April Doughnuts & Documentaries – Cool It!

Cool It!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Waukesha Public Library’s April 13 documentary asks when it comes to global warming: “are we saving the world or just burning money?” Cool It is author Bjorn Lomborg’s controversial response to the film An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. Cool It asks whether the many elaborate actions being considered to stop global warming are worth the cost. Lomborg is best known for his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, in which he suggested that environmentalists have diverted potentially beneficial resources to less deserving environmental issues in ways that were economically damaging and with little impact on global warming. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and you are invited to join us afterwards for an informal discussion with coffee and doughnuts provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Join us as we explore how we as individuals and as a society face our mortality.  The Frontline documentary, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, will be shown on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Public Library. Following the film, Dr. Kelly Cooke, Medical Director of Palliative Care at ProHealth Care, will lead a discussion on this often difficult and sensitive subject. National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 and this event may assist you in making those important choices. The Frontline film is Dr. Atul Gawande’s compassionate view of how all of us, doctors included, should face mortality with both our hearts and minds.

Questions? Contact the Reference Desk by calling 262-524-3682.

March Doughnuts & Documentaries – The Brain: Who Will We Be?

In this episode of PBS’ The Brain: Who Will We Be?, Dr. David Eagleman gives us an amazing glimpse into ongoing research of the future possibilities of how our brains, and even our longevity, may change and evolve. Join us on Wednesday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. as we find out what’s next for the human brain and our species. What if technology develops a way to upload our brains into digital space? And, if we achieve that, what will that mean for us – as individuals and as a society?

Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author of the books Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the best selling fiction book: Sum. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. These documentaries are part of the PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman.

You are invited to join us afterwards for an informal discussion with coffee and doughnuts provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

February Doughnuts & Documentaries – The Brain: What Makes Me?

February’s documentary, The Brain: What makes Me?, explores the question of how the brain gives rise to our thoughts, emotions, memories and personality. The process of becoming a fully developed human takes a long time: from cradle to grave, we are works in progress. In this film, Dr. David Eagleman explores memory as an important pillar of self and reveals that rather than being a faithful record of our past, memory is fallible and often unreliable, making our life of memories more personal mythology than digital recording.

The documentary is part of the PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman. Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author of the books Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the best selling fiction book: Sum. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

The documentary is followed by an informal discussion. Coffee and doughnuts are provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

December Doughnuts and Documentaries

The film A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps is being shown at Waukesha Public Library on Tuesday, December 15, at 10:00 a.m. Wisconsin author and historian Jerry Apps takes us back to the winters he spent on the family’s farm during the Great Depression and World War II. He describes how winter influenced farm families and discusses his belief that people are profoundly affected by harsh northern winters.

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. He has won numerous awards for his writing and was named a Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters  in 2012. In 2014, he was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame.

For more information please call the reference desk at 262-524-3682.

Christmas at Balmoral Castle

Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m., Waukesha Public Library

Jessica Michna portrays Margaret Cummins, Head Housekeeper of Balmoral Castle during the reign of Queen Victoria, as she prepares for the arrival of the royal couple and their nine children in the late 1800s. Join these festivities on Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Waukesha Public Library. Margaret served the royal family for 78 years, working her way up from the scullery to a position of trust and management. She was a personal confidant of the Queen, very rare in class conscious Victorian England.

Michna is widely known for her riveting and compelling portrayals of historical women, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams and Helen Keller. She has entertained audiences throughout the US, Japan and Brazil. She has also performed at numerous venues including the Lincoln Boyhood Home, the Churchill Memorial Chapel, the National Railroad Museum and the Wisconsin State Historical Museum.

More details are available through the Reference Desk, by calling 262-524-3682. Waukesha Public Library is located at 321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha.

Glacial Balance documentary November 19

Journey with us on this in-depth and personal look at Andean villages from Columbia to Argentina where the consequences of climate change are becoming a reality. On Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary, Glacial Balance, gives us a stunningly beautiful and deeply disturbing look at the effects of climate change from glaciers high atop the Andes to the cities and farms in the valleys below who are facing increasingly severe droughts and decreasing food production.

Dr. Elena De Costa, Carroll University, will facilitate the program and a SKYPE session with Glacial Balance’s filmmaker, Ethan Steinman, will follow the film presentation. This event is being presented in partnership with Plowshares Fair Trade Marketplace.

Call 262-524-3682 for more information.