10/3/13 – GED program available free at your library

GED is a series of five tests in
science, math, social studies, reading and writing that you take if you have
not graduated from high school.  If you
pass, you have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma.

            The
two teachers at the library are Mark Wardell, a Colorado-licensed adult
education teacher who has been a GED instructor for 10 years, and Susan
Lawrence, who has been a GED teacher for a year and is working on her license.  The program uses a combination of online
resources and one-on-one tutoring sessions, with personalized teaching, life
skills instruction and sample tests.

To take advantage
of this free GED program, you need to pay a one-time $15 administration
fee.  The five official tests administered
by State of Colorado
proctors are $30 each.  Scholarships are
available.   You do not need to take the tests at the same
time, but you do need to take them in person (not online). 

Julie Loar, GED
program director, cautions that the GED tests will change in January.  She hopes this deadline will provide an
incentive for Archuleta
County people to schedule
their GED learning so that they can finish by the end of the year.

This free GED program
is funded by a grant from the federally funded Adult Education and Family
Literacy Act (AEFLA).

           

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. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session on
PowerPoint Basics takes place Wednesday, October 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  You will learn how to create a slideshow for
your organization, presentation or school needs.  This class requires registration.  Pick up the complete calendar at the library.

 

Free Spanish classes

            The third of a six-week Spanish class takes place on Wednesday, October 2 from
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for all ages taught by Roberta Strickland.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library.  Registration
is required.  You do not have to attend
all sessions to participate.

 

Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. (note new day and time) we host Teen Gaming (X-box,
Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other
trading card battle games.  Snacks
provided. 

 

Free tween science event

            Science Madness
for fourth-sixth grades takes place tomorrow from 2 – 3:15 p.m.  Theme is “Egg-spiriment” – What are the
possibilities of using eggs for science? 
Registration is required.

 

Save the date for LEGO contest

            Our annual LEGO
contest takes place next Saturday, October 12. 
Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, October 8, and the contest is
limited to 18 participants.  Entries must
be built ahead of time using your own blocks. 
Prizes will be awarded for each of three ages categories – seven and
under, ages 8-11, and ages 12-17.  An
additional prize also will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  More details and a full list of the rules are
available at the library.

 

Large print

            “The Look of Love”
by Bella Andre is the latest in the Sullivans romance series.  “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson is a mystery .  “The Summer Girls” by Mary Alice Monroe is a
Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.  “Justice for
Sara” by Erica Spindler is a murder mystery. 
“Her Last Breath” by Linda Castillo is the latest in the Amish mystery
series featuring Kate Burkholder.  “The
Christie Curse” by Victoria Abbott is a mystery in the Book Collector
series.  “Can’t Stop Believing” by Jody
Thomas is the latest in the Harmony romance series.  “Miranda” by Grace Livingston Hill is a
romance.  “Dick Francis’s Refusal” by
Felix Francis is the latest in the horse race mystery series featuring Sid
Halley.

 

CDs

            “The Last Kiss
Goodbye” by Karen Robards is a thriller. 
“Compound Fractures” by Stephen White is the last book in the series
featuring psychologist Alan Gregory.  “Rose Harbor
in Bloom” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series.  “Blond Justice” by Anne Perry is a mystery
set in Victorian England.  “Claire of the
Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat is a mystery set in Haiti.  “The Beast” by Faye Kellerman is the latest
in the mystery series featuring LAPD’s Decker and Lazarus.  “The Highway” is a western by C.J. Box.  “Volume 15” contains four stories by L. Ron
Hubbard.  “Mistress” is a thriller by
James Patterson and David Ellis.

 

Other fiction

            “The Butler: A Witness to
History” by Wil Haygood, about the White House butler who served eight
president, is the story that inspired the hit movie.  “The Third Kingdom”
by Terry Goodkind is the sequel to “The Omen Machine” in the Richard amd Kohlan
epic fantasy series.  “The Sound of
Things Falling” by Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia. 

 

How-to

            “Inside Rehab” by
Anne M. Fletcher explores the addition treatment industry and how to get the
help that works for you.  “Surviving
Sexual Violence” edited by Theme Bryant-Davis offers a variety of advice and
resources to help victims understand and recover.  “Walking on Eggshells” by grief counselor Amy
Sales gives caregivers helpful, therapeutic ways to cope with the realities of
caring for a critically ill loved one. 
“Office 2013: All-in-One” is a beginner’s guide with simple instructions
for those with no experience.  “Dignity”
by Donna Hicks, an expert in conflict resolution, offers practical guidelines
to harnessing the power of dignity to resolve conflict in our everyday lives and
work.

                                     

Quotable Quote

            “We all have our
time machines.  Those that take us back
are memories.  And those that carry us
forward are dreams.” – H. G. Wells (1866-1946), English author best known for
his science fiction books such as “War of the Worlds,” “The Time Machine” and
“The Invisible Man.”

Website

 

            For 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 at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.                

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