08/15/2013 – An update for our unhappy Kindle patrons

We dropped
Overdrive, our previous free e-book downloading system, because of the
cost.  We paid $6,000 a year to belong to
that consortium and we had to sign a three-year contract.  3M is half the cost, has a year-to-year
contract and – unlike Overdrive – we own the titles we purchase.  It is faster, easier and less cumbersome to
use than Overdrive.  Also, we can
purchase titles recommended by our patrons. 
So 3M is by far the better service overall. 

            Interestingly, for a time regular
Kindles were not compatible with Overdrive either – until enough Kindle users
complained to Amazon and they changed their policy.  That’s why we encourage you to contact Amazon
and tell them you want to be able to download library books via 3M. 

            “I am very sorry for the
inconvenience to our regular Kindle patrons,” says Jackie Welch, Sisson Library
director.  “But after a 23 percent
decrease in our funding for the last two years because of lower property
valuations and thus lower tax monies available, I had to take a good look at
how we spend our funds.  Rest assured, if
there is any way to make everyone happy, I will do it.”

            Note that 3M is compatible with Kindle
Fire devices. We have instructions at the library, and library staff members
are happy to help if you are having difficulty.

           

Book sale this weekend

The Friends of the
Library’s annual book sale takes place August 16 and 17 at the Centerpoint
Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160
(note new location).  Tomorrow (Friday,
August 16) is the Friends of the Library short annual meeting, potluck and
preview sale from 6 – 9 p.m.  The sale
opens to the public on Saturday, August 17 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This event is a great deal for you and for the
library:  You get hard cover and
paperback books, videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the
library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us.  We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join
the Friends of the Library, which you can do at the door on Friday
evening.  Individual membership is $15,
family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

           

Free tech programs

            Meg 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 on your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring advance
registration is Facebook Basics for Individuals (not businesses) on Monday,
August 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

 

Free teen programs

            Every
Wednesday from 3 – 4:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games) and
Card Battles, starting with Pokemon Card Battles, but you are welcome to bring
other trading card battle games.  Snacks
provided.

 

Adult trivia time today

            Test your
knowledge against other adults and win prizes at this free, fun session today
(Thursday, August 15) at 6 p.m.

 

Diabetes workshop

            Whether you’ve
been diagnosed with diabetes, know someone who has it, or just want to learn
more, this free workshop with multiple expert speakers and a Q&A session
next Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. will provide lots of helpful
information.  For more details, watch for
next week’s Library News column or pick up a flyer at the library.

 

Nonfiction

            “Lost Girls” by
investigative reporter Robert Kolker details the search for a serial killer
still at large on Long ISnaldn, N.Y. 
“The Definitive Guide to MySQL 5/third edition” by Michael Kofler
explains the most popular open source database on earth.  “American Gun” by Chris Kyle is a history of
the U.S. told through ten legendary guns. 
“The Great Degeneration” by Niall Ferguson explores the institutional
rot that is destroying our country. 

             

                         

Large print

            “Down
on the Gila River” by Joseph A. West and Ralph Compton is a western.  “The Whiteness of the Whale” is a thriller by David Poyer.  “Stolen” by Allison Brennan is the latest in
the Lucy Kincaid mystery series.  

 

                       

Books on CD

            “Hidden Order” by
Brad Thor is the latest in the Scot Harvath thriller series.  “Light of the World” by James Lee Burke is
the latest in the Dave Robicheaux mystery series.  “Blood & Beauty” by Sarah Dunant is about
a corrupt man who buys his way into the papacy in 15th century
Italy.   “First Sight” by Danielle Steel tells of a
gifted designer in the fashion world. 
“True Love” by Jude Deveraux is the beginning of a new Nantucket Brides
trilogy.  “The English Girl” by Daniel
Silva is the latest in the mystery series featuring Gabriel Allon.  “Big Girl Panties” by Stephanie Evanovic is a
romance.  “Affliction” by Laurell K.
Hamilton is the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

                                   

Mysteries and thrillers

             “The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop &
Café” by Mary Simses is a mystery set in Maine. 
“Trinity Game” by Sean Chercover explores a sleazy televangelist who may
be able to predict the future.  “The
Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian is set in Florence in 1943 and
1955.  “The Last Word” by Lisa Lutz is
the latest in the Spellman Investigations series.

           

Other new novels

            “The Violet Hour”
by Katherine Hill is a debut novel of family love and betrayal.   “First Sight” by Danielle Steel is about a
gifted designer during Paris Fashion Week. 
“Letters from Skye” is a story told in letters spanning two continents
and two world wars. 

                       

DVDs

            “The Prince of
Egypt” is an animated adventure that won the Academy Award for best original
song.  “Planet 51” is a family comedy set
on a distant planet.   “The Sopranos” gives you Season six, part one
of this popular TV series.  “X-Men
Origins: Wolverine” stars Hugh Jackman. 
“Nothing But Trouble” is a ghoulish comedy starring Chevy Chase, Demi
Moore, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd.  “The
Adventures of Black Stallion” provides 13 episodes from season one.  “P.D. James: The Essential Collection” gives
you nine mysteries on 15 DVDs.

             

Thanks to our donors

For books and
materials this week, we thank Norman French, Cathne Holt, Bamma Laizure and Jonathan
Stein.

 

Quotable Quote

             “For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a
woman.” – Virginia Woolf  (1882-1941),
English author and intellectual. 

Website

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more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books,
e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website
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