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Adult Summer Reading Begins!

Hailey Public Library

Bellevue Public Library, Hailey Public Library, and The Community Library are again co-hosting the valley-wide Adult Summer Reading 2024. This year’s theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library! which encourages unusual and exciting summer reading explorations. Register and pick up a passport at your local library beginning Memorial Weekend, Friday, 5/24/2024 and ending Labor Day Weekend, Tuesday, 9/3. Terrific raffle prizes, including dinner at the Hemingway House!

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Ketchum Remote Collective Workspace

The Community Library

Ketchum Remote Collective aims to bridge the intangible gap between the Wood River Valley’s physical community and the remote workplace for many of its residents. Come meet and spend part of your week working alongside other remote workers. Drop in Fridays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to The Community Library's Lecture Hall.

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"Homelessness Is a Housing Problem" with Gregg Colburn

The Community Library

In their book "Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns," Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern seek to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a departure from many analytical approaches, Colburn and Aldern shift their focus from the individual experiencing homelessness to the metropolitan area. Using accessible statistical analysis, they test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city—including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility—and find that none explain the regional variation observed across the country. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a far more convincing account. With rigor and clarity, "Homelessness Is a Housing Problem" explores U.S. cities' diverse experiences with housing precarity and offers policy solutions for unique regional contexts. In partnership with the City of Ketchum, Blaine County Housing Authority, and Spur Community Foundation. Gregg Colburn is an Associate Professor in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He publishes research on topics related to housing and homelessness and is ...

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Finding Your Center: Building a Writing & Healing Practice for Yourself

The Community Library

As humans, we arrive at any given moment with a wide range of joys and traumas—as writers, this is no different. If we have been called to writing, this is because we know we have something important to say. But when we come from different backgrounds and different life experiences, what responsibility do we have to truth in our writing? What is the responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other? What harm do we create when we write from a place that is inauthentic to who we are—and in the reverse, what power do we embody when we write from our own truth? In this workshop, award-winning poet and Level II Reiki practitioner, Jo Blair Cipriano, will lead us in an afternoon of reconnecting to our authentic selves. We will study work by Solmaz Sharif, Taneum Bambrick, Nicole Sealey, Layli Long Soldier, and Luther Hughes among others, and will discuss why only they could’ve written the precise poems they did. We will use guided meditations, writing exercises, and open discussion as means to explore what are the poems that only we could write. This workshop will help you explore who you are at your core, and who your ...

Ketchum Remote Collective Workspace

The Community Library

Ketchum Remote Collective aims to bridge the intangible gap between the Wood River Valley’s physical community and the remote workplace for many of its residents. Come meet and spend part of your week working alongside other remote workers. Drop in Fridays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to The Community Library's Lecture Hall.

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Wood River Writers’ Focused Writing Group

The Community Library

Co-work with a community of writers the first Saturday of each month for focused writing and craft discussions and connect to other writers from the Wood River Valley and beyond! All writing abilities and ages welcome. Join us in the library's Idaho Room, or online via Zoom. No registration required. Visit www.comlib.org for the Zoom link and passcode. The Wood River Writers’ Groups are led by AJ Super, a local author with a trilogy of science fiction books published by a small traditional press. She is also a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Association (SFWA) member.

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Miracle of the Mind: Finding Purpose and Joy after Trauma

The Community Library

Join us for a talk by Matthew Krumwiede, a Purple Heart-decorated veteran, who will speak about the courage it takes to build a meaningful and joyful life. Matthew Krumwiede is a medically-retired U.S. Army Sergeant from Pocatello, Idaho. He was serving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), causing the loss of both legs above the knee as well as other severe trauma to his left arm and abdomen. After years of extensive recovery and ongoing medical issues, Matthew now works for Higher Ground helping to show fellow veterans, first responders, and people with disabilities the benefits of outdoor sports. The Miracle of the Mind programs at The Community Library are presented in partnership with Anita Dromey, Speech-Language Pathologist at St. Luke's Rehabilitation in Ketchum.

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Craters of the Moon: Celebrate the Centennial

The Community Library

Join us for a journey into Craters of the Moon National Monument’s history. Explore its geological formation with Josh Johnson, Idaho Conservation League’s Central Idaho Director, before hearing from Ted Stout, who served as Chief of Interpretation and Education at Craters of the Moon for 17 years. With Ted, we will explore the last 100+ years of human interaction with the volcanic landscape. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate a century of discovery in this iconic, enigmatic Idahoan landscape! Presented in partnership with the Idaho Conservation League.

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Sun Valley Early Literacy Learning Summit

The Community Library

June 12-14, 2024, The Community Library invites Kindergarten through Grade 3 educators – who open the world of words to children – from around southern Idaho to come to Ketchum/Sun Valley for three days of lively conversation and learning with preeminent literacy scholars and colleagues. We’ll dig into reading research and discuss: how reading happens in the brain, the components of structured literacy, the impact of phonemic awareness on literacy, the principles of spelling, informed teaching strategies for multilingual language learners, informed teaching strategies for students with dyslexia, social-emotional learning, and more. There is no cost for the Early Literacy Summit. An honorarium of $200 will be provided to teachers based in Blaine County, and $500 will be provided to instructors traveling from outside of Blaine County, to help cover travel and associated expenses. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided each day. Continuing education credit will be provided through Northwest Nazarene University. Registration is limited to approximately 36 instructors. The application period opens on February 1 and closes on March 1, 2024. For more information, contact Jenny Emery Davidson, executive director at The Community Library: jdavidson@comlib.org.

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Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation

The Community Library

Join us for a conversation with Nigerian hydrologist and climate activist Ichor Joshua Keghnen, who at age 12 contracted typhoid fever, a water borne disease that nearly killed him and ultimately shaped the trajectory of his life. Learn about his quest to improve water access and quality for underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa. At just 23 years of age, Joshua has been recognized with international awards and fellowships. He’s presented his water innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the first cohort of the Young Climate Prize in 2023, is a Because Accelerator alumni, a Swarovski Foundation Creative, a 776 Climate Fellow, and a scholar of the British Council. Joshua is committed to driving positive change at the nexus of water, climate, and technology. With a background in earth sciences, he has developed innovative technologies that are revolutionizing water infrastructure and management. His Geotek technology monitors water quality and checks for needed maintenance of wells in rural areas of Nigeria. With hardware sensors installed at water sources, the system can provide needed alerts when there is a mechanical fault, allowing for quick intervention to prevent water contamination and other health ...

SINK / RISE: A Conversation with Photographer Nick Brandt

The Community Library

Join The Community Library for a conversation with photographer Nick Brandt and local gallery owner L'Anne Gilman as they discuss Brandt's latest photographic series SINK / RISE. SINK / RISE is the third chapter of "The Day May Break," Brandt’s ongoing global series portraying those impacted by environmental destruction and climate change. This chapter focuses on South Pacific Islanders impacted by rising oceans from climate change. Photographed in-camera underwater in the ocean off the coast of the Fijian islands, the local people in these images are representatives of the many people whose homes, land and livelihoods will be lost in the coming decades as the water rises. "Although they are several meters below the surface, the subjects of Nick Brandt’s mesmerizing photographs do not float or swim. Incredibly, they sit on sofas, stand on chairs, use seesaws, and pose in ways they might on land. The effect is otherworldly, as though the familiar laws of physics have stalled in this strange, liminal zone between land and sea. Sit with these photographs and the others in the series, and the subject’s expressions will change like water. Stoicism becomes resignation. Frustration becomes resolve. In their pensive faces, we can read tenderness, grief, ...

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Hemingway Distinguished Lecture: JOY HARJO

The Community Library

The annual Hemingway Distinguished Lecture is presented each July by The Community Library, honoring the month of Ernest Hemingway’s birth and death. The event celebrates the power of words and the creative spirit in a landscape that Hemingway loved. This year, The Community Library welcomes JOY HARJO, who in 2019 was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate: the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s ten books of poetry include Weaving Sundown in a Scarlett Light, An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2022 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 Jackson Prize from Poets ...

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