Upcoming Adult Programs


Q&A with True Crime Authors Katherine Ramsland & Tracy Ullman: "The Serial Killer's Apprentice"

Monday, June 24th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, "The Serial Killer's Apprentice", a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. Brrrr, we get chills just thinking of it! We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology and criminology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 71 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency. In the Damage Path is book #2.

Tracy Ullman, not the comedienne, is a documentary producer, director, and writer living in Chicago. She has produced dozens of non-fiction television programs for Discovery Networks, Oxygen, AETN Networks, and PBS. Her most recent production is a six-part limited documentary series about serial murderer John Wayne Gacy and the new discoveries made in his case for NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Q&A with Author Lucy Gilmore on "The Library of Borrowed Hearts"

Wednesday, June 26th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

We all know the transformative power of books and how they can help us connect with those around us. Lucy Gilmore  will discuss her book The Library of Borrowed Hearts (the follow-up to her wonderful The Lonely Hearts Book Club). We'll be chatting about these uplifting, heartwarming novels which are about some of our favorite things - friendship, books, and how important it is to find the family you were always meant to have. 

Librarian Chloe Sampson has been struggling: to take care of her three younger siblings, to find herself, to make ends meet. She’s just about at the end of her rope when she stumbles across a rare edition of a book from the 1960s at the local flea market. Deciding it’s a sign of her luck turning, she takes it home with her—only to be shocked when her cranky hermit of a neighbor swoops in and offers to buy it for an exorbitant price. Intrigued, Chloe takes a closer look at the book only to find notes scribbled in the margins between two young lovers back when the book was new…one of whom is almost definitely Jasper Holmes, the curmudgeon next door. 

And when she begins following the clues left behind, she discovers this isn’t the only old book in town filled with their romantic marginalia. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


A Virtual Tour of the Bata Shoe Museum

Monday, July 8th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Feet are the same around the world, but what we wear can be so different! Learn why with a virtual tour of the Bata Shoe Museum! As the only museum in North America dedicated to footwear (located in Toronto, Canada), the BSM showcases 4,500 years of history and nearly 15,000 artifacts in its collection. So put on your comfiest or fanciest shoes and join us (a virtual program in which you don't have to wear shoes at all!)

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will not be recorded.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Dean Jobb's "A Gentleman and a Thief: The Daring Jewel Heists of a Jazz Age Rogue"

Monday, July 22nd | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

We love true crime and author Dean Jobb's new book, "A Gentleman and a Thief: The Daring Jewel Heists of a Jazz Age Rogue" as it hits all the right notes! It's "Catch Me If You Can" meets "The Great Gatsby" meets Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief" in this captivating Jazz Age true-crime caper about "the greatest jewel thief who ever lived". 

About the book:

A skilled con artist and one of the most successful burglars in history, Arthur Barry was adept at slipping in and out of bedrooms undetected, even when his victims slept only inches away. He became a folk hero, a gentleman bandit touted in the press as the “Prince of Thieves” and an “Aristocrat of Crime.” Think Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. In a span of seven years, Barry stole pearls, diamonds, and other precious gems worth almost $60 million today. Among his many victims were a Rockefeller, an heiress to the Woolworth Department Store fortune, an oil magnate, Wall Street bigwigs, a top executive of automotive giant General Motors, and a famous polo player. He befriended the Prince of Wales, Harry Houdini, and other luminaries. The rollicking, caper-filled rise and dramatic downfall of this master thief is a high-speed ride told in stylish prose.

A Gentleman and a Thief is also a love story. Barry confessed to dozens of burglaries to protect his wife, Anna Blake (and was the prime suspect in scores of others on Long Island and across Westchester County). Sentenced to a twenty-five-year term, he staged a dramatic prison break—triggering a bloody inmates' riot—when Anna became seriously ill, so they could be together for a few more years as fugitives. Page-turning, escapist, and sparkling with insight into the allure of gemstones and our fascination with well-planned heists and the suave, clever criminals who pull them off, A Gentleman and a Thief is perfect for true crime fans who relish the exploits of con artists and high-class crooks.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Rachelle Bergstein: "The Genius of Judy: How Judy Blume Rewrote Childhood for All of Us"

Tuesday, July 23rd | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

We are so thrilled to be chatting with author Rachelle Bergstein whose book "The Genius of Judy: How Judy Blume Rewrote Childhood for All of Us" is about one of our very favorite literacy warriors and an author who so many of us grew up with. How did she impact your life? How does she fight the good fight to keep books available and accessible to all? How has she become the icon that she is? Learn the answers to these and other questions as help celebrate the release of this book with Rachelle!

About the book:

An intimate and expansive look at Judy Blume’s life, work, and cultural impact, focusing on her most iconic—and controversial—young adult novels, from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to Blubber.

Everyone knows Judy Blume.

Her books have garnered her fans of all ages for decades and sold tens of millions of copies. But why were people so drawn to them? And why are we still talking about them now in the 21st century?

In The Genius of Judy, her remarkable story is revealed as never before, beginning with her as a mother of two searching for purpose outside of her home in 1960s suburban New Jersey. The books she wrote starred regular children with genuine thoughts and problems. But behind those deceptively simple tales, Blume explored the pillars of the growing women’s rights movement, in which girls and women were entitled to careers, bodily autonomy, fulfilling relationships, and even sexual pleasure. Blume wasn’t trying to be a revolutionary—she just wanted to tell honest stories—but in doing so, she created a cohesive, culture-altering vision of modern adolescence.

Blume’s bravery provoked backlash, making her the country’s most-banned author in the mid-1980s. Thankfully, her works withstood those culture wars and it’s no coincidence that Blume has resurfaced as a cultural touchstone now. Young girls are still cat-called, sex education curricula are getting dismissed as pornography, and entire shelves of libraries are being banned. As we face these challenges, it’s only natural we look to Blume, the grand dame of so-called dirty books. This is the story of how a housewife became a groundbreaking artist, and how generations of empowered fans are her legacy, today more than ever.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Christina Dodd Discusses "A Daughter of Fair Verona" with Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Tuesday, July 30th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Icons of the romance genre, Christina Dodd and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are joining us for a rollicking fun conversation about Christina's latest release, "A Daughter of Fair Verona", a frothy, irreverent, witty new series with an irresistible premise—Romeo and Juliet’s daughter as a clever, rebellious, fiercely independent young woman in fair Verona—told from the delightfully engaging point of view of the captivating Rosie Montague herself. Of course, being Christina and SEP, they will also talk about books, romance, writing, tomfoolery, and whatever comes up.

About the book:

Once upon a time a young couple met and fell in love. You probably know that story, and how it ended ( badly). Only here’s the That’s not how it ended at all.

Romeo and Juliet are alive and well and the parents of seven kids. I’m the oldest, with the emphasis on ‘old’—a certified spinster at twenty, and happy to stay that way. It’s not easy to keep your taste for romance with parents like mine. Picture it—constant monologues, passionate declarations, fighting, making up, making out . . . it’s exhausting.

Each time they’ve presented me with a betrothal, I’ve set out to find the groom-to-be a more suitable bride. After all, someone sensible needs to stay home and manage this household. But their latest match, Duke Stephano, isn’t so easy to palm off on anyone else. The debaucher has had three previous wives—all of whom met unfortunate ends. Conscience forbids me from consigning another woman to that fate. As it turns out, I don’t have to . . .

At our betrothal ball—where, quite by accident, I meet a beautiful young man who makes me wonder if perhaps there is something to love at first sight—I stumble upon Duke Stephano with a dagger in his chest. But who killed him? His late wives’ families, his relatives, his mistress, his servants—half of Verona had motive. And when everyone around the Duke begins dying, disappearing, or descending into madness, I know I must uncover the killer . . . before death lies on me like an untimely frost.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.