Foreign Policy Discussion Series
January 13, 2014
Teton County Library presents the Foreign Policy Association’s 2014 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Series, which is free and open to the public on Monday evenings through March 17. Participants watch a short video before each discussion to get up to speed on the evening’s topic so no preparation is necessary, and drop-ins are welcome! John Hebberger Jr. and David Wendt lead the weekly conversation, covering subjects ranging from the aftermath of the Arab Spring to U.S. foreign trade policies and strategies
Briefing books are available for those that sign up for the entire series, drop-ins will receive articles at the program. Please sign-up at the library front desk to receive your briefing book.
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Series 2014
Mondays, Jan 13-March 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Defense Technology: From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
Israel and the U.S.: Modern Israel’s struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel’s ally due to the two countries’ shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old “special relationship.”
Turkey’s challenges: Turkey is a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey’s first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.
Islamic awakening: The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries in the Maghreb reacted, including Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?
Energy Independence: Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. But the very technological advances that make independence possible have created a dilemma for lawmakers. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?
Food and Climate: Even as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?
China’s foreign policy: China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of its meteoric rise. Yet few dispute that China is the dominant regional power in Asia – and in recent years Beijing began to flex its muscles regionally in order to advance its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?
U.S. trade policy: America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns – they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or “economic statecraft,” is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary Kerry will take the reigns as a free market matchmaker.
Great Decisions, the format used for this Foreign Policy series, is one of the longest-running and largest national grassroots world affairs educational programs of its kind; gathering together millions of Americans in communities, classrooms and workplaces across the country to discover, discuss and decide their opinions on foreign policy. The series is organized by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1918 to inspire the American public to learn more about the world.
The Foreign Policy Association also provides links to blogs and a PBS television program produced with the discussions. Learn more at http://www.fpa.org. To find out more about library programs or to see a calendar of events, visit online at http://www.TCLib.org.
Teton County Library offers open and equal access to information, literature and ideas…to encourage a lifetime of learning, to strengthen our evolving community, to inspire us all.
One-on-One Help Navigating Healthcare.gov
November 26, 2013
Location: Teton County Library
Teton County Library is offering one-on-one sessions to community members interested in signing up for insurance in the new federal health insurance marketplace. Individuals may reserve a private session with a certified Healthcare.gov navigator at the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Be sure to reserve your session and find out what you will need to bring, stop by the Library Front Desk, call 733-2164 and press 1.
14 MARCH, FRIDAY
All Day Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 45-minute appointments at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Computer Lab. Free.
4, 11 & 25 MARCH, TUESDAYS
Appointments available at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Location: Main Wing Study Room #4.
12, 19 & 26 MARCH, WEDNESDAYS
Appointments available at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Location: Main Wing Study Room #4.
6, 13, 20 & 27 MARCH, THURSDAYS
Appointments available at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Location: Computer Lab.
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 MARCH, SATURDAYS
Appointments available at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Location: Computer Lab.
If you don’t have health insurance, your employer doesn’t offer it, or you think you might lose your coverage, you can meet with a certified navigator to assist you with shopping for insurance and seeing if you qualify for tax credits through the marketplace. You can also click here for more information about the Affordable Care Act and what it might mean for you.
View an informative, two-page hand out on Health Insurance Options in Teton County, Wyoming by clicking here: PDF
Free Tax Preparation: In-Person and Drop Off
January 30, 2014
Location: Ordway Auditorium
EVERY THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 THROUGH APRIL 10, 2014, 5:30-8 p.m.
In-Person: Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Get your 2013 Federal Income Tax return prepared by IRS certified volunteers. Service covers federal income taxes (including self-employment income), tax credit eligibility and electronic filing. Please arrive early as service is first-come, first-served.
Drop Off: Schedule a short appointment to drop off returns, which will be prepared the following Thursday. Last day: April 4.
For appointments, call Oona Doherty, Education and Program Manager, at 733-2164 ext. 135.
For Spanish assistance, drop off paperwork at Latino Resource Center, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-6 p.m.
For a list of required paperwork, go to: Wyoming Free Tax Service.
Our program is available to most community members. If you are an employee, student, senior, or low- or middle-income resident, we would like to help prepare your tax return. Restrictions may apply.
Para asistencia en español, contacte al Centro de Recursos para Latinos, 734-0333, www.tclib.org/impuesto.
Free Tax Preparation available in Alpine by appointment: 307-654-7323
Learn More About Our Addition & Renovation
August 11, 2010
Have a Question About the Library Addition and Renovation?
Check out these opportunities to learn more about the library’s project on the August 17 SPET (Specific Purpose Excise Tax) ballot:
Check out the library’s website: http://www.tclib.org/addition anytime. Lots of info and short videos highlighting the library renovation and addition. See frequently asked questions about how the SPET works.
Stop by the library: See the library 3-D architectural model and plans booklet, material samples and other project information. Also check out the lobby SPET display about all 11 projects and the ballot with frequently asked questions about the SPET, absentee voting and polling locations.
Ask Us!: Feel free to ask us about our project or the Specific Purpose Excise Tax; we’d be delighted to answer your questions.
Contact: Deb Adams, Library Director, 733-2164 ext. 128.
Library Friday Nights For Teens
Location: Library Main Room
Grades 6 to 12. The library hosts teen gaming in a safe and social environment, emphasizing team play and civility. Bring your mad skillz for Call of Duty II. Location: Library Main Room. Free. Teen Program Coordinator, Steve Whisenand, 733-2164 ext. 247, . In Spanish & English.
Alta Wednesday Storytime
Location: Alta Branch Library
Ages 2 to 5. Every Wednesday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to join the Alta Branch Library for interactive stories, songs, arts and crafts. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, WY 83414. Free. 307-353-2505, .
Alta Library Book Club: One World, Many Stories
Location: Alta Branch Library
Meet the third Thursday of each month to discuss books exploring the myriad of cultures within the U.S. and around the world. New participants always welcome; no sign-up required. Members take turns bringing snacks. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, Wyoming. Free. 307-353-2505, .
Friends Home Page
Friends Book Nook Sales!
Own a Stieg Larsson? Own a Wally Lamb? Own an F. Scott Fitzgerald?
Visit the Friends Book Nook and purchase a work by your favorite author!
The Friends Book Nook, The Teton County Library Friends’ ongoing book sale is located in the lobby of the Library.
The Friends Book Nook offers a wide variety of gently used books for sale. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a Book Nook volunteer as you browse the shelves for your favorite titles. Offerings span from fiction, biography, cookbooks and sports to politics and books for children and young adults. Spanish books are also available. Visit the Volunteer Picks shelf to see what neighbors are reading.
Winter Hours for the Friends Book Nook:
Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Book Donations can be made at the Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane during regular library hours. Volunteers in the Friends Book Nook or staff at the library Main Desk can assist you with your book donations.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the Friends Book Nook. Please contact Community Programs Coordinator, Lokey Lytjen, 733-2164 ext. 255 or .