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.

Winter 2015:

Spanish Beginning 1 & 2
C. Iturrino
Discover the world of Spanish language and culture! This 10-week course will provide you with the initial tools you need to start using the Spanish language to communicate and function in a variety of real-life situations. Develop skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Spanish, and gain insight into the richness and beauty of Spanish speaking culture.

Beginning Level 1
Date: Wed. 1/27-3/30

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for the class series

Beginning Level 2
Participants must have basic knowledge of the Spanish language, for example: subject pronouns, interrogative questions, present tense of verbs Ser and Estar, and present tense of regular verbs ending in -ar, -er, -ir, and the periphrastic future. Also, participants should be able to produce short sentences verbally about their daily life.
Date: Mon. 1/25-4/4 (no class 2/15)

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Oak Room
Fee: $40 for the class series

Eating Healthy, Affordable Options
PK Melethil, Scientist & TCM Physician
Help keep that new year’s resolution! Learn about healthy food options and how to make the most of your food budget. Bring your questions as we talk about these topics and enjoy tea and soup.

Date: Sat. 1/23
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: No charge

*CANCELED* Winter Wits: Lighter Works
J. Ehrstine
Refunds will be mailed to those who have already registered for this class.

Oscar Wilde once said, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Let’s take a walk on the witty side this winter with works by modern writers that will make us laugh, giggle, or at least snicker.  We’ll look at selections of various lengths, from short pieces and poetry to a longer narrative.

Lively and informative, Professor Ehrstine’s seminars have been very popular and highly regarded. Seating is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your seat. 

Dates: Wed. 2/3-3/23
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Rose Room
Fee: $40 for class series. Texts available for purchase at a discount.