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Adult Summer Reading Begins!

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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Craters of the Moon: Celebrate the Centennial

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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Miracle of the Mind: Finding Purpose and Joy after Trauma

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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“Boss Lady” with Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

Join us for an evening with Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, co-authors of the new novel “Boss Lady.” The mission of their four novels is to to use humor, joy and compassion to write stories that encourage candid conversations about issues such as race, religion, culture, class, privilege, parenting and education and this one does not disappoint on the laughter front. This program will be held outdoors (weather permitting) on the Library’s Donaldson Robb Family Lawn. Bring a camp chair or blanket and join us for a rollicking evening with this hilarious and warm-hearted duo. About BOSS LADY: Meet Antonia “Toni” Arroyo. Her protective mother has outdated notions for her daughter’s life: employ her natural beauty and marry young. But Toni has wholly different aspirations. A promising inventor and budding entrepreneur, Toni fights to keep her passions alive as a financially strapped mother of twins with a job in airport transportation services that has her going in circles. One treasured frequent passenger is elderly traveler Sylvia Eisenberg, Toni’s sage but unofficial adviser and cheerleader. When Toni meets Sylvia’s grandson, Ash, a striking venture capitalist, luck just might bend her way. With a game-changing new business endeavor in development, Toni hustles …

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SINK / RISE: A Conversation with Photographer Nick Brandt

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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“It’s Her Story: Sacajawea” with Randy’L Teton

Join us for a conversation with Shoshone-Bannock author Randy’L Teton about her recent children’s book “It’s Her Story: Sacajawea” and her work and experiences that have motivated and contributed to this work. At the event, Teton will be selling her book as well as posters and the 2024 Dollar Coin. Attendees can meet Teton and get posters or books signed after the event. This event is open to all ages. Registration is required. The event will also be livestreamed. Click here to watch online. About Randy’L: Randy’L Teton was born and raised in southeastern Idaho and is a tribal member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation. In 1998, Teton served as the official model for the U.S Native American Dollar coin featuring Sacajawea, the young Shoshone girl who was the only female member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. In addition, she completed several museum exhibitions across Idaho as a curator and co-curator for several notable Native American exhibits highlighting Shoshone-Bannock history and culture. She is currently working on a personal memoir as the ‘Youngest and only living model’ on U.S currency.

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Saving Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Water Innovation

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 …

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

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 …

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Family Financial Planning 101

If you want to learn the tools and strategies needed to create a sound financial plan for your family, this free class is for you! Hosted by the Hailey Public Library, the class will teach participants how to develop budget and cash building techniques that create a strong financial foundation. Wood River Valley native Brayden Olson is a licensed financial planner at MadisonPoole in Boise with a keen interest in helping families meet their planning needs. The talk will be held Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 PM at Town Center West.

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Open Mic Poetry Night

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Hailey Public Library is joining the Free-Range Poetry Society to host an open mic night for poetry lovers on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30 PM at Town Center West. Poets are invited to read their own poems or favorites written by someone else. Free Range poets have permission to roam wherever the words take them. Open mic readers will include Tom Blanchard, Marshall Ralph, Sue Bailey, Kristin Fletcher and Les Shanahan. Reading slots are limited and each poet will have 5 minutes to read. Organizers are seeking more readers so those interested are encouraged to sign up in advance by emailing kristin.fletcher@haileypubliclibrary.org.