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Classes, Lectures, and More

Classes, Lectures, and More

There is never a dull moment at Delray Beach Public Library. If you’ve got the time, we have a calendar full of fun and interesting programs. Learn a new skill, increase your knowledge, and make a new friend or two.

 NOSH!

Join Chef Michael from Publix Aprons Cooking School for yummy cooking demos. Watch how it’s done, then take the recipe home and try it for yourself. Cook once, eat three times – making your meals stretch. FREE; please register by phone, in person, or online.

10AM | TUESDAYS | REGISTER HERE

BEETHOVEN’S GENIUS: STRING QUARTETS & SYMPHONIES

A short series of media-driven lectures about the man and his musical genius. Using programs from The Great Courses as the jumping-off point, two of our librarians who are Beethoven aficionados (and one is also a masterful musician) will lead this rich exploration of select quartets and symphonies.
Each session will begin with a video lecture by The Great Courses instructor, Professor Robert Greenberg, composer and celebrated music historian at San Francisco Performances; followed by guided listening and discussion with our librarians.
From THE GREAT COURSES Programs: Symphonies of Beethoven and String Quartets of Beethoven. Used with permission. Free program.

2PM | THURSDAYS | JANUARY 9, 16, & 23RD | REGISTER HERE

 BEETHOVEN’S MAC & CHEESE COMMUNITY COOK-OFF

A biographer of Beethoven wrote that his favorite food was macaroni and cheese, which in 1800s Vienna might have been an Austrian dish called Käsespätzle. Käsespätzle is a yummy, good-for-the-soul dish made of homemade egg noodles layered with cheese and crispy onions and baked to caramelized deliciousness. Yum!
In honor of Beethoven’s favorite food, and ours, quite frankly, because there is nothing like a bubbly, ooey-gooey plate of homemade mac & cheese, we are hosting a mac & cheese community cook-off. This fun and friendly competition is open to all ages. Yep, even kids (with adult supervision). If you’ve got a great recipe for mac & cheese, now is your chance to share it, and maybe win a prize. Be creative! First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.
Mac & cheese contestants can enter the competition by completing the form available at the Circulation Desk. (An online entry form is coming soon.) Deadline to enter is 5 pm, Friday, March 20, 2020.
Contestant Rules:

  1. Complete the entry form and give it to the Circulation Desk staff.
  2. Make enough mac & cheese to serve 10-12 people.
  3. Come to the Library at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
  4. Print out your recipe for sharing.
  5. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on.

1PM | SATURDAY | MARCH 28, 2020 | REGISTER HERE

BEETHOVEN’S HAIR: AN EXTRAORDINARY HISTORICAL ODYSSEY & A SCIENTIFIC MYSTERY SOLVED

And now for the mystery . . . follow the fascinating trail of a lock of Beethoven’s hair snipped from his head as he lay dying in 1827. First a beloved treasure of musician Ferdinand Hiller’s family, the lock somehow found its way to the town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied Denmark where it was given to a local doctor, Kay Fremming, who was deeply involved in the effort to help save hundreds of Jews. Eventually it was put up for auction at Sotheby’s where two American Beethoven enthusiasts, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara, purchased it in 1994. The new owners instituted a series of complex forensic tests in the hope of finding the probable causes of the composer’s chronically bad health, his deafness, and final demise. Author Russell Martin presents the amazing results and incredible revelations in this a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.
Read the book, but even if you don’t, please join us for a discussion of this compelling story with our very special guest, Dr. Patricia Fleitas, Artistic Director and Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Florida and Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Fleitas will also talk about Beethoven’s life and choral music and guest singers will perform.

6PM | WEDNESDAY | APRIL 1, 2020 | REGISTER HERE