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 – Fall 2019

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, September 9th – Life of Pi
“A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. “–IMDB
127 minutes
Released in 2012
Rated PG

Monday, October 14th – Eighth Grade
Written and produced by Bo Burnham. The main character, Kyla, is an introverted 13-year-old in the last weeks of eighth grade, who creates UTube videos in which she gives advice to other teens, pretending to be the popular teen she would like to be instead of the sullen and silent girl she actually is. The film received strong reviews for its authenticity, particularly because Kayla is played by Elsie Fisher, who was 13 when the film was made. It is considered a comedy/drama.
94 minutes
Released in 2018
Rated R

Monday, November 11th – Queen of the Desert
Directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicole Kidman. Opened to little fanfare, did poorly at the box office, and was roundly condemned by a swarm of critics. Yet it is a beautifully photographed biopic of Gertrude Bell, a brilliant and adventurous woman whose influence helped shape the modern Middle East. One critic, MaryAnne Johanson, has remarked that the movie’s relegation to obscurity “continues the outrageous erasure of Gertrude Bell from pop-culture consciousness.”
128 minutes
Released in 2017
Rated PG-13

Monday, December 9th – The Man Who Invented Christmas
Directed by Bharat Nalluri and based on the book of the same name by Les Standiford. The film features Charles Dickens as he writes the Christmastime classic, A Christmas Carol.
122 minutes
Released in 2017
Rated PG

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