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Learn at the library this fall

SUBMITTED PHOTO - As one last summer hurrah, the West Linn Library Foundation hosted a Late Night at the Library event last week. Attendees were encouraged to wear pajamas to the event, which featured plenty of fun food, live music, story time and more.

Fall is in the air. The kids are back in school and learning new things, but who says adults can’t learn something too? The library is offering several free presentations and workshops this fall plus one event where you can show off your smarts. All programs are free, held at the library, located at 1595 Burns St., and no registration is required.

Trivia Night is back at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Form teams of up to five people to show off just how smart you are. There will be five 10-question rounds with a different category for each round. Refreshments will be served and Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery will be selling beverages.

Portland State University Assistant Professor Alex Sager will lead a Oregon Humanities Conversation Project on “What is Education for?” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. America faces a crisis in education. In the last 15 years, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars financing reforms — such as test-based accountability, charter schools and the Common Core — largely designed to ensure schools produce competent workers. These policies do not address some basic philosophical questions about the nature and goals of education. How does education relate to citizenship? To freedom and the good life? To social justice? Or to a love of knowledge and beauty?

This is the focus of Sager’s conversation. His area of specialization is social and political philosophy and he has published widely on the political philosophy of migration. At PSU, he created the philosophy of education class and is closely involved with student projects collaborating with Portland-area schools in philosophy-related education projects.

Other adult education events are planned in November and December. For more information about these programs call the West Linn Library at 503-656-7853 or visit westlinnoregon.gov.