Library Friends offer Kindle Fire 7 drawing to attract new members 
The Friends of the Library board has an attractive incentive for you to become a Friends member – they will have a drawing for a new Kindle Fire 7 as soon as they meet their goal of attracting 30 new Friends members.  When that goal is reached, all Friends members – including new, renewing and lifetime – will be eligible to win the Kindle, which has been donated by a board member.
Annual fees are $15 for individuals, $25 for families and $100 for individual lifetime membership.  Applications are available at the library front desk.

Friends membership fees and fundraising efforts like their annual summer Book Fair have supported multiple major library programs and special purchases over the years including $125,000 for the renovation of the library, $1,500 a year for Summer Reading programs, $1,600 for the remodel of the circulation desk, $5,000 for the fence around the garden area, $10,000 for books and $8,000 for public computers.  The Friends’ hard-work and generosity clearly are vital to the health and success of your library, and they would welcome you as a member.

Return to Sunday closings
As we detailed in last week’s 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.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

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 family movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 12) for a free PG movie for all ages from 2-3:30 p.m.  Our contract does not allow us to name the movie in the media but you can find all movie titles in the monthly activities calendars available at the library.

Free Pajama Time storytime
Pajama Time storytime takes place next Tuesday, February 16 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.  We will sing, dance and read our way to bed.  This program takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

Free health insurance info
Today (Thursday, February 11) is a health insurance event 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 Lego Club
Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 13 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. for Lego Club.

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

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 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 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.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Even Dogs in the Wild” by Ian Rankin reunites three of the author’s famous characters trying to solve intertwined crimes.  “The Plague of Thieves Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery set in San Francisco.  “The Forgetting Time” by Sharon Guskin follows a mother and psychiatrist dealing with the problems of a four-year-old.  “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Art of War” by Stephen Coonts is a Jake Grafton thriller.  “The Ex” by Alafair Burke features a woman who agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder.  “Breakdown” by Jonathan Kellerman is a psychological; suspense story featuring Dr. Alex Delaware.  “The High Mountains of Portugal” was written by Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi.”

“Blue” by Danielle Steel features a woman and a teen who get together after both have lost their family.  “Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin explores the friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley.  “The Dog Master” by W. Bruce Cameron tells of an extraordinary friendship with a wolf  that changed mankind forever.   “This Was Not the Plan” by Cristina Alger follows a lawyer who becomes a much better father after being fired from his prestigious job.   “Kingfisher” by Patricia A. McKillip is a fantasy.

Story CDs
“The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian tells of the nightmares following a disastrous bachelor party.  “Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.

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 Shane Gage and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Go find your passion and embrace it.  When you do, you will spring out of bed in the morning and sleep fast at night because you love what you are doing.” – “Dr. Phil” McGraw, mental health professional, author and TV host.

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