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

2019-05-21

Niagara Falls Public Library launched its Seed to Seed collection May 17.

If you come to any of the library's four locations across Niagara Falls you can "borrow" up to three packages of seeds.

After you've planted the seeds and harvested your vegetables, you can set aside some seeds to give back to the library so another person can enjoy the collection.

2019-05-13

Mental Health Week invites us to be mindful with meditation at Niagara Falls library.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

2019-05-08

Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to grow your own vegetables? Have you ever thought about teaching your children or grandchildren where their food comes from?

Or, like me, have you ever been known for having a black or a brown thumb?

2019-04-25

On Thursday, April 25th the Niagara Falls Public Library will be unveiling its new board game collection. Board Games are a great way to reduce screen time, to interact face-to-face with family and friends, and to challenge yourself in new and interesting ways.

2019-04-25

Calling all Book Lovers! Please join us for our annual Book Lover’s Luncheon. Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Tastebuds Cafe and Eatery and meet special guest, Cea Sunrise Person author of North of Normal and its sequel Nearly Normal.

2019-04-12

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.

2019-03-31

You’re invited to help us at the Library. On April 1, 2019 we are embarking on a year-long project called Bridge to understand how libraries use technology.

2019-03-26

When we think about sports excellence in the City of Niagara Falls, we can include both team sports and individual activities. Although it may not be the first sport that pops into to your mind, one such sport has a long history in the City of Niagara Falls!

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