Teen after-hours lock-in and all-ages movie tomorrow
Teens aged  13-17 are invited to your library’s first-ever after-hours lock-in tomorrow (Friday, July 22) from 5-7 p.m. where you’ll enjoy games and food in the library.  You must have a signed permission from your parents in order to attend.

Also tomorrow, from 2-3 p.m., join us with your friends and family for a PG movie.  Our contract does not allow us to reveal the title in the media but you can find all this information in the activities calendars available at the library.

Summer Reading activities and party
Detailed Summer Reading schedules for all ages are available at your library.  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 Friday, 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.

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).  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.

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 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.

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

Teen advisory board
Today (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 adult fly-fishing
The last session of a three-part fly fishing series takes place Saturday July 23 starting at 8 a.m. when you’ll put your new skills to use when you go fly fishing.

Free youngsters party
Next Tuesday, July 26 from 2-3 p.m. K-first graders are invited to an Elephant and Piggy party when we will  play pin the tail on Piggy and Elephant, enjoy snacks and  crafts, and read Elephant and Piggy books.  As a special treat, we will also raffle off an Elephant and Piggy plush.

Free role-playing game event for teens
Next Wednesday, July 27 from 3-5 p.m. seventh-12th graders are invited to a role-playing game event using the game Fiasco, which can be played through in just a couple of hours.

Free Olympics fun
“Obstacle Course” is the theme of Library Olympics next Thursday, July 28 from 1 – 2:15 p.m. when first-sixth graders will form teams to go through a library obstacle course to see who will win gold, silver or bronze.

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 28 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.

“Before You Judge Me” by Tavis Smiley and David Ritz reveals the final months of Michael Jackson’s life.  “Love Wins” by Pulitzer Prize winner Debbie Cenziper tells of the lovers and lawyers who led the fight for same-sex marriage equality to the Supreme Court.  “The View from the Cheap Seats” by Neil Gaiman is a collection of more than 60 essays.  “If You Can Keep It” by Eric Metaxas is a review of America’s uniqueness and what we must do to keep it.  “This Brave New World” by Anja Manuel shows how for economic prosperity we must bring China and India along as partners rather than alienating them.

“Alladin” and “Zootopia” are Walt Disney movies.  “Tesla: Master of Lightening” is a PBS documentary about the scientist.  “Meerkat Manor” is season one.

“Dark Horses” by Ralph Cotton and “Bloodshed of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “Here’s to Us” by Elin Hilderbrand follows three women all married to the same man after he dies.  “Bay of Sighs” by Nora Roberts is book two of the Guardians trilogy.  “All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank tells of a couple facing issues as they retire to Charleston from New York City.   “Beyond the Ice Limit” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a Gideon Crew adventure.  “The House of Secrets” by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg is a mystery featuring a priceless book belonging to Benedict Arnold.

Large print
“This Violent Land: a Smoke Jensen novel of the West” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Murphy’s Law” by Ethan J, Wolfe is book two in the Regulator series.  “The Singles Game” by Lauren Weisberger follows a female tennis star.

Mysteries and suspense
“Go-Between” by Lisa Brackmann is about for-profit prisons, the war on drugs and more.  “Little Girl Gone” by Gerry Schmitt is an Afton Tangler thrillers.  “Someone Always Knows” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.

Other novels
“Absalom’s Daughters” by Suzanna Feldman is set in the Jim Crow South.  “Make Me Love You” by Johanna Lindsey follows an earl’s unloved daughter determined to create a happy family.  “Magic” by Danielle Steel tells of a year in the lives of three power couples.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Karen Hoch, Carol Thalman, David Smith, Medora Bass, April Holthaus, Austin Brady, Diane Bower, Kelly, Wennona Brown and Joe Margraf, as well as Bonnie Stamford.   We also are especially grateful for an additional donation in honor of Scottie Gibson from Joan and Barry Adler.

Quotable Quote
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle (1908-2002), American comedian, actor and TV star.

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