New Winter Reading Bingo program and Southwest book talk Saturday

If you or others in your family have a case of the winter blahs, we have a fun new all-ages program to keep you engaged during the month of February. To participate, pick up a special bingo playing card at your library.  If you complete two bingos in a row, you win a bookmark.  If you complete a blackout bingo, you can choose a prize from the treasure chest. On Friday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m. we will celebrate the completion of the Winter Reading Bingo program with an ice cream party.

Then this Saturday, February 7 from 3-4:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history at Fort Lewis College, will discuss his new adventure anthology, “Outdoors in the Southwest,” followed by a book signing.  This essay collection features selections by renowned southwestern writers as well as scholars, experienced guides and river rats. One reviewer said of this book: “A well-written, provocative, and entertaining guide to how to find adventure in the southwest, with a focus on ecological awareness and preserving and appreciating natural landscapes. Gulliford passionately argues for wilderness experience as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. If you like to hike, raft, climb and ski, and also contemplate your spiritual bond with nature, this book is for you!”

Free LEGO contest
Now is the time to register for the annual LEGO contest, which takes place on Saturday, February 14 and is limited to 18 participants.  Entries must be built ahead of time and you must use your own LEGOs or other age-appropriate building blocks.  Completed structure setup is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Judging takes place at noon.  Viewing is from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.  Prizes will be awarded in each of four age categories – preschool, ages 5-6, ages 8-11 and ages 12-17.  One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  You don’t need to be present to win.  For more information and complete rules, pick up the LEGO Contest flyer at the library or ask Kristine.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101
Join us on Wednesday, February 11 from 1-2 p.m. for a free information session on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid presented by the San Juan Basin Health Department.  No advance registration is required.

Free chocolate cooking
This session is put on by the Medical Center’s Wellness Program next Tuesday, February 10 from 6 – 6:45 p.m. to help you learn more about cooking with chocolate.  No advance registration required.

Free avalanche awareness
This session taught by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center next Thursday, February 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. covers avalanche hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources.

Free tween book club
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club on Wednesday, February 11 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

Free book club for adults
You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  February’s book is “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter to be discussed Tuesday, February 10 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  The book for March will also be distributed.  No registration required.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 6) 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.  Tomorrow is a special Valentine’s Day craft.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place today (Thursday, February 5) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Characters welcomed.  Snacks provided.

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

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 Facebook for Business from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no card battles on Mondays.

“The Internet Is Not the Answer” by Internet skeptic Andrew Keen offers a comprehensive look at what the Internet is doing to our lives.  “The Evil Hours” by David J Morris draws on the author’s own experiences with PTSD as a war correspondent and Marine plus other expert views about post-traumatic stress disorder.  “88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary” by Robert L. Grenier reveals details of out first war in Afghanistan.  “The Diabetes Reset” by George L. King is a doctor’s program of eight lifestyle changes to help you to help people who are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes.

“Avatar” is the complete Book 2 collection.  “The Big Bang Theory” is a comedy sitcom series.  “Pride of the Bowery” Eastside Kids” is a collection of comedies on two DVDs.  “Midnight Run” includes all four action comedy movies by this name.  “Out of Sight” and “Intolerable Cruelty”  is a double-feature collection starring George Clooney. “Clear and Present Danger” stars Harrison Ford as CIA agent Jack Ryan.  “Contraband” stars Mark Wahlberg as a legendary smuggler.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Cane and Abe” by James Grippando is a mystery with Miami’s top prosecutor the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.  “Breaking Creed” by Alex Kava introduces a new series featuring an ex-Marine, now K9 search and rescue dog trainer, and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell.  “Private Vegas” by James Patterson is the latest in the Private series.  “Unbecoming” by Rebecca Scherm follows a woman in Paris who escaped after a crime in the U.S.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Sara Wilson and anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  — Winston Churchill (1874-1965), orator, statesman, author and former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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