Automatic checkout, updated auto repair section and Earth Week events
If all goes according to plan, by the time you read this our new automatic self-checkout station will be up and running, thanks to a generous donation by the Friends of the Library. 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.  Now the most popular DVDs are stored inside the system so they can be dispensed quickly.

Affectionately known as The Cube, the station provides self-checkout for any items you want to check out, not just DVDs.  The system has the added advantage of privacy for patrons checking out books or other materials on sensitive topics such as divorce, substance abuse, violence and various diseases.

Now, big news for our many DIY patrons:  We are updating our auto repair manual collection with a new group of automotive repair manuals for trucks and cars, thanks to funds we received from a Colorado State Grant for Libraries.

So far we have catalogued several manuals into the collection.  For example, “Ford Pick-ups 2004 thru 2014” is a Haynes Repair Manual based on a complete teardown and rebuild.  Manuals for other vehicles include Toyota Tundra 2000-2006 and Sequoia 2001-2007, Toyota Pickups 1979-1995 and 4Runners 1984-1995, Toyota Tacoma 2005-2015, Subaru Legacy 2000-2009 and Forester 2000-2008, Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma Pickups 1994-2004, as well as Subaru l985-l996 coupes, sedans and wagons.  We expect more manuals to arrive in the next week or two, and will include their titles in future columns.

And Earth Week news:  This evening (Thursday, April 21) marks the second of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Join us for “Environmental Activism in Archuleta County: In Celebration of Earth Week” when you will hear speakers from the Southwest Organization for Sustainability, the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership and Earth Community Pagosa.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, and watch for information on future talks in this column.  The lectures are free and no registration is necessary.

Also in celebration of Earth Week, tomorrow (Friday, April 22) from 2-3:15 p.m. will be an all-ages Earth Day event when we will decorate flower pots, plant seeds and try dessert.

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 books for four-year-olds
We join libraries across Colorado in giving a free copy of “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” a board book by Giles Andreae, in either English or Spanish, to every four-year-old from April 11-25 as part of a special family literacy project.   The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries. Come by your library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old.  We also have arranged for special distribution at our community’s three preschools – Head Start, Seeds of Learning and Our Savior Lutheran School.

Free Internet safety for parents tonight
Today (Thursday, April 21) from noon-1 p.m. Cheryl from Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program and our Meg will discuss Internet safety for parents.  No registration required.

Free tech sessions
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.  Note no Tech Time next Tuesday, April 26.  A more formal session requiring advance registration is Skype on Wednesday, April 27 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Learn how to make video calls for free using your computer.

Free Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, April 25 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.

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 and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

New downloadable e-books
We have added four more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  Danielle Steel’s “Property of a Nobleman” plus three suspense stories – “Deep Blue” by Randy Wayne White, “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coban, and “The Gangster” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.  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.

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.

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.

“Be Your Best Boss” by William R. Seagraves is a guide for mid-career entrepreneurs.  “On Being Human” by psychologist Jerome Kagan explores thinking processes.  “Lust & Wonder” by Augusten Burroughs is a humorous memoir.  “A Geek in Thailand” by Jody Houton tells of the culture, history, food and people of Thailand.     “Cook It in Cast Iron” provides kitchen-tested recipes for the one pan that does it all.  “The Age Fix” by Dr. Anthony Young, a plastic surgeon, shows you how to avoid surgery with effective, inexpensive and often natural products.

“Rock the Kasbah” is a comedy starring Bill Murray.  “Intern” is a generation-gap story starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.  “Truth” starring Robert Redford is based on the true story of the CBS 60 Minutes scandal that cost Dan Rather his job.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King is the latest in the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series.  “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quinlen is a small-town family saga.  “The 14th Colony” by Steve Berry is a thriller than begins with the deaths of both the president and VP before their oaths of office.  “The Taxidermist’s Daughter” by Kate Mosse is set in Sussex in 1912.  “Dodgers” by Bill Beverly follows four South Central LA gang members who head on a mission to Wisconsin, a world apart from their lives.

Other novels
“The Decent Proposal” by Kemper Donovan revolves around an offer for two strangers to spend two hours a week together to collect half a million dollars at the end of a year.  “The Atonement” by Beverly Lewis is a Christian romance.

Large print
“What We Find” by Robyn Carr is the first book in a new Sullivan’s Crossing series set in rural Colorado.  “Miss Julia Inherits a Mess” by Ann B. Ross is a mystery.  “Family Jewels” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Brush of Wings” by Karen Kingsbury is book three in the Angels Walking Christian romance.  “Darkness” by Karen Robards is a mystery that begins with a plane crash in Alaska.

Story CDs
“The Waters of Eternal Youth” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “Off the Grid” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett thriller.  “Treachery at Lancaster Gate” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery.  “The Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier is a pioneer family drama.

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, Susan Malnar, Gary Snider, Kathrine Van Liere and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Goals are only wishes unless you have a plan.” – Melinda Gates, businesswoman, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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