Learning Series

The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library sponsor a Fall and Spring learning series each year. It is a program of enlightening and entertaining courses open to the public at a suggested donation of $15 per course. The series takes place Mondays through Fridays in the lower level of the library, unless otherwise noted. Contact the Learning Series chairperson at learningseries@eldredgelibrary.org or call the Library at 508-945-5170 for more information or questions.


Free Classes for Fall 2020 Learning Series

The FEPL Learning Series Committee is offering eight online single session classes mid-September to mid-November.   The classes are a gift to the community and offer subjects and themes from popular presenters. Registration is required for each class in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting or webinar. Click HERE to print a full class list.   Don't forget to register for each class by clicking on the class title below.

New to Zoom?  Click on the Instructions below for basic Zoom instructions.  If you have questions please contact Amy Andreasson @ Eldredge Public Library.

Basic Zoom Meeting Instructions 

Basic Zoom Webinar Instructions


Fall 2020 Learning Series Classe

Please note: Due to an unavoidable conflict, the lecture with Dan Wolf on October 14th at 10:30 AM is being rescheduled to Wednesday, November 11th at 10:30 AM.

 The Modern Musical - Wednesday, September 16 at 1:30 pm

John Whelan and his music classes have been a part of the Learning Series for years. It is fitting that he will start our Fall Series as we switch over to virtual classes. After entertaining us over the years with the Great American Songbook and Rock n' Roll, this class will feature Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.  John is a retired stockbroker, writes a monthly column for The Cape Cod Chronicle and hosts an Oldies Rock and Roll show on WOMR-FM.


Poisoner-in-Chief  - Friday, September 25 at 10:30 am

In his new book Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control, Stephen Kinzer presents a gentle-hearted torturer who was the most powerful unknown American of the 20th century.  The author began his journalism career delivering newspapers after school in Truro, spent more than 20 years at The New York Times, and now teaches at Brown University and writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe.


Virtual Bus Tour of Historic Chatham - Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 pm

For those who missed it in June, come along with us on the virtual bus tour of Chatham historic sites and museums in this Zoom recording with a live introduction and Q&A with tour guide Ron Clark.  See the tour description at http://www.historic-chatham.org. This is an exclusive replay of this popular event in June.  Ron Clark retired from a career in technology with IBM and has been volunteering in Chatham with several history organizations, as well as with First Night Chatham, and the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library.  


The Music of John Williams - Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30 am

Explore the music of John Williams, the masterful composer of film music, and learn how he writes a theme and the process it goes through that ends up on the big screen in Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, or Indiana Jones.  Ryan Peteraf is a conductor, composer, and organist based in Chatham; he is also the Director of Music and Liturgy at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.


 Computer Security at Home: Don't Break the Chain - Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 pm

Understand the risks of using the Internet at home, protect yourself from computer viruses, and improve your password management.  Bob Ralls retired from the Library of Congress as a senior systems analyst and computer security program manager.


Introduction to the Psychic Arts - Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 pm

Relax and enjoy a brief and entertaining introduction to the psychic arts. Learn the basics of using your inner psychic to gain insight and foresight for your own knowledge and fun and pleasure for your friends and family.  Catherine Cullen is an attorney, with her own history as a reader. She’s also the grateful product of several generations of psychic readers.


Modern Classical Music with Joe Marchio - Wednesday, November 4 at 10:30 am

Meet some of America's modern musical masters! Come and explore music by Leonard Bernstein, John Adams, Philip Glass, and Jennifer Higdon. In the past half century, these four have helped usher in new exciting sounds and styles and now serve as an inspiration to young composers all over the world. From Bernstein's West Side Story to John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, this is great music that you will not want to miss. Joe Marchio currently serves as music director of the Chatham Chorale and pastor of First Congregational Church in Chatham. He has performed as an organist throughout the United States and Europe.


Looking Ahead to 2021 - Wednesday, November 11 at 10:30 am  *Date Change*

Discuss the state of our politics as we head into a critical year and the impact its outcome will have on our lives, our health, democracy and our world. Former State Senator and Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf, B.A. Wesleyan University in Political Philosophy, is an entrepreneur and philanthropist.