The annual Booked for Winter community reading program just started again at the Walla Walla Public Library, said Alexis Rodegerdts, public services specialist.
Library staffers use the event to pull the community together through good books and draw readers out during the winter months for wonderful guest speakers and discussion at the library.
Four guest speakers from Walla Walla Community College and Whitman College will present books that explore the theme "Expressions of love" in a variety of disciplines.
The first event is Jan. 21 with Brad LaFran. He will look at "About Love and Other Stories," by Anton Chekhov. A member of the WWCC English Department, Brad is returning to Booked for Winter for
his third consecutive year. "In Chekhov love redeems the brutes, it transforms the cynical, it comforts the weary and dying, and in the hearts of the innocent it lives on the sparsest of handouts. Reading Chekhov is one of the surest ways of educating the heart."
On Feb. 11, Greg Schnorr will look at "Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses," by Isabel Allende. Greg is pastry chef instructor at WWCC. His presentation is just before Valentine's Day during Culinary Arts Month. Allende's journal of food experiences will go perfectly with the day and a romantic meal, Greg said.
"Isabel is keen to include recipes for reconciliation as well as menus for new lovers."
On March 25, Matt Reynolds will look at Mark Doty's "Still Life with Oysters and Lemon."
Matt is a member of the Whitman art history and visual culture studies department.
He will look at the author's experiences with a sense of love and intimacy with the world around him through his practice of observation.
And finally, on April 22, Jesse Burgess, a member of the WWCC English and Humanities departments, will look at "A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku," by Robert Aitken. "
All the events take place at 7 p.m. at the library, 238 E. Alder St. The library has copies of the books to lend.
For more details, contact Alexis at 509-524-4609 or firstname.lastname@example.org or online see wallawallapubliclibrary.org .
The whipped cream will flow when Center at the Park hosts its strawberry waffle supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Park Manor Rehabilitation Center partners with the Center to make the event possible. The menu features Belgian strawberry and whipped cream-smothered waffles, sausage and coffee for $3.50. Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at email@example.com or afternoons at 526-8313.
Diners can also listen to the Olde Thyme Musicians during the event. The Center is at 720 Sprague Ave. Call 527-3775 for more information.