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Film: GASLAND Part II
 


Two years ago we showed GASLAND Part I, which first brought the dangers of natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to the attention of the public at large.  The film was roundly criticized as flawed by the natural gas industry.


GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.

With the proposed natural gas pipeline by Kinder Morgan slated to run across western Massachusetts, this film raises timely and important issues.  Most (if not all) of the gas to be transported along this pipeline comes from fracking, and most of it will be exported overseas.

Come join us in viewing this important documentary...

Wednesday, October 29, at 6:30 PM

This program is cosponsored by the Sunderland Energy Committee.


 
Talk by UMass Climatologist Raymond Bradley
 
A Talk by

UMass Climatologist Raymond Bradley


Photo courtesy of UMass

Wednesday, November 5th, at 6:30 PM.


Global temperatures have risen by ~1°C (~1.8°F) since the end of the 19th century.  These changes have been driven by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels.  The carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is now the highest it has been for over 3 million years.  As more heat accumulates in the oceans, sea-level keeps rising as glaciers and ice caps melt.  In addition the oceans are becoming more acidic as carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere.

Although taking steps to address the matter is difficult, many countries have embraced the opportunity to reduce energy consumption, implement conservation strategies, and promote new technologies that involve energy production from non-carbon based fuels.  This is the right strategy to avoid further environmental damage.


Raymond S. Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and the Director of the Climate System Research Center at UMass/Amherst.  He is the author or coauthor of more than 170 scientific papers and numerous books, including Global Warming and Political Intimidation (available here).  We are indeed fortunate to have one of the preeminent scholars in this field right here in our back yard, and we are grateful that Dr. Bradley has agreed to come to Sunderland and address us on this important topic.  This talk is not to be missed!


 
YA Author Cammie McGovern
 


 
Teens & Tweens: Sharpie Tie Dye
 

 
Picky Eaters
 


 
Michael Wojtech: Know Your Trees
 
Bark: Get to Know Your Trees
with Michael Wojtech  



Saturday, November 15, at 10 AM  

Do you want to know more about the trees in your local woods? The traits most often used to describe tree species—leaves, buds, and twigs—are high and out of sight on most trees or, in the case of leaves, absent for half the year.  What to do? 

Join naturalist
Michael Wojtech
for an exploration of bark, the tree characteristic that is always visible, in every season. In addition to learning about species identification, you will also begin to discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why do layers of bark peel away in curly strips?

Michael Wojtech is a freelance writer, teacher, illustrator, and photographer. His main focus is trees, but he encounters many other aspects of natural history that he can’t help but dive into. He lives with his family, tucked into the woods of western Massachusetts.  He is the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast.
 



 
Film on the Right to Die issue
 
Film Screening and Discussion

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner

Saturday, November 15, at 1 PM



The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner chronicles the former Washington State Governor’s controversial crusade to pass a statewide initiative known as "Death with Dignity."  This intimate, thought-provoking film follows former Governor Gardner on this journey and looks at both sides of this hotly debated issue.

With the help of “Yes-on-I-1000” strategists, Gardner mounts a statewide campaign to generate the 225,000 signatures necessary to get the initiative on the November ballot, ultimately obtaining 320,000 signatures.

This film was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 in the category of Best Short Subject Documentary.  The film is 38 minutes long, and it will be followed by a discussion on the Right to Die movement.


 
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing month)
 


 
A Talk by Charles Mann
 
What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

a talk by

Charles Mann

Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 PM

Charles Mann is the author of the books 1491 and 1493.  In the May 2013 issue of The Atlantic, he published an article titled “What Happens If We Never Run Out of Oil?”  The article explores the possibility of extracting abundant supplies of natural gas, mainly through fracking and through the development of something called methane hydrate.

In the 1970s, geologists discovered crystalline natural gas—methane hydrate, in the jargon—beneath the seafloor. Stored mostly in broad, shallow layers on continental margins, methane hydrate exists in immense quantities; by some estimates, it is twice as abundant as all other fossil fuels combined. Despite its plenitude, gas hydrate was long subject to petroleum-industry skepticism. These deposits—water molecules laced into frigid cages that trap “guest molecules” of natural gas—are strikingly unlike conventional energy reserves. Ice you can set on fire! Who could take it seriously? But as petroleum prices soared, undersea-drilling technology improved, and geological surveys accumulated, interest rose around the world. The U.S. Department of Energy has been funding a methane-hydrate research program since 1982.

Methane burns much cleaner than coal, which is its main virtue, though burning it still produces carbon dioxide.  However, methane itself is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  Developing methane hydrate as a source of plentiful natural gas could be a blessing—and a curse.  A miracle—and a nightmare. 

Join us as we welcome Charles Mann back to the Sunderland Public Library for another fascinating, eye-opening talk.

To read Charles Mann’s article in The Atlantic, click here.

To view a short video on methane hydrate, click here.



 
Zoo on the Go
 


 
Chess Club is back!!!



 
Monday Playgroup for Babies
 


 
More Minecraft!
 



 
Monday Knitting Circle
2014 Fall Preschool Storytime Schedule
 
Hen reading to her chicks

These story/craft times for children ages 3-6 and their families will be held on Fridays at 11:00am in the Children's Room.


The storytime dates are as follows:

September    
12, 19, 26
October
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19

Each storytime is approximately 45 minutes in length. Please join us for theme-related stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts!

Sponsored by the Frontier CFCE Program, which is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  This program does does necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Massachusetts Department of Education.  For more information, contact Karen Green, CFCE Coordinator at 665-8928.  Like us on Facebook at Frontier Regional CFCE Program.

 


 
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