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Lunchtime Lyceum Program Kicks-Off January 23

Massanutten Regional Library and Bridgewater College Speakers Bureau are teaming up to offer a new adult program beginning in January called Lunch Time Lyceum. The sessions will be held every Monday (excluding holidays) at 1 pm at MRL Main.
Organized by Cheryl Metz, reference librarian and oral history projects coordinator, the program will feature a different theme each month. The program will feature writing skills in January, and the program kicks off on Monday, Janurary 23, with Dr. Ray Schneider of Bridgewater College and the topic “Writing for Fun and Profit.”
Dr. Schneider, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bridgewater, enjoys speaking about his many hobbies which include reading biographies, writing, and gardening in the hydroponic systems. 
Dr.Schneider has published numerous reviews and articles on computer science. With the January 23 session at MRL, Schneider will focus on how to get published in the fiction and non-fiction markets. 
On Monday, January 30, the Lunch Time Lyceum will focus on sharing writing. Participants will bring samples of their writing portfolio and share with each other. This session will be led by MRL Reference Librarian Cheryl Metz.
The month of February will feature the topic of foreign politics. Dr. David McQuilkin will be the featured speaker for all February sessions. Now retired from Bridgewater, Dr. McQuilkin has traveled extensively in Russia and Australia and has taught Russian History, Middle East History, East Asian History and World History.
McQuilkin will speak on the “Emergence of China” on Monday, Feb. 6, and on “Russia in the 21st Century on Monday, Feb. 13. “The Current Crisis in the Middle East” will be addressed on Monday, Feb. 27. 
Hobbies will be the focus for the month of March. Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger will kick-off hobby month with her presentation of “Birds 101.” A graduate of Virginia Tech, Puffenbarger is an Associate Professor of Biology at Bridgewater and currently spends her time researching the genetic regulation of immune cell receptors.
Dr. Ray Schneider will return to MRL Main on Monday, Mar. 12 with the topic “Hobby Hydroponics.”  Dr. Schneider has spent summers since the mid-1990’s creating hydroponic gardens to pursue his interest in growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and jalapeno peppers. Dr. Schneider will show audience members how hydroponic gardening works.
“Exploring God’s Good Earth” will be presented by Terry Houff, Director of the C.E. Shull Information Technology Center of Bridgewater College.   Houff’s message will focus on his experience of hiking. Houff has hiked more than 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail and also the Grand Canyon. He has also visited all 48 states in the continental United States. 
Dr. Richard Bowman will present “The Physics of Making Homemade Ice Cream” on Monday, March 26. Participants will be able to sample different varieties of the confection. Dr. Bowman is a Professor of Physics at Bridgewater College. 
For more information concerning the Lunchtime Lyceum program, contact Cheryl Metz at Massanutten Regional Library, 540.434.4475, ext. 129, or use the contact form online.

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