04/23/2015

Free Family Earth Day Event Tomorrow
Family Friday tomorrow (April 24) is a special event because Pagosa Ranger Brandon will join us in honor of Earth Week from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  Ranger Brandon will lead a program consisting of reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, planting small seeds in Lorax-decorated plant pots, and planting a tree at the library. No advance registration is required to attend.

“The Lorax” is a children’s book that features a boy living in a polluted town who starts asking questions to find out what went wrong to make this happen.  It chronicles the plight of the environment personified by the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.  “The Lorax” was Dr. Seuss’ personal favorite of his books because, he said, he was able to create something regarding economic and environmental issues without being dull.

Please note that this event is the last week 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.

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.

Free books for four-year-olds
Libraries across Colorado are giving a free copy of “How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?” by the award-winning team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to every four-year-old in the state from April 13-27 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 the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring your four-year-olds to pick up their own books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week. Kristine MacNeill, youth services manager, has also arranged a special distribution to four-year-olds at our community’s three preschools – Head Start, Seeds of Learning and Our Savior Lutheran School.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight
Tonight (Thursday, April 23) 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 Denise Rue-Pastin as she discusses “Earth Day and Sustainability.”  She will explain many signs of earth’s distress such as climate change, species extinction and unsustainable fishing practices, and outline some actions you can take to help.  Bring something like a T-shirt or a bag to silkscreen, which will be done for free.   All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) 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.

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 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.

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.  More formal sessions requiring advance registration focus on a basic Android 101 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, April 23) and Microsoft Publisher 2010 Basics at the same time next Thursday, April 30.  You are encouraged to bring your own device for the Android session.

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.

New downloadable titles
We have added three more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “A Dangerous Place,” an historical mystery by Jacqueline Winspear; “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson about the last voyage of the Lusitania; and “Hausfrau,” the debut novel by prize-winning poet Jill Alexander Essbaum about a woman’s life of illicit sex in small-town Switzerland.  Access these e-books and a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics, by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.

DVDs
“Reign over Me” stars Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. “American Me” stars Edward James Olmos and was inspired by a true story.  “Parker” stars Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham as professional thieves.  “All the Pretty Horses” is based on the novel and stars Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz.  “The Passion of the Christ” is the Mel Gibson film.  “The Monuments Men” is based on the true story of tracking down art stolen by the Nazis.  “The Thief of Time” is another thriller based on a Tony Hillerman novel.  “Heaven is for Real” is based on the bestselling book.  “Cinderella” is the Disney classic.  “Ben Hur” and “The Ten Commandments” is a double feature collection on DVD.  “I Dream of Jeannie” is the complete second season.  “The Addams Family” is the complete second season.

Nonfiction
“Get What’s Yours” by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman helps you get all the Social Security benefits you are due.  “Better than Before” by Gretchen Rubin gives you practical tips to change habits in your everyday life.  “The Campbell Plan” by Dr. Thomas Campbell explains how to lose weight and reverse illness with a whole food, plant-based diet.  “Every Day I Fight” is a memoir by sportscaster and ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.  “Data and Goliath” by Bruce Schneider explores our mass surveillance society and what it means to you.  “Get the Truth” by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero teaches readers the methods they developed as CIA officers to get the truth out of anyone.  “Ravensbruck” by Sarah Helm unveils details of the only Nazi concentration camp built for women.  “The Great Divide” by historian Thomas Fleming explores the conflict between Washington and Jefferson.  “Seeking Serenity” by Amanda Enayati offers 10 new rules for health and happiness in the age of anxiety.  “Escape Anxiety” by Suzanne Jessee provides eight steps to freedom through meditative therapies.

Large print
“Chasing Sunsets: Angel Walking Series – Book 2” by Karen Kingsbury is the latest in this Christian novel series.  “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry is the latest in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt 19th century mystery series.  “The Stranger” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Wicked Ways” by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush is a mystery about a woman who fears she is the cause of brutal deaths.  “Dogwood Hill” by Sherryl Woods is part of the Chesapeake Shores romance series.  “Hot Pursuit” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington novel.  “Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova tells of a family dealing with Huntington’s disease.  “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law” by Ann B. Ross is the 14th in the Miss Julia mystery series.

Other novels
“Clash of Eagles” by Alan Smale envisions a world where the Roman Empire expands to North America.  “Reunion of Ghosts” by Judith Claire Mitchell follows three witty sisters trying to close the circle of their family curse.  “Last One Home” by Debbie Macomber tells of the reconciliation of sisters.  “The Strangled Vine” by M.J. Carter is an historical thriller set in 19th century colonial India.  “The Perfume Garden” by Kate Lord Brown is a mystery set in Valencia, Spain.  “Falling in Love” by Donna Leon is the latest in the Guido Brunetti mystery series.  “The Accidental Empress” by Allison Pataki is a novel about “Sisi,” the Astro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

Story CDs
“All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinheuer is a CIA spy story set in Vienna.  “Cold Betrayal” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Doctor Death” by Lene Kaaberbol is a Madeleine Karno mystery.  “NYPD Red 3” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is a thriller set in New York City.  “Prodigal Son” by Danielle Steel tells of two brothers and a huge secret.  “The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery showcases three women friends on the brink of a new life.  “A Touch of Stardust” by Kate Alcott follows a woman in a Hollywood studio publicity office.

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 Jeanne Carlson and Scottie Gibson.  We also want to acknowledge several very large donations from anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Take care of your friends because there will come a time when you’re not much fun to be with and there is no reason to like you except out of long-standing habit.” – Garrison Keillor, humorist, author, storyteller and host of the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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