Aspects of the Short Story with Bill Ziegler *POSTPONED – DATE TBD*
Thursday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 – noon.
Bill Ziegler will again lead his popular four-part series of short stories on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants read and discuss a variety of short stories that illustrate the characteristics of the genre and provide a basis for critical evaluation. The stories will be available at the circulation desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration is required.
Children’s Beginner Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
The Hobbit: The Game
Thursday, March 21, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Poetry in Motion Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, March 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dress rehearsal for kids in grades 6 – 12 participating in the two-night Poetry in Motion performance, March 22 and 23.
Children’s Advanced Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get advanced chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
Computer Class (Hands-On): Getting Started—Basic Excel 2007
Thursday, March 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to create and format a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2007 in this free, hands-on class. Basic computer skills, including mouse proficiency, required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 10 students. To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. (This same class is offered on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:30 – 2 p.m.)