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Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass

When: January 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Dr. Letitia Chambers will present a program discussing glass art created by American Indian artists. Chambers is the curator of the exhibit “Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass,” which is slated to travel to ten major museums around the U.S. over the next four years. She also authored the beautifully illustrated book of the same name, which is now in its third printing. The exhibit includes 120 glass art creations and tells the story of how glass art came to Indian Country. Leading glass artist Dale Chihuly was the first to introduce glass blowing to American Indian students, which has led over the past 50 years to the creation of an exceptional body of work. In turn, Chihuly was influenced by Native arts. The reciprocal nature of this influence, with Chihuly’s own art enhanced by the inspiration of Native design, is a serendipitous result. Chihuly’s first Native-inspired works in glass were created in 1975, shortly after he created a glass art curriculum and taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Chihuly’s first Native-inspired works in glass incorporated glass threads fused onto the surface of blown cylinders to create designs based on patterns in Navajo weaving. …

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“Hawking: Can you hear me?” Film Screening and Q&A

When: December 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

The remarkable human story of Stephen Hawking – the international icon and feted genius. In this definitive theatrical feature doc, unseen archive and unrivalled access to his closest family, reveal, for the first time, both the scale of Hawking’s triumphs and the true cost of his disability and success. The film, released in 2021, runs 90 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer Anthony Geffen. Registration strongly recommended to reserve your seat. More about the film: Catapulted to rock star status and global fame by his book A Brief History of Time, Hawking became the most famous scientist on the planet. He sought to uncover the ultimate answers to the Universe and find a Theory of Everything – one mathematical theory that would let us know, in his words “the mind of God.” Yet Hawking also faced a life-threatening and debilitating illness that had changed his life. Motor Neurone Disease robbed Hawking of his ability to walk, move and breathe and ultimately deprived him of his voice. Hawking passed away in 2018. Now, his immediate family comes together to reveal the triumphs and tragedies of his dramatic personal story. Along with Stephen’s insights …

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Expanding our Community Green Heart as our Valley Changes

When: March 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

What happens to a community as it faces the changes that come with growth and change? As we’ve all felt the effects of Idaho being the fastest growing state in the nation, many of us have wondered what lies ahead for our community. Will wildlife still wander down Main Street? Will recreation still be as memorable? Will this valley still be the kind of place we all love to live, work, and play in? This fall, at the Sun Valley Economic Forum, Dr. Jaap Vos gave a talk about the incredibly difficult conversation and community discussions that need to happen in the face of growth and change. This moving presentation was a highlight of the Sun Valley Economic Forum, and has prompted plenty of discussion. In a recent “Our View” opinion from the Idaho Mountain Express, we’re reminded that we’ve had to navigate these hard questions before. For Blaine County and its cities in the 1970s, adapting to change was a do-it-yourself project. Unlike nearly any other communities in the nation, they adopted zoning that kept commercial development off the highway, development off its hillsides and protected downtown vitality and livability. This is why the Sun Valley area is still …

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Creating an Inclusive Outdoors while Elevating Latino Environmental Activism

When: February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Who comes to mind when you think about environmental activism? Do you think back to John Muir, or to present day activists like Greta Thunberg? The organization Green Latinos is working to include the Latino/a/x voice and story to the forefront. “Environmental stewardship is part of our cultural heritage. Outdoor activities like fishing, gardening, camping, and celebrating in nature bring us joy and connect us to our deeply rooted traditions. We honor and celebrate our rich culture and our crucial role in the global social fabric through our stories and spirit. We continue the work of movements that came before us, defending our autonomy, building upon our cultural assets, and celebrating our identity.” – Green Latinos The Wood River Land Trust and The Community Library are excited to bring Green Latinos’ Public Land Director, Olivia Juarez to talk with the community about Latinx leadership in conservation. A lifelong Utahn based in Salt Lake City, and through their work with Latino Outdoors, Utah Coalition of La Raza, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Olivia has nurtured Latinx joy and leadership in conserving nuestra tierra pública. Olivia was recognized as one of “10 Under 40” in 2021 by the National Parks Conservation …

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“The World is Our Stage: The Global Rhetorical Presidency and the Cold War”

When: January 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Crowds swarm when U.S. presidents travel abroad, though many never hear their voices. The presidential body, moving from one secured location to another, communicates as much or more to these audiences than the texts of their speeches. In “The World is Our Stage,” Allison M. Prasch considers how presidential appearances overseas broadcast American superiority during the Cold War. Drawing on extensive archival research, Prasch examines five foundational moments in the development of what she calls the “global rhetorical presidency:” Truman at Potsdam, Eisenhower’s “Goodwill Tours,” Kennedy in West Berlin, Nixon in the People’s Republic of China, and Reagan in Normandy. In each case, Prasch reveals how the president’s physical presence defined the boundaries of the “Free World” and elevated the United States as the central actor in Cold War geopolitics. This program is presented in partnership with the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. The event will be livestreamed and available to view later. Allison M. Prasch is assistant professor of rhetoric, politics, and culture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She will be joined by Sam Martin, scholar of public address and political communication with the Frank Church Institute.

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Nutrient Cycles in Macroinvertebrates

When: January 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Is the Big Wood River healthy? As with any ecological system, that is a complicated question that will take a lot of science, data, and study to determine. Anecdotally, community members of the Wood River Valley have very different answers. Some people look at the stunning beauty of the river on a fall day and can’t imagine a better picture of the word “vibrant,” while others may notice that they’re catching less fish than they used to and therefore think of the river as somehow less healthy than it once was, or could be. One way to determine the health of an ecosystem is to look at the living creatures that live within it! Aquatic macroinvertebrates are small animals that live in water, are big enough to see with the naked eye, and have no backbone. These animals include many types of insects as well as other animals such as worms, mollusks, and crustaceans. Most aquatic macroinvertebrates make their homes in rocks, leaves, and the sediment of streambeds. These aquatic creatures are excellent for studying when trying to find out how healthy an ecosystem is. Macroinvertebrate sampling is a critical tool in the arsenal of river evaluation techniques, and the …

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Thriving Through the Holidays Using the Community Resiliency Model with Laurie Strand

When: December 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)© trains community members to help themselves and others within their wider social network. The goal of the CRM is to create “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of chronic and/or everyday stress on the nervous system. During this introductory session, participants will learn to use three strategies based on human biology and neuroscience to create new pathways that strengthen the ability to cope and bounce back faster when dealing with stress, and to grow the resilience that is already present. The program will be livestreamed and available to watch later. The recording will be available until January 2, 2023. Register to attend at www.comlib.org. This session will be led by national trainer, Laurie Strand, LCSW. Laurie is a licensed clinical social worker who developed Resiliency Rising, a consulting and educational organization focused on offering individuals and organizations tools to thrive in life. Using the research-based Community Resiliency Model, Resiliency Rising offers tailored support including group workshops, follow up consultation, and leadership support for schools, organizations, teams, individuals and employees to reach their full potential. The workshops offer tangible ways, based on cutting edge neuroscience, to increase overall wellbeing, leading to healthier …

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Inside a Chef’s Head with Chef Doughty

When: December 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Chef Joyce Doughty joins us and will take us into the workings of a chef’s mind. The program will focus on culinary techniques and principles, learned in a professional kitchen, that can easily translate to the home kitchen. The discussion will help the home chef recognize potential for organizing, utilizing leftovers and creating dishes based on ingredients you have on hand. This will be a unique opportunity to explore how the habits and operations of a professional chef can transform what you do and how you feel about the kitchen. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Chef Doughty’s recently published books, “The Chef Within, Breakfast and Dinner Editions.” Registration is required to attend. The program will be livestreamed and available to watch later on the Library’s Vimeo. Chef Doughty is a lifetime student of the culinary arts, starting with a serious education in her home kitchen as a young mother. She attended Cordon Bleu cooking school and shortly thereafter enrolled and completed an associate degree at Boise State University in Culinary Arts. While operating Doughty’s Bistro in downtown Boise, she concurrently aired weekly on the KTVB morning program and hosted the daily nationally syndicated program, Food for Thought, …

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NaNoWriMo Write-In

When: November 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a non-profit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to promote creative writing around the world. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month with prescribed daily word counts. The flagship program occurs from November 1st to the 30th. A NaNo Write-In is a place for writers of all ages and experiences to gather and have focused “sprints” from 15-30 minutes long, then relax and share (or not) with the group. The write-in will give each writer access to a number of resources, such as prompts, brainstorming sessions, and sharing information like blogs, craft books, and websites. Come and go as you see fit. And grow your writing community as you learn new skills! If you can’t join in person, you can also join the group through Microsoft Teams. Please email Martha Williams at [email protected] for the link. (Microsoft Teams does not have to be downloaded. You will be able to join the meeting through your web browser.) This Write-In will be led by writer AJ Super. AJ/Angela Super’s debut novel, “Erebus Dawning,” and its sequel, “A Star Reborn,” were published by Aethon Books in 2021. The conclusion of the …

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“Eleutheria” with Allegra Hyde

When: January 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Community Library

Writer-In-Residence at the Hemingway House, Allegra Hyde, will discuss her 2022 novel “Eleutheria,” a story of idealism, activism, and systemic corruption, centered on a naïve young woman’s quest for agency in a world ravaged by climate change. The novel was recently named one of the best books of the year The New Yorker. Willa Marks has spent her whole life choosing hope. She chooses hope over her parents’ paranoid conspiracy theories, over her dead-end job, over rising ocean levels. And when she meets Sylvia Gill, renowned Harvard professor, she feels she’s found the justification of that hope. Sylvia is the woman-in-black: the only person smart and sharp enough to compel the world to action. But when Sylvia betrays her, Willa fears she has lost hope forever. And then she finds a book in Sylvia’s library: a guide to fighting climate change called Living the Solution. Inspired by its message and with nothing to lose, Willa flies to the island of Eleutheria in the Bahamas to join the author and his group of ecowarriors at Camp Hope. Upon arrival, things are not what she expected. The group’s leader, Roy Adams, is missing, and the compound’s public launch is delayed. With time …