Monday, June 30, 2008

Programs Celebrate "On the Road" 50th Anniversary

BISBEE, AZ – To scratch the itch of that summer travel bug and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s groundbreaking novel On the Road, the Copper Queen Library will sponsor a series of films, lectures, and book discussions throughout the month of July.

The celebration begins on July 7 at 5:30 p.m. with the first of four travel documentaries, Route 66: The Mother Road, Michael Wallis’ magical book brought to life in this story of our country’s most most famous highway.

Other films in the “Monday Night ‘Did You Know?… Documentary Film Series” will screen on subsequent weeks: the award-winning biography of the “King of the Beat Generation”, On the Road with Jack Kerouac (July 14); Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip, the story of eccentric Vermont doctor Horatio Nelson Jackson, who drove from San Francisco to New Your City in 1903 to become the first person to drive a car across the continent and mark the beginning of a new era in America (July 21); and Season of the Sand Blossoms: A Desert Wildflower Journey, “a film which captures that magical time when wildflowers bloom in an immense and little-appreciated land.” (July 28).

The celebration continues on July 9 at 6:30 p.m. with “Route 66: Across Arizona,” a presentation by Arizona Humanities Council Scholars Richard and Sherry Mangum.

This legendary cross-country highway is an important part of our nation’s – and Arizona’s – heritage. In the words of the famous song, Get Your Kicks on Route 66, “It winds from Chicago to L.A. / More than 2,000 miles all the way…”

Some 385 of those miles were in Arizona. This presentation takes a nostalgic trip through Arizona by examing the history of “The Mother Road” and discussing its profound impact on those who traveled it, on Arizona, and on American culture.

The Mangums are an award-winning husband and wife team from Flagstaff. They have written and published books about northern Arizona, and their research has uncovered scores of wonderful old photographs, maps, and other graphic materials that will be used to illustrate their presentation.

Finally, on July 16 at 6:30 p.m., Arizona Humanities Council Scholar August Schaefer facilitates a book discussion of Kerouac’s On the Road, which promises to be both interesting and lively. Copies of the novel will be available at the Circulation Desk for those wishing to participate in the discussion.

These free programs, held in the Library Meeting Room, are sponsored by the City of Bisbee and the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and are made possible in part by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

For further information about these or any library program or event, contact the library at 432-4232.

Donations Assist Low-Vision Readers

Library Closed for July 4th Weekend

BISBEE, AZ –The Copper Queen Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, and will reopen at noon on July 7 in celebration of Independence Day.

However, starting at 8:30 a.m. and until all events are completed, the second floor balcony will be open to provide seating for viewing of the coaster races and the Iron Man Run at intermission.

Learn About Local Hikes on June 25

BISBEE, AZ – Join local hikers Elizabeth Carr, Stephen Sklarow, and Jeffrey Tratten on June 25 at 5:30pm in the Library Meeting Room to learn about hiking in the Chirichaua, Dragoon, Huachuca, and Mule Mountains.

Topics will include safety, equipment, local flora and fauna, day hikes and overnight camping, and places to swim and stay cool in secret mountain pools.

This program is sponsored by the City of Bisbee and the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the library at 432-4232.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

"Dance, Sensuality & Culture" Set for June 11

BISBEE, AZ – Dr. Adair Landborn, Executive Manager of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources at Arizona State University, will present a lecture and demonstration on “Dance, Sensuality, and Culture” at the Copper Queen Library on June 11 at 6:30pm.

Dr. Landborn is a performer, educator, choreographer, and scholar specializing in Spanish flamenco and American modern dance. A certified movement analyst, she holds advanced degrees in dance, including an interdisciplinary doctorate in the anthropology of dance and somatic studies. Her lecture demonstrations illuminate how elements of human culture are embodied through dance.

Beneath every human culture, there exists an underpinning of unconscious cultural knowledge and sensual experience that emerges through its dances. The sensual living experiences, the values celebrated within a culture, and the communal and personal needs unique to each culture find expression through the reiteration of rhythmic movement patterns known as ‘dance.’

The qualities most intrinsic to a world dance form are often taken for granted by the people of that culture; some performers may never verbally articulate the values that motivate their movements. Dance scholars agree: dance is not a universal language. Rather, like language, dance is a human universal and many relationships exist between its variant forms.

This presentation attempts to decode the human significance of world dance form and explores cultures through cross-cultural dance experiences.

This program is sponsored by the City of Bisbee and the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the library at 432-4232.

Come On, Kids! "Catch the Reading Bug!"

BISBEE, AZ – Don’t be bored now that school’s out! Local families looking for summer fun can register to participate in the Copper Queen Library’s weekly Summer Reading Program starting June 4 at 6 Main St.

Two separate tracks will run throughout June and July for different age groups. The first track, “Catch the Reading Bug,” is focused on kids preschool to age 8 and will meet from 10:30-11:30am on Wednesday mornings.

The second track, “Metamorphosis,” will focus on change and transformation and is for kids ages 9 and up. “Metamorphosis” will meet from 2:30-3:30pm on Wednesday afternoons.

Participants can attend every session or come on a drop-in basis to accommodate vacation plans or different areas of interest. There are also options for off-site independent reading and infant/toddler “read to me” programs.

All programs are free.

Registration forms, reading logs, and program brochures are available at the Library Circulation Desk.

For further information, contact the library at 432-4232.

Bisbee Library, Pride Group Partner on Programs

BISBEE, AZ – The Copper Queen Library, in conjunction with June’s GLBT Month and in cooperation with Bisbee Pride’s Pride Weekend celebration (June 13-15), will exhibit two panels from the AIDS Quilt from June 8 – June 22 and will host a special series of theme-related documentaries, feature films, and events throughout the month.

For the first time ever, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, known as “The Names Project,” will be on display in Cochise County for two weeks in June. The quilt will be displayed in eight “Old World Charm” buildings in Bisbee (including the Copper Queen Library), and each building’s panels will be featured as part of an educational walk.

Other educational events hosted by the library will include one presentation by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation on “HIV 101” on June 10 at 7pm, and two presentations by Tucson’s Wingspan group on “GLBT Domestic Violence.” The first Wingspan program is scheduled for June 14 at 1pm, with a repeat presentation set for June 18 at 7pm.

The “Monday Night ‘Did You Know…?’ Documentary Film Series” line-up includes Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (June 2), The Celluloid Closet (June 9), Before Stonewall (June 16), Out of the Past (June 23), and For the Bible Tells Me So (June 30). All documentaries will screen at 5:30pm in the Library Meeting Room.

The Saturday Matinee playlist includes Transamerica (June 7), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (June 14), Muriel’s Wedding (June 21), and Ma Vie en Rose (June 28). Matinees begin at noon in the Library Meeting Room.

These programs are co-sponsored by the City of Bisbee, the Friends of the Copper Queen Library, and Bisbee Pride. All programs are free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact the library at 432-4232.