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Adults Learn Lessons at Author Talks

Carolyn Karwoski marvels at the vast programming at the Ferguson Library . "Where else can you go for free to learn whatever you like, or to be entertained, outside the regular borrowing of books and DVDs?" she said.

Among the latest workshops and discussions offered at the library is an American Literature Discussion Series, focusing on three great writers. The next lecture in the series, focusing on Nathaniel Hawthorne, will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library's third-floor auditorium.

"We are trying to do a variety of programs for adults. That's what libraries do. They fill a role," said Karwoski, who serves as the library's adult and reader services supervisor. "Where better to come and learn? For a lot of people it's a substitute for classes at UConn, which can cost thousands of dollars. We find that our adult programs are well attended, from lectures to music."

Thursday's free discussion will be the second in the literature series. The first centered on Edgar Allan Poe. About 45 people attended that session, Karwoski said. The final series lecture, on Herman Melville, will be offered Dec. 9. Leading the discussions is Michael Marotto, an adjunct professor of English at UConn-Stamford.

"He's quite a compelling speaker. He has very in-depth knowledge of his material," said Karwoski.

The Friends of the Ferguson Library is sponsoring the series.

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