“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one,” wrote author, film-writer, and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman. In today’s world of abundant misinformation, well-trained librarians have never been more important. This month’ Ales & Ideas presents a Panel Discussion: Why Libraries? Why Now? with local librarians Kelly Knudsen (Warrenton Community Library), Esther Moberg (Seaside Public Library), Dan McClure (Clatsop Community College Dora Badollet Library), Jimmy Pearson (Astoria Public Library) as well as Astoria Public Library Advisory Board Chair Sue Stein, who will moderate the session. Learn about the latest developments in three area libraries, how libraries are connected, and special features of these local facilities. This First Thursday lecture will include an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. All are welcome.
Clatsop Community College is pleased to follow Fort George’s lead in returning to LIVE audiences for this year’s Thursday Night Talks. Join us in the Fort George Lovell Room at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 3rd. An audience cap of 50 will be enforced, to include physically distanced seating. Face coverings are required, except while actively eating or drinking. Doors open at 6pm, with food, ales, and other beverages available; no purchase necessary. Minors are welcome at this FREE event. This event will also stream live on Facebook LIVE at 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/FortGeorgeBrewery. No log-in/membership required.
Esther Moberg has been the Library Director of the Seaside Public Library for 9 years, and has worked in public, k-12 school, and academic libraries for over 23 years. She got her start in libraries at the Astoria Public Library as a teenager and served as president of the Oregon Library Association in 2018. She is a Certified Public Library Administrator with the American Library Association and holds a Masters degree in Library Science. Jimmy Pearson has been the director for the Astor Public Library since October 2016. He is retired from the Army, loves all things books, and living in the Pacific Northwest. Dan McClure has served as Library Director at Clatsop Community College since 2017. He has worked in academic, public, and law libraries in three states, and was Director of Library Services at Pacific Northwest College of Art from 2008 to 2016. Dan lives in Astoria with his wife Noelle and their two cats. He serves on the Astoria Public Library Advisory Board, the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, and as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Dr. Susan M. Stein received her DHEd from A.T. Still University, and her MS in pharmaceutical sciences and BS in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Stein is the managing member of Susan M. Stein Consulting, LLC and Professor Emeritus at Pacific University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stein serves on multiple editorial and foundation boards, as an accreditation evaluator for ACPE and NWCCU, and locally, she is a member of AAUW, CAA, and serves on the Astoria Public Library Advisory Board.