiger
Are you worried about your parents' ability to manage their money? Would you be able to help them with their finances and care if they were suddenly ill? Local retired CPA Alan Steiger will share conversation strategies and questions to consider when talking with your parents about their money.

Date: Tues. 6/7 
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Location: Rose Room 
Fee: No charge

Basics of Going Solar

Solar Oregon
Oregon is sunny enough for solar! This free workshop teaches you why solar energy is a smart choice for Oregon homeowners. Come to learn about photovoltaic and solar hot water technologies, financial incentives and tax credits, basic site analysis, and more.

Date: Sat. 6/11
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge
RSVP: or call 503-231-5662

E-reader Basics

G. Martin
Get started on your e-reader! Bring your e-reader (Kindle, Nook, tablet, smartphone -- whatever portable electronic device you use), and learn the basics. We will cover how to download e-books and e-audiobooks from Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library (titles available through the library catalog), as well as answer your questions at the end.

Date: Wed. 6/15 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

E-reader Basics: 3M Cloud

B. Haun
Looking for good free books to download onto your e-reader? We will cover how to download e-books and e-audiobooks from 3M Cloud Library (titles available through the library catalog). Bring your e-reader and your questions for this hands-on class.

Date: Wed. 7/20 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Location: Rose Room 
Fee: No charge

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.

Financing College Costs

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