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OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute was previously Encore.  OLLI groups meet on the second Tuesday at 2:30 pm.  


  • April 13: Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • May 11: An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff
  • June 8: Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela
  • July 13: Elephant Company, Vicki Croke
  • August 9: Washington Black, Esi Edugyan
  • September 14: Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan
The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show."—The New York Times Book Review

"One gorgeous read." —Stephen King

A New York Times Bestseller

This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

Stopping was never part of the plan...

She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316548182
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Back Bay Books - October 1st, 1995

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it." –President Barack Obama   Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save  Lives in World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981650
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015


The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill

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Washington Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563242
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

One of the New York Times Book Review TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 

Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503943377
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 1st, 2017

Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours.