With all the grim news coming in from around the world, the Hailey Public Library is offering a hopeful project to fold 1,000 Origami cranes in partnership with our community. Cranes are a symbol of peace in many Asian countries. Two, 2-hour workshops will be offered at Town Center West in Hailey, from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, December 7 and another from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, December 9. The free workshops can be taken singly or together. Materials will be provided. Each workshop begins with a short loving kindness meditation followed by a lesson in folding Origami cranes. Participants will then be invited to take their new skills and Origami paper home and fold more cranes with family and friends. Finished cranes will be gathered on December 18 at HPL and hung in the library on the Winter Solstice, December 21, where they will remain on display for a month.
Bring your holey sweaters, socks, beanies or other knits and learn to mend them yourself in a supportive and cozy environment. All ages welcome. Drop in between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. by the fireplace. Supplies provided.
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 …
Everyone needs housing, yet not everyone living and working in the Wood River Valley has access to a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Meanwhile, housing impacts many dimensions of our individual lives – our safety, sense of community, identity, and access to opportunities like schools and jobs. It is also connected to broader social and economic progress. Finally, secure and safe housing improves both short-term and long-term physical and mental health outcomes of individuals and families. In her talk, Dr. Vanessa Fry of Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute, will discuss partnership and policies that can support housing opportunities for all. She will describe market failures and employee generation, impacts of housing crises on communities, households, and individuals, and the geographic scope and scale of an effective housing response. A former resident of the Wood River Valley, she worked directly on local housing and transportation issues in the region while with Citizens for Smart Growth and Community Transportation Association of Idaho. Vanessa will be joined by City of Ketchum’s Housing Director, Carissa Connelly, who will provide context on efforts underway. This program will be livestreamed and available to watch later. In partnership with the City of Ketchum.
The Community Library’s 2024 Ernest Hemingway Seminar will be held September 5-7, with an opening reception and keynote lecture on Thursday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m., and with two days of lectures, panels, and films on Friday and Saturday from 10:00-6:00 p.m. each day. Our theme, speakers, and registration will be announced in Spring 2024.
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: [email protected].
Join The Community Library and Story Forward for three days of writing, reading, and connecting over words. This annual three-day event is free and open to all and offers writing workshops, panel discussions, keynote lecture, a public storytelling event, and opportunities to meet and connect with other local writers. More details and workshop registrations forthcoming.
Join the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center for a 2-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. Learn from the Friends of SAC instructor team of snow experts, mountain guides, and experienced avalanche educators. We invite everyone to join if you’re learning about avalanches for the first time or are a seasoned backcountry user ready for a yearly refresher. Save your seat at www.comlib.org.
Join us for an evening of conversation with authors David Quammen and Betsy Gaines Quammen. A book signing will follow. David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include “The Heartbeat of the Wild,” “Breathless,” “The Tangled Tree,” “Spillover,” and “The Song of the Dodo.” His writing focuses on science, history of science, and the relationships of humans to landscape and biological diversity. He has also published short nonfiction in magazines such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone. Quammen has been honored with an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award. His books have received various awards, and Breathless in 2022 was a finalist for the National Book Award. Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and writer. She received a PhD from Montana State University where she studied religion, history and the philosophy of science. Her dissertation focused on Mormon history and the roots of armed public land conflicts occurring in the United States. She is fascinated at how religious views shape relationships to landscape. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily …
Join The Community Library and its Jeanne Rodger Lane Center for Regional History for the Induction Ceremony of the Sun Valley Winter Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The Sun Valley Winter Sports Hall of Fame honors the significant contributions of legendary local athletes and visionaries who have not only achieved in their sport or industry, but have given back to the Wood River Valley community in ways that have furthered the development of the sport: Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, and Freestyle Skiing. This year’s inductees are Judy Blumberg (Figure Skating), John “Cub” Burke (Ice Hockey), Heather Flood Daves (Alpine Skiing), Marc Mast (Adaptive Alpine Skiing and Adaptive Nordic Skiing), and Jonna Mendes (Alpine Skiing). Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and a reception will follow at 7:00 p.m. across the street at the Library’s Wood River Museum of History and Culture. Seating is limited, and registration is required to attend. This event will also be livestreamed, and a recording will be available to view later. Register and learn more at www.comlib.org. The Jeanne Rodger Lane Center for Regional History, established in 1982, is comprised of the Betty Olsen Carr Reading Room, the Wood River …