Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:45pm

  • 06:00 PM to 07:45 PM

    Join Beverly Braxton for a discussion of Visions of America:  What Can We Do to Build a Stronger Community in an Age of Diversity?

    I have a feeling that we're all waiting for something to happen, for some divine intervention that will sit us all down at one table -- each race, each class, each faction -- and somehow we'll legislate, negotiate, mediate, and make everything all right. There's this assumption that we're missing some essential ingredient, but in fact all the ingredients are here. It's as if we are in a kitchen and have all the components to make the bread laid out, and we're looking from bowl to bowl unable to make that leap of imagination to mix this with that and put it in the oven and eat it. We're waiting for other people to do it, and that's totally antithetical to our can-do, will-do, know-how, make-shift, made-up country.   -- Allan Gurganus

    We have talked and thought about how we describe ourselves, about how we come together or stand apart, and what it means to be an American. What can we do with the information and insight we've gained over the course of these conversations? How will we make that leap of imagination that Allan Gurganus talks about, and work together to forge a common life that sustains all of us?

              Refreshments will be served.  Attendance at previous sessions is not required for partiticipation.

    Location:
    AWPL Community Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Thursday, June 14, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Friday, June 15, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Contact: Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 or email sgardner@rcls.org

    An informal spinning group focusing on drop spindle yarn method from wool and other fibers.  Beginners and more advanced spinners welcome.  Bring your own spindle and fiber, or if you are new to this ancient craft, contact us ahead so we can provide "loaners" to you (a small fee for wool used will be collected as arranged in advance).  Drop spindle spinning uses a lightweight spindle that is very portable, as opposed to a heavy and expensive spinning wheel.  Co-sponsored by the Friends of Hathorn House Historical Society.

    Email us ahead of the meeting if you are new and need the loan of a spindle:  sgardner@rcls.org; at your first session, beginner's sample of wool will be available for $5.00

    Location:
    AWPL Board Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Friday, June 15, 2018 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Friday, June 15, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm

  • 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
    Contact: Pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County 1-800-272-3900

    Music Socials are offered for people with early- and middle-stage Alzheimer's disease with their family caregivers. Certified Music Therapist Melinda Burgard leads the interactive groups, in which participants may explore music history as well as their own individual musical histories. Groups may play instruments, sing along or move to the music. Refreshments will also be served.

    Location:
    AWPL Community Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Friday, June 15, 2018 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Saturday, June 16, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:00am

  • 09:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    Contact: Children's Dept. at 986-1047, ext. 4 or warkids@rcls.org

    Sensory Storytime is specifically geared toward children with sensory challenges or other special needs.  Please call for information or speak with someone at the desk.

    Location:
    Activity Room, Storytime Room
    Age Group:
    Children
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Saturday, June 16, 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Monday, June 18, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:30pm

  • 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM
    Contact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3

    Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter?

    In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being―how nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind’s fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys.

    But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually “think for themselves”? What happens when some octopuses abandon their hermit-like ways and congregate, as they do in a unique location off the coast of Australia?

    By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind―and on our own.

    Books are available at the Library; new members always welcome!

    Location:
    AWPL Board Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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