Free family concert features myriad instruments, sing-alongs and dancing
Join us next Wednesday, November 23 from 10 – 11 a.m. for a free all-ages “Tapestry of Sound” concert at your library. Jessica Peterson and Paul Roberts will perform a special concert for children and families on their array of instruments from around the world. Join the fun with sing-alongs, body percussion, dancing and drumming.
Your library will be closed November 24-26 so our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.
High school equivalency (GED) changes
Please note that the days and times for Mark Wardell’s classes at your library for the high school equivalency (formerly known as GED) classes have changed. Effective immediately, they are Mondays from 10-3, Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7 and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7. In addition to helping people study to take the high school equivalency tests, he also can help adults with other educational needs, including college applications, college placement tests, trade/vocational school entry, student aid (loans and scholarships), and more.
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, tweens/teens and adults.
Free Lifelong Learning lecture today
The sixth and last lecture in the fall series of the Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place at 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, November 17) when Herman Martinez and Patricia Martinez will explore the traditions and life ways of the Indo-Hispano communities of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, November 17), 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 tomorrow
Join us for an all-ages board games session tomorrow (Friday, November 18) from 2-3:15 p.m. We have Scrabble, Cards, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders plus Cat in the Hat.
Free Otaku Club
Monday, November 21 from 4-5 p.m. kids in the fifth-12th grades are invited to enjoy Otaku. Watch some anime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga.
Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions – but note no Tech Time on Tuesday, November 22. Also, Thursday Tech Times have resumed on Thursdays – 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 great stories, fun 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 into 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 into everyday family life.
“Hag-Seed” is Margaret Atwood’s new take on “The Tempest.” “The Trespasser” by Tana French is a mystery.
“Cadfael” is the PBS “Mystery!” series set in war-torn medieval England. “A Touch of Frost” is a three-disc collection from this British detective series. “The Mists of Avalon” retells the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the women involved. “Outlander” is season two. “We Shall Remain” looks at Native American leaders from the PBS American Experience series. “The Goodwife” is the final season. “The Choice” is based on the Nicholas Sparks book.
Mysteries and thrillers
“Precious and Grace” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective series. “Betrayals” by Kelley Armstrong is book four in the Cainsville mystery series.
“Maestro: Homecoming” by R.A. Salvatore is book two in the fantasy series. “Hot Milk” by Deborah Levy tells of a daughter trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman is about a young girl facing guilt after she survives an accident. “The Award” by Danielle Steel follows the life of a woman in the French Resistance. ‘This Was a Man” by Jeffrey Archer is the final volume of the Clifton Chronicles. ‘The Wall of Storms” by Ken Liu is book two in the Dandelion Dynasty fantasy series. “Summerlong” by Peter S. Beagle is a fantasy set in Puget Sound. “Manana Means Heaven” by Tim Z. Hernandez is a love story about the woman behind Jack Kerouac’s “The Mexican Girl.” “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman focuses on an angry man next door.
“Underground Ranger” by Doug Thompson shares details of the caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. “Josiah’s Fire” by Tahni Cullen is the story of an autistic little boy, his family and their faith. “Pre-Suasion” by social psychologist Robert Cialdini offers a new way to influence and persuade. “American Endurance” by Richard A. Serrano documents the Great Cowboy Race of 1893.
Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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 many genres.
Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you 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. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marsha Baker and several anonymous donors.
“One person with passion is better than 40 people merely interested.” – E.M. Forster (1879-1970), English novelist, short story writer and essayist.