Programs for Life-long Learning
The Library strives to provide interesting programs for an adventure in life-long learning. While we have a few programs that meet monthly, we also include additional events for life enrichment, personal growth, and inspiration.
World War I Programming – These programs are in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States entering WWI
May 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
WWI and LANCASTER COUNTY’S PEACE CHURCHES (WWI Series Program 4 of 5)
Presented by Steven M. Nolt, Professor of History
and Anabaptist Studies at E-town College.
As the First World War was being waged in Europe, members of the historic peace churches (Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren) on the home front faced military conscription, government surveillance, and intense pressure to buy war bonds. At the time, peace church men who were drafted often experienced harsh treatment in military camps.
In this presentation, Nolt will describe these dynamics and other ways that Lancaster’s peace church people experienced war-time pressures and sought to explain their convictions to their neighbors and to the government.
May 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY, WWI, & the RETREAT FROM INTERNATIONALISM
(WWI Series Program 5 of 5)
Presented by Dr. Chris J. Dolan, Professor of Politics and Director of Global Studies at Lebanon Valley College
Dr. Dolan will explain how American retrenchment in the wake of the First World War created global economic and security challenges of the Great Depression and Second World War. He will discuss how the U.S. entered the First World War under Woodrow Wilson to make the world safe for democracy and that the US Senate failed to ratify entry into the League of Nations. He will further discuss how the failure to enter the League, as well as Congress’s subsequent passage of various Neutrality acts against, helped with the rise of Nazism and Fascism in Europe.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VISIT OUR DISPLAY OF AUTHENTIC WWI ITEMS SET UP IN THE “QUIET READING” AREA OF THE LIBRARY THROUGH THE MONTH OF APRIL.
The Library is also host to a Quilt Study that gathers at the Library the second Wednesday of every other month from 12:30 to 3:30. Anyone is welcome to explore the history, craftsmanship and patterning of a different quilt each time. The group is led by Ann Holte.
Monthly Adult Programs