Know Exploring: Explorers and Their Expeditions

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  11/7/2014

From John Shakelton to Henry Stanley, explorers throughout history have captured our collective imagination. Join Community Librarians Nate Pedersen and Chandra vanEijnsbergen for a look at some of the most famous explorers and their adventures at two presentations as part of the Know Exploring series this November at Deschutes Public Library. The presentations at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center and the East Bend Library are both free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.
Aspen Ridge Retirement Community | 1010 NE Purcell, Bend

Thursday, November 20, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

“Explorers and adventurers are all united by a strong sense of purpose,” says Downtown Bend Community Library Nate. “They are driven people, even if their motives are sometimes for personal gain,” he says. Nate states that the best explorers are committed, decisive, and willing to undergo incredible hardships in pursuit of their goal. According to Nate those traits also make them interesting people. Nate, who will highlight expeditions into the challenging world of colder climates, believes that once we have developed the technology, humanity’s next great adventure will be space-travel.

“If there’s a mountain, a desert, a vast savannah, why NOT explore it?,” asks East Bend Community Librarian Chandra. During the presentation she’ll focus her attention on expeditions and adventures in warmer climates. “The explorers and adventurers I will be highlighting aren’t really well known so people can expect to learn about some new, extraordinary individuals,” she says. Chandra agrees with Nate when it comes to what explorers have in common. “Explorers and adventurers, no matter where their wanderings take them, are similar in that they are undaunted by challenge.” Although Chandra isn’t much for roughing it, starving or the possibility of death, she is a wanderer of sorts and has had her own adventures in Africa, South America, Asia and other distant and exotic locations.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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