On the planet Ygam, the dominant species is a race of blue giants called the Draags. Among the species they dominate are the Oms, humanoid creatures believed to be incapable of rational thought. When a pet Om named Terr gets his hands on his owner’s telepathic educational device, he runs away with it and joins a group of rebellious Oms who use the information to plan their escape to the Wild Planet.
This film was among the first animation made for adults in the early 70s, a collaboration between French and Czech filmmakers, and it is a beautiful example of pre-CGI animation, with a political message as relevant today as it was in 1973.
This edition is one of the latest releases from the Criterion Collection, and extras on the disc include an interview with filmmaker Roland Topor and a documentary about filmmaker Rene Laloux, as well as two short films on which they collaborated–Les temps morts (1965) and Les Escargots (1966.) There is also the option for an English language soundtrack.
For a list of other science fiction titles, click here.
For other recommended World Language films, click here.
As part of the planned renovation of the facility that houses both our Peaks Island branch and the attached community room, we at Portland Public Library (PPL) were delighted to work with the Peaks Environmental Action Team (PEAT) and Holbrook Engineering to develop an Energy Model for the building.
Holbrook Engineering developed an energy model which can now be used to inform the final selection of building envelope choices (walls, windows, floors, ceilings, insulation) as well as choices of mechanical equipment (heating, cooling, ventilation), and lighting choices.
Peaks Island-based artist Marty Braun worked with the Library to develop a poster illustrating the decision factors that were brought forward in the energy model. The poster is now hanging in the lobby of the Peaks Island community center and appears below. A larger copy of the poster can be downloaded here.
As part of the PPL/PEAT collaboration, an energy monitor has been purchased that shows show real-time electrical use of the facility. Installation of this monitor is nearly complete in a temporary location, pending re-installation in a permanent location after renovations are complete. There will ultimately be a small display that will illustrate the components of the building envelope, and we look forward to working with PEAT to develop educational programming related to this Energy Model and the energy efficiencies that become part of the renovation.
As we enter the phase of the project where we can begin to formalize renovation plans and make choices around energy use improvements, the Library/City Planning Committee looks forward to using this data to make the informed decisions for the renovation.
We know many PPL patrons are eager for our Burbank Branch to reopen – we are, too! We will set the reopening date very soon, and we look forward to announcing it as soon as possible. We can’t wait to celebrate with you once we are back in the building.
Below are responses to the most frequent questions we are hearing about the current status of the renovation project. If you have feedback or other questions we can answer, please call PPL’s Administration Offices at 207-871-1700 ext. 756.
I see lots of activity at the Burbank Branch site. How is it going?
We have encountered only minimal construction delays, so we have been able to stay on schedule pretty well. As you can see from these photos, the new elevator is installed, the public computing area is coming together, and the new space is open and inviting. We will begin moving our collections and furnishings in shortly.
How is the project funding progressing?
As we have shared previously, this is a $410,000 renovation. As is the case with every PPL capital project and our annual operational budget, the City of Portland supports PPL’s infrastructure needs. In this case, the City provided $300,000 to the project address the structural and ergonomic issues at the building.
However, we rely on the generosity of private donors for everything that enhances the Burbank library experience – from our ongoing programs, to the ways we build our collections, and the project-specific items like fresh, flexible seating in the children’s and adults areas. To date, we have received gifts from nearly 300 households toward the Burbank Branch renovation campaign and are now less than $40,000 away from our $410,000 goal.
Does this mean the project began before the funding was secure?
Not at all.
The City’s allocation meant we had the funds in hand to address long-standing, challenging structural and ergonomic issues at the branch. However, just as in a home renovation, this was an opportunity to identify other improvements that would enhance the branch and minimize future disruption:
new, lower-profile shelving to highlight the collection while making the space more flexible and open
new windows and air handling units to heighten energy efficiency
up-to-date public computing resources
more and better seating options for our patrons
How does the fundraising campaign affect the reopening of the branch?
Our hope is that gifts to the campaign will continue to keep pace with our renovation timeline and that we can reopen having accomplished all improvements rather than deferring any enhancements if we do not meet our goal. Please consider joining your neighbors in this effort, if you have not done so already, and make a secure gift online to the Burbank Branch renovation campaign. We are so grateful for the support of the community!