Maitland Public Library’s Learning & Cultural Center (LCC) opened in October 2011, as a result of a generous gift from the Judy Schmidt family. The purpose of the LCC is to enhance the services of the Maitland Public Library by offering engaging, informative, and stimulating learning experiences. State of the art audio/video presentations and technology are featured in many of the LCC’s programs.
The LCC provides the umbrella for all adult programming at the Library, including author talks, a reading festival, and presentations on special topics.
Programs in diverse subjects and fields, including literature, history, science, mathematics, economics, and the arts, provide a wealth of enjoyable learning experiences. Practical issues are also addressed with programs featuring subjects as personal finance, nutrition, and personal health.
Workshops on poetry and writing, Cultural Cooks, and Healthy Maitland represent the variety of programs the LCC offers to residents:
Cultural Cooks: Everyone loves to try to new foods and learn about different countries. Through this series of workshops we have developed the opportunity for area cooks to show off their cooking and expertise of a particular country. The areas we have visited include Vietnam, Italy, Venezuela, the Caribbean, Cameroon, Liberia, and the American South.
Healthy Maitland: This series has been developed to encourage better health and nutrition by introducing new ways of eating healthfully, such as vegetarian or gluten free. The Library has partnered with Maitland businesses to offer free public-information programs on topics ranging from allergies to balancing hormones. Working with Healthy Maitland, the Library sponsors a measured morning walk every Thursday. The paths are available to walkers any time and have been mapped and measured; click here for the map.
Writing and Poetry: The LCC has partnered with Performing Arts of Maitland to provide a monthly writers’ workshop at the Library; PAM brings in published authors to discuss their craft and provides a forum for local authors to discuss their works in progress. The Library also offers regular poetry workshops, four per quarter, and allows local poets to present their work at a quarterly “Coffeehouse Night.”
Book Clubs: The Library has three regular book clubs for adults. Join us for one or all of these monthly discussions.
Books to Die For: This club focuses on mysteries and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary Authors: Come for a late lunch hour and discuss some of the newest titles. Contemporary Authors meets on the fourth Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Share-a-Title: Our most unique book club. Readers read anything they want, then meet to discuss their choices. This club meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m.