Local authors publish book on Capitol Reef area
In 2012 my husband and I visited the Capitol Reef area in Utah, a site so remote that we were told the nearest traffic light is 78 miles away. The views were spectacular – massive domes, soaring spires, graceful arches, box canyons, sandstone cliffs and natural bridges under the vast blue desert sky.
But this remoteness can be intimidating and overwhelming. Therein lies the value of an informative new book by local authors Rick and Lynne Stinchfield titled, “Beyond Capitol Reef: South-Central Utah: A Hiking and Touring Guide to the Area Surrounding the Capitol Reef National Park.”
The Stinchfields’ recommendations are detailed because they know the area so well. They have volunteered at the park for six weeks every spring and fall for the past 12 years, exploring not only the park but also several thousand square miles of the public land that surrounds it. In this guide, they describe the extremes of the area – from short, easy hikes to longer day trips and overnight treks; scenic drives on paved highways to backcountry excursions requiring rugged 4WD vehicles. You also will learn about the natural history of the region, with an emphasis on geology that takes advantage of Rick’s training as a geologist. The book is organized by region and cross-indexed by activity.
This is Rick’s second book on the area, the first being “Capitol Reef National Park,” published in 2010. “Lynne should have been co-author of the first book as well as this one,” he mused. Rick is the writer in the partnership but Lynne plans the itineraries and takes all the field notes. In both books, Rick’s stunning photographs add greatly to the text.
The Stinchfields donated both books to the library for your reading and traveling enjoyment. You can purchase your own copies at amazon.com. To take advantage of their expertise without going so far away, watch for news of their annual Forest Service local hikes – a geology hike in early June and a hike at the Provancher Ranch along the Blanco River in early July.
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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.
New teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, September 3 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.
Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, August 28 at noon for popcorn and a PG movie suitable for teens and kids. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).
Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, September 1 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.
Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.
Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Android 101 on Monday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. You are encouraged to bring your own device for hands-on learning.
Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: 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.
Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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. Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website. You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.
“The Billion Dollar Spy” by Pulitzer Prize winner David E. Hoffman explores the spy the U.S. had in Moscow in the last years of the Cold War. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a letter to the author’s son about key issues like American history and ideals and the relationship of father and sons.
“Sweet Tea and Secrets” by Nancy Naigle is an Adams Grove romance. “One Way or Another” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic suspense story. “The Mountain Story” by Lori Lansens tells of four strangers lost on a mountain together. “The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a Kendra Michaels thriller. “Badlands” is a western by C.J. Box. “Naked Greed” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Deadly Assets” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Badge of Honor mystery.
“The Dark Knight” stars Christian Bale. “Insurgent” is the second adventure in the Divergent young adult sci-fi trilogy.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Long upon the Land” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery. “The Murderer’s Daughter” by Jonathan Kellerman is a stand-alone psychological thriller.
“Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner tells of a series of lifetime meetrings of two children who met in the ER. “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Series Cove series. “Friction” by Sandra Brown is about a Texas Ranger who wants custody of his daughter. “Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig follows a young boy and his uncle escaping a tyrannical woman.
“The Woman Who Stole My Life” by Marian Keyes is a comedic story. “Scents and Sensibility” by Spencer Quinn is a Cher and Bernie mystery. “Half a War” by Joe Abercrombie is the third in the Shattered Sea fantasy trilogy.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Greg Giles and several anonymous donors.
“Do everything you ask of those you command.” – George S. Patton (1885-1945), U.S. Army general and military leader.