Internet safety workshops for parents today

             Today (Thursday, January 22) marks an important date for parents interested in ensuring Internet safety for their youngsters and teens. We are offering two free workshops designed to help you learn more about Internet safety and how to help your children make smart decisions online.

The workshop takes place from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and then is repeated from 5:30 – 7 p.m. so that parents can pick a time that works best for you. No advance registration is required. This event is co-presented by your library and the Archuleta Country Victims Assistance Program.


Expanded hours

Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.


Free teen ACT prep

            Mark your calendars for next Thursday, January 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. when we will teach an ACT prep class. Teens will learn about the free resources that the library offers students to prepare for college and ACT tests.


Free teen book swap

            Teens will also want to mark your calendars for a special teen book swap from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, January 30. Teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with. No prior registration is required.


Free adult movie Mondays

            Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.


Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free weekly family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 23) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity. This week’s focus is Maker Lab, where you will tinker with all sorts of things and learn new things, including how to knit, crochet or code..


Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, January 27 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.


Free card battles

Join us Monday, January 26 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.


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. A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on iPad Intermediate 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, January 29 for those of you who have mastered the basics of your iPad and want to move on. Students must provide their own iPad.



            “Deep Down Dark” by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar shares the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine. “Women, Food, and Desire” by health and nutrition coach Alexandra Jamieson teaches women how to listen to their bodies for a healthier, fuller life. “The Lonely War” by journalist Nazila Fathi weaves her story of leaving Iran to save her and her family’s lives with the story of the country she left behind. “It Was Me All Along” by Andie Mitchell is a memoir about a woman who changed her life to go from morbidly obese to half her size. “How the Body Knows Its Mind” by Sian Beilock shows you how you can use your body to improve your mind and performance in all areas of your life.



            “Robin Hood” stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. “Grease” stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. “Pretty in Pink” is the new “Everything’s Duckie” collectors edition of the film. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the complete book one collection. “Fractured Flickers” is a comedy series using silent film clips and old newsreel footage.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “White Plague” by James Abel is a thriller set in the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean. “The Body Snatchers Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is the first book in a new historical mystery series. “Amnesia” by Peter Carey is a suspense story that takes readers to a place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins showcases a woman who sees something shocking from her seat on a passing train. “Our Lady of the Islands” by Shannon Page and Jay Jake is a tale of political intrigue and unwanted magical power.


Other novels

            “The Fortress in Orion” by Mike Resnick is the first book in a new series of interstellar intrigue. “The Empty Throne” by Bernard Cornwell, set in Britain in the early 10th century, is the eighth book in the Saxon Tales series. “Golden Son” by Pierce Brown is book two in the Red Rising sci-fi trilogy. “The Last American Vampire” by Seth Grahame-Smith takes place in Reconstruction-era America. “The Just City” by Jo Walton is set in an experimental planned community populated by children and teachers from throughout history.



            “The Cinderella Murder” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke explores an unsolved murder featured on a news-based reality TV show. “Empire of Cotton” by Sven Beckert is the global history of a crop that played such a remarkable role in world history. “Tom Clancy’s Full Force and Effect” by Mark Greaney is a thriller focusing on North Korea. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross detective series. “Wicked Ways” by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush is a thriller about a woman whose birthright holds the key to a rash of murders.


Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials, we thank Scott Galabota, Carl Nevitt and numerous anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            Good news/bad news re books: Young adult book sales jumped 22.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2014. However, adult book sales were down 3.3 percent during the same period. – Time magazine 1/5/15.

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