Free High School Equivalency and college prep classes
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place today, October 1, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., with classes beginning next Tuesday, October 6. Students may join classes any time but going through orientation is preferable.
With a vision toward enhancing literacy and education, your library is the new home site of the county’s free HSE and college prep program. This program will be offering help with preparing for the GED and entering college, vocational tech or trade schooling with assistance in program applications, finding and filling out financial aid.
GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school. If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The four official tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango. The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available. You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.
For more information on this program, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or under the Adult Education tab on this site.
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.
Save the date for Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the free fall Lifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pick up the brochure with details of speakers and programs at your library.
Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 5 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment. This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Free Medicare 101
Area Agency of Aging helps you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need today (Thursday, October 1) from 10:30 – noon at your library. Call them at 264-0502 to register.
Free karaoke for all ages
Join your friends and family tomorrow (Friday, October 2) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a karaoke session for all ages. Come to sing; stay to socialize.
Free science fun
Science Madness for fourth-six graders takes place Wednesday, October 7 from 4-5 p.m. This month you will create a volcano.
Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, October 1) from 4-5 p.m. for the meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.
Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. 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 iPad Intermediate on Monday, October 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This class will cover organizing apps, creating website bookmarks, sending photos in email and more.
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.
“God, Help Me!” by Janice Anderson is the memoir of a woman whose faith was tested after a tragic accident that killed her family. “The Man Who Wasn’t There” by science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy looks at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s, out-of-body experiences and more. “Destiny” by T.D. Jakes offers guidance for you to fulfill your own purpose. “Joy” by Abigail Santamaria is a biography of the wife of C.S. Lewis. “Private Offerings” by Ann Bridges is an insider’s look at Silicon Valley. “Life is Good: The Book” by Bert and John Jacobs reveals simple life lessons from two brothers. “Staying Sharp” by Drs. Henry Emmons and David Alter provides nine keys to brain health.
“The Nature of the Beast” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Long upon the Land” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery. “Devil’s Bridge” by Linda Fairstein is a mystery in the Mike Chapman series. “Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery. “Devoted in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas series. “The Solomon Curse” is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake. “X” by Sue Grafton is the latest in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series. “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the latest in the Fox-O’Hare thriller series.
“MacGyver” is a secret agent action film. “Orange is the New Black” is season one of the TV series. “Dirty Dancing” stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. “200 Classic Cartoons” is a four-disc set. “The Jerk” is a comedy starring Steve Martin. “Once” is a film about two musicians. “Say Anything” is a romance starring John Cusack. “Cahill: United States Marshall” stars John Wayne. “The French Connection” stars Gene Hackman. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakquel” is a family comedy. “Daddy Day Care” is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. “A Fish Called Wanda” is a romantic comedy. “Casualties of War” is based on a true story in wartime Vietnam. “Crocodile Dundee II” stars Paul Hogan.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Driving Heat” by Richard Castle features NYPD’s top homicide detective investigating the murder of her own psychologist. “Entry Island” by Peter May is a murder mystery set in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and ancient Scotland. “Dishing the Dirt” by M.C. Beaton is a mystery set in the Cotswolds.
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, Karen Cox, Diane Davis, Bob and Carole Howard, Fran Jenkins, Peter Locke, Marcie Taylor and several anonymous donors. For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Nancy Green and Jill Charbonneau.
“Diane Nyad was 64 when she swam from Cuba to Florida…. Tony Bennett is 88, and Lady Gaga is using him to seem relevant…. Wisdom is something you can’t just Google.” – American Bill Maher, comedian, political commentator and TV host.