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415 Spruce Ave North
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States

Upcoming Events

June 2016

“Exploring the Boulder-White Clouds” by Matt Leidecker

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Matt Leidecker, local guidebook author, will talk about the Boulder-White Clouds and share maps, images, and stories from his recent two-year project researching and writing a comprehensive, waterproof guidebook to this stunning landscape. Matt's latest guidebook will be available for purchase after the talk.

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A Reading by Annick Smith

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Annick Smith reads from her latest book Crossing the Plains with Bruno as part of the library's "The West Where We Are Series." The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker from western Montana. Her books include: Homestead, Big Bluestem, In This We Are Native, and Crossing the Plains with Bruno. Annick's nature essays and travel articles have appeared in such publications as Orion, Outside, Audubon, National Geo Traveler, Travel…

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July 2016

“Adventures in Patagonia: A Threatened Paradise” with Olympian Chris Spelius

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sun Valley Artist Series presents "Adventures in Patagonia," featuring legendary kayaker and Olympian Chris Spells at The Community Library. For more info:  (208) 726-3493 Legendary kayaker and Olympian Chris Spelius shares his adventures in Patagonia - kayaking, rafting, and fighting international money moguls who plan to dam some of Chile's most magnificent, scenic rivers.  Join us as we experience heroic stories about the rivers and lakes in Patagonia, as well as global efforts to protect them. Chris Spelius kayaked and guided…

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“Mexican Retablos” by Raquel Arenz

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

College of Southern Idaho Spanish professor Raquel Arenz gives an introduction to the Mexican folk art traditions of the retablo and ex-votos. Retablos are devotional, unsophisticated paintings of saints, angels, the Virgin Mary and Jesus. These paintings are done on wood, tin or canvas. Ex-Votos are votive paintings that are sprung as the result of answered prayers. These forms of art are extremely popular and are part of the fabric of Mexican culture. Learn about these beautiful art forms, full of…

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A Reading and Conversation with Mary Beath

July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The manuscript of Mary Beath’s novel Paradox Valley was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction sponsored by Barbara Kingsolver. The book is set in the high desert of southwest Colorado where a New York installation artist visits her family’s original homestead for the first time, only to run headlong into a new cycle of boom-and-bust uranium mining and milling. Mary Beath’s poetry collection, Refuge of Whirling Light, won the Wrangler Award for Poetry and was…

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“Winston Churchill and the Civil War” by Lee Pollock

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Winston Churchill was one of the greatest statesmen of modern times, famous for his leadership of Britain in the Second World War and for forging its victorious alliance with the United States. Churchill was also a renowned orator, writer and historian. Half American himself, he was fascinated from childhood with our greatest conflict, the Civil War. During his long life, he traveled widely visiting the War’s battlefields and analyzing its main events and leading personalities, from Abraham Lincoln to Robert…

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“Iran, ISIS, Sectarianism and the Changing Middle East” by Professor Kenneth Stein

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In partnership with the Wood River Jewish Community. During the fifteen years of the 21st century, the Middle East remains awash with change. Autocratic Arab leaders have been pushed from power, some Arab states are imploding. Confessional, tribal, ethnic and religious identities have accompanied fanatical Islam and virulent anti-Semitism.  Sectarian violence abounds and a Muslim cold war has already begun. What can the next president do to manage the difficulties inherent in political Islam, the growth of insurgencies, the unresolved Arab/Palestinian…

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A Conversation with Don Liebich

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Don Liebich is the author of the newly released edition of Fault Lines: Understanding America's Role in the Middle East and the Circumstances Leading to the Rise of ISIS. The discussion will be moderated by library programs manager, Scott Burton, MSc Middle East Politics, SOAS, University of London.

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August 2016

“Seven Summits” by James Ogilvie

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Scottish climber James Ogilvie gives a talk on successfully submitting the highest peak on each continent. James began climbing in 1997 when he reached the summit of the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro (5,895m). 2000: He reached the top of Aconcagua, South America (6,962m) 2005: Denali, North America (6,194m) 2007: Everest, Asia (8,848m) 2008: Mt Elbrus, Europe (5,642m) 2010: Mount Kosciuszko, Australasia (2,228m) , an alternate to the higher, but far less-accessible Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia 2015: Mount Vinson, Antarctica…

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The Community Library LitStroll

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Save the date and join us! Stroll through Ketchum on a warm summer evening, enjoying "tastes" of literature, art and great food at each of the Community Library locations: Sun Valley Museum of History, Gold Mine, Gold Mine Consign and Children's Library. Family friendly event to celebrate literature and reading in our community. For more information please contact Carter Hedberg (208) 726-3493 x 105 or chedberg@comlib.org.  

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“China: What Comes Next and What Comes Next for Us?” by Marshall W. Meyer

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Marshall's talk will cover the following points: The “Beijing Consensus” or “China Model” of growth is in disarray. Domestic politics, now fractious, will determine China’s economic policies. Contrary to stereotypes, Xi Jinping’s authority is challenged from the left or right almost daily. Like the former Soviet Union, China faces a crisis of excessive capital formation (and debt funding excess capacity). Unlike the FSU, however, China has exported its excess capacity to the rest of the world. Hence, the choices made…

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September 2016

The 2016 Ernest Hemingway Festival: Hemingway and Nature

September 8 @ 5:00 pm - September 10 @ 5:00 pm

Details and registration information to come!

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Save the Date! The Alturas Institute’s Annual “Conversations with Exceptional Women”

September 22 @ 9:00 am - September 23 @ 6:00 pm

Save the date for The Alturas Institute’s annual “Conversations with Exceptional Women,” September 22-23, 2016, at The Community Library. Registration at www.alturasinstitute.com begins May 15. Tickets for the two-day event are $85. Featuring luminaries from the worlds of business, film, the arts, academia, journalism, government and sports, the annual conference brings together extraordinary women to discuss the challenges and success stories that have accompanied their rise to prominence. This event provides the public with a rare opportunity to engage with…

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