Special Interest Groups

Adult Coloring
Dates: 2nd Tuesday, starting Feb. 14
Time: 10 – 11:30
Location: South Library

This special interest group welcomes participants to gather once a 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 Wanda Shoultes, dancingfool1248@gmail.com or text 256-604-9099.

Dates: 3rd Friday, starting Jan. 20
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 (there are few decisions to be made). The rules are simple and can be learned in five minutes or less. Beginners and seasoned players are welcome. For information, contact Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Front Porch Conversations
Dates: 3rd Wednesday, starting Jan. 18
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 that 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 June Norton at junenorton44@cs.com to become a member and for more information.

Hand & Foot
Dates: Thursdays, starting Jan. 5
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 further information, contact Betsy Prescott at momprescott@comcast.net.

Friday Hiking
Dates: Fridays, Jan. 27 – Apr. 28
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, starting Jan. 9
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. Notes are emailed on Wednesday detailing the upcoming selection. The anthology used changes each term. Contact Bob Stagg at 256-520-0417 for more information.

Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, starting Jan. 4
Time: 2:00 – 3:00
Location: Downtown Library,Room A (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. We will meet in person the first Wednesday of each month and on Zoom the third Wednesday. For further information, contact Barbara Ward at bward@hiwaay.net.

Mah Jongg
Dates: Mondays, starting Jan. 9
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library Room A

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

Poets’ Corner
Dates: Last Wednesday, starting Jan. 25
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 at 256-881-6099 or lizhall076@gmail.com.

Photography Essay
Dates: 2nd Wednesday, Jan. 11 – May 10
Time: 10 – 11:30
Location: South Library, 2FL Feb. 8

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

UkeQUESTors Jam
Leader: Theresa Miller and William Heney
Dates: Sundays, starting Jan. 8
Time: 2 – 3:30 Location: 2FL 2nd and 4th Sunday Online 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday

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 enough 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 Theresa Miller at art.tree.hsv@gmail.com, William Heney at cameo940@fastmail.net, or Doug Anderson at douganderson1950@yahoo.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