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

2019-08-09

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.  

2019-06-24

June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.

Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.

2019-06-19

School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.

2019-06-11

Throughout the years, Niagara Falls has certainly seen more than its fair share of Royal visitors. On June 7th of this week, it is the 80th anniversary of one such visit. It also was the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch to Canada.

2019-06-11

When you work in a library, you use library jargon. However, sometimes you forget not all customers know what the “catalogue” is used for. Most recently, with the news about the elimination of the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan 

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