How to find new authors you will like

Do you have a favorite author but would like to branch out and read the work of other writers if it is similar?  You can find myriad read-alike authors using the NoveList database.  It’s available free by clicking on “on-line databases” on the top of the home page of the Sisson Library’s website. Or, pick up a copy of the “Author Read-alikes” brochure at your library for many more options.

Examples for mysteries:  If you like Nevada Barr, try Deborah Crombie, Karen Kijewski and Jessica Speart.  If you like C.J. Box, try Ivan Doig, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger and Michael McGarrity.  If you like Lilian Jackson Braun, try Nancy Atherton, Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton and Rita Mae Brown.  If you like Tony Hillerman, try Anaya Rudolfo, Margaret Coel, James D. Doss, Sharyn McCrumb or Aimee and David Thurlo.

Examples of suspense:  If you like David Baldacci, try Stephen Cannell, Michael Connelly, James Grippando, John Grisham and Kyle Mills.  If you like Dan Brown, try John Case, Michael Crichton, Margaret George, Katherine Neville, Daniel Silva and Barbara Wood.  If you like Michael Connelly, try Richard Barrre, James Elroy, John Harvey, Jeremiah Healy and Ian Rankin.

Examples of women’s fiction:  If you like Maeve Binchy, try Lynne Hinton, Eva Ibbotson, Rosamunde Pitcher and Sarah Woodhouse.  If you like Fern Michaels, try Catherine Anderson, Debbie Macomber, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel.  If you like Anita Shreve, try George Eliot, Robert Goddard, Sue Miller, Jodi Picoult and Kate Wilhelm.

Examples of adventure:  If you like Clive Cussler, try Ted Bell, Lincoln Child, Jack B. Du Brul, Ian Fleming, Douglas Preston, Matthew Reilly and James Rollins.  If you like Tom Clancy, try Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, R.J. Pineiro, David Poyer and Joe Weber.

Lifelong Learning today

The second of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, October 11 at 5 p.m. with  “Prevention through the Positive” by April McCue and Kate Jones.  It explores the root causes of unhealthy behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence and more to promote healthy behaviors.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is this Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

In “The Writing Process” by Ellen Greenfield on October 13, the author reads from her novel “White Roses” and discusses how it came to be written and the writing process in general.  “Introduction to Seed Saving” by Robin Young on October 18 teaches you the basics of seed saving from your own garden to carry forward the best of your garden’s harvest into the next season.

“Child Abuse and Neglect Training” by Lacy Brown on November 1 explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  “Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, October 12) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic cancelled

Tomorrow (Friday, October 12) from 2-3 p.m. the free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney has been cancelled due to no available attorney.  This is the first time our volunteer attorney has cancelled, so we don’t expect this to happen very often.  This clinic is scheduled for the second Friday of every month.


Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  It will be the third Tuesday for this month only.  On October 16 we will discuss “”Born to Run: a Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, October 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, October 11, and October 18.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Family storytimes and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

 Spanish suicide prevention books

We have two additional books purchased with our generous suicide prevention grant from San Juan Basin Health.  “Padres A Prueba de Crisis” by Rich Van Pett and Jim Hancock presents advice for parents on identifying and helping a teenager through such crises as eating disorders, hazing, sexual abuse, substance abuse and divorce.  “Los Dones de la Imper Feccion” by Brene Brown shares 10 guideposts for helping youngsters deal with feelings of imperfection and inadequacy.

Books on CD

“Rowing the Northwest Passage” is the first-hand account of four seasoned adventurers traveling this high Arctic route on a high-tech rowboat.  “The Last Sheriff in Texas” by James P. McCollom is the true story of a small town election post World War II.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“An Easy Death” by Charlaine Harris is a thriller featuring gunslinging mercenary Lizbeth Rose in a place where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted.

Large print

“Jericho’s Road and Hard Trail to Follow” by Elmer Kelton contains two novels in the Texas Ranger series.

Other novels

“Solo Star Wars” by Mur Lafferty is an expanded version of the Han Solo character’s story.  “Blood Communion” by Anne Rice is a tale of Prince Lestat, the latest in the Vampire Chronicles.  “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger tells of a small town in the upper Midwest working for new beginnings for its residents.  “War of the Wolf” by Bernard Cornwell is the latest in the Saxon Tales series.


“Fear: Trump in the White House” by Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward of Watergate fame is his insider look at the president’s decision-making processes.  “Writing Children’s Books” by Anthony D. Fredericks is a how-to guide for potential authors to writing and publishing a children’s book with writing techniques and insider information.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them 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.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free 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.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Lyn Dryburgh and our anonymous donors.   For their generous contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank the Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Beehive Homes, San Juan Basin Health, Scott Strategic Investments and Socorro Senior Living Center.

Quotable Quote

“Sometimes it is better to be kind than right. We don’t need a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart who listens.” – Anonymous

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