How to find new authors you will like  
Do you have a favorite author but would like to branch out and read the work of other writers if it is similar?  You can find a read-alike author using the NoveList database available free through your library’s website.

Examples for mysteries:  If you like Nevada Barr, try Deborah Crombie, Karen Kijewski and Jessica Speart.  If you like C.J. Box, try Ivan Doig, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger and Michael McGarrity.  If you like Lilian Jackson Braun, try Nancy Atherton, Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton, Rita Mae Brown and Garrison Keillor.  If you like Tony Hillerman, try Rudolfo, Margaret Coel, James D. Doss, Sharyn McCrumb or Aimee and David Thurlo.

Examples of suspense:  If you like David Baldacci, try Stephen Cannell, Michael Connelly, James Grippando, John Grisham and Kyle Mills.  If you like Dan Brown, try John Case, Michael Crichton, Margaret George, Katherine Neville, Daniel Silva and Barbara Wood.  If you like Michael Connelly, try Richard Barrre, James Elroy, John Harvey, Jeremiah Healy and Ian Rankin.

Examples of women’s fiction:  If you like Maeve Binchy, try Lynne Hinton, Eva Ibbotson, Rosamunde Pitcher and Sarah Woodhouse.  If you like Fern Michaels, try Catherine Anderson, Debbie Macomber, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel.  If you like Anita Shreve, try George Eliot, Robert Goddard, Sue Miller, Jodi Picoult and Kate Wilhelm.

Examples of adventure:  If you like Clive Cussler, try Ted Bell, Lincoln Child, Jack B. Du Brul, Ian Fleming, Douglas Preston, Matthew Reilly and James Rollins.  If you like Tom Clancy, try Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, R.J. Pineiro, David Poyer and Joe Weber.

From the Sisson Library website, go to “Online Resources” on the left side navigation menu and click on NoveList.  Enter your library card number and four-digit PIN.

Return to Sunday closings
As we detailed in the February 4 Library News column, effective March 1, your library will be closed on Sundays.  Although our 2014 patron survey showed an apparent desire for the library to be open on Sundays, the response has been lukewarm at best.  We have averaged only 53 patrons visiting the library on Sundays, a small number that does not justify the cost of staff and utilities needed to stay open.  Interestingly, it is not unusual for libraries in Southwest Colorado to be closed on Sundays.  Durango, Ignacio, Mancos, Dolores, Cortez and Dove Creek all are closed.  In fact, only Bayfield and Telluride are open on Sundays.  We hope this change does not inconvenience you, but we are sure you understand that we have a responsibility to both patrons and taxpayers to spend the library’s funds wisely.

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, tweens/teens and adults.

Teen Advisory Board today
The Teen Advisory Board meets today (Thursday, February 18) from 4-5 p.m.

Free all-ages gaming
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 19) from 2-3:15 p.m. for an all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

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 takes place tomorrow (Friday, February 19) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. when Facebook for Business shows you how to promote your business through Facebook.  Please note that participants are expected to have a general understanding of Facebook for personal use.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, February 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This club is for fifth-12 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.

New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you 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.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

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.

“Pan” is a family adventure story.  “A Father’s Choice” and “Wrangler” is a double feature DVD.  “The Spectacular Now” is a teen movie.  “Amelia” is based on the true story of Amelia Earhart.  “The End of the Affair” stars Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.  “The Words” is a romantic thriller.  “Crazy Stupid Love” is a romantic comedy.  “Devil’s Tower” is the story of America’s first national monument.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“The Luzern Photograph” by William Bayer begins with a bizarre photograph taken in Switzerland in 1882.  “Remembrance” by Meg Cabot is a Mediator mystery featuring ghost whisperer Susannah Simon.  “South of Nowhere” by Minerva Koenig features reformed criminal Julia Kalas.  “River Road” by Carol Goodman is a psychological thriller about a professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit and run accident.

Story collection
“American Housewife” by Helen Ellis contains 12 stories about women’s domestic lives.

“The Spring at Moss Hill” by Carla Neggers is a Swift River Valley romance.  “The Bands of Mourning” by Brandon Sanderson is the third volume in the Mistborn World fantasy series.  “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders is a tale of science and magic.  “Sage’s Eyes” by V.C. Andrews is a psychologically gripping and otherworldly Gothic story.  “Warriors of the Storm” by Bernard Cornwell is the ninth book in the epic Saxon Tales series about 9th and 10th century Britain.  “The Man without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates explores the line between professional endeavor and personal obsession.  “My American Duchess” by Eloisa James is a romance set among English aristocracy.

Story CDs
“The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag is a Kovac and Liska mystery.  “Point Black” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Blue” by Danielle Steel features a woman and a teen each facing the loss of their family.  “Anything for You” by Kristan Higgins is a Blue Heron romance.  “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout follows a mother and daughter coming together after the daughter’s surgery.  “After She’s Gone” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller featuring two sisters.

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 Tozi Rubin, Dorothy Schweizer and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.” —Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), British historian, essayist

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