Book Fair cancelled; fly fishing and reading to a therapy dog plus more free fun
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.

Here’s a special free treat for kids in K-fifth grade:  Next Wednesday, July 20 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. they can share their favorite book with Penny, a therapy dog who loves to listen to stories.

For adults, a three-part fly fishing series will include the basics of fly fishing – basic knot-tying, equipment parts and setup, and casting – taught by Mark Wardell.  Sessions take place Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at the library.  Then Saturday July 23 starting at 8 a.m. you’ll put your new skills to use when you go fly fishing.

More free activities
Detailed Summer Reading schedules for all ages are available at your library, and it’s not too late to sign up.   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.

Backpacks available for free checkout
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 week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.

Free recycled crafts today and tomorrow

Today (Thursday, July 14) from 3-5 p.m. 5th-12th graders can make crafts out of old magazines and other recyclables.  Then tomorrow (Friday, July 15) from 2-3:30 p.m. will be an all-ages session when friends and families can make new crafts from old junk.

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

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

Free science fun Saturday
Science Madness for kids in the first-fifth grades will explore the awesome properties of water from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.  Be prepared to get wet!  This event is rescheduled from June.

Free DIY for adults
Make and decorate a simple birdfeeder on Wednesday, July 20 at 1 p.m. while also learning about common local birds.

Free flower pressing
Next Thursday, June 21 from 1 – 2:15 p.m., first-sixth graders will create a bookmark with pressed flowers.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, July 21 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free tai chi for teens
Tai chi for 7th-12th graders is on Monday, July 25 from 3-4 p.m. Come learn about and practice tai chi with our very own teen expert Josh Pike.  This is the third and last in this tai chi series.

Free Otaku for teens
Fifth-12th graders are invited Monday, July 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. and come to watch some anime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga.

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.   A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics tomorrow (Friday, July 15) from 10 a.m. – noon.

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.

“My Life in Beer and Politics” is the autobiography of John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s governor.   “The Eternal Party” by Kristina Hagman is a biography of her TV star father Larry Hagman.

How-to and self-help
“101 East Homemade Products for Your Skin & Home” by Jan Berry helps you go green in your life.  “Grit” by psychologist Angela Duckworth shows you how passion and persistence are the secrets to outstanding achievement.  “Cracking the Aging Code” by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan explores the new science of growing old and what it means for staying young.

Other nonfiction
“Believers, Thinkers and Founders” by Kevin Seamus Hasson explains how we came to be one nation under God.  “It’s Dangerous to Believe” by Mary Eberstadt documents how people of faith face discrimination in today’s secular society.  “What a Fish Knows” by ethologist Jonathan Balcombe reveals the surprising capabilities of fish.  “Our Separate Ways” by Dana H. Allin and Steven N Simon examines the struggle for the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

“Turkey” and “Thailand” are two DVDs that are part of the Rudy Maxa’s World Exotic Places series.

Large print
“The Revenant” by Michael Punke is the survival action story on which the award-winning movie was based.   “Paradise Sky” by Joe R. Lansdale is a western.  “Cape Hell” by Loren D. Estleman is a Page Murdock adventure.

Mysteries and suspense
“The Games” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is a Private mystery.  “Ghosts of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike thriller.  “Defender” by Diana Palmer is a romantic mystery.

Other novels
“First Comes Love” by Emily Giffin is the story of two sisters in their late thirties on the anniversary of a tragedy.  “The Charmers” by Elizabeth Adler follows a niece who inherited a villa and a mystery in the South of France.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Ali Evans-Crawford and Fred Uehling.

Quotable Quote
“In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author, poet and naturalist.

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