The Friends strive to enrich the ANNUAL LECTURE & TRAVEL SERIES, by choosing a variety of outstanding, professional speakers and interesting topics that are current, and will expand knowledge and enjoyment for you, our audience. Many speakers are local authors, scientists, historians, educators, ecologists, conservationists, business owners and many more.

The Friends of the Island Library proudly support the adult, teen and children programs for this Library as well as enhancing the Island Library Book Collection for your enjoyment.

If you enjoy these programs, your donation to the Friends of the Island Library to help bring these speakers to you would be most appreciated.

All programs begin at 2 PM and take place in the Walker-Swift Meeting Room at the Island Library unless otherwise stated. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis so join us early!

January 9  Peter Bentley, A Day on a Movie Set

January 16  Ray Young, Real Monsters from the Prehistoric Past

January 23  Tim Berra, Bourbon: What the Educated Drinker Should Know

January 30  Harry Christensen, Harry’s Continental Kitchen, Longboat Key

February 6  Paul Ferber, Politics: the Development of Distrust and Polarization

February 13 The Circus Arts Conservatory

February 20  Robert Gaglio, Sicily: Erupting Culture

February 27  Michael Ivankovich, 25 Categories Guaranteed to Disappoint When Selling Your Household Stuff

Past Lectures

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Travel and Lecture Brochure

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