Teen murder mystery lock-in, Halloween storytime, pumpkin contest and party

Tomorrow (Friday, October 28) is the teen murder mystery lock-in from 5-7:30 p.m. for 12-17 year olds. For your teen to participate, you must fill out and present a permission slip upon entry to the event. All participants must be in the library by 5 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged for a contest. Teens will solve a mystery, participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy other fun activities while eating pizza.
Halloween (Monday, October 31) brings a special storytime from 10-11 a.m. when kids of all ages are invited to wear costumes to the library. We will read (sort of) spooky stories and sing songs. Next comes the pumpkin decorating contest judging and party from 2-3:30 p.m. The library has a limited number of free pumpkins, but if we run out you may submit your own. Your pumpkin can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person. Completed pumpkins must be turned in on Halloween day by 2 p.m. for judging, with winners announced an hour later. Pumpkin artists will enter your work in one of four age categories – preschool, 5-7, 8-11, 12-17 and adult. Hang out at your library with creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the names of the winners.

Special note:
There will be no Library News column next Thursday, November 3. Activities from now through November 9 are covered in this column.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, please pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Free Lifelong Learning lecture today
The third in the fall series of the ever-popular Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today (Thursday, October 27) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. when Roberta Tolan, CSU extension director, describes trees and scrubs appropriate for mountain landscapes. No registration is required for Lifelong Learning lectures. Next Thursday, November 3 Enrique Garcia, a forestry student from Madrid, will speak on the forests of Spain. Last two talks: November 10, when musicians Jessica Peterson and Paul Roberts discuss the wide-ranging benefits of music with demonstrations on flutes and string instruments; and November 17 when Herman Martinez and Patricia Martinez explore the traditions and life ways of the Indo-Hispano communities of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on these interesting presentations.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us for a PG zombie movie tomorrow (Friday, October 28) from 2-3:30 p.m. Our contract does not allow us to tell the title in the media, but you can find it on the activities calendars.

Contest alert for LEGO fans
Friday, November 11 is the deadline for dropping off your pre-made submissions for the annual LEGO contest, with winners announced the next day at 11:30 a.m. There will be prizes for each of four age groups – preschool, 5-7, 8-11 and 12-17 – plus one Judges’ Choice. Pick up the November Kids Calendar at your library for contest rules and details.
Free reading with therapy dogs
Wednesday, November 2 from 4-5 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades will share their favorite books with Cassia, a therapy dog who love listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Teen advisory board
Thursday, November 3, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Free all-ages gaming
Friday, November 4 from 2-3:15 p.m. enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Free adult book club
Tuesday, November 8 at 2 p.m. the adult book club will discuss the nonfiction title “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” by Conor Grennan. If you need a copy, let us know. The adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.

Free adult DIY
This month’s DIY session Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. features stenciled pillows. Materials provided. No registration required.

Free role playing for teens
Wednesday, November 9 from 4-5:30 p.m., join us for a role-playing game for teens in the seventh-12th grades. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. We’ll do it again on November 30. Contact Claire if you have questions.
Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions. More formal sessions requiring registration take place from 10 a.m. – noon tomorrow (Friday, October 28) when Facebook for Business Pages teaches you how to access and plan for social network success whether you’re a small business, nonprofit, entrepreneur, artist or promoter; and Friday, November 4 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. when E-mail Basics helps you set up a Gmail account and learn how to send and receive emails. Also, Thursday Tech Times resume on Thursday, November 3 – but note new time of 2-4 p.m.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for stories, songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

“The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps and Time Lines” edited by John A. Beck is a guide to studying God’s Word. “Making Sense of God” by pastor Timothy Keller is aimed at skeptics of faith and religion. “Hero of the Empire” by Candice Millard tells of Winston Churchill’s little-known exploits during the Boer War. “Killing the Rising Sun” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard details the final months of World War II. “50 Super Bowls” by Allan Maki and Dave Naylor features the greatest moments from these football games. “The Foxfire Book of Simple Living” celebrates 50 years of Appalachian listenin’, laughin’ and learnin’. “Free to Make” by Dale Dougherty tells how the Maker Movement is changing our schools, our jobs and our minds. “Everyday Cook” is a personal collection by Alton Brown. “A Truck Full of Money” by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder is the biography of Paul English, the genius who co-founded Kayak.com.

Large print
“Frontier: Powder River” by S.K. Salzer and “Bloodshed of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns. “Precious and Grace” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. “The Life She Wants” by Robyn Carr begins with the suicide of a husband who stole all his clients’ money. “Broken Trust” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Badge of Honor mystery. “Triple Crown” by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis mystery. “Thunder Wagon” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn is book 2 in the Wind River series. “Ralph Compton: Outlaw Town” by David Robbins and “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Bloodbath” by William W. and J.A. Johnston are westerns. “Charlie Red” by Michael Zimmer is book 5 in the American Legends Collection.

“The First Churchills” is a love story about Winston Churchill’s ancestors. “Ghostbusters Answer the Call” is a supernatural comedy. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a rock musical horror comedy. “Snapped” is the complete seasons 1 and 2. “The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents” is a History Channel documentary. “Noble” is a multiple award-winning true story of an Irish woman in Vietnam. “Ken Burns Presents Cancer” is a documentary.

“A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny is an Armand Gamache mystery. “Razor Girl” by Carl Hiaasen is set in the Florida Keys. “First Star I See Tonight” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a sport romance set in Chicago. “Rushing Waters” by Danielle Steel follows characters dealing with a hurricane in New York City. “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer tells of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. “Pirate” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is an adventure. “Three Sisters, Three Gregory” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in Henry VII’s court.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Trespasser” by Tana French features the Murder Squad. “A Fortune in Jewels” by Victoria Rose is a Josy Rose Cat Burglar story.

Other novels
“News of the World” by Paulette Jiles is a post-Civil War story. “El Paso” by Winston Groom pits Pancho Villa against a Boston railroad tycoon. “Hag-Steed” by Margaret Atwood is a new take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett explores living up to expectations in contemporary black America. “Crimson Death” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the 25th vampire hunter adventure. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult features a black nurse in trial after facing a moral dilemma in a hospital nursery.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Karin Freeman, Fred Uehling and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus (1913-1960), French philosopher, author and journalist.

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