Guest Speakers

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The library regularly welcomes lecturers and guest speakers. Join us for the following events:

Lunch and Learn for seniors with researcher Adrian Dahood on February 21 from 1-2 pm:

Join us for a presentation by Adrian Dahood, who has worked as a researcher for National Science
Foundation. She’ll present a travelogue of her work in Antarctica.
A light lunch will be provided.

This program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Contact Bette at for more information.

Self-publishing Lecture Series with author Anna Castle in March and April 2018:

On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of March and April from 6 - 7:30 pm, Anna Castle will present tips and tricks for authors.

The following topics will be covered:

March 7: Part I. Goals & Genres: Deciding What to Write.
March 21: Part II. Editing: Creating Your Best Book
April 4: Part III: Formatting and Distribution
April 18: Part IV: Getting Started with Marketing

Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Bette at

Wire Wrapping Class for seniors with artist Megan B. on March 12 from 2-3 pm:

Learn the basics of wire wrapping. Wrap a tumbled stone and make a unique necklace. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

This class is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. (Priority for supplies and space will be given to seniors.)

Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for a special workshop presented by creative writing professor Tracey Lander. Get tips to polish up your poetry ahead of our National Poetry Month contest this April. Open to teens (12 and up) and adults.

Tracey Lander-Garrett

Tracey Lander-Garrett holds an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Connecticut where she was a Connecticut Student Poet and a Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest winner. A former editor of the Long River Review, Brooklyn Review, and the Usdan Camp for the Arts’ literary magazine Painting with Words, she now teaches in the Badgerdog Creative Writing program through the Austin Public Library. She has had poetry and prose published in The Mid-America Poetry Review, Electric Windmill Press, Connotation Press, and others. She lives in Pflugerville with her husband and several recalcitrant cats. Before moving to Texas, she also taught English Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing from 2003-2016 at several colleges in the greater-NYC area, including Brooklyn College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Montclair State University.


Master Gardener Presentation: Native & Well-adapted Plants: Winning Combinations on March 29 from 6 - 7:30 pm:

The first step to successful gardening in Central Texas is to choose the right plants. The next phase is to combine them in ways that they thrive with each other to present a pleasing palate in your garden space year-round. Participants will come away with a list of different ornamental groupings suitable for five different garden situations. Garden size, light, water and soil will be taken into consideration.

Kirk Walden is a hands-on experiential gardener. While he appreciates the cerebral aspects of gardening, he revels in the visceral experience of digging in the dirt. When he moved to Austin in 1998, the home had virtually no landscaping, mostly just limestone and cedars. His determination to beautify it led to an avocation as a serious gardener that culminated in Travis County Master Gardener Certification in 2014.