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.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:00am
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:30pm
11:00 AM to 01:30 PMScience Book Club discusses "Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness" by Peter Godrey-SmithContact: 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 RoomAge Group:Adult
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
01:00 PM to 03:30 PMContact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3
(2017) Starring Judy Dench and Ali Fazal. Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 47 min. Discussion and refreshments to follow.Location:AWPL Community Room
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
10:00 AM to 01:00 PMContact: Kathleen G. or Siobhan at 986-1047, ext. 5.
Are you interested in playing this ancient game based on Chinese characters and symbols? Call us at the Library so that we may arrange for you to join a group.Location:AWPL Community RoomAge Group:Adult
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
07:00 PM to 09:00 PMContact: Rosemary Cooper - email@example.com; (845) 986-1047, ext. 6
The Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Board Room. The public is welcome to attend.Location:AWPL Board RoomAge Group:Adult, Teen