Grand County libraries: Library taps into all senses this springs |

Grand County libraries: Library taps into all senses this springs

Satisfying your curiosity is the priority for the Grand County Libraries during March, with photo shows, film presentations, book groups and discussion groups that span issues ranging from Hurricane Katrina’s impact in New Orleans to the health care system in Canada.

Visions of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

The Fraser Valley Library presents a fascinating photographic essay from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, by Fraser Valley resident Art Ferrari. In the fall of 2007, Ferrari spent four weeks in the devastated neighborhoods of New Orleans, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and documenting progress made since Hurricane Katrina struck there in 2005.

Ferrari will present a slideshow of the many photos he took while there. Proceeds from the sales of his work benefit Habitat for Humanity. The show is called “New Orleans 2007: The Big Un-Easy.”

Experience a balanced look at our healthcare system

While the topic of Hurricane Katrina is sure to grab the attention of many, the pressing issue of the healthcare system in the United States is set for a balanced review at the Granby Library in two film showings and discussions set for late March and early April.

For a look at what’s wrong with the U.S. health system the library is showing the film “Sicko” by the documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. Prior to showing the film Home Health Nurse Jules Scholl, RN, answers questions relating to her experience of training and working in healthcare in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. The showing takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 31.

Six days later, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, the documentary film “Dead Meat” is on the schedule as a follow-up to “Sicko.” This film portrays in a less-than-flattering light the healthcare system in Canada under its socialized health care system.

Anyone following the future of U.S. healthcare will want to see these films and join the discussions.

Two other documentary films set to be shown at the Kremmling Library on healthcare cover the topic of human health through good nutrition with perspectives on the basics of good food. They are being shown at as a special feature of the “Back to Basics Book Club” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.

The first documentary, which should be an eye-opener for anyone with even an interest in what they eat, is called “Morgan Spurlock Presents The Future of Food,” by Deborah Koons Garcia. This documentary includes information about the genetically modified food industry and farmers who try to resist the trend toward GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and get sued by corporations.

Another DVD, called “How to Save the World,” is set in India. It presents a picture of the destructive nature of GMOs and chemical farming on both farmers and the soil. It also presents an “active solution” for addressing the issues surrounding the industrialization of food production.

Both documentaries are entertaining and educational and they can inform about trends taking place in the world of agriculture both in the United States and abroad.

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail; Armchair traveling in Africa

The Fraser Valley Library presents the fascinating saga of two men who hiked the entire United States portion of the Continental Divide Trail. In the spring of 2007, Grand County local Mark Dixon and Jim Horan took the first steps from the border at Mexico on their way north toward Canada on the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail. Dixon recounts their journey in a slideshow presentation that covers the deserts of New Mexico, the snow-covered peaks of Colorado, the wide-open spaces of Wyoming and the remote divide along the Idaho and Montana border. After five months, the two men reached Canada at Waterton Lakes, British Columbia. This slide show presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

Join the Juniper Library in Grand Lake for a fascinating slideshow set in Africa presented by local residents Joan and Steve Boyle. Their travels took them on safari in Botswana, where they saw abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, baboons and giraffes. Learn about tent camps, game drives and bush walks. See a “wet and wonderful” side trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Refreshments will be served. This takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

On Display in Granby during March

It’s called “dry needle felting.” It’s the art of sculpting with wool, a unique craft technique using natural fibers and a special barbed needle. Julie Horn of Granby is an expert at this craft. Her adorable life-like animals are on display in the library.

In a related program, The Craft Place meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Granby Library. This gathering offers an opportunity for knitters and crafters to share what they know and learn new skills in the company of other craft lovers.

On Philosophy

The Fraser Valley Library continues with its free discussion group called “Socrates Cafe.” Set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, this gathering of thinkers uses the Socratic method to seek insights into philosophical questions. New participants are encouraged to attend. Jon Wulff facilitates this group. Refreshments served.

On Writing

The Writers Group meets at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Granby Library. This is a constructive fellowship for writers.

On Books

What follows is a listing of books featured in the many book group gatherings that take place in libraries across Grand County. Join one of these book groups to share the fun of reading.

o “The View from Saturday” and “The Outcasts of Schuyler Place” are the books featured by the Hot Sulphur Springs Book Club, which meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Granby Library.

o “Atonement” by Ian McEwan is the topic of the Granby Book Group, which meets around the fireplace in the Granby Library at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 24. This novel is the inspiration for the award-winning film of the same title in theatres across the nation.

o “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen is the topic of the Brown Bag book Bunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Kremmling Library. This book is a romantic page-turner that hinges on human-animal bonds.

o “America Alone” by Mark Steyn outlines how the United States of America represents the future of the West in the face of Islam. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Juniper Library at Grand Lake.

If you’re curious about life in America, the Grand County Libraries offer programs in March that span a range of interesting topics. Check with your library about these programs and many others on tap for March. Or visit for more information.

Caption information for photos provided by Art Ferrari relating to his photo essay show at Fraser Valley Library March 6

Photo captions:

– Washboard Lisa plays on Royal Street. Lisa stayed in New Orleans and survived albeit homeless for a long time.

– LSU college kids volunteering with Habitat for humanity in the Upper Ninth Ward

– Blocks of mostly still uninhabited homes in the Lower Ninth Ward about 1/2 mile from one of the very large breaches on the industrial canal.

– New homes in the Musicians’ Village.

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