Free Cinco de Mayo adult fiesta next Tuesday

Please join us next Tuesday, May 5 from 1-3 p.m. for a free adult fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The event will include music, games, a quick history lesson and prizes.  If it is a nice day, we’ll spend some time outside. No advance registration is required.

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.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

Tonight (Thursday, April 30) 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. Puja and Udgar Parsons will be speaking on “The Power of Growing Your Own Food.” They will share their personal journey toward healthy choices, how it motivated the creation of the Growing Dome Greenhouse, and their innovative approach to doing business. 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 science fun for tweens

Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on next Wednesday, May 6 from 4-5 p.m.

Free preschool storytime

Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft next Wednesday, May 6 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. This will be the only preschool storytime in May.

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 Time sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. More formal sessions requiring advance registration focus on Microsoft Publisher 2010 Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, April 30). You will learn how to create business cards, greeting cards, banners, flyers and newsletters. Then Excel Basics is next Monday, May 4 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. Note new day and time.

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 seven more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “At the Water’s Edge” by Sara Gruen is historical fiction; “Blood on Snow” by Jo Nesbo, “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law” by Ann Ross and “The Lady from Zagred” by Philip Kerr are mysteries; “Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova is a medical story; “The Patriot Threat” by Steve Berry is a political thriller and “The Shadows” by J.R. Ward is a paranormal story. 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.


“Wild,” based on a true story, stars Reese Witherspoon, who was nominated for a best actress Academy Award this year. “Dumbo” is the Walt Disney classic for children. “Pocahontas and Pocahontas II” is a two-movie Disney collection. “The Imitation Game” received eight Academy Award nominations this year.


“Isis: The State of Terror” by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger explains today’s most barbaric terrorist group and how we can fight it. “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald is a memoir of a falconer overcoming grief by training a goshawk. “How to Raise a Wild Child” by Scott D. Sampson shows parents and caregivers how to engage children in a meaningful connection with the natural world. “The One-Page Financial Plan” by financial advisor Carl Richards offers a simple way to be smart about your money. “Spring Chicken” by Bill Gifford explores anti-aging research to show you how to live longer and better. “One More Step” by Bonner Paddock is the memoir of a man with cerebral palsy who climbed Kilimanjaro. “Future Crimes” by global security expert Marc Goodman exposes the ways criminals, corporations and countries are using new technologies against us.

“Riding Home” by Tim Hayes explores the power of horses to heal those suffering from deep psychological wounds. “Our Kids” by Robert D. Putnam examines the growing gap between the lives of rich and poor children in America. “Rescue at Los Banos” by Bruce Henderson tells of more than 2,000 POWs held in the Philippines by the Japanese during World War II. “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me” by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair is a memoir of a black woman who learns that her grandfather was the vicious Nazi commandant depicted by Ralph Fiennes in “Schindler’s List.” “The Elimination Diet” by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre helps you customize a diet that works for you. “The Life of William Apess, Pequot” by Philip F. Gura is the biography pf this Pequot Indian who was one of the most important voices of the 19th century.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Dead Play On” by Heather Graham is a Cafferty and Quinn mystery. “Normal” by Graeme Cameron follows a kidnapper who wants to go straight. “Fox is Framed” Lachlan Smith is a legal thriller featuring Leo Maxwell. “Inspector of the Dead” by David Morrell is about a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria in 1855. “A Dangerous Place” by Jacqueline Winspear is a political murder mystery featuring Maisie Dobbs. “The Dragon of Handale” by Cassandra Clark is the fifth in the medieval mystery series featuring nun sleuth Hildegard of Meaux. “Compulsion” by Alison Brennan is a thriller featuring Max Revere. “Bittersweet” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery set in South Texas. “Miss Julia Lays down the Law” by Ann B. Ross is the 17th book in the Miss Julia mystery series. “One Mile Under” by Andrew Gross marks the return of Det. Ty Hauck in this thriller. “Jack of Spades” by Joyce Carol Oates is a psychological thriller.

Other novels

“Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series. “Holy Cow” by David Duchovny is a humorous and insightful view of the world from a cow and friends. “Girl Underwater” by Claire Kells follows an adventure after a plane makes a ditch-landing in the Colorado Rockies. “Miracle at Augusta” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge follows two golfers setting out to achieve the impossible on a golf course. “Aunt Dimity and the Summer King” by Nancy Atherton tells of a crusade to save a small English village from a developer. “The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison is a fantasy. “Emma” by Alexander McCall Smith tells the Jane Austen story for the 21st century. “Beekeeper’s Daughter” by Santa Montefiore follows a mother and daughter searching for lost love. “Hausfrau” by Jill Alexander Essbaum is about an American woman’s emotionally unraveling life in Zurich. “Blood in Snow” by Jo Nesbo focuses on an Oslo contract killer. “The Silence That Speaks” by Andrea Kane is a Forensic Instincts suspense story.

Story CDs

“Mightier than the Sword” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest in the Clifton Chronicles series. “40th Anniversary Collection” highlights the best of the Prairie Home Companion radio program with Garrison Keillor. “Lucky Alan and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories by Jonathan Lethem.   “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian 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 Jim Bodoh, Eileen Costa, Ann Graves, Shannon Weckman and many anonymous donors..

Quotable Quote

“I never learned anything while I was talking.” – Larry King, American TV and radio host.          

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