How we read books today
Not long ago, some publishing industry experts forecast that e-books would mean the death of print. But people’s reading habits have taken a different turn, according to research results published recently in The Week magazine. Here are highlights:

* Book reading has remained steady at around 70 percent of American adults since 2012, after a steep decline from 92 percent in 1978. Women and young adults are the biggest bookworms.

* Initially e-book sales accounted for increasingly large percentages of industry sales each year, jumping from 1.2 percent in 2008 to 22.5 percent in 2012. Since then e-books sales have largely been flat. Consumers may be responding in part to the increased cost of e-books. Many e-books now cost as much as a paperback or even a hardcover.

* Americans have become hybrid readers, shifting between print, audio and digital books, depending on the situation.

* Audio books accounted for the strongest portion of adult books sales in 2015, perhaps because they can be downloaded so easily. Some audio book narrators, including celebrities, have developed the followings and star power to drive sales.

* Younger readers and fiction fans make up a significant portion of the audio book base. Mysteries/thrillers/suspense are the most popular, followed by history/biography/memories and popular fiction.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Backpacks available for free checkout
Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we 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

Free tech sessions
Rachael 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. Please let Rachael know what technology classes you would like to have taught in the next couple of months.

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. But: Note no teen gaming next Tuesday, August 30.

Free library storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

We have sets 1 and 2 of the Agatha Christie Hour, each with five crime stories, and the complete third season of “Popular Mechanics for Kids.” “Salt” is a CIA thriller starring Angelina Jolie. “A Greatest Classic Legends” DVD includes four John Ford westerns. “Henry Ford” is a PBS documentary on the auto maker’s life.

“Born of Legend” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the ninth in The League romance series. “I’ve Got Sand in all the Wrong Places” by the mother-daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella is a collection of true stories of modern women’s everyday lives. “Rise of the Machines” by Thomas Rid is a nonfiction book about cybernetics, a control theory of men and machines.

“What’s Really Happening to Our Planet?” by environmentalist Tony Juniper explores the challenges we face and solutions we can act on to reverse current trends and leave a better world for our children. “Freedom: My Book of Firsts” by Jaycee Dugard is the second memoir of a woman abducted at age 11. “Wild Babies” by Traer Scott displays photos of baby animals from giraffes to hummingbirds.

Mysteries and suspense
“Insidious” by Catherine Coulter is a FBI thriller. “Deadly Fate” by Heather Graham is a paranormal thriller.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Maureen Margiotta and Laurence Schwartz.

Quotable Quote
What good is gratitude? Research shows that grateful people give 20 percent more time and money to their communities, have 10 percent fewer stress-related illnesses, are more physically fit, have blood pressure lower by 12 percent, enjoy more satisfying relationships with others, and their overall positive attitude adds as many as seven years to their lives.

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