Steamboat briefs: One Book Steamboat Trivia Contest begins in October |

Steamboat briefs: One Book Steamboat Trivia Contest begins in October

Each fall, the Bud Werner Memorial Library presents One Book Steamboat, a community read for Steamboat Springs. In 2016, we are reading “Angle of Repose,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Wallace Stegner, honoring the Pulitzer centennial and “the dean of Western writers.” Win a copy of “Angle of Repose” during the week-long trivia contest, then participate in a month of free discussions and events surrounding the novel. Questions will be posted daily, Saturday through Friday, in the Steamboat Today, on the library website and on the library’s Facebook page. Saturday’s question is the following.

In “Angle of Repose,” Susan Ward is Lyman Ward’s grandmother. The grandmother’s state of mind is often conveyed by the use of letters. These letters are based on actual correspondence. Who wrote the original letters?

■ Wallace Stegner’s grandmother

■ Susan Burling Ward

■ Mary Hallock Foote

■ Helen Hunt Jackson

Submit your answer in person at the library front desk, message the Bud Werner Memorial Library Facebook page or email Make sure you include your name and contact information.

Learn more about One Book Steamboat at

Matzah Ball Celebration scheduled Saturday for Shabbat

Paula and Randy Salky have reached out to Russell Goodman, a local chef, to create a home-made locally sourced meal that includes gluten-free and vegetarian items as well as the traditional Jewish cooking that is typical for Shabbat and holiday meals.

The Matzah Ball Celebration meal will be held Saturday.

“Randy and I thought it would be a fun way to reconnect with our Jewish friends and welcome newcomers to Steamboat in a warm, social atmosphere before the High Holiday services on Sunday and Monday,” Paula Salky said. “There is no membership for this social group and any ‘member of the tribe’ is invited to come schmooze, kibbitz and most importantly toast, L’Chaim, to life and the Jewish New Year.”

For more information on location, price and time email Paula Salky at

Local organizations to host coat drive for LiftUp

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Colorado Group Realty and Young Professionals Network will be collecting lightly worn coats in a coat drive for LiftUp of Routt County. Volunteers will be in front of Natural Grocers from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The coats donated will be distributed to those in need in Routt County during LiftUp of Routt County’s upcoming coat distribution.

The goal of this year’s Coat Drive is to receive 500 lightly worn coats. There is a high demand for children’s coats in all shapes and sizes. In addition, donations of winter hats, gloves and snow pants will be accepted. Company branded apparel cannot be accepted, nor can torn items, rips, stains or dysfunctional zippers. Donors can also donate cash or checks to LiftUp at the event.

“The Coat Drive is exactly the type of event the Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation seeks to lead,” said Steve Goldman, CEO of Colorado Group Realty, in a news release. “Helping those less fortunate in the community is something we strive to do every day. We’re excited to partner with YPN and LiftUp again on this wonderful event.”

LiftUp of Routt County provides charitable assistance to meet basic human needs while promoting personal growth and self-sufficiency. LiftUp aims to serve its clients in a nonjudgmental atmosphere and demonstrate compassionate care, respecting the dignity of every person.

“Last year, a family of two hard working parents and two growing boys were in need of warm jackets. We were privileged to be able to provide warm winter jackets for the entire family, thanks to the generous support of the community during this coat drive,” said Lynn Nyen, community support manager, in the news release.

Coats will be distributed at LiftUp from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 through 18 and Oct. 20 through 21 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

Special thanks to Freshies and Steamboat Coffee and Tea for providing goodies and warm beverages during the coat drive.

Library presents Reel Rock climbing film festival

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Reel Rock traveling film festival with the latest collection of electrifying climbing films showcasing the sport’s biggest stories and athletes.

The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Library Hall with five new films that deliver edge-of-your-seat action, globe-trotting exploration, big laughs and true inspiration.

“Dodo’s Delight” is the evening’s much-anticipated feature film. Pack a penny whistle and batten down the hatches for a madcap sailing adventure in the Arctic Circle aboard the good ship Dodo’s Delight. Join Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto, and brothers Nico and Olivier Favresse for a rollicking musical journey across open seas and up unclimbed big walls.

In “Young Guns,” meet the new faces of climbing — 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner — the leaders of the next generation already taking the sport to the next level. A trip to Norway puts their skills to the test, and Ashima attempts to make history on a V15 boulder in Japan.

Featured in “Boys in the Bugs,” Will Stanhope and Matt Segal are elite-level crack climbers and world-class goofballs. Laugh along as they go for broke on an epic, four-year battle to climb a forbidding 5.14 finger crack high in the Canadian alpine wilderness of the Bugaboos.

In “Brette,” follow rising talent Brette Harrington on a global journey from her hometown granite in Squamish to the big wall proving ground of Yosemite’s El Capitan, then on to a landmark free solo in Patagonia.

In “Rad Dad,” lone wolf Mike Libecki travels to the most remote corners of the globe to find unclimbed walls and establish first ascents. When Libecki becomes a father, he has a new challenge: to reconcile his life of adventure with the demands of parenthood, but he may also gain a new partner for his expeditions.

A $5 donation at the door helps support this film festival’s ongoing visit to Steamboat Springs and the library, and includes free popcorn and lemonade.

For more information, visit

Library to host documentary film on education reform

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of the new documentary film about education reform, “Most Likely to Succeed,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Library Hall.

The film takes an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of if society has the vision and courage to transform schools.

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals.

Once the envy of the world, the American educational system produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th century. But as the global economy has shifted through the past 20 years, the U.S. has clung to an education model with an emphasis on teaching to the test, thus leaving students woefully unprepared for 21st century employment and disillusioning teachers.

This new, feature-length documentary, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines the shortcomings of conventional education methods in Saturday’s changing world and explores compelling new approaches that aim to transform learning.

The film explores a new approach that promotes so-called “soft skills,” which many believe are more important in Saturday’s workplace than the three R’s.

Interviews with education specialists, economists, business leaders, teachers, students and parents shed light on the urgent need for a new kind of education that develops uniquely human skills and capacities that cannot be replaced or made obsolete by a machine.

This transformation in learning may hold the key to success for millions of American youth as the nation grapples with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.

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