Learning Series

The Friends of Eldredge Public Library sponsors 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 $10 per course. This fall all courses will be offered online via Zoom. All proceeds are used by the Friends to support the Eldredge Public Library.

You must register for each course so that we can send you the zoom link in advance of the class.    To register online and donate by credit card or Paypal, click here. If you prefer to donate by check and to either mail in or drop off your registration at the library, please click here to get the registration form.  

For further information contact the committee at learningseries@eldredgelibrary.org or call the library at 508 945 5170.  


Learning Series Fall 2021

What Happened to the Ideals of the Baby Boomers?
 FOUR SESSIONS: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28  

In the sixties and seventies, a tumultuous period of political upheaval stirred the baby boomers to an end to the Vietnam War, the fulfillment of the promise of civil rights, and a challenge to the deference given to authorities and social values of the time. We examine who the boomers were and what were their ideals, who opposed them and what happened to the economic, political and cultural spheres in the ensuing decades.

Richard B. Finnegan is a professor emeritus in Political Science and International Studies at Stonehill College.


History of Jazz
ONE SESSION: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday 10/26

The history of jazz will be explored from Afro-American spirituals and the elements of jazz to the Harlem Renaissance through George Gershwin and jazz in the concert hall.   George Scharr will examine what makes jazz greats so memorable and why we still listen to them today through video clips, images and even live demonstrations.

George Scharr currently plays bass trombone for the Cape Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and is founder and conductor of the Symphony Swing Band and the Downtown Dixie Strutters.  He is a founding member of the Cape Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Philharmonic’s Brass Quintets.


Pablo Picasso Creative Genius
TWO SESSIONS: 10-11:30 a.m.  Wednesdays 11/3, 11/10

Pablo Picasso can be called the 20th Century’s true artistic genius.  He recorded his vision of this tumultuous century via his passion for avant-garde art, beautiful women and original ideas.  His inexhaustible creativity and enormous magnetism were legendary.   Come learn more about Picasso when Beth Stein explores his unique life as revealed through his major paintings and sculptures. 

Beth Stein is a retired educator who had developed award winning programs in art education for her students and since retiring to the Cape has entertained her adult audience with a wide array of presentations on modern masters.


Dance in the Movies
TWO SESSIONS: 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays 12/1, 12/8

Join Adam Spencer of the Adam in Chatham - Ballroom Dance Cape Cod for a program to analyze, discuss and converse over dance on film. Adam will present two readily available films (TBA in fall) for the audience to view prior to the lectures.  He will discuss and analyze topics of direction, lighting, use of color, costume, choreography, and meaning of specific dance scenes for a greater in depth understanding of the films as a whole.


Computer Security at Home
THREE SESSIONS: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

This course will help you understand the risks of using the Internet, avoid computer viruses, manage your passwords securely, and protect your privacy.  

Bob Ralls retired from the Library of Congress in 2016 as a senior analyst, supporting staff on a wide range of computer technologies, and later as a computer security program manager.