Valuing Water to Survive Climate Change

The Community Library

Evan Thomas, Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience, the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program, and the CU Boulder Climate Innovation Collaboratory, joins us to discuss valuing water to survive climate change. Evan Thomas holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is jointly appointed in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Departments, and an affiliate faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Evan is also currently a member of the NASA and USAID SERVIR Applied Sciences Team, a member of the board of the Millennium Water Alliance, and Co-Chair of the ASME Engineering for Global Development Research Committee. His technical background is in water and air testing and treatment applied in a range of contexts, from low-resource settings to operational spacecraft. The second lecture in the annual Thinking Globally, Acting Locally Speaker Series, in partnership with the Wood River Land Trust. Join us for more speakers on January 18 and March 14.

Free

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.

Free
Event Series Valley Traditional Music Jams

Valley Traditional Music Jams

The Community Library

An open gathering of acoustic musicians of many levels coming together to play traditional tunes of the Celtic, Canadian, Western and many other genres. This is a free community event hosted by a volunteer. Everyone is encouraged to suggest a tune and to play along as they wish. Listeners are welcome, too! We welcome and seek to include all interested people regardless of age, background, economic resources, or ability. Meeting every other Saturday in the The Community Library Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Free

A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: “Omoiyari”

The Community Library

Acclaimed Japanese American musician Kishi Bashi visits The Community Library as part of a multi-event trip to Idaho organized by Friends of Minidoka and the Minidoka National Historic Site. The event is in honor of the annual Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 that led to the exclusion, forced removal, and unjust incarceration of over 125,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, including at Minidoka. Kishi Bashi will present his award winning A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: "Omoiyari” followed by a discussion and live musical performance. “Omoiyari” is a Japanese word that means to have sympathy and compassion towards another person. Reserve your seat at www.comlib.org. In A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: "Omoiyari”, Kishi Bashi embarks on a transformative journey to confront his heritage and reconcile the painful history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Inspired by the rising tide of discrimination against marginalized communities, Kishi Bashi delved into the untold stories of incarceration survivors and composed an album titled Omoiyari that captures their experiences. Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were ...

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“Gatsby: An American Myth” A Virtual Conversation with Martyna Majok

The Community Library

As part of the 2024 Winter Read of "The Great Gatsby," Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok joins us from her home in New York to discuss the book in relation to her upcoming Broadway musical, "Gatsby: An American Myth," debuting in Spring 2024 at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Boston. Majok wrote the libretto for the new musical based on "The Great Gatsby," in collaboration with international rock star Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine) and Oscar and Grammy Award nominee Thomas Bartlett. We'll discuss the joys and challenges of adaptation and why Fitzgerald's novel continues to dazzle and entertain a hundred years after its creation. Majok will join us over Zoom, but all are welcome to join us in the Library's John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall. This program will be available to watch live online, but a recording with not be available. Register to save your in-person seat. Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in New Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her Broadway debut play, Cost of Living, which was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Other plays include ...

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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.

Free
Event Series Wood River Writers’ Critique Group

Wood River Writers’ Critique Group

The Community Library

Work with a community of writers on the third Saturday of each month through critiques and craft discussions. Connect to other writers from the Wood River Valley and beyond! Read and critique pages from each participant and learn new aspects of the writing craft. All writing abilities and ages welcome! Join us in the library’s Idaho Room, or online via Zoom. Visit www.comlib.org for the Zoom link. Have no more than 500 words ready for critique. Instructions for the critiques will be provided on the day of. 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.

Free

“Places We Left Behind” A Virtual Conversation with Jennifer Lang

The Community Library

When American-born Jennifer falls in love with French-born Philippe during the First Intifada in Israel, she understands their relationship isn't perfect. Both 23, both Jewish, they lead very different lives: she's a secular tourist, he's an observant immigrant. Despite their opposing outlooks on two fundamental issues—country and religion—they are determined to make it work. For the next 20 years, they root and uproot their growing family, each longing for a singular place to call home. In "Places We Left Behind," Jennifer puts her marriage under a microscope, examining commitment and compromise, faith and family while moving between prose and poetry, playing with language and form, daring the reader to read between the lines. Join us for a virtual conversation with Jennifer, who will join us over Zoom. This program will be livestreamed, and attendees are also welcome to join us in the library's John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall. Presented in partnership with the Wood River Jewish Community. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jennifer Lang lives in Tel Aviv, where she runs israelwriterstudio.com. Her prize-winning essays appear in Baltimore Review, Under the Sun, Midway Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine ...

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“When Books Went to War” with Molly Guptill Manning

The Community Library

As part of the 2024 Winter Read of "The Great Gatsby," join us for an evening with Molly Guptill Manning, author of "When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II." When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned 100 million books. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops, gathering 20 million hardcover donations. Two years later, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million specially printed paperbacks designed for troops to carry in their pockets and rucksacks in every theater of war. These small, lightweight Armed Services Editions were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific, in field hospitals, and on long bombing flights. This pioneering project not only listed soldiers’ spirits, but also helped rescue "The Great Gatsby" from obscurity and made Betty Smith, author of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," into a national icon. Molly Guptill Manning is an author, historian, curator, and associate professor of law at ...

Free

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.

Free
Event Series Valley Traditional Music Jams

Valley Traditional Music Jams

The Community Library

An open gathering of acoustic musicians of many levels coming together to play traditional tunes of the Celtic, Canadian, Western and many other genres. This is a free community event hosted by a volunteer. Everyone is encouraged to suggest a tune and to play along as they wish. Listeners are welcome, too! We welcome and seek to include all interested people regardless of age, background, economic resources, or ability. Meeting every other Saturday in the The Community Library Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Free

Knit Together with Patricia Lirk

The Community Library

Bring your own needles and yarn, and join master knitter and Sun Valley Needle Arts owner Patricia Lirk for a bi-monthly gathering by the fireplace. Drop-in. All skill levels welcome.

Free

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