Backpacks available for free checkout plus fly fishing talk
Here’s something totally new at your library, thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library.  We now have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.   We think this is a very appropriate new service for our patrons, considering that the themes for this year’s Summer Reading program are all about being healthy and active.

Still focusing on fun outdoor activities, please join us next Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. for a free talk “52 Rivers: A Woman’s Fly Fishing Journey.”  A librarian by trade and an angler by heart, Shelley Walchak quit her job to spend a year fly fishing.  Hear her stories of the rivers, ask questions and have the opportunity to have a copy of her book autographed.  No registration required.

Book fair cancelled

The Friends of the Library annual book sale August 12-13 has been cancelled this year because they do not have enough books to put on their usual first-class event.  The annual Friends meeting and member reception still will occur on Friday, August 12, but it will take place at the library (new location).  At that event, Meg Wempe, our new library director, will be introduced to members.  Over the next year, we will stockpile books to ensure that the 2017 book sale will be a noteworthy event with the large variety of high-quality items for sale that has made this event so popular in the past.

Free Summer Reading activities
Detailed Summer Reading schedules for all ages are available at your library.   Adults, teens and children will have bingo cards to complete for prizes.   Babies will have a game board to fill out for their prizes.  Participants should mark calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 29 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with food, games, crafts and live music  Grand prizes will be announced after the drawing.  Unlike other years, you must be present to win.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Enjoy a PG family movie from 2-3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, July 8).  Our contract does not permit us to name the title in the media, but you can find it on the activities calendars.

Free Lego Club Saturday
Lego Club for kids six-13 years is 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Free tai chi for teens
Tai chi for 7th-12th graders is on Monday, July 11 and July 25 from 3-4 p.m. Come learn about and practice tai chi with our very own teen expert Josh Pike.  This month’s sessions are the second and third of three but attendance at all three is not required.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On July 12 we will discuss “Full Body Burden” by Kristen Iverson.  If you need a copy, please let us know.  No registration required.

Free Read with a Ranger
Youngsters aged six-10 are invited to Read with a Ranger next Wednesday, July 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. when U.S. Forest Service Ranger Brandon will explore our own Chimney Rock National Monument with books and activities.

Free henna art for teens
Wednesday, July 13 from 4-5 p.m. is henna art for 7th-12th graders.  Teens can created their own or copy designs for temporary tattoos.

Free recycled crafts for tweens and teens
Thursday, July 14 from 3-5 p.m. 5th-12th graders can make crafts out of old magazines and other recyclables.

Free Olympics fun
“Wet and Wild” is the theme of Library Olympics next Thursday, July 14 from 1 – 2:15 p.m. when first-sixth graders will enjoy different stations with water activities.

Free adult walk
Adults interested in meeting new people while taking a walk and discussing books should join us for a 30-minute walk next Thursday, July 14 from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  No preassigned book.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., pre-K and kindergarteners and their families 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.

“Frackopoly” by Wenonah Hauter explores the author’s views on the dangers of fracking.  “Game of Crowns” by Christopher Andersen is a look at the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton.  “Jane Doe January” by Emily Winslow is a memoir of a crime novelist who was raped.  “The Kamikaze Hunters” by Will Iredale is an account of how a few brave pilots ensured lasting peace during World War II.  “Here’s to Us” by Elin Hilderbrand follows three women once married to the same man after his death.  “Ordinarily Well” by psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer examines the pros and cons of antidepressants.  “Delicious Dump Cakes” by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore provides recipes for 50 desserts to make in 15 minutes or less.  “DIY Garden Projects” by Mat Pember describes projects from The Little Veggie Patch Co.

“Smart Cookies” is a touching movie about selling Girl Scout cookies.  “Little Boy” it about a little boy willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father home from World War II.  “Race” is the story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens.  “Texas Rising” features the Texas Rangers.  “The Wire” is the fourth season.

“The Highwayman” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

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“Tall Tail” by Rita Mae and Neaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “Don’t You Cry” by Mary Kubica starts with a woman’s disappearance.  “The Highwayman” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure” by Nancy Atherton is a mystery.  “End of Watch” by Stephen King is the finale to a trilogy.

Mysteries and suspense
“Brighton” by Michael Harvey follows a friend who returns home to protect a friend and the secret they share.  “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock” by Paul Tremblay starts with the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.

Other novels
“Born of Legend” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the League series.  “Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.”  “The Pursuit” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is a Fox and O’Hare mystery.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Carmen Ferguson, Julie Gates, Sandra Lombardi and David Paige.  We are especially grateful for additional donations in honor of Scottie Gibson from David and Caren Gardner as well as Paul and Martha Lehti.

Quotable Quote
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare.

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