October 19th, 10-11:30 a.m., BPL large meeting room 
LIBRARY U PRESENTS: Civil Conversation in an Angry Age. Presented by David Smith, professor of philosophy and religious studies at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. At what point does a conversation become a battle? Why do some opinions inflame our emotions, leading to anger, fights, and even the end of relationships with family and friends?

Philosopher David E. Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down. By mapping the structure of how we converse and digging into the root causes of both civility and incivility, Smith explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality. In our increasingly polarized political environment, Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark upon more thoughtful, fruitful discussions.

Free ~ Refreshments provided!

About Library U. Library U is a program of the Bainbridge Public Library that offers a variety of free lifelong learning opportunities throughout the year. More information can be found at www.BainbridgePublicLibrary.org
October 22nd, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., lower level of the library
FOL Book Sale - The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library book sales offer gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines to support the Friends, who in turn reinvest in the library through endowment gifts, programming and special events, magazine subscriptions, the aquarium in the Children's Library and much more.
October 23rd, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Book Store 
Fall into the Garden: A Presentation Featuring Garden Gurus: Ann Lovejoy – Garden Writer & Founder of BPL “Friday Tidies”; John Van den Meerendonk – Hardy Fern Specialist; John Barutt – Master Composter; Charles Schultz – Beekeeper and Educator; Paul Bonine – Nurseryman and Garden Writer. A percentage of all sales during this event will benefit the Bainbridge Public Library. Free for all ages.
October 26th, 10:00-12:30, at the Library Gazebo
For those of you that are fascinated by ferns, their history, their culture here is your chance to learn all about the myriad of different ferns in the Fern Garden. Noted expert John Van den Meerendonk is giving a seminar in the Gazebo. Dress for the weather! There are over 60 different ferns in this noted garden. This garden is part of the Hardy Fern Foundation. Some are rare and they are all beautiful. See you there!