Special Spring Break programs for teens
Next week we will feature several special programs for teens during Spring Break.  On Monday, April 6 from 2 – 5:15 p.m. teens from fifth – 12th grade will listen to “The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe: The Tell-tale Start” while building LEGO projects.  On Tuesday, April 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. seventh-12th graders will enjoy teen gaming – X-box, Wii and board games.  Then Thursday, April 9 from 2-3 p.m. is board games.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Easter closure
Your library will be closed next Sunday, April 5 for Easter.

Free poetry workshop today
Please join us today (Thursday, April 2) from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for Introduction to Formal Poetry being taught by David Harris, an experienced poetry teacher and published poet.  In this workshop, students will work on rhyme and meter.  No registration required.

Lifelong Learning returns
Mark your calendar for April 16 when the spring Lifelong Learning lecture series will begin.  Watch for more details on speakers and programs in future Library News columns and on your library’s website.

Free tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  On Wednesday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “The Mark of the Dragonfly” and pick up our next book to read.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens in the fifth-12th grades who are anime and manga fans meets today (Thursday, April 2) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.).  Characters welcomed.  Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Nicotine addiction workshop
If you’re finding it difficult to stop smoking, save the date of next Thursday, April 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free nicotine addiction workshop put on by the Medical Center.  No registration is required.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (April 3) 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’s event is a surprise that is sure to quack you up.  If the weather cooperates, don’t be surprised if some ducks appear, courtesy of the Archuleta County Farm Bureau.  No registration required.
Please note that April is the last month for this special family program, as it takes a break for the summer.  It likely will pick up again in the fall, maybe with some differences.

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 – but note that there will be on Tech Tuesday on April 7 because Meg will be out of town presenting at a library conference.

Free preprogramed Nooks
Just a reminder that 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.
Help, please! re foreign language films
We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited.  If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

We have seven more films that were nominees or winners in this year’s Academy Awards – “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman,” “Gone Girl,”  “The Judge,” “Ida,” “The Theory of Everything” and Disney’s   “Big Hero 6.”  “The Guardian” is an adventure starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.  “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe” describes 24 dirty jobs.  “Richard Pryor: Stand-up Comedy Double Feature” contains two live acts of the comedian.  “Black Orpheus” is a modern version of “Orpheus and Eurydice.”  “Dawn of the Plant of the Apes” is part of the “Plant of the Apes” adventure series.

“Fail Fast or Win Big” by Bernhard Schroeder shows you how to create a practical new business strategy quickly.  “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” showcases the war photography of photojournalist Lynsey Addario.  “A Year of Living Prayerfully” by Jared Brock rediscovers the practice of long spiritual journeys.  “52 Rivers” by Shelley Walchak follows a librarian who quits her job and goes fishing for a year.

Mysteries and suspense
“Murder Champ de Mars” by Cara Black is set in Paris.  “Death of a Liar” by M.C. Beaton is a Hamish Macbeth mystery set in Scotland.  “World Gone By” by Dennis Lehane tells of a time when the American mob was in its heyday in Tampa.  “All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinhauer looks back at a CIA operation in Vienna that went wrong.  “The Third Target” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a suspense story about ISIS.

Other novels
“Vonnegut” is a collection of novels and stories written by Kurt Vonnegut from 1963-1973.  “Vision iin Silver” by Anne Bishop is the latest in The Others fantasy series.  “In Plain Sight” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs is the latest in the Alpha and Omega paranormal series.

Large print
“The Christmas Bouquet” by Sherryl Woods is a Chesapeake Shores romance.  “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Rita Mae Brown is the latest in the Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club series.  “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster” is a humorous collection of life’s lessons.  “Rainbow in the Cloud” is a collection of sage advice from Maya Angelou.

Story CDs
“The Last Good Paradise” by Tatjana Soli follows troubled dreamers on a coral atoll in the South Pacific.  “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler tells of four generations of a family in Baltimore.  “First Forest” by Sarah Addison Allen focuses on three women facing challenges to their family.  “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Black Dog Summer” by Miranda Sherry observes a murdered South African woman who lingers in the afterlife.  “Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner explores the contradictions after a car crash.

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, we thank Nancy Burke, Bob Clinkenbeard, Roger Dyer, Phyllis Wheaton and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Falling behind in literacy, as boys disproportionately do, is particularly worrying, since reading is necessary to learn anything else…. Young boys are more likely to read when the topic is zombies or superheroes; older ones prefer newspapers or comic books.  So make them all available.” – “Gender and education: Nature plus nurture,” The Economist magazine, March 7-13, 2015.

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