Public Programs

LearningQUEST has presentations open to the general public. All are welcome to attend these programs, so please join us.

American Memories: Adventures in the National Parks

Presenter: Jennifer Garlen
Friday, Feb 24, Noon – 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Celebrate American’s national parks with this multi-media presentation that takes the audience to national parks large and small. Jennifer Garlen will discuss the history of the national parks and share personal stories of visits to various sites. Park memorabilia and collectibles will also be on display.

Shaping Alabama – Early Years

Presenter: David Robb
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium

As this introduction to the Alabama Territorial Bicentennial, learn how Alabama’s distinctive shape came to be. See how natural features, early Native American history, colonial aspirations, ambitious speculators and politicians, and some international arm-wrestling resulted in the state’s current shape. Questions and answers will follow.

Sink the Graf Spee: The Destruction of a German Battleship, 1939

Presenter: David Lilly
2 Tuesdays, Apr 11 & 18, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Learn about the sinking of the Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay, Britain’s first naval victory of the Second World War. This is an intriguing account of naval operations, military intelligence, deception, and human weakness.

Hollywood Country: Exploring Country Music in Contemporary Movies

Presenters: David Lilly & Jim Cavender
4 Mondays, May 1-15 & June 5, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Main Library, Second Floor Meeting Room

The 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter brought country music and performers into popular filmmaking. This lecture and film series explores the way Hollywood has presented country music in contemporary films. Four acclaimed movies will be shown: Coal Miner’s Daughter, Walk the Line, Honeysuckle Rose, and Tender Mercies.