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Adult Programs

Adult presentation in auditorium

General Program Information

 

How much do the programs cost? They are all FREE

Book Clubs

Who can join? Everyone 18 years and older is welcome to join!  

What is the difference between the three book clubs? The two afternoon book clubs read the exact same books, just in a different order. The evening book club has a different set of books entirely.   

Can I join more than one club? You are welcome to join the evening book club, and one of the afternoon book clubs. 

Where do I get the book? Come to the circulation desk, and see if there is a copy OR pick a copy up when the book club meets.

Learning at Lunch

Who can come? This program is designed for adults, but anyone may come. We also have a ton of excellent children's programing available specifically for our younger patrons!

When does it start? At 12:00pm (noon).

Tuesday Night Movies

Who can come? Everyone 18 years and older is welcome to come to our Tuesday Night Movies.

When does it start? The doors open at 6:00pm and the movie starts at 6:30pm.

 

 

After Dark Book Club: Six Years

Tuesday, March 28
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Six Years
 
 
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for....
 
But she is not Natalie.
 
Soon Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart puts his very life at risk, as he uncovers the secrets and lies that love can hide....

 

Tuesday Night Movies: Rear Window

Tuesday, April 4
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Rear window movie poster

 

Rated: NR

This program is FREE. Bring your bowl for popcorn :)
 
** This film contains adult content and is not suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. **
 
Sitting in a wheelchair, his leg in a cast, a photographer (James Stewart) spies on courtyard neighbors and sees a murder.
 
The doors open at 6:00 pm. The movie begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 

Learning at Lunch: The Birth of the Observatory

Friday, April 7
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) was built in the White Lake Basin in 1959 and has been in continuous operation since it opened in June 1960.  How did this observatory end up located in Penticton and why was it built in the first place?  This talk will discuss the early history of DRAO---including details about its first employees Jack Locke and John Galt---and will present newly uncovered colour photographs from the construction of the observatory.

 

A Novel Idea Book Club: Everything I Never Told You

Monday, April 10
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Everything I never told you
 
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
 
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.
 
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Learning at Lunch: Escape Sugar

Friday, April 21
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Basket of vegetables

How much sugar is hiding in your food? Take a closer look at the food items that you buy at the grocery store and you will see that added sugar is all around us. It has crept in as a main ingredient in many foods that we consider healthy and has created havoc for our health.  Join holistic nutritionist Anita Bains to discuss how we can identify hidden sugars in our food, overcome sugar cravings and properly nourish our bodies.

 

Between the Covers Book Club: Undermajordomo Minor

Monday, April 24
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Undermajordomo Minor
 
A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners.
 
Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux. In the local village, he also encounters thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty whose love he must compete for with the exceptionally handsome partisan soldier, Adolphus. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder.
 
Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners by the Governor General’s Award–winning author of The Sisters Brothers. It is an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

After Dark Book Club: In the Garden of Beasts

Tuesday, April 25
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

 
In the Garden of Beasts
 
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
    A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
    Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

 

Tuesday Night Movies: Pitch Perfect

Tuesday, May 2
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

 

Pitch Perfect

Rated: 14A

This program is FREE. Bring your bowl for popcorn :)
 
** This film contains adult content and is not suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. **
 
College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions.
 
The doors open at 6:00 pm. The movie begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 

Learning at Lunch: Honey Bees

Friday, May 5
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Tim Bouwmeester has been a beekeeper in the Penticton  area since he relocated here in 1995.

Join Tim as he shares his love of honey bees and tells us why these creatures are so amazing!

 

A Novel Idea Book Club: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Monday, May 15
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.
 
Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his family on Stag Island, Ontario, when he was nine years old, and it was impossible for Canadians to be astronauts. In 2013, he served as Commander of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth during a five-month mission. Fulfilling this lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability and a singular commitment to “thinking like an astronaut.” In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris gives us a rare insider’s perspective on just what that kind of thinking involves, and how earthbound humans can use it to achieve success and happiness in their lives.
Astronaut training turns popular wisdom about how to be successful on its head. Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst; always sweat the small stuff; and do care what others think. Chris shows how this unique education comes into play with dramatic anecdotes about going blind during a spacewalk, getting rid of a live snake while piloting a plane, and docking with space station Mir when laser tracking systems fail at the critical moment. Along the way, he shares exhilarating experiences, and challenges, from his 144 days on the ISS, and provides an unforgettable answer to his most-asked question: What’s it really like in outer space?
Written with humour, humility and a profound optimism for the future of space exploration, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth offers readers not just the inspiring story of one man’s journey to the ISS, but the opportunity to step into his space-boots and think like an astronaut—and renew their commitment to pursuing their own dreams, big or small.

Learning at Lunch: Personal Planning

Friday, May 19
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

It is important to be prepared  at all stages of life, for your own peace of mind, and that of your loved ones. This is why having a personal plan for your health care, financial matters, and end-of-life care if you are no longer able to speak for yourself, is necessary. This workshop includes a discussion about Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Directives.

 

 

Between the Covers Book Club: Galileo's Middle Finger

Monday, May 29
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Galileo's Middle Finger

 

Galileo's Middle Finger is a 2015 book about the ethics of medical research by Alice Dreger, an American bioethicist and author. Dreger explores the relationship between science and social justice by discussing a number of scientific controversies

After Dark Book Club: The Argonauts

Tuesday, May 30
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

The Argonauts
 
Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. 
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

 

Learning at Lunch: Rockin' Geology

Friday, June 2
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how some areas came to have such spectacular scenery? Join Bob Handfield, a retired geologist, as he takes you through the geology of some of the western US National Parks. He will touch on some of the underlying reasons for the parks amazing rock formations, as well as the plants and animals from the area. Bob will end with some current issues facing the parks. The parks to be discussed are: Yellowstone (WY), Arches (UT), Mesa Verde (CO), Zion (UT), Grand Canyon (AZ) and Joshua Tree NP (CA).

 

Tuesday Night Movies: Taxi Driver

Tuesday, June 6
06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Taxi Driver

 

Rated: 18A

This program is FREE. Bring your bowl for popcorn :)
 
** This film contains adult content and is not suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. **
 
Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).
 
The doors open at 6:00 pm. The movie begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 

Learning at Lunch: Midday Mindfulness

Friday, June 16
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

What does meditation look like to you? Have you ever wanted to try it, but didn’t know where to start? Join Tom Ashton and examine:  

· the practice of being present       

· being true to yourself and your journey  

· the art of being mindful                                                                                            

 

A Novel Idea Book Club: Recipes for Love and Murder

Monday, June 19
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Recipes for Love and Murder

'Vivid, amusing and immensely enjoyable ...A triumph' Alexander McCall Smith Meet Tannie Maria: A woman who likes to cook a lot and write a little. Tannie Maria writes recipes for a column in her local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. One Sunday morning, as Maria savours the breeze through the kitchen window whilst making apricot jam, she hears the screech and bump that announces the arrival of her good friend and editor Harriet. What Maria doesn't realise is that Harriet is about to deliver the first ingredient in two new recipes (recipes for love and murder) and a whole basketful of challenges. A delicious blend of intrigue, milk tart and friendship, join Tannie Maria in her first investigation. Consider your appetite whetted for a whole new series of mysteries ...

Between the Covers Book Club: Everything I Never Told You

Monday, June 26
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Everything I never told you
 
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
 
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.
 
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

After Dark Book Club: So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Tuesday, June 27
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

 
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
 
'It's about the terror, isn't it?'
 
'The terror of what?' I said.
 
'The terror of being found out.'
 
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.
 
A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.
 
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

 

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