The Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia St., offers the following free programs for the week of Aug. 4:
• Dr. Marcus History Lecture, 1 p.m.: “Prominent Leaders of the 20th Century (Part One): Adolf Hitler, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mohandas (aka Mahatma) Gandhi.” To understand leadership in the modern era, it is helpful to realize the differences among prominent leaders. Irwin Marcus will use Hitler, Roosevelt and Gandhi as case settings. These figures will illustrate the different types of leadership, the role of violence and the charismatic factor.
Part one of a two-part series. Refreshments served. (Reading Area)
• TalkAbout, 7 p.m.: “I Want To …” Is there something that you want to do but haven’t had the chance? Is there a special place you would like to visit? Discuss all places we want to see and things we want to do. You might be inspired to add something to your bucket list. Refreshments served. (Reading Area)
• IFL Book Club, 11 a.m.: “A Journal for Jordan,” by Dana Canedy.
In 2005, 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King began to write a journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. He was killed by a roadside bomb on Oct. 14, 2006, when his son, Jordan, was 7 months old. “A Journal for Jordan” is a mother’s letter to her son about the father he lost before he could even speak, and a father’s advice and prayers for the son he will never know. Refreshments served.
• Pins and Patches Quilting Group, 1 p.m.: Learn to quilt this summer! Beginners and experienced quilters welcome. For more information, contact Kim at the library. Refreshments provided. (Community Room)
• Special Program, 10:30 a.m.: “Read to a Dog.” This special Saturday program is perfect for children who love dogs and love to read. Children can read books to several dogs and their handlers, all members of Therapy Dog International. For children of all ages. (Children’s Department)
Thanks to all who participated in our Summer Reading programs. While the library doesn’t have any formal children’s programs during the month of August, patrons are welcome to come and check out books and materials and enjoy the toys and games and learning stations.
Library officials are busy planning a full schedule of programs for fall, beginning Sept. 9.
Check out the website at www.indianafreelibrary.com for updates, or call the library at (724) 465-8841 to learn more about these and other programs.