05/01/2014 – Three-part diabetic education series starts Monday

The sessions take place at the
library on three consecutive Mondays – May 5, 12 and 19 – from 4:30 – 6
p.m.  They are organized and presented by
the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register
at 731-1533.  You can attend all sessions
or just one, as you choose.



Construction update

            If you have been
wondering what’s going on with the bulldozers and other equipment on the
library property, here’s an update.  The
project contains two parts: the expansion of the parking lot and the
replacement of the culvert. They are working on the parking lot now.  As soon as we receive a permit from CDOT,
they will start work on replacing the culvert. 
West McCabe Creek flows through a culvert that runs beneath the front of
the library and connects to the culvert that goes under Hwy 160. The culvert is
rusting through so we are going to replace it while we are doing the parking
lot. We’re hoping both projects will be finished by August.


Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening
(Thursday, May 1) marks the third week 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. 
Tonight’s topic is “Neuronal Plasticity: Its Importance in Memory and
Brain Repair” by Jean Strahlendorf, PhD. 
She will discuss some of the newer approaches to address memory issues
and dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as we age.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings
at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the
full schedule.  No registration required.


Program suspensions

            The free adult Friday morning movies are taking a
summer vacation.  They may return next
winter. There will be no karaoke in May. 
We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available
again.  Also, no Otaku Club for teens
this month.


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will
learn how to make free video calls on your computer.


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 


How-to and self-help

            “The Diabetes
Break- through” by Osama Hamdy and Sheri Colberg details how to lose weight and
cut medications.  “The End of Dieting” by
Dr. Joel Fuhrman provides dietary and nutritional advice for a healthy
life.  “You Can Date Boys When You Are
40” by Dave Barry offers humorous advice on parenting and other topics. “Social
Security, Medicare & Government Pensions” helps you get the most out of
your benefits and comes with a website.  “The
Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects” has 76 plans for building a
self-sufficient life.  “Fluent in Three
Months” by Benny Lewis is an unconventional guide to learning a new language.  “World’s Smartest Traveler” by Christopher
Elliott is a consumer guide to smart travel. 
“The Grow Your Own Food Handbook” by Monte Burch is a basic guide to
planting, growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables.  “The Chopped Cookbook” from the Food Network
helps you use pantry ingredients to make good meals. 


Other nonfiction

            “Things I Should
Have Told My Daughter” by Pearl Cleage is a memoir of her journey from
columnist to Hollywood scriptwriter. 
“Under Magnolia” by Frances Mayes is a memoir of her early years in
Georgia.  “Shining Star” by lead singer
Philip Bailey is the story of the Earth, Wind & Fire Band.  “Living with a Wild God” by Barbara
Ehrenreich is a memoir of an activist searching for “the truth” about the
universe.  “Stronger” by Jeff Bauman is
the memoir of one of those severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.



            “The Pirate Fairy”
is a Disney animated adventure.  We have
four Gary Cooper classics: “Sergeant York,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Dallas” and
“The Wreck of the Mary Deare.”  “The
Story of Jacob and Joseph” is the Biblical story.  “Marmaduke” is a comedy featuring the worlds’
favorite Great Dane.  “Chasing Mavericks”
is based on a true story of surfing.  “A
Thousand Words” is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy.  “Act of Valor” features active duty Navy
Seals.  “Of Mice and Men” and “The Caine
Mutiny” are classics.  “Brothers” stars
Tobey Maguire.  “Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon” is the Academy Award winner. 
“Doc Hollywood” stars Michael J. Fox. 
“American Gangster” stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”



            “Robert Ludlum’s
The Janson Option” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the Paul Janson adventure
series.  “Trouble in Mind” by Jeffery
Deaver is a new collection of short stories. 
“The Lost Sisterhood” by Anne Fortier follows two women on parallel
journeys separated by time.  “Be Careful
What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest chapter in the Clifton
Chronicles.  “The Cairo Affair” by Olen
Steinhauer is a mystery.  “Wildfire” by
Ralph Cotton, “The Ghosts of Apache Creek” by Ralph Compton and “Butchery of
the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon is a Guido
Brunetti mystery set in Venice. 


Large print

            “The Daring Ladies
of Lowell” by Kate Alcott is an historical romance.  “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in
the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Miss
Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross tells of the challenge of a rude
granddaughter.  “Death Come Quickly” by
Susan Wittig Albert is a murder mystery. 
“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman is a love story
set in New York City.  “Matchless” by
Jane Candia Coleman is a western set in the Colorado mining camps.  “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine is a Jaine
Austen mystery.  “Reflections of
Yesterday” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. 
“Bad Wolf” by Nele Neuhaus is the sixth in the German Inspectors
Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein thriller series, the second published in the


Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

             “Children of the Revolution” by Peter Robinson
is a mystery set in the turbulent 1970s. 
“The Collector” by Nora Roberts involves an apparent
murder-suicide.  “Warriors” by Ted Bell
is the latest in the British counterspy Alex Hawke thriller series.  


Other novels

            “The Other Story”
by Tatiana de Rosnay tells of a writer who can’t escape his family’s secrets.  “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson is
book two of the Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series.  “The Auschwitz Escape” by Joel C. Rosenberg
is set in  Poland in World War II in the
height of the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews. 
“William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher is the
fifth book in this Star Wars series.  “Mentats
of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is the latest in the Dune
sci-fi series.


Thanks to our donors

books and materials this week, we thank Anonda Stein,
Wanda Duffin, Kristal Fortune, Patsy Harvey and Margie Richter. We also
received a stack of new books from Colorado Country Life magazine and La Plata
Electric. These books are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including books by
Colorado authors, which Colorado County Life has used as reference material for
stories, reviewed in the magazine or considered for review. They will soon be
available for checkout at your library.


Quotable Quote

            “All through the
long winter, I dream of my garden.  On
the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.  I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.”
– Helen Hayes (1900-1993), American actress and one of only 12 people who have
won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.




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