Adult Programs

FROM CHICAGO TO VIETNAM
Wednesday, November 8, 7-8 pm
Join us for a special evening with former Cary resident Mike Duffy as he shares stories and reads excerpts from his book From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War. Sale of his book and signing will follow. Refreshments will be served.

CARY AREA WRITERS GROUP
Second Saturday of the month, 12-3 pm
November 11, December 9

Looking for a community to nurture your writing? Join the Cary Area Writers Group (CAWG).

JIGSAW PUZZLE SWAP DROP IN
Sunday, November 12, 1:30-2:30 pm
Puzzles must have all the pieces intact.

MARIE ANTOINETTE
Thursday, November 16, 7-8 pm
The Queen of France comes to discuss her life, loves, and intrigues. Costumed dramatist, Martina Mathisen, will reveal the truth behind this misunderstood queen. What actually happened and shall she live or die? This time you will decide her fate.

HARVEST FLOWERS
Saturday, November 18, 10-11 am
Peggy of Garvin Gardens will help you create a beautiful fresh flower centerpiece. All materials are included in the fee of $15. Bring your own pruners. No refunds. Register in person.


WHITE LIKE HER: MY FAMILY’S STORY OF RACE & RACIAL PASSING

Sunday, November 19, 2-3:30 pm
Mystery author, Gail Lukasik, will discuss her book White Like Her, as well as her two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. Gail will share how her personal and genealogical journey to uncover the truth of her mother’s racial heritage led her to a deeper understanding of race. Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase

CARY AREA WRITERS GROUP
Second Saturday of the month, 12-3 pm
Looking for a community to nurture your writing? Join the Cary Area Writers Group (CAWG).

HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS GONEGOURMET
Monday, November 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Chef Maddox will demonstrate gourmet recipes that will make your familyor guests crave your leftover meals.Limited to 50.

COLORING FOR GROWNUPS DROP-IN
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-8:30 pm
Relax and have some fun! Coloring sheets, pencils and gel pens provided. No registration necessary

WALTER CRONKITE
Wednesday, November 29, 7-8:30 pm
Historian Jim Gibbons will present the life of former CBS News anchorman,Walter Cronkite. He covered some of America’s most important historical events including the Nuremberg trials,Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis, and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy,Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lennon.

WINTER DOOR SWAG
Wednesday, December 6, 7-8 pm
Peggy of Garvin Gardens returns to help you create a fresh evergreen winter door swag that will last for weeks. Bring your garden gloves and pruners, otherwise all materials are included for the $15 special fee and you may now pay online with a credit card when you register. No refunds.

GOOFY FOR GINGERBREAD
Wednesday, December 13, 7-8 pm
Pastry Chef Rose Deneen will demonstrate how to assemble a gingerbread house, whether it’s from scratch or a kit. Learn how to make the icing and simple ideas for decorating a house with store-bought treats. Two of the assembled gingerbread houses will be raffled off. Recipe provided.

BOOKS ON TAP: A 20s-30s BOOK CLUB
Tuesdays, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20
7-8:30 pm | Meets at Cary Ale House
Eat, drink, and talk shop about books with others in their 20s and 30s. Each meeting we discuss a title chosen by the group. If you’re interested in joining or to find out the current title, please email roberhauser@caryarealibrary.info.

CLEAN EATING
Wednesday, January 3, 7:30-8:30 pm
Learn methods behind the clean eating movement and knife techniques for preparing fruits and vegetables quickly with Chef Cherise. Recipes included.

DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE
Wednesday, January 17, 7-8:30 pm
In the age of cyber warfare, troll farms and fake news, attacks against the US do not require enemy infantry. Now there are subtler tools and methods available that can do significant damage to our country. The attackers may pose as fellow citizens and use Facebook or Twitter as many of us do. What are these weapons? What have they already done? What types of defense can we rely on? What role should our “free press” fulfill in this conflict? What responsibilities do citizens have so they can be informed rather than have their perspectives hacked? Please join Professor Gary Midkiff for a lively 90-minute examination of the social media battlefield.

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP
Thursday, January 18, 7-8:30 pm
Calling all Cary area cinephiles! We’ll meet every other month on the third Thursday; you will watch the movie(s) on your own before each meeting. Our inaugural title is The Lobster (Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz)– place a hold if it isn’t on the shelf. Some films we watch may have violence, language, sexual content, and/or subtitles. Limited to 15.

USING DIGITAL BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Saturday, January 20, 1-2 pm
Learn about our digital books, movies, music, and magazines. Six apps will be covered, including the requirements, content of each, and how they work.

ORGANIZE YOUR GENEALOGY
Sunday, January 21, 2-3:30 pm
All those names, documents, websites, and programs make organizing your genealogy extra important. Ann Wells will share some basics to aid your own research and be more organized.

ACCUQUILT CUTTER DEMO AND SAMPLE CUTTING
Wednesday, January 24, 7-8 pm
See a demonstration of the AccuQuilt Cutter and then cut your own fabrics to make a quilted pillow cover. Go home with all fabric cut and directions to complete this pillow. Bring ½ yard of your favorite patterned fabric and a fat quarter of a contrasting fabric. AccuQuilt Cutter and dies are now available for checkout.

VALENTINE CARDS: A PAINTING WORKSHOP
Saturday, January 27, 10-11:30 am or 12-1:30 pm
Ages 11 and up. Choose from many designs and quotes to create your own Valentine card. Draw with pencil, outline with marker, then paint with watercolor pencils under Christine Thornton’s guidance. Each final painting can be glued onto paper and turned into a card. You’ll make up to three cards.

ROOTS OF AMERICANA
Wednesday, January 31, 7-8 pm
Local musician Steve Justman presents an overview of the connecting branches of Americana music such as folk, country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and blues. Songs and stories on the evolving and the traditional components of American music will be both fun and interesting!

CREATING ROMANTIC CUISINE WITH YOUR VALENTINE
Monday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sitting alongside your Valentine, Chef Susan Maddox will assist you through a culinary celebration of Valentine’s Day. Discover how romantic and fun it is to cook together. At the end of class, you’ll enjoy a menu full of authentic and delicious courses. Recipes included.

FALL PREVENTION
Wednesday, February 7, 1-2:30 pm
Accidents are more common and can cause more serious injuries in older adults so many restrict their activities, but this actually increases their risk. Join us for Susan Grossinger, Senior Services Coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and master trainer of the program A Matter of Balance.

WE SANG! WE DANCED! A MUSICAL HISTORY OF MCHENRY COUNTY
Thursday, February 15, 7-8 pm
Explore the fascinating and sometimes mysterious history of local dance halls and other venues with Mary Ellen Heelan. Get to know the bands, orchestras and choruses, hear the music, and add your own recollections.

THE 15 HABITS OF HIGHLY FRUGAL GENEALOGISTS
Sunday, February 18, 2-3:30 pm
Who said genealogy and the hunt for your family history has to be expensive? Thomas MacEntee will teach you the tricks and how to think like a savvy, frugal genealogist!

BUNCO!
Wednesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us for a fast paced, easy to learn dice game. Enjoy refreshments and compete for a variety of prizes. Limited to 24 players.