Library will be closed Sundays starting in March
In 1989, when Kevin Costner starred in an Academy Award-nominated film about baseball called “Field of Dreams,” he made famous the inspiring phrase, “If you build it, they will come.”  Unfortunately, that did not work for us relating to keeping the library open on Sundays.

One of the key findings from our 2014 patron survey was an apparent desire for the library to be open on Sundays.  In fact, 98 of the 242 survey respondents requested this change.  As a result, in January 2015 we began staying open from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Unfortunately, the response has been lukewarm at best.  Much to our surprise, 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.  For this reason, our board has decided that effective March 1 your library will be closed on Sundays.

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 all-ages karaoke
Join us for a fun all-ages karaoke session tomorrow, Friday, February 5, from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free health insurance info
Today (Thursday, February 4) and next Thursday, February 11 are health insurance events from 10-11:30 p.m. when you will learn about health insurance via Medicaid and Connect for Health as well as medical savings plans for seniors.  These are drop-in sessions.

Free book club for youngsters
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, February 10 from 4-5 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “Boy” by Ronald Dahl.

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 February 9 we will discuss “Storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.  If you need a copy, please let us know.  No registration required.

Free DIY session for adults
This month’s free DIY project takes place next Wednesday, February 10 at 1 p.m. when we will make coke pops just in time for Valentine’s Day treats for your loved ones.    In the past these fun DIY sessions have included making your own cheese, sushi, centerpiece, tea wreath, candles, mustard and mayo, household cleaners and screen-printing a t-shirt.  No registration required.  Please note earlier starting time and time in the month.

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 Friday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. when Facebook for Individuals shows you how to create an account, find friends, upload photos and videos, post a status update and set privacy settings.

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.

New offerings include “Weightless” about a scuba school for plus-size women, “Injustice,” a British crime drama, and “dik,” a comedy about what happens when a young boy brings home his school artwork.  For music lovers we have “The Sacred Triangle” featuring musical geniuses David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.  For film fans, try “Their First Time at the Movies” featuring Goldie Hawn, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Elvis, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and dozens more movie stars.

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.

“Howl” by Susan Imhoff Bird explores the competing views and passions of various factions relating to wolves.  “The 30 Day Sobriety Solution” by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews show you how to cut back or quit drinking in the privacy of your home.

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added nine more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audio books  to our 3M Cloud Library:  “A Paris Apartment” by Michelle Gable and “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout are contemporary women’s fiction; “The Last Anniversary” by Liane Moriarty is general fiction; “The Baker’s Daughter” by Sarah McCoy is historical fiction; and “The Ex” by Alafair Burke, “Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods and “The Bitter Season” by Tami Haog are suspense stories.  Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

“Feverborn” by Karen Marie Moning is the latest in the paranormal fantasy Fever series.  “The New Indians” by Joe Jessup is a western that explores the competing views of environmentalists, land developers as well as oil and mining companies relating to chopping up biog ranches.

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 Lyn Dryburgh, Joan Harris, Toni Rubin, Jeff Versaw and Sara Wilson.

Quotable Quote
“I started figure skating at the age of five, and the first thing my coach taught me was how to fall.  I remember gazing up at the coach with a puzzled expression, thinking, Shouldn’t I be learning how to skate?  Why is she teaching me how to fall?  Looking back, I realize that my coach was very smart.  She knew that I was bound to fall many times throughout my career and that I’d need to learn how to handle it.  And boy, was she right!  Even at 25, as a world champion, I still fell.  A lot.” – Michelle Kwan, American figure skating champion.

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