- I am currently giving virtual library programs. Topics and dates are listed below. Please go to these websites for registration information.
Wilsonville Public Library
JUNE 2 @ 11 AM PACIFIC/ 2 PM EASTERNPART ONE, CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE: FIVE BOOKS: If you’re looking for a “meaningful” book to read, here are five prime suggestions. Elizabeth Kolbert’s THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, Yuval Noah Harar’s HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW, Rachel Carson’s THE SEA AROUND US, Carl Sagan’s PALE BLUE DOT, and Rebecca Skloot’s THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS are all works that make us examine--and re-examine--our perceptions of the world, the universe, and the humanity around us. This program gives a brief overlook of each author and the principal ideas of each book--ideas that are intended to challenge our preconceived notions and inspire our “better angels.”
JULY 7 @ 11 AM PACIFIC/ 2 PM EASTERNPART TWO, CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE: VERNE AND WELLS: From the 1860s until the mid-20th century, first the novels of Jules Verne, then the novels of Herbert George Wells, sparked the imaginations of untold millions of readers. Through adventure, romance, and science, Verne and Wells sought to entertain and challenge readers. This program looks at the lives of each writer and then focuses on five seminal works and their often trail-blazing ideas and themes: TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, THE TIME MACHINE, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, and FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. AUGUST 4 @ 11 AM PACIFIC/ 2 PM EASTERNPART THREE, CHANGING YOUR PERSEPCTIVE: FIVE WOMEN: Octavia Butler’s KINDRED, Ursula LeGuin’s THE LATHE OF HEAVEN, Margaret Atwood’s ORYX AND CRAKE, N. K. Jemisin’s HOW LONG TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?, and Mary Shelley’s THE LAST MAN test us, inspire us, warn us, and unsettle us in often unforeseen ways. This program looks at each author’s life and delves into the primary themes of each book--books that are bound to change your perspective on life and the world around you. SEPTEMBER TBA THE BANNING OF GEORGE ORWELL OCTOBER TBA THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN NOVEMBER TBA OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, THE GRAND TOUR, PART ONE DECEMBER TBA TWENTY CHRISTMAS TALES A sampler of 20 wonderful Christmas-themed stories to helpring in the holidays
Jericho Public Library
JUNE 14 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM PacificTHE QUEEN OF MYSTERY: AGATHA CHRISTIE : Agatha Christie became over her 85 years the most famous mystery writer in the world. Indeed, the Guinness Book of World Records goes further and lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. Who was this remarkable woman? How did she come to write her indelible works? Why is she still such a popular literary figure? These and other questions will be explored along with a real-life mystery about Christie’s dramatic disappearance in 1926 that remains substantially unsolved to this day.
JULY 12 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific15,000 BC: THIS IS YOUR LIFE: Imagine what it was like: Waking up in your cave or animal-skin hut, hearing the roar of sabre-tooth tigers, the shriek of vultures, or the bellowing trumpets of mammoths. Imagine a time when the last of the Neanderthals have gone extinct and only small clans of modern humans remain, when we have to learn quickly how to deal with the untold dangers of life in the wild. This program focuses on the day-to-day life of an imaginary family living 17,000 years ago. What would their existence be like? Would it differ depending on their location--would a family in Europe have a different life in Asia or Africa? And what if our family were in the earliest waves of humans making the journey into the Americas? What dizzying array of terrors and wonders would await them? Join us and find out what your life would be like in an age when every day was quite literally a matter of life or death.
AUGUST 9 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM PacificGRIMM TALES: Between 1812 and 1857, seven editions of their often dark-hued folk tales--200 stories and 11 legends--found their way into the Western consciousness. This presentation first looks at the history of folk tales and then explores the meticulous research that Jacob and Wilhelm undertook to accomplish their goal of collecting significant stories from around Europe. Their accomplishments have created many of the great archetypes we find in modern literature, art, sociology, and psychology, and their legacy shades untold aspects of our daily lives from advertising to our favorite TV shows. SEPTEMBER 13 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific TARZAN & JOHN CARTER: THE WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Starting with Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of MArs, both published in 1912, edgar Rice Burroughs went on to create two of the most enduring "pulp heroes" in American literature. This program explores some of the two dozen Tarzan stories and eleven Carter stories, with an emphasis on why these tales still resonate with modern audiences. OCTOBER 11 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific THE BIG ONE: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis: Nearly every day, there are public service announcements on local Pacific Northwest television stations regarding earthquake preparedness--and a drive down any stretch of the 101 reveals signs every few miles showing tsunami evacuation routes. In other words, citizens along the West Coast are reminded regularly that they live in an active earthquake, volcano, and tsunami zone. In this program, Dr. Bill Thierfelder looks at some of the major seismic and volcanic events of the last few thousand years--not only in the Western USA, but around the Pacific Rim--and helps separate fear-filled hype from science-based facts. We’ll look at the causes for earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis and how tectonic movement changes our globe across time, and explore cutting edge technology that’s being used to predict when and where the next event might occur. NOVEMBER 8 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific WILLA CATHER: Cather achieved wide-spread recognition as a novelist of the frontier and pioneer experience. She wrote of the spirit of those settlers moving into the western states, many of them European immigrants in the nineteenth century. This program explores those novels and some of their common themes, including nostalgia and exile. A sense of place is also an important element in Cather's fiction: physical landscapes and domestic spaces are for Cather dynamic presences against which her characters struggle and find community. DECEMBER 13 @ 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific A CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS: Everyone knows Dickens' 1843 masterpiece A Christmas Carol, but that was only the beginning. For the next 25 years, Dickens would publish 4 more holiday-themed novellas and dozens of short stories. This program looks at those other remarkable tales.