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Summertown Library is currently is closed for browsing but offering limited services including click and collect, reservations, returns and pre-booked computer access.Please check them on their website in case of changes.
The popular series of talks organised by the Friends of Summertown Library by local writers and speakers on topical topics:
Please note that registration is necessary to join the event below. To register, please click here.
You will then receive an email with instructions how to join the Zoom session. The talk will last about an hour, and will include the opportunity to ask questions.
The talk is free, but if you wish to contribute to the Friends to help finance improvements to our Library,please click on the donate button above.
For any additions or amendments to the mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Zoom talk 6pm Thursday
18th February 2021
Talk: "What is Life?"
SIR PAUL NURSE is a world-renowned geneticist and cell biologist. He is Director of the Francis Crick Institute and has served as President of the Royal Society. He has received many awards including sharing the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He served for 15 years on the Council of Science and Technology, advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and is presently a Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Union.
In his recent book of the same name, Paul Nurse considers the question "What is Life?" by discussing the five great building blocks of biology. He traces the roots of his own curiosity and knowledge to reveal how science works, and he shares with us the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. To survive the challenges facing the human race today, Paul Nurse shows that it is vital that we first understand what life is.
Thursday 14th January
ARCHIE BROWN - Oxford Emeritus Professor of Politics, and advisor on the Soviet Union to Margaret Thatcher talked about "Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War"
Thursday 10th December
SINCLAIR MACKAY - a features writer for The Spectator and The Telegraph. talked about "Bletchley Park - A Hothouse of Talents. What happened to those Codebreakers after the War?"
Thursday 13th February
ROBIN WILSON - Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University talked about "Sir Isaac Newton - his life, labours and legacy".
Thursday 23rd January
DAVID ROONEY - an award-winning museum curator, writer and historian of time, cities, technology and engineering talked about "The History of Time".
Thursday 5th December
PETER LANTOS - a highly successful neuroscientist and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences talked about "Parallel Lines" - a childhood journey to Belsen and life thereafter.
Thursday 14th November
PROFESSOR SIR ADAM ROBERTS - who holds a number of senior academic posts and whose main interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law talked about 'Civil Resistance - from Prague to Hong Kong'
17 October 2019
REBECCA ABRAMS - an award-winning author, teacher and literary journalist talked about 'The Jewish Journey' -
told through 22 Objects from the Ashmolean Museum .
16 May 2019
MARCUS FERRAR - a former Reuters correspondent and author of books about Germany, Eastern Europe and freedom talked about 'Dresden: the destruction and renewal of a European jewel.'
4 April 2019
HENRY MACRORY- Deputy and Acting Editor of the Sunday Express talked about ' Rise and Falls of Whitaker Wright, Britain's most shameless swindler.
7 March 2019
ALASTAIR LACK - After 26 years making TV and radio programmes for the BBC, mainly with the World Service, talked about some of its history, his travels and the people he met.
4 February 2019
BART VAN ES -Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and author
talked about his recent book 'The Cut Out Girl' -A Childhood in Hiding
13 December 2018
Futurist SOPHIE HACKFORD looked at the role of Artificial Intelligence and talked about its future.
16 November 2018
In her Talk last night, astronomer REBECCA BOWLER took us back billions of years to the earliest years of the universe. Wonderfully illustrated and delivered, with more questions from the floor than on any previous occasion. Our audience of 50 donated £370 to the Friends' funds. Thank you!
22 October 2018
A large appreciative audience enjoyed a fascinating Talk on 10 October by Deborah Gill. Superb slides (using our new projector and screen) explained the nature of genome research and illustrated the context, and advances being made, in her area of study.
10 October 2018
Library Talk tomorrow at 6 pm: 'Gene Medicine - A Brave New World?' by Professor Deborah Gill. See for details.
28 September 2018
At a reception in the Library last night, a large group of Friends celebrated the completion of the Library's renovation. More than £90,000 has been raised to make this possible, with the active support of Oxford County Council.
16 July 2018
A great day! The Library re-opened today after six weeks of work internally and externally, altogether costing over £100,000.
Substantially funded by the Friends, after several years of fund-raising, our new-look library is more welcoming, has better facilities for work and leisure, and a much improved Children's section overlooking the Turrill Sculpture Garden.
Very many thanks to all who have contributed to this happy outcome: donors of money and Topical Talks, the Library staff, and OCC Library Services which have contributed both funds and much effort in support of the project.
Do visit Summertown Library to have a look and leave any comment or suggestion in the book at the service desk. We will listen to all you have to say as we continue our work to make the Library even more attractive and useful to our Summertown community.
22 May 2018
In response to an appeal to our supporters, 30 people have so far generously purchased a new chair for Library meetings and other events.
We want to afford 60 new chairs in all. Please consider purchasing a chair, if you have not already done so.
A cheque for £60 for a chair, payable to Friends of Summertown Library, may be sent to Mark Holland at the address at the foot of this column.
15 May 2018
The Friends are delighted to have now raised £93,000, enough to pay for the refit of the Library after several years of fund-raising.
With some additional funding from OCC Library Services, work will start on 4 June, taking six weeks to complete. During this period the Library will be closed. The Library will re-open on 16 July.
In addition to the planned internal refit, the Library forecourt will be much improved - with a dedicated Disability parking space, new cycle racks and a new fascia.
A formal re-opening is planned for late September 2018.
For more details see
THE WORK OF THE FRIENDS
The Friends of Summertown Library raise funds to upgrade Summertown Library and broaden its appeal to our community.
We have now met our initial goal of £93,000, which - with additional funds made available by OCC Library Services - means that the transformation has taken place in Summer 2018.
The project, devised with the help of a specialised library design company, makes the Library more user-friendly and adapts it to modern needs.
The re-modelling …
introduces new bookcases, which display books more effectively and attractively
creates space for events for up to 100 people
expands and relocates the Children’s section to a safer and more attractive position overlooking the Turrill Sculpture Garden at the rear of the building
upgrades electrical fittings and computers
delivers new carpeting and decoratation
creates a brighter and more welcoming frontage with reserved Disabled parking.
Now this first goal of the Friends has been met, we will continue to actively support the Library through continued fund-raising and an expanded range of events in the Library.
CONTACT US to join the Friends' email circulation list, and please give what you can by pressing the Donate button at the top of this page.
Thank you !
The Friends of Summertown Library
7 Capel Close, Oxford OX2 7LA
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 554381
Mob: +44 (0) 7584 19948
If you would like to be put on the emailing list please contact
Michael Garton here.
Our Winter/Spriiing show will run until 24th April but will only be accessible when Summertown Library is open.