Bemis Public Library Events – June 2019
Capitals of the World-Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Join Richard Gibson, author of A Celebration of State Capitals, as he features the quirky and interesting small towns across America which make claim to be “the something capital of the world.” Enjoy this photographic survey of some twenty-five self-proclaimed capitals, from the Troll Capital to the Jackalope Capital, and learn why they make their claim.
The Life of Baby Doe Tabor – Monday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Frozen to the Cabin Floor: a biography of Baby Doe Tabor, author Tracy Beach presents the stories and artifacts behind the life of the “Silver Queen of Colorado,” Baby Doe Tabor. Books available for purchase at the event.
Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and into the World – Tuesday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Filmmakers Glenn Morey and Julie Morey will screen their award-winning short documentary film Side by Side, a film about the human stories of those infants and children separated from their South Korean families of origin, over the last 60 years. The film contrasts the lives of the adopted and the aged-out, the nurtured and the abused, the blessed and the broken, the loved and the lost, and the almost unimaginable diversity of stories that lie in between. Q & A with the filmmakers follows the 38 minute film.
Music Concert-Summer of ‘71 – Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m.
Drift back to the summer days of transistor radios blaring out the latest hits from Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Beach Boys and so many other legendary acts that were the voices of a simpler America with the music of Summer of 71. Enjoy these easy-listening tunes from the 70s from musicians “Gunny” Jeff Norman and “Bad Bob” Langolis.
Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to Today with Active Minds – Monday, June 17, 2 p.m.
Join Active Minds for a review of aviation in the United States. We will begin the story with the Wright Brothers and end with a look at the airline industry today, including the possibility of supersonic flights again in the not too distant future. In between, we’ll visit Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, aviation in the military, and the increased use of drone aircraft.
Fly Me to the Moon: NASA’s Golden Age and the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing -Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Watch this re-creation of the day the Earth stood still as it watched humans walk on the Moon and realize a dream of exploration bridging both cultures and time. Through remastered and previously unseen period video and images we’ll relive the Cold War, the Space Race, the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Projects, and witness the Apollo 11 journey, the Eagle’s landing, and humanity’s first steps onto another world
Movie Matinee: On the Basis of Sex – Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m.
Future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg launches her career fighting for gender equality by proving discrimination “on the basis of sex” is unconstitutional. Starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. PG-13. Enjoy free popcorn and lemonade at the film.
Chasing the Moon: a PBS documentary film – Sunday, June 23, 2-4 p.m.
Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. In partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, view a portion of the film featuring the 1969 Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.
Senior Safety Workshop Series with South Metro Fire
Monday, June 24, 2 p.m. – Fall Prevention
Falls are the # 1 risk of injury for older adults. Learn the top causes of falls and how to decrease your chance of experiencing a life-changing fall.
Monday, July 1, 2 p.m. Fire Safety
Monday, July 8, 2 p.m. Senior Health and Aging Successfully with Littleton Adventist Hospital
Monday, July 22, 2 p.m. How to minimize Risks and Remain Living Independently
Monday, July 29, 2 p.m. Pedestrian and Community Safety for Seniors
George Custer: Separating Fact from Fiction -Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m.
Learn of Gen. George Custer’s life and achievements and his involvement in the Indian Wars when George Koukeas presents little known facts about General Custer. Attendees can expect to hear Custer myths debunked about his final battle at Little Big Horn. Koukeas is passionate about history and is a frequent guest speaker in the Denver area. His historical presentations are wide-ranging from the Summit Springs Battle, to Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show.
Monthly Adult Programs
Senior Book Club
Monday, June 3, 2 p.m.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. In this last remnant of the Wild West, virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, but the bureau initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery.
Get Your Crafting On – Crafts for Grownups at the Library
Sunday, June 16, 2-4 p.m.: Games to Go
Ah, road trip season. Well, or stay at home and hang out on the porch season! Whichever one, we’ve got you covered – we’re making some old-fashioned fun with miniature, easy to pack versions of games like mancala, checkers, memory, and more. See how much fun you can fit in some very small packages!
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Monday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The summer of 1961 finds thirteen-year-old Frank Drum living in small-town New Bremen, Minn. He and his younger brother, Jake, idolize their older sister, Ariel, a talented church organist who’s also the “golden child” of their parents The Drums’ peaceful existence is shattered, however, when Ariel fails to return from a late-night party. In the aftermath of her disappearance, the family undergoes a crisis of faith, and dark secrets about New Bremen come to light.
Books & Beer: Brewing up great discussions
We’re partnering with Blind Faith Brewing Co., a local business, to provide a new book group – at the brewery! Each month, we will read a nonfiction book about a social, economic, or historical topic, and then meet to drink great beer and have great discussions. Join us for our next meeting on June 27. The discussion starts at 6 p.m., but be sure to get there a little earlier to take advantage of the happy hour prices! Blind Faith Brewing Co., 2842 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80120.
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains by Helen Thomson
Our brains are more extraordinary – and far stranger – than we realize! Helen Thomson has spent years tracking down stories of the rarest and most unusual brain disorders. From a doctor who can feel the pain of others by looking at them, to a woman who continually hears music that no one else can hear, these stories look at the minds that lie well outside of normal functioning – but they also show us some of the ways our brains normally create, code, and navigate our own realities.
Senior Social Club with AWRC
Socialize with your friends and neighbors over coffee and pastries at the library! The
Aging Well Resource Center invites local seniors to our Senior Social Club Friday mornings in June, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come to knit, try out jigsaw puzzles, engage in lively conservation or just make new connections. This informal social group will meet every Friday in June.