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May 2021

Nature Matters: What’s Bugging You? Insects from A to Z with Ranger Jeff and Cynthia Brast, Wed. May 12, 7pm

May 12 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Humans spend a great deal of time, money, and effort trying to eradicate insects. These terrible beasts eat our apples, splat the bumper, and draw blood, yet forty percent of the world’s insect populations are in decline, and a full…

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FAST-FORWARD: A Documentary Discussion, Mon. May 17 at 7:00 PM

May 17 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FAST-FORWARD follows four millennials and their parents on an aging journey. Wearing an MIT-produced “aging empathy suit” and working with professional makeup artists, adult children grapple with the issues required to age successfully. Watch the documentary at your convenience between…

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CANCELLED Local History Month: Robin Jacobson, From Odd Fellows to Orcas, Tues. May 18, 7pm

May 18 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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EVENT CANCELLED If these walls could talk…and sometimes they do in the former Odd Fellows Hall, now known as The Whale Museum. Stories both historical and supernatural have originated in this iconic old building towering high on the bluff. See…

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Local History Month: Boyd Pratt, The Kanakas of San Juan Island, Wed. May 26, 7pm

May 26 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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During the mid 19th century, Kanakas--Hawaiian Islanders--in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company worked and settled on San Juan Island. Come hear Boyd Pratt talk about these folks dear to his heart (and birthplace): why they came, how they…

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June 2021

Nature Matters: Wetlands, Nature’s Nursery and Filtration System with Ranger Jeff

June 9 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ever wonder about that spot in the woods that’s almost always soggy? Wetlands are not just important parts of an ecosystem; they are vital to the health of that system. From providing food and habitat for many and varied species,…

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Author Talk: Jeannine Ouellette, “The Part That Burns”

June 16 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In her fiercely beautiful memoir—a Next Generation Independent Book Award finalist in Women’s Literature—Ouellette recollects fragments of her life and arranges them elliptically in order to see each piece as torn and whole, as something more than itself. This is a…

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July 2021

Nature Matters: Westward Ho: 1850s Pioneers on the Oregon Trail and San Juan Island with Ranger Jeff on Wed., July 14 at 7pm

July 14 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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We islanders tend to think of a ferry delay as making life difficult in the islands, but getting to the island in the 19th century was a bit more challenging. Once pioneers arrived, the daily challenges of surviving and building…

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Dogs in a Human Centered World with Suzanne Bryner on Wed., July 21, at 7pm

July 21 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join Suzanne to discuss how the way we live with and meet the needs of our dogs is changing in exciting and ever kinder ways through a deeper understanding of behavior and ethology. To register for this Zoom event email giverson@sjlib.org at…

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August 2021

Nature Matters: What’s in the Mix: Rocks and Minerals of the San Juan Islands on Wednesday, August 11 at 7:00pm

August 11 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Last year we looked at the fundamental geology of the islands. This year we get a little closer to the ground to look at the rocks and minerals in the islands, and how they contribute to the overall ecology here.…

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San Juan County Fair “Island Writers” Department Reading

August 25 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us for a virtual reading from the participants of the San Juan County Fair's "Island Writers" Department. Listen to these local writers share each of their submissions. To register for this Zoom event email giverson@sjlib.org at least 30 minutes before the…

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September 2021

Nature Matters: The Secret Lives of Trees on Wednesday, September 8 at 7:00pm

September 8 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Can trees talk? Do trees have feelings? Can they experience pain, joy, or grief? We have been taught to view plants as inanimate, and without characteristics we normally equate with the animal kingdom. But science now understands that plants do…

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October 2021

Farming Along the Old Military Trail: A View From San Juan Valley on Wed, October 13 at 7:00pm

October 13 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Prior to its use during the Pig War as a connector between English and American Camps, the Military Road was constructed by employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company and members of the Cowichan tribe to link the pastures of Belle…

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