Explore a winter wonderland with free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

If you’re chilly these days, you can explore the great outdoors while staying cozy at home. Bundle up with a blanket and enjoy these IndieFlix Picks of the many documentaries they offer for all ages:   “Wood of Value,” a 16-minute film which traces the journey of a tree from the forest of Norway to the metropolis of London;  “The North Face,” a 50-minute film about skiers tackling this steep mountain in the Rockies; or “Appointment in Vancouver,” a 26-minute film about Casey Puckett, a 36-year-old father who had come home empty-handed from four Olympics and now is chasing a gold medal in the Olympics’ most dangerous new sport, Skier Cross.

Looking for more movies? Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that helps you find new favorites in seconds.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Change in downloadable audio books service
We no longer carry downloadable audio books through OneClick Digital. Starting this month, we are migrating to 3M for downloadable audio books so that you will be able to get your downloadable audio books and e-books in the same location.  Another advantage to this change is that we will be able to select our own content, based on our knowledge of your reading preferences.

Please note no Otaku, Karaoke or teen advisory meetings this month.

Free Friday family movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 8) at 2 p.m. for a G-rated Disney movie.

Free youngsters book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Wednesday, January 13 from 4-5 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On January 12 we will have a special meeting where we will each take a few minutes to share one of our favorite books with the group.  There is no assigned book this month, but the book for February will be handed out.  No registration required.

Free avalanche awareness
Join us Wednesday, January 13 from 4-5 p.m. when you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains while avoiding them.  No registration required.

Free Medicare 101
Come to this session next Thursday, January 14 from 10:30 a.m. – noon to understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.  Please register in advance with the Area Agency on Aging at 264-0502.

Free Lego Club
Saturday, January 9 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. is Lego Club for kids aged six – 13.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Large print
“Tom Clancy Commander in Chief” by Mark Greany is the latest in the President Jack Ryan series.  “Ashley Bell” by Dean Koontz is a dark psychological suspense story.  “Candy Corn Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery.

“Too Much of a Good Thing” by Dr. Lee Goldman explores how four survival traits are now killing us.  “My Life on the Road” is an autobiography by Gloria Steinem.  “The Relevance of Religion” by former U.S. Senator John Danforth describes hopw religion can be a bridge over our bitter partisan divide.  “The Complete Brain Exercise Book” by Dr. Fraser Smith helps you recover brain function and prevent loss of brain function from aging and neurological disease.  “Killer Colas” by Dr. Nancy Appleton and G.N. Jacobs explores the dangers of soft drinks, energy beverages, sports drinks and enhanced waters.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Canyon Sacrifice” by Scott Graham, set in the Grant Canyon, is the start of a new National Park mystery series.  “Double Dare” by Michael Madigan is set on a ranch in the San Juan Mountains.  “After She’s Gone” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller involving two actress sisters.  “Forty Thieves” by Thomas Perry features two husband-and-wife couples, one detectives and the other assassins.

Other novels  
“The Lightkeepers” by Abby Geni follows a nature photographer facing adventure on a dangerous archipelago off the coast of California.  “Anything for You” by Kristan Higgins is a Blue Heron romance.

Story CDs
“Cross Justice” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross mystery series.  “The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans is a holiday love story.  “The Guilty” by David Baldacci is about the government’s most skilled assassin whose skills have left him.  “House of the Rising Sun” by James Lee Burke follows a father and son separated by war and circumtance.     “The Bone Labyrinth” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force adventure.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Virginia Sheets and several anonymous donors.  For their generous donations, we thank Brian and Becky Savage for their gift in memory of Mary Savage, as well as Sue Macaskill plus Dick and Vimmie Ray.

Quotable Quote
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10.”  — Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and philanthropist.

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