4th Tuesday Speaker Series

One of the most popular events sponsored by The Friends is the 4th Tuesday Speaker Series.

These monthly presentations are held at the library, fall through spring, and feature speakers addressing a wide variety of  topics such as Western New York history, gardening, genealogy, interesting hobbies, travel, and current events. They are FREE and open to the public.

All programs start promptly at 7 p.m, with programs lasting approximately one hour.

Also see the library calendar of events for the upcoming programs.


4th Tuesday Speakers - Fall 2016


Tuesday, Sept. 27 - 7 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Patrick J. Keem, Orchard Park Town Supervisor

Topic: Dr. Keem will discuss several issues related to the Town of Orchard Park including the proposed Community Center, the Green LAke Project, the Town Budget and the Tax Cap. There will also be a question and answer period at the end of his presentation.

To view a copy of the press release for this event, please click here.

To view and/or print a copy of the poster for this event, please click here.


Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 7 p.m.

Speaker: Joe Koscis of The Western New York Railroad Society


Topic: A Glimpse into Life 100 Years Ago

Learn about how railroads were the best way to get around the area back in the early 20th century. Few people owned cars and roads were primitive, compared with todays standards.The people of Orchard Park were served by the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg line. This railroad started in downtown Buffalo and ran through Orchard Park, Jewettville, West Falls, Springville and Salamanca.

The Orchard Park Train Depot, one of only two in Erie County, is still maintained in its original condition, thanks to the WNY Railroad Historical Society. The Erie RR ran through Hamburg and Gowanda and still exists today, bringing the Strates Shows on the annual Fair Train to town each August

To view and/or print a poster for this event, please click here.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 - 7 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. B. G. Flickinger


Topic: "Art of the Vatican, Treasures of the Popes"


Dr. B.G. Flickinger was a member of the special delegation invited to the Sistine Chapel for a service lead by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Paul VI, the first service in the Vatican celebrated jointly by Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders. She also attended a special preview of The Vatican Collection: The Papacy and Art with the American Academy in Rome. This 4th Tuesday presentation is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see this beautiful collection.


To view and/or print a poster for this event, please click here.


** Please note: There will be no 4th Tuesday Speaker Series presentation in December or January. The series will resume in February.


4th Tuesday Speakers - Winter 2017


Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 7 p.m

Speaker: Doug McFarland

Topic: "The History of the Roycroft Copper Shop"

Doug McFarland will talk about the history of the Roycroft Copper Shop and the evolution of copper design. If you have any pieces from the Copper Shop, you are encouraged to bring them to the presenation.

Feel free to view our Press Release on this presentation.

We also have a Poster available to view or print. 


Tuesday, March 28 - 7 p.m

Speaker: Mary Ann Colopy

Topic: "Eleanor Roosevelt: Knitting and American Handcrafts" More details to come.


Tuesday, April 25 - 7 p.m

Speaker: Paula D'Amico, owner of Blessings by Nature

Topic: "Plants, Herbs, and Words"

Join teacher, motivational speaker, and "life gardener", Paula D'Amico as she uncovers the Power of Plants, Herbs, and Words and how these gifts of nature can open the door to healing both spiritually and medicinally. Paula will discuss how the gifts of nature have changed her life and the lives of so many others. In addition to sharing with you a bouquet of herbal knowledge, she will bring dozens of live and dried plants and herbs for you to experience the power of first-hand. 

Please visit www.blessingsbynature.com for more information on Paula and Blessings By Nature.


Tuesday, May 23 - 7 p.m

Speaker: To Be Announced

Topic: To Be Announced


Interested in being a speaker? 

We are still looking for speakers for our April 25 and May 23 presentations. If you are interested in being a presenter for a 4th Tuesday or have an interesting idea for a topic, email us at friendsofoplibrary@gmail.com or go to our Contact Us page.

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