November 2015

New Full Length Climate Documentary

From today's inbox (courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Institute):

Starting at 9:30 am local time on Monday, November 30—and lasting for just 48 hours—is the unique opportunity to view Time to Choose, a feature-length documentary about climate change. Entertainment Weekly has praised it as "a smart, solution-oriented climate-change doc" while Variety lauded its "impeccable research" and "straight-talk structure."

The film is directed by Charles Ferguson, the same director behind the Oscar Award-winning 2010 documentary Inside Job, and can be viewed at The Huffington Post. This will make history as the first time a feature-length film has streamed at HuffPost. It will be viewable in the United States, Canada, and numerous other countries around the globe.

There is a website - at http://www.timetochoose.com - and it offers you a chance to sign up for more info, but so far I don’t think that’s needed to see the film. If you just want to see it, it looks to me as if you can just go to the Huffington Post site Monday or Tuesday.

Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old days.

Movie Junkies: Horror for the Holidays at the Midnight Sun Performance Space

Event: 
Tue, 12/01/2015 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Need an escape from the holiday cheer? We will be kicking off our twice monthly Movie Junkies nights at the Midnight Sun just in time for Scary Christmas! We have picked out some of our favorite horror films to share with you.

Also in the spirit of giving, these movie nights will include a short or two to round out the evening; just like in the old days.

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?

Event: 
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

Event: 
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

Event: 
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"

Event: 
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

Event: 
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.