Creative pumpkin contest and zombie lock-in at your library

To help you get into the Halloween mood, we hope you will submit your own decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or decorated as you choose – in our contest. Completed pumpkins must be turned in tomorrow (Friday, October 30) by 3 p.m., with winners announced at 4 p.m.  There are five age categories in the contest:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.  Enjoy creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the winners to be announced.

Also tomorrow, teens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a zombie lock-in from 6-9 p.m.  To participate, teens must present a completed permission slip as they enter the library by 6 p.m., at which time the library will be closed.  Zombie costumes are optional but encouraged.  Activities will include video and board games, an art project, a read-in, and a movie – or teens can bring their own books, handheld games or other games.  Pizza will be served.

Lifelong Learning free lectures
The third lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, October 29) when Elizabeth Howey, Jan Santopietro and Lacy Caprea, a Pagosa Springs Medical Center wellness trio, will explain a variety of local options for health improvement including nutritional counseling, classes and free early detection screens.  You also will learn about how you can manage your health online.

The fourth lecture on November 5 features Jonathan Dobson on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months.  The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood.  He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.
Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

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.

Free stand-up comedy
Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to join us for open mic comedy next Monday, November 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Comedy must be holiday-themed and clean material.  Registration required – drop in or call 264-2209 to reserve your time spot.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 2 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, November 2 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.

Teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, November 5 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free Thursday adult movie
Join us next Thursday, November 5 at noon for a PG Paul Newman movie and popcorn at noon.

Science Madness
Kids in the first-fifth grades are invited to explore science fun on Wednesday, November 4 from 4-5 p.m.  This session we will have fun with bubbles.

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 Facebook for Business on Monday, November 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 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 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.

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added eight more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen and “Undercover” by Danielle Steel are suspense stories;  “The Cinder Spires: The Astronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher and “The Solomon Curse” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake are action adventures;  “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood is a near-future tale; “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain is historical fiction;  “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is women’s fiction  and “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights” is the latest work by Salman Rushdie.  Access these e-books at our website 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 myriad genres.

Spiritual nonfiction
“The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible” by Jim George focuses on the most essential elements of the Christian faith.  “Spirituality of Gratitude” by Joshua Choonmin Kang explores the unexpected blessings of thankfulness.

Large print
“Saint Mazie” by Jami Attenberg is set in the Bowery during the Great Depression.  “Signal” by Patrick Lee features ex-Special Forces operative Sam Dryden.  “The Residence” by Kate Andersen Browder is a nonfiction book taking you inside the private world of the White House.  “The Night Sister” by Jennifer McMahon is a thriller featuring three women who were friends since childhood.  “MacCallister” by William W. and J.A. Johnson is an Eagles Legacy Kingdom Come adventure.  “The Righteous Revenge of Lucy Moon” by Bill Brooks is a western.

“Willow” is a fantasy story.  “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is a comedy.  “Von Ryan’s Express” is an adventure.  “The Maze Runner” is an action thriller.
Thrillers and mysteries
“The Hidden” by Heather Graham is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters series and is set in Estes Park.  “Star Wars Aftermath” by Chuck Wendig is a thriller.  “The Lake House” by Kate Morton is a suspense story set in Cornwall, England.  “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham features Sebastian Rudd.

Other novels
“One Year After” by William R. Forstchen takes place two years after nuclear weapons were detonated above the U.S.  “Ghost to the Rescue” by Carolyn Hart is a Bailey Ruth Ghost novel.  “A Crucible of Souls” by Michell Hogan is book one of the new Sorcery Ascendant Sequence.  “The Cinder Spires” by Jim Butcher is the start of a new fantasy series.  “Killing Titan” by Greg Bear is the second in the War Dogs sci-fi trilogy.   “Sit! Stay! Speak!” by Annie England Noblin pairs a bedraggled puppy who a woman also in need of love.  “An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea” by Patrick Taylor continuers the story of Fingal O’Reilly.

Story CDs
“Purity” by Jonathan Franzen tells of a young girl looking for her origins.  “Corridors of the Night” by Anne Perry is a William Monk Victorian England crime story.  “The Survivor” by Kyle Mills is book 14 in Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp thriller series.  “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Scam” by Janet Evonovic and Lee Goldberg is the next book in the author’s new series.

Music CDs
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.

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.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous donation in memory of Bob Bigelow, and to Joan Mieritz for her donation of a subscription to Yes! magazine.
For books and materials this week, we thank Marti Gallo, Mellody Gartley and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints.  We spend more but have less, we buy more but enjoy less.” – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)

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