Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Is America Ready for a Robot President? Meet author Michael Lindsay

Wednesday April 19th   7:00 p.m.

The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Author! series continues on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm with local author Michael Lindsay who will discuss his new graphic novel, America’s First Robot President – President Rob!  He will survey the wild and crazy world of super heroes in today’s billion-dollar comic book and movie world. Set in the year 2030, the President Rob graphic novel finds America – and the entire world – struggling desperately to manage the sheer complexity of modern technology.  There are deep concerns that humans cannot handle things anymore.  Countries everywhere start to think about new advances in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Could a robot leader be the answer?

For America, the need for a robot president becomes truly urgent.  In the novel, China, Russia, Germany and Brazil are very close to appointing robot presidents. How President Rob gets the job – and what happens to America and the world, will compel readers far and wide.

Michael Lindsay was creative director of his own ad agency in Beverly Hills.  In 20 years, his company helped U.S. Corporations launch 132 new products.  Michael was born in New Zealand and was a sports columnist and artist for the New Zealand Herald, the country’s larger newspaper.  He immigrated to the United States at the age of 28.  He and his life, Hildegard, are long time Pasadena residents.  President Rob – America’s First Robot President! is Michael’s first graphic novel.  Local artist, Joe Oesterle helped substantially with the color and graphics.  And there was considerable strategic advice from Michael’s song, Michael Junior, who at one time managed a best-selling Japanese cartoon series in the U.S.

Copies of President Rob – America’s First Robot President!  will be available for purchase and signing.  Thanks to the Friends of Crowell Public Library, the authors keep coming!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Climate Change for Future & Present Presidents

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Cal Tech’s Austin Minnich will present a fascinating program on climate change and its ramifications at Crowell Public Library, Wednesday, April 5th.  Climate change is often viewed through the lens of complicated changes in weather patterns over the globe. However, the fundamental cause of climate change is simple and can be understood by everyone.

In this talk, Minnich will describe exactly why climate change is occurring and its effects on our planet using basic physical principles. In particular, how the science that enables us to drive cars, use electric power, and keep our food cold in refrigerators also governs why extra carbon dioxide in our atmosphere must result in excess heat trapped on Earth.  Minnich will show why common arguments that deny climate change is occurring contradict the basic physics underlying technology in our modern society. Although the present situation is serious, huge gains can be made in mitigating the effects of climate change with existing technology while also positively impacting the economy, air quality, and a host of other factors. Acting now to employ these commercially available technologies ensures that our planet will be preserved for our children and grandchildren.

Austin Minnich is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 2006 and his PhD from MIT in 2011, after which he started his position at Caltech. He is the recipient of a 2013 NSF CAREER Award and a 2015 ONR Young Investigator Award.  Austin Minnich also runs the minnichlab (http://minnich.caltech.edu/index.html ) which focuses on understanding and engineering nanoscale heat transport for applications in the energy field like thermoelectric waste heat recovery.

Adults, STEM students and all curious non-scientists will enjoy this free presentation.  Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

Crowell Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.  April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.  Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers.  And libraries offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

Crowell Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a plethora of activities for all ages.  What can be more transforming than clothing?  Adults coming to Crowell Library on Tuesday evening, April 11 at will learn about the history of costume, when librarian Alex Kosztowny from FIDM presents, Fashion: From Concept to Consumer and Beyond in the Library’s Barth Community Room at 7:00 p.m.  Adults will also have an opportunity to transform a book by entering the Crowell Library BookArt contest, which actually begins April 4, giving entrants ample time to let their creativity run wild.  Patrons of all ages will have fun in the Library’s photo booth, taking selfies and sharing them on Instagram.  The photo booth will offer a giant passport and library card prop as well as a view from a “reference desk.”  For the young and young at heart, there will be a magic show from Illusions by Allen on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.  Allen Oshiro won First Place at the “Magic Corner Battle of the Magicians.”  All week long, if kids are caught reading a book in the library, they can earn surprise prize tickets, and they can also participate in a “Libraries Transform” Scavenger Hunt.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.  Don’t miss this week of fun and creativity at Crowell Public Library!