Your public library: tackling some of the big issues

Since the mid-20th century, human beings have wrought unprecedented changes to the Earth, bringing us into a new epoch of geologic time: the Anthropocene.

That's the argument an international body of scientists puts forward in "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch," the Toronto International Film Festival-selected documentary by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, the award-winning team that brought you "Manufactured Landscapes" and "Watermark."

With exquisite cinematography, "Anthropocene" takes us from the concrete seawalls that cover 60 per cent of China's coast to Australia's devastated Great Barrier Reef and beyond, to consider the enormous impact humanity is having on the planet.
In honour of Earth Day, we'll be screening "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" at Niagara Falls Public Library's Victoria Avenue branch (4848 Victoria Ave.) on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

Following the film, Dr. Jessica Blythe and Amanda Smits of the Brock University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre will be on hand for a panel discussion, to help us make sense of it all. Of course, a hallmark of the Anthropocene epoch is anthropogenic climate breakdown, the effects of which we're seeing more and more with each passing year. If, like me, you find climate breakdown terrible to contemplate but struggle to understand what we can do about it, come to the library on April 26 and join the conversation.
Mental illness is another major problem of our time.

For Mental Health Month this May, the library is offering Family Mental Health Support Network facilitator Darcy Patrick's four-session course based on his book "Creative Writing for the Mind, Body and Soul." Speaking from experience, Patrick will show you how to use writing as a therapeutic tool for managing depression. The course is happening Tuesday nights, April 23 and 30 and May 7 and 14 at 6 p.m. at our Victoria Avenue branch.

Like most programs we offer, the course is free but space is limited, so if you're interested, please register at my.nflibrary.ca or by calling 905-356-8080.

If you want to become a suicide-alert helper with the skills to identify suicide risks and connect those having thoughts of suicide with life-saving intervention resources, take the internationally-recognized, three-and-a-half hour safeTALK Suicide Awareness Training that Family Support Niagara is offering at the library's Community Centre branch (MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Rd.) on Saturday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. It's also free, but space is limited so please register.

Finally, if you're looking to destress, drop in for a mindfulness session with certified mindfulness facilitator Kathryn Richmond at the Stamford branch (3643 Portage Rd.) on Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m.

There are not a lot of public spaces for engaging with the big issues of our time. If you're looking to engage with problems, such as mental illness or climate breakdown, check out your public library

Greg Janssen is a community development and programming librarian with Niagara Falls Public Library. 
 

Library Notes

2019-09-09

Science Literacy Week runs from September 16th to the 22nd. While many of us may think that it’s aimed mostly at kids and teens, the truth is that everyone can celebrate science and oceans research in Canada.

2019-09-03

September is an exciting time of year, and Niagara Falls Public Library is ready to celebrate with fun programs and events.

Be sure to pick up our Fall 2019 magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening.

2019-08-27

With September just around the corner, we at the Niagara Falls Public Library are excited to once again offer a full slate of Mental Health and Wellness programming to connect you with others and help you feel your best as summer fades away and the days start to get shorter, darker, colder.

2019-08-20

Honeymoons and the City of Niagara Falls have gone hand in hand for a very long time, with the first documented Niagara Falls honeymoon occurring in June of 1801. Theodosia Burr (the American vice president’s daughter) and her husband Joseph Alston visited the city on a delayed honeymoon that even included a visit with the famous Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant. 

2019-08-09

There’s no denying that so far it has been one scorcher of a summer. Every day seems hotter than the last and that humidity is enough to make a stone sweat!

Luckily for you, each branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library comes equipped with air conditioning and a number of fabulous cookbooks you can borrow to whip up some wonderful frozen desserts that will help you chill out.

2019-07-15

As we enjoy the summer weather, thoughts of cooling off may sometimes cross our minds. Some of us may have fond memories of a few local swimming spots that were once used to beat the summer heat. For more than 35 years, thousands of children and adults made the Cyanamid swimming pool their summer destination of choice.

2019-07-08

At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.  We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world.

2019-07-02

Summer has arrived, and the Niagara Falls Public Library is busy with something for everyone! Be sure to pick up our Summer Library Magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening this summer.  

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