Free Karaoke, Legos, Otaku and PJ party fun
Tomorrow (Friday, May 13) from 2-3:15 p.m., sing your favorite songs with friends and family at a free all-ages karaoke session.  This Saturday, May 14 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided –a.m. for the free Lego Club.  On Monday, May 16 from 4-5 p.m., the free Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club for fifth-12th grades meets to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   Pajama Time storytime takes place next Tuesday, May 17 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.

You can start registering May 15 online or at the library for this year’s free Summer Reading Program, which takes place June 6-July 29.  Summer Reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.

Local author donates book to library
Local author Sosumi Starr has given the library a copy of “Rock Slam,” book one of a two-part series that she describes as a work of fiction based on a true story.  It is a difficult read. The book focuses on the experiences of three women involved with an unidentified cult who lose their husbands, children and homes because of the cult’s emotional and financial control over their lives.  As the victims put it, the cult’s leaders “befuddle your mind with control and lack of sleep” and they “use your better instincts against you.”  Sosumi, which we assume is a pseudonym because we have not been able to track her down, says that the second book, “Floating,” will detail a path to recovery.

Lifelong Learning tonight
This evening (Thursday, May 12) at 5:30 p.m. marks the fifth of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series.  Judith Reynolds from Ft. Lewis College will highlight the role of political cartoons in political campaigns over time.    The lectures are free and no registration is necessary.

Spanish class informational meeting
This afternoon (Thursday, May 12) from 4:30-5 p.m., learn more about the Spanish class taught by Jean Broderick that starts on May 26 and runs for six weeks.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-4:45 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration is iPad Basics on Wednesday, May 18 from noon-2 p.m. when you will learn finger swipes, navigating the home screen, using the camera, connecting to wireless and more.

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.

How-to and self help
We have two new cookbooks — “BBQ Rules” by celebrity chef Myron Mixon, and “The Love & Lemons Cookbook” by Jean Donofrio featuring more than 100 simple recipes to turn farmers market finds into delicious meals.  “Disrupt Aging” by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins offers a new path to living your best life at every age.   “Modernize Your Resume” by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark provides modern samples and powerful strategies.  “Mother Earth News Almanac” contains recipes, money-saving hints, recycling projects and more.  “Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau is a practical guide to finding your perfect job.

Other nonfiction
“Life Reimagined” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty looks at new research that is redrawing the future for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.  “Nothing Ever Dies” by Viet Thann Nguyen explores the longterm effects for the U.S. and Vietnam of the war there.  “Vitamin N” (N is for nature) by Richard Louv suggests 500 ways to connect with the natural world right now.  “One Wild Bird at a Time” by Bernd Heinrich describes day-to-day observations of individual wild birds.  “Good to be Grand” by Cheryl Harbour helps you make the most of your grandchild’s first year. “Door to Door” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes explores the changes comes to our transportation systems to meet our demands for instant delivery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Maestra” by L.S. Hilton is the first of a planned sexy thriller trilogy.  “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci features Det. Amos Decker.  “War Hawk” by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood features Sigma favorite Tucker Wayne and his military dog Kane.  “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts follows the life of a little girl who learns of her father’s dreadful crimes.  “Arab Jazz” by Karim Miske begins with a murder in Paris.  “Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline describes the horror of a couple who learns the sperm donor of their baby is a murderer.  “Overwatch” by Matthew Betley begins when a man impulsively answers a dead man’s ringing phone.

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.  “What We Find” by Robyn Carr is a Thunder Point novel set in Colorado.

 Large print
“The Other Side of Silence” by Philip Kerr is a Bernie Gunther mystery.  “Once a Rancher” by Linda Lael Miller is a Carsons of Mustang Creek western.  “The 14th Colony” by Steve Berry is a political thriller.  “Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline follows a couple shocked to find their sperm donot is a serial killer.  “The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King is a Mary Russell  and Sherlock Holmes mystery.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Beverly Moore, Dona Sehon and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author and naturalist.

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