Lifelong Learning, duct tape fun and all-ages movie
For adults:  This evening (Thursday, April 28) marks the third 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 an introduction to the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue – who they are, what they do and how to activate them.   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.

For teens and tweens:  Join us on Wednesday, May 11 from 4-5 p.m. for duct tape crafts.

For all ages:  Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 29) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG action movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

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.

Save the date for book fair
Mark your calendars for August 12-13 for the Friends of the Library annual book sale at the Centerpoint Church.  We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening, when you’ll get the opportunity to purchases books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices ahead of the public on Saturday.  Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

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.

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.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, May 5 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

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.

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.

“Half-Earth” by Edward O. Wilson is a nonfiction CD outlining a plan to save our biosphere by devoting half the surface of the earth to nature.  “The Internet of Us” by Michael Patrick Lynch explores the most urgent issues facing digital life today.  “The New Wild” by environmental journalist Fred Pearce shows why invasive species may be nature’s salvation.  “COPD: Answers to your Questions” by Dr. Donald A. Mahler provides comprehensive information on this disease.  “Eyewitness Travel Canada” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.

Other novels
“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the story of a dysfunctional New York City family.  “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld is a modern retelling of “Pride and Predudice.”

Large print
“Thunder over the Superstitions” by Peter Brandvold is a Gideon Hawk western.  “Ride Away” by Cotton Smith is a Corrigan Brothers western.  “Dead Man’s Road” is also a western, set in Colorado’s silver mine territory.  “As Time Goes By’ by Mary Higgins Clark and “No One Knows” by J.T. Ellison are mysteries.  “Blood Orange” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “The Other Side of Silence” by Philip Kerr is a Bernie Gunther mystery.

“Games of Thrones” is the complete fifth season.  “The Wire” is season one.  “The Good Wife” is the fourth season.  “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” follows Americans on six historic pilgrimages.

Story CDs
“The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “The Gangster” by Cliver Cusller and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesbo tells of a man hiding above the Arctic Circle from an Oslo drug lord.  “Far from True” by Linwood Barclay is the second book in the Promise Falls trilogy.

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 our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Storytelling is the best way we have of coming up with new ideas.” – Richard Branson, British businessman and philanthropist.

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