Steamboat library expands adult programs

Database workshops, film screening, book signings scheduled


Upcoming library events

Upcoming adult programming events at Bud Werner Memorial Library:

- Research education series, noon and 6 p.m. the next three Wednesdays at the conference room next to Library Hall: Associate Reference Librarian Jackie Kuusinen leads three one-hour workshops about how to use the library's extensive database resources. Workshop topics include genealogy this Wednesday, education on Nov. 11 and medical information on Nov. 18. The workshops are free.

- "For My Father" screening, 8:15 p.m. Friday at Library Hall: The 2008 Israeli drama "For My Father" tells the story of Terek, a Palestinian suicide bomber who confronts his life path when the bomb doesn't detonate. The movie received seven Israeli Academy Award nominations and recognition from independent film festivals worldwide. Admission to the screening is free.

- "Then & Now" book release celebration, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Library Hall: Local writer Harriet Freiberger and local photographer Ken Proper celebrate the release of their new book, "Then & Now: A History of Steamboat Springs, Colorado." All books sold during the event benefit library programs and collections.

For more information about events at Bud Werner Memorial Library, call 879-0240 or go to

— In the month she's been on the job as adult programs coordinator at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Jennie Lay has been impressed with the free-to-the-public resources that surround her.

With a series of workshops, film screenings, author talks and other programs, Lay hopes to tap into those resources and put on as many different kinds of community events as she can plan.

"It's a brand new position, and really it comes with the expansion of the library and this beautiful new community space that the library didn't have before," Lay said about the new job and its focus on putting community events in Library Hall.

"Now that we have Library Hall and some of these conference room spaces and meeting spaces, I'm the one who's going to try to pull as many great programs together as possible to fill those spaces, and the sky's kind of the limit," she said.

A series of database research workshops is among the first of those new programs. For the next three Wednesdays, Associate Reference Librarian Jackie Kuusinen will offer tips for navigating the library's extensive special interest databases. Each hour-long workshop will be offered at noon and 6 p.m. in the conference room next to Library Hall. Wednesday's 6 p.m. workshop is in Library Hall.

Participants may bring their own laptop computer with wireless Internet access, or follow along with a demonstration projected on a big-screen TV.

"The idea is just to help people understand how they can search these databases and use the tools we have to find information that we have," Kuusinen said.

Kuusinen will talk workshop participants through each database, showing them how to search and use the different features. Wednesday's topic is genealogy. Kuusinen will cover education resources Nov. 11 and medical resources Nov. 18.

Kuusinen and Lay chose genealogy and the library's subscription to the Ancestry Library Edition database as the first topic for its broad appeal, Lay said. The database offers information well beyond a standard Internet search, Kuusinen said.

"There are military records, immigration and emigration, census images, birth, marriage and death information. : If you have a small piece of information about an ancestor, often you can put that in Ancestry Library Edition and pull up copious amounts of information," she said.

The library's education database includes journal articles; courses on topics including math, reading, resume writing and workplace skills; and free test preparation for the ACT, SAT or professional exams, Kuusinen said. All the databases are free to use, and everything except Ancestry can be accessed from home with an Internet connection and a library card, she said. Kuusinen hopes to continue the workshop series with classes about the library's other databases on topics such as maps, travel and car repair, she said.

Film screenings start Friday

Each month, Bud Werner Memorial Library has permission to do one public screening of a movie that's fresh off the festival circuit, Lay said.

The screenings are available as part of a subscription to Film Movement, a distribution service that focuses on critically acclaimed independent and foreign releases and offers non-theatrical film subscriptions to museums, film societies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

At 8:15 p.m. Friday, the library hosts a free screening of "For My Father," a Film Movement selection and award-winning Israeli film about a conflicted Palestinian suicide bomber. Starting in December, the library will partner with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to show one movie from the Film Movement collection on the third Friday of each month, Lay said.

All third Friday films at the Depot will be Film Movement selections; this Friday's screening is a preview of that style of movie, Lay said. Future First Friday screenings will be a different style of cinema, she said.

"I hope people come out and take this opportunity to see a bunch of great films," Lay said. The movies will be available to rent as part of the library's collection after they premiere, she said.


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