Join your neighbors and friends at the library by participating in educational and entertaining events at the library!
Adult library programming includes:
- Great Decisions
America’s largest discussion program on world affairs offered by the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a video and meeting in a Discussion Group (virtual for 2021) to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The 2021 series will run on Wednesday evenings, April 7th – May 26th from 7-8:30PM.
Each week attendees will read an article and watch a film in preparation for the program. This year attendees will meet on Zoom to discuss each topic. The Great Decisions films may be viewed on Vimeo. Each film may be streamed for $3.99 or you can stream all of the 2021 films for $29.99 for a one year subscription. This is an additional fee that is new for this year. To participate in the Great Decisions program a $30 fee for materials is owed per person regardless of how many weeks you attend. To register for the Great Decisions program, please sign upbelow.
After you register for the program, library staff will email you to set up an appointment time to pick up the Great Decisions booklet at our Contactless Pickup. The $30 may be paid over the phone with a credit card when the library staff makes your appointment. The program has limited availability. For more information contact Lower Macungie Library at 610-966-6864.
Topics for 2021 series:
Week 1: Global Supply Chains and National Security
Wednesday, April 7th 7:00-8:30 PM
In spring 2020, dire shortages of medical supplies focused public attention on how much critical equipment is produced overseas. Great Decisions investigates the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global trade and asks how to secure supply chains that stretch around the world.
Week 2: Persian Gulf Security
Wednesday, April 14th 7:00-8:30 PM
As oil prices plummet and fatigue mounts from two decades of war, policymakers are reevaluating long-held assumptions about American engagement in the Persian Gulf. Great Decisions asks whether the United States remains the dominant power in a changing region.
Week 3: Brexit and the European Union
Wednesday, April 21st 7:00-8:30 PM
Although Britain has left the European Union, the ramifications of Brexit are far from fully settled. Great Decisions asks whether the United Kingdom can remain united and considers how Brexit will change Britain’s relationships with Europe and the United States.
Week 4: Struggles Over the Melting Arctic
Wednesday, April 28th 7:00-8:30 PM
As the polar icecap retreats, the Arctic is becoming a focus for economic development and geopolitical rivalry. Great Decisions investigates the ambitions of Arctic powers both old and new and asks whether a spirit of cooperation can endure.
Week 5: China’s Role in Africa
Wednesday, May 5th 7:00-8:30 PM
As cash-strapped nations across Africa have turned to China to build much-needed infrastructure, they have stepped into the middle of a geopolitical rivalry. Great Decisions investigates China’s influence and explores the Chinese–American competition in Africa.
Week 6: The Korean Peninsula
Wednesday, May 12th 7:00-8:30 PM
From an impoverished, war-torn nation to the world’s twelfth largest economy, South Korea’s transformation has been extraordinary. Great Decisions investigates South Korea’s rapid development and examines its evolving partnership with the United States.
Week 7: The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
Wednesday, May 19th 7:00-8:30 PM
As Covid-19 brought the world to a grinding halt, the World Health Organization became a political flashpoint. Great Decisions explores how geopolitical rivalries are affecting public health and asks how the international community can prepare for the next pandemic.
Week 8: The End of Globalization?
Wednesday, May 26th 7:00-8:30 PM
After World War II, the United States developed the system of international institutions we know today. But the American appetite for multilateralism has since diminished. Great Decisions asks whether global cooperation can endure in an era of nationalist retrenchment.
Other adult programming includes:
- LML Book Club (contact Paula for more details)
2021-2022 LML Morning Book Club Reading List
- Other regularly scheduled programs held throughout the year in the Library and LMT Community Center.
- WIsh List Bundles
Not sure what to read or watch next? Looking for something new? Want a book or movie and don’t know where to start looking?
We’ll select up to five library books, audiobooks, and/or DVDs for you to check out (all based on your listed preferences) and add a few surprises to create your own personalized bundle. To find out more, please visit our Wish List Bundles page.
Check our Events Calendar to view all our upcoming adult programs.