Upcoming Adult Events

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

This class is the fourth in our ongoing Online Self Defense series.

Encryption is everywhere on the internet, but most people do not have even a basic understanding of what it is or how it works. Come learn about this vital technology including:

  • The basics of encryption and the terminology used in encryption

  • How HTTPS secures your internet connections

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

The final class in our Online Self Defense Series. We will discuss a variety of secure operating systems for the ultimate in privacy and security.

They include: 

  • The Tails operating system

  • Subgraph OS

  • Qubes

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm

Pets and Pests: Our lives with animals

Many novels and memoirs have been written about the relationships humans share with animals.  And some riveting nonfiction has been written about animals in conflict wtih us.

What do we learn from the animals close to us?  Why are these some of the dearest relationships some people have?

What about pigeons and man-eating tigers? What makes our struggle against them so passionate?

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

 

Singular Perspectives: Nonfiction & the Author’s Experience

 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

A geobiologist weaves a tale about growth of all kinds, including her own, as a scientist, teacher, and human being.

 

 

Copies to checkout are available at the Reference Desk.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

My Story: Autobiographical fiction

Novelists write what they know-- and often their imaginings are rooted in their own experience. 

Why are these books novels and not memoirs?  What kind of truth does fiction allow that straight autobiography does not?

Which do you prefer?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal in Fiction and Non-fiction

This fascinating part of the world is the setting for many modern novels, travel books and memoirs, perfect for winter armchair travel.

What is surprising about stories set in this region? What connects us across the divide of language, culture and religion?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss.

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Coming-of-age Novels for adults

This type of novel, called bildungsroman,  deals with a character's formative years and spiritual education. The years of youth often are painful to recall, but very satisfying to read about when the events happen to a fictional character.

What similarities or differences reminded you of your own youth?  Did the characters' struggles seem real and true?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Big Apple: New York City in novels and history

Our most populous city, NYC is the nation's most densely populated with speakers of 800+ languages.  No wonder novelists love to set their fiction there, and people who have lived there focus on their NYC chapter in their memoirs.

Does reading about the city appeal to you? Why? Is the heightened experience of visiting there communicated by the writers?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring along another favorite to discuss.

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

Summer Reading Recommendations

 

Bring your favorite, or most anticipated summer reads to recommend, and leave with a list of recommendations!

We'll also determine the topics for next year's Book Buffet discussions.

Bring a brownbag lunch and a book or  list of books to share for a banquet of books and opinions.