Films of Elia Kazan: "Pinky"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

genre X: The Lottery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s at Fat Duck Tavern & Grill. October's selection is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

For more information on genre X, and our upcoming discussions, visit our website and join our Goodreads group to see a list of upcoming and previous selections.

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

American Promise

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Join fellow community members to watch and discuss this intimate and provocative documentary. (2013, 135 minutes)

The film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles the divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation of two middle-class African-American boys who attended a prestigious school. Presenting complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity, "American Promise" will serve as a springboard for a discussion about achievement in our own community.

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: "Five Days at Memorial"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us at Maze to discuss "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" by Sheri Fink. As the flood waters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. Unfortunately, when it came to making the hardest decisions, some of them seem to have failed.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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AARP Finances 50+

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Every day hardworking people are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, according to research by AARP, almost 20 million people 50 and older in America are feeling overwhelmed by mounting debt, poor credit or lack of savings.

Learn to make better financial choices and to sustain good financial habits. Finances 50+ is a financial capability program designed to motivate and empower participants between 50 and 64 years old to take charge of their financial future. This two-part workshop began Sept. 15 and continues on Sept. 29.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope...

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Author Anne Lamott explores how we can find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance. Even through the loud and frantic times, we are allowed to recapture wholeness after a loss and to locate our true identities. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

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