Geothermal heating on the Capitol Campus

The new State building going up on Capitol Way at the north end of the Capitol Campus is going to have a geothermally assisted heating and cooling system...

From today's inbox:

 ...the construction team will drill additional holes deep into the earth – to a depth of 300 feet – to install a GeoWell and vertical loop system. This system uses solar energy stored beneath the earth’s surface to help heat a building in the fall, winter and spring, and to draw warm air out of it in the summer by injecting the heat into the wells.

Constructing the system involves drilling 30 6-inch diameter “wells” 300 feet into the ground, with a one-inch diameter tube connected to each well. The tubes transfer the heat to and from the building, depending on the season.

More information ... is available on the project website, which says that the system is expected to save roughly $21,000 a year in energy costs.

Since there are 1,000 structural supports shown in red and only 30 geothermal wells shown in blue, they're pretty hard to see!

(The quote sounds as if there's going to be a solar system on the building, but other stuff on the site talks about the solar energy striking the earth's surface, so maybe not... I don't think that the heat at 300 feet down comes from solar energy, though...)

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? Abram talks about the history of racism and how it affects specific groups in our society today. This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Feel free to call the library with any questions!  360-352-0595.

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE

Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. In November, Corey will read "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov and "A Guide to Virtual Death" by J.G. Ballard. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.

This free event takes place from 12:10-12:50 PM at the Olympia Timberland Library.

313 8th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Founding Celebration - Black Alliance of Thurston County

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From today's inbox:

Evergreen Solidarity with U of Missouri Student Protests

I was out at the college Thursday collecting signatures for I-732, and sharing the very cold and windy space under the library entrance with these students, participating in a nation-wide expression of support for the students protesting at the University of Missouri...


Author Tony Angell talks about his book "The House of Owls"

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Come join us at the library for an evening with wildlife artist and naturalist Tony Angell, who will be discussing his new book, "The House of Owls".  Angell provides a fascinating overview of the lives of owls, as well as an appreciation of their amazing impact on human culture and thought.

Justice Pursued: A Legal Perspective on Palestine and the Rachel Corrie Case

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hussein abu Hussein, lead attorney for the family of Rachel Corrie in their civil lawsuit in Israel will speak in Olympia, Wednesday, November 18, about the current situation in Israel/Palestine, institutionalized discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and outcomes of the Corrie civil lawsuit in Israeli courts.  He will be joined by Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie. 
The event takes place at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St.

It's Not Rocket Science. It's Robotics Science!

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Be inspired as a robotics scientist tells the story of 100 years of spinal cord research that is paying off - helping us better understand neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas has a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College, an MsEng from Queens University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the keynote speaker at this year's 13th Annual Latino Youth Summit. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.

All library programs are free and open to the public; feel free to call the library with any questions!  360-352-0595.

The Wanted 18

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF) is pleased to sponsor the documentary film The Wanted 18 at the Olympia Film Society's 32nd Annual Film Festival Sunday, November 8, at 12 p.m.  Tickets are on sale at the festival website and at the historic Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  Following the noon screening, RCF will host a Q&A with Palestinian director Amer Shomali via Skype. The film is co-directed by Canadian director Paul Cowan. 

About the film:

"It’s 1987 and the Israeli army is in hot pursuit of eighteen dairy cows in the town of Beit Sahour, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The cows are declared a threat to Israel’s national security after a group of Palestinians begin producing milk for the town’s residents...Humorous and thought-provoking, The Wanted 18 shows the power of mass mobilization and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation during the First Intifada..." More here from Just Vision

"...the astonishing true story of a Palestinian uprising of cows on the lam from the Israeli Army.... Featuring claymation, archival footage, and a light hearted tone, The Wanted 18illustrates this courageous act of rebellion with a farcical tone that emphasizes the ludicrousness of the situation, while also underlining its historical value and weight."  Film trailer and more from the Olympia Film Festival

Orca Books Reading: Ryan Boudinot presents "The Octopus Rises"

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 3:00pm

A FREE author reading at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Novelist and erstwhile Orca bookseller Ryan Boudinot returns to Olympia to read from his new story collection, "The Octopus Rises." Bouncing between experimental fiction, absurdist farce, paranoid futurism, and stinging satire, Boudinot's funny, inventive prose lays bare the hopes and anxieties of our age. From a heartbreaking and pitch­perfect account of the end of Bert and Ernie's relationship to a story about lovelorn robots looking for a chop­shop owner who's willing to look the other way in a world where robot sex is illegal, Boudinot's prose crackles with acerbic wit. Some other stories in the book: a Miyazaki­esque story about an entire town that shares the same heart; “Chopsticks”, in which the protaganist's cat who develops a hard drug problem; “An Essay and a Story about Mötley Crüe ” (wish­fulfillment disguised as memoir); “I Used to Be a Plastic Bottle” ; and “The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself”. Boudinot last visited the store with his sensational science fiction novel “Blueprints of the Afterlife”.

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