Wednesdays, October 18, November 19, January 18
Driggs Branch, 6:30 p.m.
Explores the what ifs, whys, and why nots of science and technology from a humanities perspective. Join us to read and discuss the personal, social, environmental, and ethical implications of our modern advancements.
Registration is required. Books and theme materials will be available the second week of September at both library branches. You can also register at Alta Branch Library. Please include your email address if you would like to receive reminders.
Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals, beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it—from dogs “adopting” the injuries of their companions, to rats helping fellow rats in distress, to elephants revisiting the bones of their loved ones—show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, empathy, and other emotions. Frans de Waal opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected.
Wednesday, November 19: Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro
Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator. Readers will end up grappling with questions about automation, empathy, caregiving, love and whether a person can be effectively replaced by a machine. What responsibility will humans have for the “well-being” of these machines? Readers might forever think differently about the word “robot.”