Steamboat briefs: Indie Lens Pop-Up series shows film on autism today |

Steamboat briefs: Indie Lens Pop-Up series shows film on autism today

Indie Lens Pop-Up series shows film on autism today

The Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues today with the first of two free films about autism presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampa Valley Autism Program.

“Mimi and Dona,” a documentary by Sophie Sartain, screens at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall. For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter, Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s grand-daughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.

The second film in this special series with Yampa Valley Autism Program is “Autism In Love,” which screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in Library Hall.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood film screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations about films from the award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up, and continues as it has for the past six years to be a part of the library’s programming for the 2015-16 season.

The community is encouraged to stay for discussion with Yampa Valley Autism Program after each film. Visit for more information about this film and upcoming Indie Lens Pop-Up events.

November writing sessions set for students at library

In recognition of National Novel Writing (, the Bud Werner Library is hosting creative writing sessions for students. Drop-in creative writing sessions will be held Monday evenings in November for children in second through fifth grades. The hour-long sessions of wild writing dares, hosted by Sarah Kostin, children’s librarian, will begin at 5:30 p.m. No sign-up is necessary.

Writers in sixth through 12th grades are invited to a two-session creative writing workshop to be held at 6:30 p.m. today. The workshop will be hosted by local author, Dagny McKinley and is limited to 15 writers.

Both classes will be held in the Library’s Teen Project Room. For more information, or to sign up, visit

services/kids/storytime-programs. Sign ups are also available at the Kid’s Desk.

Drop off filled shoeboxes until Nov. 23 at local church

Concordia Lutheran Church in Steamboat Springs is the Routt County drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The church has empty shoeboxes that people can pick up or they can fill one of their own and drop it off at the church, 755 Concordia Lane. The official drop-off week is today through Nov. 23. Volunteers will be packing boxes to ship out at 9 a.m. Nov. 23. For information more information, visit

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