Special Interest Groups

Adult Coloring
Dates: 2nd Tuesday, starting Aug. 9
Time: 10 – 11:30
Location: South Library

This special interest group welcomes participants to gather once per month for adult coloring and camaraderie. We will use adult coloring books/pages and whatever medium you prefer, including colored pencils, brush markers, gel pens, etc. Please bring your own materials. For more information, contact WandaShoultes, dancingfool1248@gmail.com or text

Dates: 4th Monday of each month
Time: 9:30  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, Room A

Come join us for a fun-filled morning of Bunco. As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game played in teams of four, involving 100% luck and very little skill as there are few decisions to be made. The rules are simple and can be learned in five minutes or less. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. For information, contact Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Computers, Cameras, and Questing
Dates: 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 9:30  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, 2nd Floor Events Room

Meetings begin with several videos and images that will stir your imagination. Members receive a monthly newsletter in an email reminder about the meeting. A few of the newsletter technology topics are discussed, followed by an extended group Q & A time. It is a great way to reflect on the issues of our day. To join this SIG or get additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

Front Porch Conversations
Dates: Third Wednesday
Time: 1:00 – 2:30
Location: Second Floor Events Room

Topics of current social, philosophical, and political issues will be considered, with civility, in a structured environment which allows each member of the class an opportunity to actively participate in the dialogue. The purpose of meaningful conversation is to come to an understanding of the other, not to determine if they are good, bad, right, or wrong. It requires deep reflection and the ability to disagree with others while still respecting their sincerity and decency. Members will custom design the course by choosing the topics and identifying
questions to be considered. Contact Larry West, larrykwest@gmail.com to become a member and for more information.

Hand & Foot
Dates: every Thursday
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, Room A

Everyone, beginner to expert, is welcome to play the Hand and Foot variation of Canasta. Instruction and “cheat sheets” are provided upon request. For information, contact Betsy Prescott at momprescott@comcast.net.

Dates: Fridays (Sept 2 – Nov 18)
Time: 9:00 am

Explore our easy to moderate hiking trails in Madison County. Enjoy the trees, flowers, and streams in our local forest preserves. Hike with other LearningQUEST members who appreciate the outdoors. Liability waivers are required. Hiking announcements with directions are provided by email. If interested, please send an email message to lqhiking@gmail.com to be added to the hiking distribution list. For our hikes, it is recommended to wear hiking boots and to bring water
and a hiking stick.

Great Conversations
Dates: Mondays
Time: 3 – 4:30

Location: Online
This literary discussion group reads one selection each week and discusses the author, time period, and relevance in today’s world. Since there is a new selection each week, prior attendance is not a requirement. Come when you are available. Newsletter goes out on Wednesday detailing upcoming selection. The anthology used changes each term. Contact Bob
Stagg at 256-520-0417 for more information.

Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Time: 2:00 – 3:00

Location: Downtown Library,Room A 1st Wednesday; Online 3rd Wednesday
Knitters of all skill levels meet to share their talents, ideas, and projects. We seldom solve world problems but we always have fun. For information, contact Barbara Ward at bward@hiwaay.net.

Mah Jongg
Dates: Every Monday
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library Room A

Mah Jongg players of all levels meet weekly on Mondays to play. Beginning class is available upon request. For information, contact Janet Tedrow at wftedrow@aol.com.

Poets’ Corner
Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 1:30 – 3:00
Location: Downtown Library, Foundation Conference Room or Online

This special interest group is for members who enjoy reading or writing poetry and want to share that enjoyment with others. Whether you are a neophyte or a published poet, come join our conversations! Poems will be written, shared, and discussed. Our conversations may include poetry by well-known as well as, perhaps, lesser known poets whom we have enjoyed. The group will be loosely structured according to participants’ interests. The purpose is to participate in a poetic appreciation of life! For more information, contact Liz Hall (256-881-4505) or lizhall076@gmail.com.

Photography Essay
Dates: 2nd Wednesday, Sep. 14 – Nov. 9
Time: 10 – 11:30
Location: South Library

The Photography Sharing Group is about the joy of sharing 10-photo essays and discussing our
photography techniques, equipment, and editing processes. We will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 8 times a year (January through May and September through
November). It provides a place for folks who enjoy photography to share their passion. For more information, contact Waldy Cuevas at waldyphoto@outlook.com.

Progressive Christianity Explored
Dates: 1st Friday of each month
Time: 9:30  – 11:30 am
Location: Valley United Methodist Church, Drake Avenue

Progressive Christianity is defined at progressivechristianity.org/the-8-points/. The group
discusses Bishop Spong’s newsletters and other aspects of Christianity. We meet on the first Friday of each month at Valley Methodist Church at 1410 Drake Avenue. For additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

UkeQUESTors Jam
Dates: Every Sunday
Time: 2:00  – 3:30 pm
Location: Downtown Library, Second Floor Events Room and Online

The LearningQUEST UkeQUESTors are a special interest group (SIG) that provides an opportunity for ukulele players of all levels to meet in an open, unintimidating and accepting
environment to refine and expand their skills and to “jam” and sing. To wit, JUST HAVE FUN! One goal of the sessions will be for participants to gain confidence in their playing ability so they will be willing to perform in an ensemble at events such as the Alabama Uke Fest. For more information, contact Doug Anderson at douganderson1950@yahoo.com or Theresa Miller at art.tree.hsv@gmail.com. LearningQUEST members can also join the SIG by requesting membership to the UkeQUESTor SIG Facebook page. Once becoming a member, the
schedule, music resource webpage, and Zoom links will be available.