Welcome to our Library!
As members of our community, you’ve relied on us to continue to offer you new resources to learn, explore and create. And we’ve created our library to do just that.
Set up in our Community Room, you will find a cozy corner with comfy chairs and soothing drinks, along with an incredible variety of books and magazines for you to peruse and check out to read at home. We also offer showings of a variety of documentaries, films and series scheduled throughout each month. Drop in, no registration required. Please note, the views and opinions expressed in anything you see or read in our library are not necessarily those of Finding Roots.
June 25, 1p.m. Documentary: Discover the Gift
Within each of us, there are special gifts simply awaiting discovery. The sense of joy, power, fulfillment, freedom, and unconditional love that we experience in our lives is directly related to these gifts, yet so many of us have yet to unlock their full potential, leaving us longing for a sense of happiness and fulfillment.
July 9, 11a.m.
Death is the sole counterpart to life, and a universal experience whether or not we can admit it. From the moment we take our first breath, death is our only guaranteed experience. This is something Stephen Jenkinson not only understands but something he loves. And he wants you to feel the same way.
Griefwalker, a feature length documentary by Tim Wilson, sets its lens on Jenkinson in an unforgettable exploration of death phobia as a culture. Stephen Jenkinson, a Harvard educated theologian, is one of Canada’s leading palliative care educators. Also considered a philosopher, woodsman, boatman, and bard, Jenkinson travels throughout Canada providing grief counseling. He rejects the notion of acceptance, deeming it too neutral a disposition. He insists the one true answer is an embrace of death. In order to love life, we need to love death.
July 18, 1p.m.
Harmony in Diversity
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speaks passionately on harmony in diversity – moving from conflict to compassion – at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. When His Holiness sees people from different backgrounds, whether culture, religion or belief, he doesn't see a difference. We are all one.
The greatness of our species is our capacity to develop altruism. With a good brain and a good heart His Holiness believes together we can overcome all human problems.
July 23, 11a.m.
One Track Heart
In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom—turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of New York to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (or Maharajji).
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das — the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist.
August 1, 1p.m.
The Gut: Our Second Brain
For a few years now, scientists have known about the existence of another brain within our bodies – billions of connected neurons, molecules (neurotransmitters) that transmit orders and induce independent reactions. This second brain, or "brain down below," is none other than our stomach.
It can function totally independently and carries out far more than just digestion. It reigns over a spectacular colony of one hundred thousand billion bacteria (our gut flora) whose activity is thought to have an impact on our personalities and decisions, and our shyness or temerity.
August 6, 11a.m.
The Power of Thought
The power of thought – the fire of the soul – makes us human.
For many generations, researchers have been trying to unravel the nature of human thought.
“I think, therefore I am” – but, what are thoughts? Just some fleeting void? Or a huge and as yet scarcely researched secret of life? Plan, act, react – what lies behind the game of life? What animates and drives our thoughts, and what are the effects of thoughts?