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:
Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII
The WASPs were the first American women military pilots in history. During the war, they flew vital ferry, training, and flight test missions to free up men for combat operations. Author and speaker Sig Unander, Jr., tells the fascinating story of this organization with rare period photographs and profiles of individual WASPs.

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Thurs. 9/11
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No Charge

American Military Insignia: History, Heraldry, and Use
Take a walk through American history, from the Civil War to WWII, with the colorful and complicated badges worn by soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen. These badges represent the experiences and memories that are forever indelibly etched in the minds of the men and women who have worn them. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring family mementos they are curious about. Presenter will help identify your items and unlock the story behind them!

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Thurs. 10/9
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No Charge

The Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald 
F. Scott Fitzgerald is always associated with the Jazz Age, the Roaring 20’s, and flappers. In the last 50 years, Fitzgerald’s reputation has grown much beyond that. Our questions will be: why has his stock risen, and what does he have to say to us. We shall focus on two famous novels: The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, as well as selected short stories. 

Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded. Texts, as well as films to aid in the study, will be available at the Library. Seating is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your seat. 

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 10/1 - 11/19
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series
Texts available for purchase at a discount.

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
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.

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Thurs. 10/30
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No Charge

Author Talks: Jeanette Chaffee & Cathy La Grow
Author Jeanette Chaffee will discuss details of her own experience aboard TWA Flight 840 when a bomb exploded midair less than fourteen feet from her. Her personal story, "Terror in the Sky" is one of many stories from her newly released book, Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds. Endorsements include Pat Boone and Rich Stearns, president of World Vision. Question and answer time follows.

Author Cathy La Grow will give an author talk about her book The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave a Up.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their books for signings. Copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

Ages: High School through Adult
Dates: Wed. 11/5
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: No Charge