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.

Spring 2015:

Political Extremism in America
B. Meulemans
This is an even-handed focus on how the left and right think and behave. The course is of special interest to those who wonder why our political system is broken. It explains the strategies of revolutionary groups (including terrorists) around the world. 

Instructor Bill Meulemans, PhD, has lived and worked with extremist factions in the US, Israel, and Northern Ireland. 

Ages: High School through Adult
Date: Mon. 3/30 - 5/18
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series

San Francisco 1906: Destruction of the Greatest City in the West by Earthquake and Fire
S. Unander
In 1906, San Francisco was the leading city in the Western United States. All that changed at 5:12 AM April 18, 1906 when a magnitude 8 earthquake struck without warning. As a result of the earthquake and fire, San Francisco lost much of its population, manufacturing capacity, and port traffic to Los Angeles. Although the city was quickly rebuilt, the earthquake changed it forever.This historic event holds lessons for the Pacific Northwest as we prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
Author and speaker Sig Unander tells the true story of the only major American city ever destroyed by earthquake and fire, and the fight to save it. The presentation is illustrated with dramatic archival images of the city and its people taken by photographers during and after the event. A display and question/answer session are included in the one-hour presentation. 

Ages: High School through Adult
Date: Sat. 4/18
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: No charge

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
J. Ehrstine
O excellent! I love long life better than figs.”

Professor John Ehrstine (emeritus, Washington State University) will continue his engaging discussion of Shakespeare’s plays being performed at this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. This year’s class will differ slightly from previous years as we examine “Pericles,” Shakespeare’s first and least discussed romance, and study a few lyric poems. “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Antony and Cleopatra” round out the class. Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Date: Wed. 4/22 - 6/10
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for class series
Texts available to purchase at a discount.

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