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Basalt Library Magazine & Program Brochure


Star Wars May 2019

WHAT'S INSIDE... P.4 Adult Programs

P.4-7 Adult Programs

P.6 Library Business


P.8 A Force Aawakened

A Force Awakened: Why so many find meaning in Star Wars

P.10 Pull-Out Calendar

P.10 Pull-Out Calendar

P.13 What to Read Next

P.14 Movies & Music


P.14 Movies & Music

Seed Library

P.17 Teen & Art Programs


P.18 Summer Reading 2019

Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories

P.19 Children's Programs

STAFF SPOTLIGHT Charlotte McLain: My Life as a Librarian When one moves from one community to another, the question arises, “How will I get to know the people in this new location?" For me the answer came when I took my first visit to the Basalt Regional Library in its old location. On the door there was a posting for a parttime job. I thought to myself, "What a perfect way to get to know my new community", so I proceeded to apply for the job. Mind you, my knowledge of public libraries was quite limited, but I had held a position of music librarian at Rhodes College for several years that gave me some insight into library functions. Well, in late December 1999, Jean Winkler invited me to join the three person staff. It was a bit frightening to accept the position, but she was a great teacher/ instructor and within a few months I felt quite comfortable behind the circulation desk. Soon Jean was training me how to catalog items for circulation. Her instruction and my attendance of several professional workshops helped me to move into the position as head of technical services. Charlotte McLain

When the library moved to our present location with its wonderful space, I proposed that we start a library music concert series. Having attended several concerts in the valley, I realized the area was filled with talented musicians that needed venues for performance. It also seemed apparent that we should attempt a collaboration with Aspen Music Festival & School in sharing their student talents during the summer months. The combination of a wonderful room to serve as a venue for concerts, talented valley musicians, and the collaboration with the Festival led to the established music series as you know it today. My encore career has been a most rewarding path. The Board of Trustees and Library Directors have been most supportive of the music series. The community has been so responsive and I owe much to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve you through music. Thank you to all for a wonderful encore career.

Charlotte McLain & AMFS performer Harmony Zhu

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Adult Programs Star Wars Escape Room * Feel like a Jedi during this month's escape room. Travel back in time to a galaxy far, far away to escape the Star Destroyer before the Galactic Empire and Stormtroopers return in 30 minutes. This escape room is designed for adults 18+. Rooms occur at 45 minute intervals. Sign up in groups of up to six people. Register at the front desk or by emailing lbaumgarten@ Fri, May 10, 4-7PM

Board Game Night: Star Wars Immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars for Board Game Night, featuring two galactic games. Risk: Star Wars Edition lets players re-create the dramatic final moments of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Players can determine the fate of the Star Wars universe through three concurrent (yet distinct) battles. Choose to play as either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. The object of the game is to defend or destroy the Death Star. Which side will win? Star Fluxx is the game of ever changing rules. It starts out as draw 1, play 1, but even that can change. This event is designed for adults 18+. Mon, May 13, 5-6:30PM

Art & Design Art Through the Ages Immerse yourself in art history and learn how to create your own work of art drawing inspiration from famous artists and movements. In this art class, adults will learn about a new artist each month. This month learn about Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti, and then make your own Existentialist tin

Book Clubs First Wednesday Book Club No required books, just come and talk about what you are reading. Wed, May 1, 12-2PM

Book Review Club

No required books, just come and talk about what you are reading. Wed, May 1, 6-7PM

Sustainable Communities Book Club

A book club for the readers and thinkers in our community who are dedicated to exploring the tough and often controversial topics that affect our personal lives and local communities. Some titles will be light and hopeful, others will be heavy and dour — but all promise to be thought provoking. Wed, May 8, 5:30-7PM

foil figure! Fri, May 3, 10:30AM-12PM

Artists at the Library Join us for an artist reception with Leah Potts! Enjoy refreshments in the lobby while this month's featured artist shares how, following a skiing accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down, she overcame the odds by learning how to walk again and retraining herself to create art using her nondominant hand. Our monthly Artists at the Library receptions provide a unique opportunity to meet and get to know our valley's exceptional local artists. Thurs, May 9, 5:30-6:30PM

Check out Dominion or one of our other games from the new board game collection! Ask us how at the front desk.


* Advance registration required






Citizenship Civics Exam Preparation This series follows lesson plans provided to educators by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to prepare students for the U.S. citizenship civics exam. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics with interactive games and student-centered activities. May 2: Your Government May 9: American Symbols & Celebration Thurs, May 2 & 9, 4-6PM

Free Legal Clinic * Volunteer attorneys will assist one-on-one via computer link for a max of 15 minutes. Sign-up at the front desk prior to the day of the clinic. If time allows, walk-ins are welcome. Thurs, May 9, 4-5PM

Alpine Legal Services: Ask a Lawyer Free 15 minute consultations with an attorney. No appointment necessary. Translation services are not guaranteed; please plan accordingly. Questions? Call Alpine Legal Services 970-945-8858 Thurs, May 9, 5-7PM

Intercambio de Idioma/ Language Exchange This is an opportunity to come together as a community to practice your second language through laughter and interaction. The only requirements are a desire to have fun and the joy of laughing at yourself. Thurs, May 9, 7-8PM

Gardening Basalt Library Seed Savers Club Meeting

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This is a group of local community members who believe that seed saving is a valuable skill and important component of a robust, healthy, local food economy. Members are committed to developing seeds that are acclimated to this growing area, and which have their own stories and roles to play within this community. For more information about the Seed Savers Club please contact Signa Strom at or 970-927-4311 ext. 1000. Mon, May 13, 6-7PM

Handiwork & Crafts Yarn Group Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects, share ideas with others, and get help if you need it. Hosted by Sarah Blaine. Some experience required. Tuesdays, 5-7PM


* Advance registration required

Literature & Humanities The Big Talk: A Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club is for people interested in having big conversations about the meaning of life, society, and the ideas and ideologies that surround us. This month's topic: climate change is one of the most important and confusing topics of our times. How will climate change affect you in the near future? Find out before we all melt. Tues, May 7, 5:30-7PM

Genealogy Help Session *

Are you curious where your ancestors came from, or where and when they lived? Find out more about your family history with our local genealogy expert. Discover and learn how to use all the resources available through the library, including Ancestry and RootsMagic, to bring your family history to life. Dive back in time and learn your personal backstory! Sat, May 11, 1-3PM

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Local Author Event: Mark Duff presents his novel, This Ruler

Join us as local author (a longtime well-loved Basalt High School science teacher) Mark Duff reads from and presents his literary debut. This Ruler is a portrayal of the American high school as a microcosm for the modern world, in all of its greed, ambition, and struggles. The book takes on standardized testing, publishers, and the flow of tax-dollars to get to the heart the matter, personal journeys through the education system, and the need for educational ethics. Thurs, May 16, 5:30-7PM

SOLE Lab: Exploring Sustainability & Social Justice (Adults & Teens 16+)

This self organized learning environment is designed to inspire curiosity through the exploration of interesting questions, participants enjoy a stress-free learning environment, where it's not the answer that matters, but the process they've employed to research, formulate, and present their findings that does. Participants are challenged to work from question to response, working collaboratively in small groups, in a 45 minute time frame. Groups then discuss their findings and practice critiquing the quality of their own sources and references, and the effectiveness of their presentation styles. Advance registration encouraged. Wed, May 22, 5-7PM

Library Business Finance Committee Meeting

BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Library’s Monthly meeting of the Library’s finance committee. board of trustees. Wed, May 15, 5:15-7PM Mon, May 20, 5:15-7PM


"The 6th Extinction" a presentation by Robin Smith

Earth has already experienced five major extinctions in its history, and scientists now believe we are in the middle of, and causing, a sixth. There are many species that are threatened with extinction today, and the past century has seen declines in the populations of plants, and insects. Don't miss this fascinating presentation by Robin Smith, a high school biology teacher and Park Ranger with the National Park Service! Thurs, May 23, 5:30-7PM

Technology Classes To suggest a class topic call 970-927-4311 ext 1013 or email To book an appointment for one-on-one help, visit

YouTube Basics *

Master the video platform YouTube. This workshop includes finding and playing videos, creating an account (if needed), creating a channel, uploading and publishing videos and more. Register by calling 970-927-4311 ext. 1013 or emailing Mon, May 6, 1:30-2:45PM

Mac Basics: Mojave *

Learn how to use your Mac laptop including Finder, the dock, system preferences, and tips. This class is based on OS Mojave. Registration is required and participants must bring their own computer. Register by calling 970-927-4311 ext. 1013 or emailing Tues, May 14, 1:30-2:45PM

Intro to Adobe Photoshop *

Want to know how to get started with Adobe Photoshop? Learn the basics of the editing software including how to create new projects, what tools are available, how to edit images and more. Participants should bring their own computers, with Photoshop already installed. Register by calling 970-927-4311 ext. 1013 or emailing Mon, May 20, 5:15-6:30PM

Intro to Adobe InDesign *

Want to know how to make brochures, handouts, invitations and more? Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, including how to create a new document, what tools are available, and how to add objects to your page. Participants should bring their own computers with InDesign already installed. Register by calling 970-927-4311 ext. 1013 or emailing cbaumgarten@basaltlibrary. org. Wed, May 22, 1:30-2:45PM Basics *

Feeling mystified by the online shopping giant Amazon? Find out how to navigate the website, find and order items, manage your content and devices and more. Register by calling 970927-4311 ext. 1013 or emailing Tues, May 28, 1:30-2:45PM

En EspaĂąol Clase de Ingles

In collaboration with the Valley Settlement Project, we will be offering English classes. In a collaborative manner, students will set goals with the teacher which will be used as the lesson plan for the class. We will learn vocabulary by reading and through games, practice grammatically correct verbs used in everyday life and model conversions based on your employment, your children, and their teachers. We will also be offering childcare, where your children can enjoy and learn to share through toys. Join our community, a safe and friendly place. To register please call Ingrid at Valley Settlement (970) 230-2767 or Berenice at the Basalt Library (970) 927-4311 ext. 1002 Fridays, 12-3PM

Intercambio de Idioma/ Language Exchange This is an opportunity to come together as a community to practice your second language through laughter and interaction. The only requirements are a desire to have fun and the joy of laughing at yourself. Thurs, May 9, 7-8PM




AWAKENED Why so many find meaning in Star Wars

by: Patti McCarthy After witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Star Wars, director Francis Ford Coppola told George Lucas he should start his own religion. Lucas laughed him off, but Coppola may have been onto something. Indeed, the Star Wars saga taps into the very storytelling devices that have structured myths and religious tales for centuries. And with every new film, fans are able to reinforce their unique communities in a world that has grown, in many ways, increasingly isolated. A UNIVERSAL HERO Lucas freely admits he based his Star Wars epic on the “hero’s quest” that mythologist Joseph Campbell, in his 1949 book Hero with a Thousand Faces, argued underscores many myths and religious tales. According to Campbell, hero quests have similar trajectories: the hero leaves his ordinary world and ventures to a place of supernatural wonders. He faces a series of trials to prove his mettle, survives a supreme ordeal, is granted some sort of boon or treasure and returns home to share his knowledge or treasure with those he left behind. Following this formula, Lucas

substituted his own characters for the heroes, villains, and saviors of earlier hero quests.

Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr. – he had his work cut out for him.

Take Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: the hero (Luke Skywalker) leaves his ordinary world (Tatooine) after receiving “a call to adventure” (Princess Leia’s hologram message) and learns he has the special talents of a Jedi. A supportive mentor (Obi Wan Kenobi) offers supernatural aid (light saber) and guidance. Then Luke faces a series of trials to prove his mettle (storm troopers, Jabba the Hutt), survives a supreme ordeal (Death Star, Darth Vader) and returns home wiser and victorious.

Lucas acknowledges he wrote Star Wars because he believed our society was in dire need of fairy tales, myth and fantasy – a “new myth” would provide a “New Hope” for an audience that had grown cynical and demoralized.

According to Lucas: I became fascinated with how culture is transmitted through fairy tales and myth. Fairy tales are about how people learn about good and evil…it’s the most intimate struggle that we cope with – trying to do the right thing and what’s expected of us by society, by our peers, and in our hearts. These stories typically appear during times of doubt and can help viewers reclaim the goodness and innocence in themselves, reminding them they can overcome the evil they see in the world. When Lucas set out to create Star Wars – against the backdrop of Vietnam, Watergate and the assassinations of the

Today’s anxieties are just as acute. Exhausted by the wars in the Middle East, faced with global terrorism and beset with economic woes, the American people yearn for a mythic narrative that will reaffirm their view of the world, with a traditional American hero who will triumph over evil and ensure “everything will turn out okay.” LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR Lucas is sometimes accused of promoting escapism. But he’s actually tapping into some key facets of the human condition. After all, it’s in the telling of mythic or religious stories that we attempt to answer fundamental questions like “Who am I?” and, ultimately, “What does it all mean?” It’s no wonder, then, that in an increasingly secularized society, many find themselves gazing away from the pulpit, instead Continued pg.12






12-2PM First Wednesday Club

3-4PM Kids Learning La

5-7PM Books on the Big "The Glass Castle" 970-927-4311 14 Midland Ave

6-7PM Book Review Clu




10:30-11AM Mother Goose on the Loose

10:30-11AM Toddler Tales

3-4PM Kids Learning La

1:30-2:45PM YouTube Basics

3:30-4:30PM Paws to Read 5-7PM Yarn Group

5-7PM Documentary Nig "Advanced Style"

4-6PM Drop-In Scratch Coding

5-6 PM Teen Trivia Night 5:30-7PM The Big Talk: A Philosophy Club


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5:30-7PM Sustainable Communities Book Club




10:30-11AM Mother Goose on the Loose

10:30-11AM Toddler Tales

3-4PM Kids Learning La

4-6PM Drop-In Scratch Coding

1:30-2:45PM Mac Basics: Mojave

5-7PM Movies that Matte "At Eternity's Gate"

4:30-7PM Dungeons and Dragons

4-5PM After School Adventures

5-6PM Teen LGBTQ Boo

5-6:30PM Board Game Night (18+)

5-7PM Yarn Group

5:15-7PM BRLD Finance Committee Meeting




10:30-11AM Mother Goose on the Loose

10:30-11AM Toddler Tales

1:30-2:45PM Intro to Ad InDesign

4-6PM Drop-In Scratch Coding

5-7PM Yarn Group

6-7PM Seed Savers Club Meeting 19

5:15-7PM BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting

3:30-4:30PM Paws to Read

5:15-6:30PM Intro to Adobe Photoshop 26

3-4PM Kids Learning La

5-7PM Foreign Film Nig About My Mother" 5-7PM SOLE Lab





1:30-2:45PM Basics

3-4PM Summer Reading Meghan Casey and the R Mountain Puppets

5-7PM Yarn Group

5-7PM Movie Night: "Rac Extinction"


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10:30-11AM Preschool Adventures: Little Artist

10:30-11AM Baby Storytime

10AM-12PM CrafterDay

4-6PM Citizenship Civics Exam Preparation: Your Government 4-5PM Art Explorers: Alberto Giacometti

10:30AM-12PM Art Through the Ages: Giacometti 12-3PM Clase de Ingles 5-7PM Family Game Night: Indoor Miniature Disc Golf




10:30-11AM Preschool Adventures: Guest Reader

10:30-11AM Baby Storytime

10AM-12PM CrafterDay

4-6PM Citizenship Civics Exam Preparation: American Symbols & Celebration

12-3PM Clase de Ingles 4-7PM Star Wars Escape Room

1-3PM Genealogy Help Session

4-5PM Free Legal Clinic

4-5:30PM Documentary Screening: "How We Grow"

5-7PM Alpine Legal Serices: Ask A Lawyer 5:30-6:30PM Artist Reception: Leah Potts 7-8PM Intercambio de Idioma/ Language Exchange 16



10:30-11AM Preschool Adventures: Storytelling with Merrilee

10:30-11AM Baby Storytime

10AM-12PM CrafterDay

5:30-7PM Local Author Event: Mark Duff Presents His Novel This Ruler

5:30-6:30PM Music at the Library: Baroque Bash

12-3PM Clase de Ingles






10:30-11AM Preschool Adventures: Little Scientist

10:30-11AM Baby Storytime

10AM-12PM CrafterDay


5:30-6PM After Work Storytime

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5:30-7PM The 6th Extinction: a presentation by Robin Smith

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5:30-6:30PM Artist Reception: Yelena Chemerison

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12 finding meaning in the stories playing out on screens in living rooms and movie theaters across the country. Film is sometimes described as a “dream screen” – a mirror that, when held in front of an audience, reflects both the personal and collective subconscious of our culture. It’s a place where all our hopes, fears and desires find expression. Considering Star Wars’ mythic foundation, it’s not surprising that it packs such a powerful, emotional punch, stirring the hearts of passionate fans yearning to see the next chapter of the Star Wars universe. Myths are about creating meaning, reinforcing connections between the I and Thou, and mending the rift between the sacred and profane. They give us heroes we can identify with, who allow us to eventually realize that divinity is not outside the self, but within. In the beginning, Luke might be the character you wanted to pretend to be. With time “playing Luke” helps you become the person you always wanted to be. TRANSCENDING THE SCREEN If all roads of the hero’s journey lead inward, then film, as a shared cultural artifact, begs us to take the first step. Unlike a simple, stand-alone artifact (such as a piece of pottery), film is a shared experience. For the audience, the story, its characters and unique props (like the light saber) become stored in an emotional and psychological cache. Filed into memory, they become part of the viewer’s personal history and identity. Rather than Star Wars existing as something outside of viewers, it takes root within. Many were

exposed to the Star Wars films as children. Some acted out scenes at home and at school, investing time and creative energy into a fictional universe and characters who became like an extended family. For them, their “best birthday ever” became indistinguishable from the experience of playing with friends, the cutting of the cake – and their new Star Wars action figures. In this way, Star Wars no longer remains just a film; it becomes much more.

(which, among believers, can provide affirmation and emotional support), buying and collecting Star Wars merchandise can trigger memories of the past. Accessing positive memories and tapping into nostalgia have been shown to be a critical component of forming a meaningful personal narrative, and the simple act of picking up a toy light saber can return fans to childhood, to a time when they felt happy and secure.

Even subtle challenges to a narrative we’ve created about the world and ourselves can be stressful. In response, we’re prone to cling even more tightly to our beliefs.

Even if someone didn’t have the rosiest childhood, he or she can still escape to the Star Wars universe, creating an alternate reality where cherished friends, caring mentors and happilyever-afters await.

For this reason, minor changes in the Star Wars narrative can unnerve fans. Denying that Han Solo shot first is like finding out you’re adopted; it’s akin to changing your fundamental understanding of the truth. FORGING CONNECTIONS TO THE PAST Star Wars has further transcended the screen in the form of t-shirts, action figures, theme parks, and in cosplay and fan fiction. As powerful as any holy relic

Situated in an advertising and media landscape that often overpromises and underdelivers (“Buy this and you will be happy”), the world of Star Wars helps fans create meaning when they might otherwise be unfulfilled. COSPLAYING FOR COMMUNITY Watching a Star Wars film or buying Star Wars memorabilia doesn’t only remind us of the “good old days.” It serves a more meaningful purpose: it builds

13 community in a world that has grown increasingly isolated, that has traded the physical for the virtual. If the decline of social capital in public life (which includes religion) is partially responsible for this phenomenon, the rise of technology is equally at fault. Even when surrounded by people, our attention is diverted – we are distracted, disembodied, absent – existing everywhere but in the present. The connections made through social media are often frayed, and can even lead to heightened feelings of isolation or loneliness. On the other hand, Star Wars, via play – whether it’s cosplay or swinging a light saber with

a friend – demands social interaction, communication and engagement. (Some theorists have even argued that play served as the seed from which all human culture, including religion, evolved.) Waiting in line for days to buy tickets, wearing your favorite Star Wars t-shirt to school and dressing up as your favorite character at a convention are all social touchstones – icebreakers that facilitate a sense of community and belonging. It is in this shared storytelling space where history lives and meaning dwells. As cultural critic Lewis Hyde writes, meaningful stories can induce a “moment of grace, a communion, a period

during which we too know the hidden coherence of our being and feel the fullness of our lives.” Once upon a time, we gathered around fires to tell stories. Today we assemble in movie theaters to watch with wonder and awe the flicker of our stories on the screen. Star Wars is, of course, different from religion in a number of ways. But it still allows us to transcend the everyday and enter a sacred realm – a place where we can glimpse the Holy Land of our better selves and become the heroes we want to be. Reprinted from: https://theconversation. com/a-force-awakened-why-so-many-findmeaning-in-star-wars-51853

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Heir to the Empire

Path of Destruction

Darth Plagueis

By: Timothy Zahn

By: Drew Karpyshyn

By: James Luceno

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a cortosis miner, vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions.

Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the ultimate power—over life and death.


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Books on the Big Screen: "The Glass Castle"

A books adapted to film series. Is the book always better? You decide! A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. - IMDb Wed, May 1, 5-7PM

Documentary Night: “Advanced Style”

Advanced Style examines the lives of unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. From fashion campaigns, to a best-selling book, to a new documentary, the women of Advanced Style exemplify that aging can be done not only with grace, but also with inimitable flair. - IMDb Wed, May 8, 5-7PM





Documentary Screening: "How We Grow"

How We Grow seeks to tell the story of the ways in which communities rebuild themselves around agriculture. Inspired by the drive and dedication of the next generation of agricultural leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley, the community explores how to overcome pressing issues, including land access, income inequality, and a short growing season. Sat, May 11, 4-5:30PM

Movies that Matter: “At Eternity's Gate”

During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. Wed, May 15, 5-7PM

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& Movies Music at the Library: Baroque Bash

Erin Gallagher, violin, Sarah Graf, cello, and Charlotte McLain, harpsichord will introduce you to two successful women of the era as they perform music by Anna Isabella Leonarda and Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Join us for the Baroque Bash and gain new insight into the wonderful world of Baroque music. Fri, May 17, 5:30-6:30PM

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Foreign Film Night: "All About My Mother"

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. - IMDb Wed, May 22, 5-7PM

Movie Night: "Racing Extinction"

Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, Racing Extinction will change the way we see the world and our role within it. - IMDb Wed, May 29, 5-7PM

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CAN'T MAKE IT TO MOVIE NIGHT? Watch it in the Library's Micro Theater!



Seed Lending Library Not everyone understands how a Seed Library works; how in the world can you return seeds if you've already planted them? That question shows just how much of our early agrarian skill set and knowledge we've lost, because it used to be that everyone saved seeds from one year to the next. Seed saving was not only a necessity (new seed was hard to come by, expensive, and not locally acclimated) but a way of preserving a family's history and ensuring their food security. By saving seeds from year to year, and passing them down from generation to generation, the varieties that thrived in a specific location were like money in the bank, providing a valuable asset for families and the communities they lived in. Today, most of us don't have a clue how to perform this historically significant act of self-reliance and preservation, but your commitment to learning how to use our local Seed Libraries as they were intended will allow you to reclaim and breath new life into an invaluable local food (and family) tradition with deep roots.

Using a Seed Lending Library 1. Select seeds from the library based on your level of seed saving skill [green circle] Beginner [blue square] Intermediate [black diamond] Advanced 2. Plant the seeds (using appropriate precautions for the seeds you've chosen) and allow some plants to grow till they "go to seed" 3. Select your best producing plants to harvest and save seeds from 4. Return a generous portion of your saved seeds to help the Seed Library become a selfperpetuating source of locally acclimated seeds with stories that connect users closely to one another, and to the place we all love.

Want to become a Seed Saving pro? Watch our calendar for seed saving workshops, join the Seed Savers Club for mentoring and miniworkshops throughout the growing season, or visit for information and resources. For more information, contact Signa Strom at or 970-927-4311 ext. 1000


Art at the Library Teen Trivia Night Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to test their knowledge on all things Star Wars. Prizes will be awarded. No registration required. Refreshments provided. Tues, May 7, 5-6PM

Dungeons and Dragons Play the iconic game Dungeons and Dragons. Some experience with D&D is necessary. Grades 5+. Mon, May 13, 4:30-7PM

Teen LGBTQ Book Club Teens grades 5-12 are invited to join us for a discussion about books and issues related to the LGBTQ community. No registration required. Refreshments provided. Wed, May 15, 5-6PM

Art Explorers: Alberto Giacometti

Come learn about Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti's life and art, and then create your own tin foil figure! Art Explorers is an Art History program designed specifically for children and teens ages 7+ that brings art to life in a whole new way. Students are introduced to a new artist and creative style each month, and are then given the opportunity to create artwork of their own using the same creative style they've been exploring. Offered the first Thursday of every month, it's the perfect class for any student who enjoys art! Thurs, May 2, 4-5PM


Drop in for a new craft project every week. You never know what we’ll have planned, but it’s always fun! Saturdays, 10AM-12PM

Family Game Night: Indoor Miniature Disc Golf

Hit the links with the family! Enjoy some pizza and friendly competition while you dogleg your way through the stacks on our indoor miniature disc golf course. Discs will be provided. Prizes awarded for a hole-in-one. Registration is required for this event. All ages welcome. Fri, May 3, 5:30-7PM

READING UNDER THE STARS Journey into outer space all summer long by discovering book lists in Gale's Books & Authors.


Summer Reading Kick Off: Meghan Casey and the Rocket Mountain Puppets

Space-A-Cade! Houston, we have a problem...Lenny's spaceship has crashed here on Earth and he needs our help to get home! This ship is extremely advanced since it runs off of a crystal powered by knowledge, which you all have by reading! Our mission is to help reboot the power crystal to get Lenny back home and we are going to need all the brain bower we can get to power Lenny's ship. You will not want to miss this out of this world adventure! Wed, May 29, 3-4PM



* Advance registration required

Grades 1st-4th Drop-In Scratch Coding

Ages 0-5 Mother Goose on the Loose An interactive, engaging storytime primarily for babies and toddlers up to 24 months. This program includes repetition and surprise with stories, fingerplays, songs, and nursery rhymes, and finishes with a short social playtime. Mondays, 10:30-11AM (No storytime May 27)

Toddler Tales Two-year-olds (with a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage their emerging language skills. Tuesdays, 10:30-11AM (No storytime May 28)

Preschool Adventures Stories, games, and fun. Recommended for children ages 3-5. May 2: Little Artists May 9: Guest Reader May 16: Storytelling with Merrilee May 23: Little Scientists Thursdays, 10:30-11AM (No storytime May 30)

Baby Storytime Babies from birth to 24 months will enjoy songs, action rhymes, playtime, and books. Fridays, 10:30-11AM (No Storytime May 31)

After Work Storytime Are you a working parent and cannot make it to our regularly scheduled storytime? Then this program is for you! Join us the last Thursday of every month for an after work storytime geared towards ages 3-5. Thurs, May 23, 5:30-6PM

Miles Craft will lead children ages 8-12 in learning more about a free, simple coding language called Scratch. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Mondays, 4-6PM (No program May 27)

Paws to Read * Children in grades 1st - 4th are invited to read to a lovable dog for 15 minutes! Tues, May 7 & 21, 3:30-4:30PM

Kids Learning Lab Children are introduced to the fascinating fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through hands-on activities that inspire curiosity and a love of learning. Every week offers a new opportunity to explore, build, learn or create! Wednesdays, 3-4PM (No learning lab on May 29)

After School Adventures Come and join us after school for an engaging educational activity! We might be experimenting with science, creating an art project, or celebrating a holiday! Tues, May 14, 4-5PM

Library Hours: Mon-Thurs 10AM-7PM Fri & Sat 10AM-5PM Sun 12-5PM


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Basalt Regional Library Magazine & Program Brochure May 2019  

Basalt Regional Library's Magazine & Program Brochure. This month features articles and books lists related to Star Wars.

Basalt Regional Library Magazine & Program Brochure May 2019  

Basalt Regional Library's Magazine & Program Brochure. This month features articles and books lists related to Star Wars.