New free weekly Family Fridays program debuts tomorrow

A new free family program called Family Fridays starts tomorrow (Friday, October 3) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.

This new program will take place every Friday and is open to residents and visitors.  It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.  Now there is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time.

Each week will feature a different activity – a film day, a board games day, a surprise day, with the fourth week being the Maker Lab.  Registration is not required.  Tomorrow is a surprise day, and we hope you will join us to enjoy the fun.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the free fall Lifeline Learning lecture series that starts next Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m.  Watch for more information in these Library News columns and/or pick up the LLL brochure at your library.

Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

Free Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place today (Thursday, October 2) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Characters welcomed.  Snacks provided.

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.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on staying safe online from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 2).  You will learn about strong passwords, phishing, pop-ups and website reliability.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. 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.

New cookbooks

“New Indian Slow Cooker” showcases both classic and innovative Indian recipes.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food” by Ken Haedrich offers more than 200 recipes for feel-good food from your childhood and some new dishes as well.  “International Night” by professional chef and food writer Mark Kublansky and his daughter Talia documents recipes from around the world they prepared together over 52 weeks.

Other nonfiction

“Daring: My Passages” is a memoir by journalist Gail Sheehy, the author of “Passages.”  “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is the companion volume to the seven-part PBS documentary series.  “NFL QB” examines the role of quarterbacks with materials taken from the pages and archives of Sports Illustrated magazine.  “Drivel,” edited by Julia Scott, is a collection featuring “deliciously bad writing by your favorite authors.”  “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz documents how Native Americans actively resisted U.S. expansion for centuries.  “Angry Optimist” by Lisa Rogak is a biography of Daily Show comedian Jon Stewart. “Behind the Gates of Gomorrah” by psychiatrist Stephen Seager takes readers inside a hospital housing the criminally insane.                   .


“Olympus Has Fallen” is an adventure about the White House being captured and the president kidnapped.  “Drive” stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver.  “Spy” is series one of this British sitcom.  “Sarah Plain and Tall” stars Glenn Close as a mail-order bride.  “The Magic of Ordinary Days” is a World War II love story.  “What the Deaf Man Heard” stars Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones.  Vincent Price in “The Last Man on Earth” and Orson Welles in “The Stranger” are golden movie classics.


“Personal” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher adventure series.  “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  “Private Down Under” by James Patterson and Michael White is the latest in the Private PI series, this one set in Sydney.  “The Eye of Heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake is the latest in the Fargo adventure series.  “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd follows a woman searching for the killer of the man who murdered her mother when she was a girl.

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“Last To Know” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic suspense story.  “Bleeding Texas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Sidewinders western series.  “The Devil May Care” by David Housewright is the latest in the McKenzie mystery series.  “Cure for the Common Breakup” by Beth Kendrick is a romance set in a Delaware seaside town.  “Murder in Murray Hill” by Victoria Thompson is the latest in the Gaslight mystery series.  “The Eye of heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake is the latest in the Fargo adventure series.  “The Long way Home” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Designated Daughters” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot” by Reed Farrel Coleman is the latest in the Jesse Stone mystery series.  “The Secret Place” by Tana French is a murder mystery set in Dublin.

Other new novels

“Joyful” by Shelley Shepard Gray is the story of second chances for a young Amish couple.  “Bitter Greens” by Kate Forsyth follows a young girl locked in a Rapunzel-like tower.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we are grateful to many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th president of the U.S.   


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