Library Special Events, past and future
In the July library program, Martin Ogle discussed his book, In the Eye of the Hawk: Reflections along the Potomac, and shared an interactive presentation, followed by Q & A with the audience. The book for anyone interested in fostering a lasting connection with the place they call home. Ogle draws upon nearly 30 years spent stewarding 100 acres of forest wilderness, just across the river from Washington, D.C., to explore the deep and numerous connections between people and nature. As the park’s chief naturalist, Ogle witnessed and shares the inner workings of the forest as well as tales from other areas, near and far. Mixing humor with pathos, In The Eye of the Hawk seeks to break down the distinction between human-made systems and nature.
Exploring Race and Privilege in Lyons
The Lyons Community Library is sponsoring a series of community conversations and events this fall to explore issues of race, privilege, and anti-racism. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the impacts of structural racism and white privilege within the Lyons community, to promote equity and inclusion, and to foster recognition of Lyons as an open and welcoming community.
The series begins on September 15 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., with a workshop, “Foundations of Racism and Becoming a Better Ally,” facilitated by Regan Byrd. Ms. Byrd is recognized as an anti-oppression activist, speaker, and trainer. She was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Denver League of Women Voters, and received the Lily Ledbetter award from 9to5 Colorado. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women of Denver.
The Lyons library will also host a community-wide discussion of the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. This book helps readers understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. Kendi chronicles the story of anti-Black racist ideas and their enduring power over the course of American history. Kendi’s work has been brilliantly adapted by award-winning young adult novelist Jason Reynolds, with versions available for both teens and elementary school readers.
The adult discussion of Stamped will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion for elementary-aged readers will be held after school at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20; the teen discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27. All discussions will take place in the Lyons Library Community Room. The library has many copies of each version on hand to loan.
The Lyons Community Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Becki Loughlin, will facilitate two workshops for caregivers of young children, titled “Let’s Talk About Race.” With demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on learning, attendees will build confidence and skill in exploring race with their youngest family members. Join Becky on Tuesday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. during storytime for a session that includes children, or on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a caregiver-only workshop.
Finally, Lyons community members will gather on the library patio for a series of “Porch Talks” exploring their experiences with race and privilege, hosted by local community groups. The first session will be on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. hosted by the Lyons Community Church. As part of the intentional work to become more welcoming to all people in the community, the Continuing the Conversation group of Lyons Community Church invites everyone to listen to the podcast, “Learning How to See with Brian McLaren” (https://cac.org/podcast/learning-how-to-see/), and to join the discussion.
This series of events was planned with the guidance and input of a steering committee representing a wide swath of community interests, including business, local government, nonprofits, parents, and the faith community. The series is funded by a “Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC)” grant from the American Library Association, and with support from the Friends of the Lyons Library. According to Adult Programming Librarian, Vicky Reinold, “This grant has provided us with resources and training to lead and engage in conversations on topics that matter to our community. We are thrilled to be able to offer programming that can make a difference here in Lyons, as well as in the larger world. We hope that this is the first of many series that engage and connect our neighbors with one another and with the issues that matter. We want to bring people together and provide an open and supportive space to share ideas, learn, and grow together.”
Learn more about the upcoming programs, including workshops, book discussions, and porch talks at this link.
UPDATE 9/20/21: Due to updated Covid-19 protocols and the Boulder County mask mandate, we will be moving this event to an online platform. The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of the event to all registered persons.
While we are saddened that we will not be able to gather together to share a meal and connect in person, the online format allows us to stay healthy and welcome more people to the table to engage in this important work!
Changes to the Library Building
Many patrons of the library reported “almost slipping” on the steep grassy incline in front of the library. The library management said that they never intended people to walk down the embankment, but recognized that it became a daily pathway from the cars parked on the street to the front door. New sturdy, wide stairs were placed in front of the main entrance in August.
The new solar panels have also been installed in mid-July! (See previous Library Report on decisions made on solar panels).
And Thank you to the Lyons Garden Club for the flowers that are now starting to bloom bright and tall!
(The bi-monthly Library Board report will be published at the end of the month.)
Activities at the Library
==Storytime is Back, thru October 13th
==Drop-In Craft with Ms. BJ
==Discovering Archaeology, September 23
==Teen Advisory Group
==Coding Club (two age groups)
==STEM Kits to check out
==Tech Classes, lunch and learn
==Artist Trading Cards (3rd Saturdays)
==Busy Readers’ Book Club 9/29
==Mental Health Partners ‘visits’ (3 x a month)
==Mental Health Partners==come and meet Jessica Broadbent and have a friendly chat about your concerns; every other Wednesday at the Lyons library, from 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. “drop in.” Next one is 9/22. (In the future, this notice will only be in the ”to do” or “senior news.” )
The library is open to the public, but Boulder County Public Health REQUIRES masks indoors for those age 2+. Curbside services available. 303-823-5165