New automatic self-checkout station coming soon
A new automatic self-checkout station soon will be available at your library to provide faster service and more convenience for you.  We hope to have it installed by mid-March.

This new high-tech station will be especially advantageous for DVD checkouts that have been cumbersome because security issues forced us to keep the cases separate from the discs, thus requiring extra staff time to put them together once patrons had made your choices.  Sadly, the DVDs tended to “walk” when left on the shelf in their cases, so such labor-intensive actions were necessary to preserve our collection.  Now the most popular DVDs will be stored inside the system so they can be dispensed to patrons quickly.

Called a LAT-Cube, the station provides self-checkout for any items you want check out, not just DVDs.  It provides “one-stop shopping” for you because all materials can be processed and checked out at this station.

This system has the added advantage of total privacy for patrons checking out books or other materials on sensitive topics such as divorce, substance abuse, violence and various diseases.

The station is wireless so it can be put anywhere in the library.  The plan now is to put it near the public telephone, which is across from the large print collection.  This placement will allow privacy and also be close to the front circulation desk in case patrons need help as you use it.  We hope you like it!

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.

Free Science Madness
This month’s Science Madness takes place Saturday, February 27 from 1-2 p.m. when first-fifth graders will have fun making snow candles while learning about what makes candles burn.

Free all-ages movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 26) for a PG movie from 2-3:30 p.m.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film in the media but you can get all movie title on the activities calendars, available at the front desk.

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.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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 time 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.

“The Age of Acquiescence” by Steve Fraser looks at the history and current status of the American resistance to organized wealth and power.  “Never Enough” by Michael D’Antonio is a biography of Donald Trump.  “Before I Forget” by restaurateur B. Smith and Dan  asby documents how the couple is dealing with her Alzheimer’s.  “Downsizing the Family Home” by Marni Jameson shows you how to accomplish this difficult task quickly, respectfully and rewardingly.  “City of Thorns” by Ben Rawlence tells of nine lives of people living in the world’s largest refugee camp.  “Let Food Be Your Medicine” by Don Colbert, M.D. is a guide to dietary changes to prevent or reverse disease.

Large print
“The Art of War” by Stephen Coonts is a sleeper about a Chinese sleeper cell in the U.S.  “The Chocolate Falcon Fraud” by JoAnna Carl is a Chocoholic mystery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Runaway” by Peter May begins in Glasgow when five friends run away to London to pursue musical stardom.  “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner centers on a kidnapping victim after she returns from her ordeal.  “The Wolves” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells espionage story.  “The Forgotten Room” by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig is a collaboration novel about a multigenerational mystery connected by a single room in a Gilded Age mansion.  “Violent Crimes” by Phillip Margolin is an Amanda Jaffe thriller.

“The Life of Elves” by Muriel Barbery, a fable about two 12-year-old girls, was originally written in French.  “Black Rabbit Hall” by Eve Chase takes place over three decades on an English country estate.  “Star Wars The Force Awakens” is the latest in the Star Wars epic series.  “Morning Star” by Pierce Brown is the final book in the Red Rising sci-fi trilogy.  “The Things We Keep” by Sally Hepworth follows a loving relationship between two Alzheimer’s patients.

Story CDs
“The Forgotten Soldier” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Friday Night Lights” by H.G. Bissinger is the 25th anniversary edition of this football bestselling story.  “Forty Thieves” by Thomas Perry features husband-and-wife detective and assassin teams.  “The Lady’s Command” by Stephanie Laurens is book one of a new Adventurers Quartet Regency-era series.

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 our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Don’t sell yourself short by being so afraid of failure that you don’t dare to make any mistakes.  Make your mistakes and learn from them.  And remember:  No matter how many mistakes you make, your mother always loves you!”  — Maria Shriver, journalist, author and former First Lady of California

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