Bemis Public Library Programs – Jan. 2023

Senior Social Club—Every Thursday, 9:30–10:30 a.m.—For Ages 50 and Up

Please join us for our weekly chat in Sophie’s Place at the front of the library.

Board Games @ Bemis—January 13, 5–7 p.m.—For All Ages

Drop in after-hours for board games. Pizza and snacks will be served.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Active Minds—January 23, 2–3 p.m.—For Adults of All Ages

In 2013, China announced a massive $1 trillion international transportation and trade infrastructure construction program known as the Belt & Road Initiative. This program, which is well underway, aims to finance, build, and supply material for roads, bridges, tunnels, railway lines, seaports, and airports for over 100 countries in the world. China is billing this as a modern version of the ancient Silk Road. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of the Silk Road as it informs an understanding of this contemporary effort.

For more information on this topic, visit the course outline:

Dungeons & Dragons—January 25, 5–7:30 p.m.—For Ages 10 and Up*

Roll the dice, join a group and let your imagination soar with this popular tabletop roleplaying game. Players of all experience levels are welcome. Experienced Dungeon Masters can earn thank you gifts and community service credit for running tables. Pizza and snacks will be served. *Registration required. Sign up through this link starting December 29.

Virtual Author Talks

Join us for live-streamed discussions with bestselling authors presented by Library Speakers Consortium. Visit for information on upcoming events and to watch previously recorded discussions with authors.

  • Namina Forna, author of The Gilded Ones—January 7, 12–1 p.m.—For All Ages*

Join us for an action-packed online conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones

In The Gilded Ones, sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register.

  • Dana K White, author of Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life—January 17, 12–1 p.m.—For All Ages*

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet, a home with too much stuff is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Join us for a virtual conversation with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts her hard-learned tips. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register.

  • Randall Munroe, author of xkcd and What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions—January 31, 12–1 p.m.—For All Ages*

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Join us for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register.

Bemis Book Clubs

Participate in an engaging book group to discuss thought-provoking books. Bemis book clubs are in-person/virtual events. Participants may attend either in-person at the library or via Zoom using the links below or on the library’s All Events Calendar.

  • Senior Book Group (in-person or online): Wednesday, January 4, 1–2 p.m.

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

London is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson has reached her breaking point. Abandoning her job and small existence, she sets out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist—the golden beetle of New Caledonia. In-person/virtual event: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom.

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  • Evening Book Club (in-person or online): Wednesday, January 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Recently widowed Tova Sullivan copes with her grief by taking a job at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, where she works the night shift and befriends a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus. Marcellus has little use for humans, but he likes Tova and wants to help her. Thirty years ago, her son disappeared on a boat somewhere in the Puget Sound, and Marcellus thinks he can figure out what happened. 

In-person/virtual event: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom.

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Tech Programs

In Person One-on-One Tech Help—Various Dates & Times*—For All Ages

Sign up for a 45-minute individualized tech appointment with a librarian. Get help with anything from accessing eBooks and digital resources, assistance with internet connectivity, video chatting and more.

*Registration is required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting December 20.     

TheStudio@Bemis: Stitch Circle—January 12 and 26, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—For All Ages

Join Stitch Circle in TheStudio@Bemis. Bring in your own projects or come to learn the basics of knitting, crocheting or embroidery. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from and collaborate with other makers in the community.

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