School of Life

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“Education must not simply teach work, it must teach Life.” -W.E.B. Du Bois

Students are preparing to return to school this August, and at the Estes Valley Library, patrons of all ages are invited to do some learning of their own. Join us for “School of Life” and develop a new skill, learn a different concept or viewpoint, or check out a new book, movie, or video game. 

Before tweens and teens head back to school, stop by the Library on August 1 to celebrate your summer reading accomplishments. Our end-of-summer celebration will honor the hundreds of thousands of minutes logged during “Wander the World,” this year’s Summer Reading Program. We’ll have snacks, drinks, and free books, and we’ll complete the final ticket drawing for grand prizes.

Throughout the month, patrons of all ages can check out dozens of learning opportunities in the Makerspace. Take an introduction to artificial intelligence on August 2, August 23, or August 28 – we’ll give you the facts about Chat GPT and other A.I. tools. 

Creators: Did you know we have an embroidery machine? You can learn how to use it during a training class on August 29. Younger makers can prepare their school supplies by using the laser cutter to make a bookmark on August 5 or August 8, or by collaging journals and notebooks on August 2 or August 16. 

Not the crafting type? Kids and teens can tap into their math and science brains during “Marble-ous Machines” on August 19. See computing and gaming in a whole new way through marble-driven computers, calculators, and logic games. 

Learn from your neighbors during one of the book discussions this month. On August 15, teens and adults will share perspectives about A Deadly Education, the first book in the Scholomance series. Called “Harry Potter meets Hunger Games,” A Deadly Education will set the stage for great cross-generational conversation.

On August 29, join a book discussion about James Clear’s bestselling book, Atomic Habits. Connect with fellow community members and exchange ideas about how to master tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. 

Learning is a lifelong event. This August, “enroll” in the School of Life at the public library, and try a new skill, explore a new concept, or just enjoy a new book. You can view all August events (and sign up!) here.

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