A Number of Things

Updated 2015/01/26

This week is Family Literacy Week, and in addition to our usual literacy activities such as:

  • Toddler Time (Tuesdays 2pm)
  • Story Time (Fridays 10:30am)

We have have a special event on Friday, focused on Mathematical Literacy.

Fun with Math! | Friday January 30th 12:30 to 3pm

Come have fun with numeracy skills at the Math Play Ground. Challenge yourself, your friends, and family in a variety of hands-on, engaging activities using mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Suitable for all kids ages 5-11 and brave adults who want to try out those mental math skills again.

This is a joint event with Salt Spring Literacy, Gulf Islands School District and Salt Spring Island Public Library.

If Friday gives you the itch for learning more you might want to take a browse through our database selection where you’ll find one of our new additions, the Khan Academy.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

All Change in the Program Room

The end of the month also marks a change in our Program Room Exhibition. This week is your last opportunity to see the wonderful textiles in the current exhibition. From next week you’ll be able to view the works of Ronald T Crawford in the form of original pieces, and photographs of larger pieces taken by local photographers.

“Risk and Reward” 1st to 28th February

Ronald T. Crawford’s paintings reflect both the theoretical and physical aspects of his life.He has an extensive fine art education exhibiting work for over 30 years in addition to his functional and sculptural stonework. His multifaceted paintings are the result of the blending of contemporary painting concerns with the earthy spiritualism of stone. These works, notably his large piece in the library entrance, are made with a unique combination of plaster and acrylic paint, resulting in a modern variation on frescoes. The surfaces are carved, shaped, sanded and painted until they take on a rich, naturally eroded appearance. The physical depth of the plaster gives a real surface for shadow and light to alter and enrich the image. Within the plaster, natural and man made patterns co-exist in an uneasy alliance of form. Ron is also well known for his “Standing Babas” and it is this subject he will highlight in his upcoming talk. Interpretive photographs by David Borrowman, Eric Klemm, Sam Lightman and Teresa MacKey of these intriguing and engaging “Babas”,a sculptural installation at Salt Spring’s “StoneHouse” will be in the program room for the month of February.

In the words of David Borrowman…

“The Standing Babas exist between two worlds: crude stone creating a circle enclosing what, an opening, perhaps? Given this thought, I photographed the sculpture between worlds, principally at dawn, and especially on an Easter morning. The sculpture is lit as the sun itself cracks open the world between night and day. Then,there was the fog, a mystery world in which the Babas are very much at home. ”

At 6pm on Wednesday the 4th of February there will be a slide show and discussion on the creative process in the art of Ronald T Crawford highlighting the building of “The Standing Babas”.

Years of Living Dangerously | Thursday 6:30pm

Transition Salt Spring’s showing of the Emmy Award Winning series Years of Living Dangerously concludes this Thursday.

In the series Hollywood stars and respected journalists explore the issues of climate change. The presentation on Thursday begins with a showing of an episode from the series at 7pm followed by a discussion of issues raised.

For further information about these and other upcoming events see our online calendar.