Spring 2020 Events

*NEW* Silent Book Club
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join our new book club where no one will tell you what to read!
Bring any book of your choosing! We’ll have an hour of silent reading, then discuss our books with each other.

Spring Dates: January 20th, February 17th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th

Winter Walking
10:30am to 11:30am

Keep active indoors while it’s too cold to walk outside!
On these Thursday mornings, we’ll be walking along to exercise DVDs. These sessions are appropriate for any age and any ability. Water provided.

Dates: January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th

Wednesday, March 4th – Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Program:
‘Have we come a long way, baby?’ with Laura Merrifield Wilson

Women comprise a majority of the population yet remain underrepresented within American government. In fact, Indiana trails most national numbers and remains one of 5 states in the country to never have elected a female governor or senator. One hundred years post-suffrage, this lack of representation presses the question of “why?” Laura’s talk addresses this question by bridging historical narratives with current statistics. By sharing her key research findings, exploring larger national trends and analyzing influential factors, Laura hopes that a better understanding of the past will enable us to work toward encouraging and electing more women in politics today.

Laura Merrifield Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Indianapolis, where she specializes in gender politics, campaigns and elections, and state government. She earned her Bachelors in Theatre (2008) and Masters in Political Science (2010) from Ohio University and her Masters in Women’s Studies (2014), Masters in Public Administration (2012), and PhD in American Politics (2014) from the University of Alabama. Wilson is a regular panelist on CBS 4’s/Fox 59’s “IN Focus” on Sunday mornings and is the producer and host of WICR 88.7’s “Positively Politics” on Saturdays at 11:30 am.

Saturday, March 7th – McGovern Irish Dance Performance

Watch a FREE performance by the local dance studio.
This performance is open to ALL ages.

Saturday, April 18th – Beginning Coding Class for Adults

We’ll use Code Academy to learn the basics. Open to adults only.

Saturday, May 9th – Let’s Mario Party!

Compete against other players in Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch! Open to adults and teens!

WALLA & Friends Film Series – Spring 2020

In partnership with the West Lafayette Public Library, WALLA (Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association) hosts regular film showings open to all. Films start promptly at 6:30pm and are held in the Walnut and Elm Rooms.

The current film information is below:

Monday, February 10th – Paterson
A quiet, endearing movie about a bus-driver poet starring Adam Driver in the title role and directed by Jim Jarmusch. There are three Patersons here: The city in New Jersey, William Carlos Williams’ epic poem named after it, and the movie’s protagonist. Most poets need a day job. Like Williams the visiting physician, Paterson has a job that involves a lot of driving with spare moment in which to write.
118 minutes
Released in 2016
Rated R

Monday, March 9th – Roma
A 2018 Mexican film about a domestic worker, Clea, working for a middle class family in Mexico City in the 1970’s. In the course of the film, the husband leaves his family and Clea becomes pregnant and then abandoned by a boyfriend. The focus of the film is on the relationships between Clea and the family as they each experience desertion and betrayal. A quietly touching film, Roma received strong reviews and many awards–director Alfonso Cuaron won an Academy Award for Best Director; and the film received the Golden Lion Award from the Venice Film Festival, and two academy awards. Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography.
135 minutes
Released in 2018
Rated R

Monday, April 13th – TBD
Film to be selected and introduced by a member of the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Title to be announced.

Monday, May 4th – Yesterday
This romantic comedy stars Himesh Patel as Jack Malik, an aspiring musician who is hit by a bus and recovers to find that the world has forgotten the Beatles. Jack takes this as an opportunity to claim the songs as his own and becomes a worldwide musical sensation–all the while, finding it difficult to maintain his friendship with Ellie (Lily James). Directed by Danny Boyle.
116 minutes
Released in 2019
Rated PG-13

Current film information supplied by WALLA. For more information about WALLA or the film series, visit their website.