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Adult Programs

Adult programs

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 5:45pm and the movie starts at 6:00pm.

I want to run my own book club

That is great! We have book club sets that you can borrow. The titles available can be found here: Book Club Sets 

** Please note that you MUST put a request in for the set, either by phone (250) 770-7782, in person, or by going here

 

 

Between the Covers Book Club: Chasing Smoke

Monday, February 25
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Chasing Smoke Book Cover

Title: Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir

Author: Aaron Williams

"At first I'm calm as the trees fall. But suddenly a rat's nest of wood, bent horizontal and cribbed into the trees above us, comes down in a rush of a hundred machine gun snaps. Trees caught in the nest flail around before hitting the ground. Our eyes dart everywhere, trying to keep track of every moment. Trees break free and swing themselves like catapults. Splintered chunks of wood slash through the air like propellers... Falling trees is the most dangerous job in North America."

--Aaron Williams

British Columbia's weather and geography--hot dry summers, steep terrain, and population density in forested areas--make it one of the most difficult places in the world to fight forest fires.

Chasing Smoke is an enthralling insider-account of how a fire season unfolds. Experienced firefighter Aaron Williams offers a tangible window into the intensely physical, high-adrenalin lifestyle shared by his crew of eccentrics, all eager to be on the front line. Williams shares what it's like to work sixteen-hour days in an apocalyptic landscape, where the smoke is so thick your snot runs black and you need to drink ten litres of water a day. What it's like to make a stupid mistake and singe your beard in front of your crew, or spend hours hosing a spot the size of a queen mattress and still not extinguish the burn. What it's like to hear a tree fall, a co-worker's shout, and imagine the worst.

From the "curated gauntlet of abuse" that makes up rookie week, until the last length of hose is rolled up at the end of the burn season, Williams chronicles the seasonal existence of a firefighter, all while examining the wider world of firefighting--interweaving the history, mechanics and politics--as well as the micro-world of the small crew who willingly put their lives on the line.

After Dark Book Club: Homegoing a Novel

Tuesday, February 26
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Homegoing book cover

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. 
 
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

Creative Non Fiction Writing Group

Thursday, February 28
09:30 am to 11:30 am

Writing Workshop Picture

We all  have stories to share! 

  • Our aim is to inspire and help each other write anecdotes about specific events in our lives -- personal stories to hand down to future generations and possibly become archival public history.
  • At each meeting, including the first, the participants will bring a story (or part of a story) they have written, of between 300 to 500 words, to share with the group.
  • You will then edit your story to add a sense of place and time, emotion, character development, dialogue, if appropriate. You may wish to improve your story with the help of the group’s constructive feedback.
  • The animator will provide tips and exercises to tap your resources for more writing ideas. You are encouraged to contribute by bringing your own writing ideas for stories to the group. During each session we will take time to write a story to share with the group.

This program is FREE, and is open to anyone 18 and older. 

 

Learning at Lunch: Building Mental Resilience at Work

Friday, March 1
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Mental Resilience

Stressed at work? What do you do to cope? Resilience is our ability to bounce back when we experience stress. At work, that means having the ability to experience positive feelings and functioning at our best. We want to bring you tools for increasing your ability to bounce back, enjoy the things you used to, and perform the way you want to! You will learn practical ideas that you can use to strengthen your resilience. 

Tuesday Night Movies: Death Takes a Holiday

Tuesday, March 5
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

 

Death Takes a Holiday Movie Poster

Title: Death Takes a Holiday

Doors Open: 5:45 pm

Movie Starts: 6:00 pm

This film is FREE, please bring a bowl for popcorn.

Death (Fredric March) is unable to relate to humans, so he takes the form of Prince Sirki, and tries life as a person. Many women are instantly attracted to Prince Sirki, but once they really get to know him, they become frightened. It isn't until he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable) that Death finally learns what it is to love. But when Grazia's father (Guy Standing) learns of Prince Sirki's real identity, he tries to break up the relationship.

Rating: NR

Learning at Lunch: Medication Awareness

Friday, March 15
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Pills

The potential misuse of medications is a growing concern. Information about how seniors can interact with doctors and pharmacists to ensure safe and effective use of medications is presented 
 

A Novel Idea Book Club: Road Trip Rwanda

Monday, March 18
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Road Trip Rwanda Book Cover

Title: Road Trip Rwanda

Author: Will Ferguson

Hope lives in Africa. Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, Giller Prize-winning author Will Ferguson travels deep into the once-mysterious "Land of a Thousand Hills" with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began. 
     From the legendary Source of the Nile to Dian Fossey's famed "gorillas in the mist," from innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world's most escapable prison, from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom, from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion fruit, Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn.
     Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent.

 

Between the Covers Book Club: Purity

Monday, March 25
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

 

Purity Book Cover

Title: Purity

Author: Jonathan Franzen

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Correctionsand Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

 

After Dark Book Club: Hidden Figures

Tuesday, March 26
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Hidden Figures Book Cover

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

Creative Non Fiction Writing Group

Thursday, March 28
09:30 am to 11:30 am

Writing Workshop Picture

We all  have stories to share! 

  • Our aim is to inspire and help each other write anecdotes about specific events in our lives -- personal stories to hand down to future generations and possibly become archival public history.
  • At each meeting, including the first, the participants will bring a story (or part of a story) they have written, of between 300 to 500 words, to share with the group.
  • You will then edit your story to add a sense of place and time, emotion, character development, dialogue, if appropriate. You may wish to improve your story with the help of the group’s constructive feedback.
  • The animator will provide tips and exercises to tap your resources for more writing ideas. You are encouraged to contribute by bringing your own writing ideas for stories to the group. During each session we will take time to write a story to share with the group.

This program is FREE, and is open to anyone 18 and older. 

 

Learning at Lunch: Healing Power of Breath

Friday, March 29
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Breath

Beyond ‘take a deep breath’, healthy breathing is a vast profound experience that softens, releases, cleanses, heals, and opens us to life’s peak experiences.

My mission is to help you explore & build an easy daily ‘optimal’ breathing skills practice that:

· reduces/eliminates pain

· increases energy and health

· creates mental clarity

· calms emotions

· uplifts your spirit

· sparks your creative juices

Come, explore the healing powers hidden in your breath!

Tuesday Night Movies: Spirited Away

Tuesday, April 2
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Spirited Away Movie Poster

Title: Spirited Away

Doors Open: 5:45 pm

Movie Starts: 6:00 pm

This film is FREE, please bring a bowl for popcorn.

In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Rating: PG

Learning at Lunch: Westward ho!

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

westward ho

Returning to Penticton in September.

The summer was over and it was time to hit the road again.

Come with Jerry and Linda. Our 4671 km (6 days, 12 hours) drive, condensed to a 45 minute illustrated talk. Starting in NE Vermont, around Montreal, into the Laurentians and the gold mining regions of western Quebec, through the “near-north” of Ontario, to Nipigon, Thunder Bay, Kenora, and on to Winnipeg. Across the prairies, past Regina, Medicine Hat, Pincher Creek; Crowsnest Pass into BC, then the five passes to Osooyos and home to Penticton.

Farms, lakes, hills, mountains, valleys, rivers, mines, livestock, oil wells, wind farms, smoke. This is one big, beautiful country!

 

A Novel Idea Book Club: Birdie

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

Birdie Book Cover

Title: Birdie 

Author: Tracey Lindberg 

Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

Learning at Lunch: Caring for Senior Parents

Friday, April 26
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Seniors walking

The number of seniors needing care is expected to double over the next 15 years.  More than 1 million caregivers in Canada are themselves over the age of 65.  
There is rarely any training for family members about how to help their senior parents through issues with their health, personal or financial care. Caregivers often stumble their way through the learning process, and they can often find themselves in difficulty because they unintentionally made a serious mistake.
 
This talk will explain three key legal things that every caregiver needs to know when helping their senior parents:
what the role of caregiver means legally
the importance of keeping assets separate and safeguarded
reporting requirements - things you need to keep track of
 

Between the Covers Book Club: Road Trip Rwanda

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

Road Trip Rwanda Book Cover

Title: Road Trip Rwanda

Author: Will Ferguson

Hope lives in Africa. Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, Giller Prize-winning author Will Ferguson travels deep into the once-mysterious "Land of a Thousand Hills" with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began. 
     From the legendary Source of the Nile to Dian Fossey's famed "gorillas in the mist," from innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world's most escapable prison, from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom, from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion fruit, Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn.
     Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent.

 

After Dark Book Club: The Nightingale

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

 

The Nightingale Book Cover

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime

Tuesday Night Movies: The Apartment

Tuesday, May 7
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The Apartment Movie Poster

Title: The Apartment

Doors Open: 5:45 pm

Movie Starts: 6:00 pm

This film is FREE, please bring a bowl for popcorn.

Insurance worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs. When his manager Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) begins using Baxter's apartment in exchange for promoting him, Baxter is disappointed to learn that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the elevator girl at work whom Baxter is interested in himself. Soon Baxter must decide between the girl he loves and the advancement of his career.

Rating: NR

Between the Covers and A Novel Idea Book Club: My Courage Rises

Monday, May 27
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

 

My Courage Rises Book Cover

Title: My Courage Rises

Author: Bonnie Herron

My Courage Rises is a fast-paced story that exposes cultural attitudes of the 1920s toward a young, Scottish woman who is ripe for exploitation. Fiona Gilman struggles to untangle herself from her past, after she is attacked and then stalked. Following a doomed love affair, she flees from Scotland to Canada, starting over where nobody knows her. Her search for love is fraught with tragedy; her most humiliating secrets are exposed. Only someone like Fiona, who has faith in herself, who fortifies her courage with quotes from her favourite author, Jane Austen, could rise above the challenges she faces.

After Dark Book Club: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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

Behind the beautiful forevers book cover

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. 

 

 

Tuesday Night Movies: Footloose (1984)

Tuesday, June 4
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

 

Footloose Movie Poster

Title: Footloose

Doors Open: 5:45 pm

Movie Starts: 6:00 pm

This film is FREE, please bring a bowl for popcorn.

Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), stands in the way.

Rating: PG

Between the Covers and A Novel Idea Book Club: The Summer Before the War

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

Summer Before the War

Title: The Summer Before the War

Author: Helen Simonson

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

After Dark Book Club: Rage Against the Dying

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

Rage against the dying book cover

Brigid Quinn’s experiences hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she’s put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs.

But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid’s career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protege, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public and offers to lead the cops to Jessica’s body in return for a plea bargain.

It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all, no matter what the cost.

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