11/21/13 Why novels can make you a nicer person

      Psychologists at
the New School for Social Research asked people between the ages of 18 and 75
to read 10 to 15 pages of either literary fiction, including short stories by
Anton Chekhov and Don DeLillo; popular fiction, including a story by Danielle
Steel; or nonfiction articles from Smithsonian magazine.  Then they tested the subjects’ ability to
look at pictures of people’s eyes and faces and tell what emotions those
pictured were feeling.

found that the subjects who read the literary works scored much higher than the
other readers, suggesting that within just a few minutes the stories had
heightened their emotional intelligence. 
That’s likely because literary fiction “forces you as a reader to
contribute your own interpretations, to reconstruct the mind of the character,”
study author Emanuele Castano told USA Today. 
That, in turn, may make readers better at empathizing with others and
navigating complex social situations in real life.      


Lifelong Learning tonight

            Tonight (Thursday,
Nov. 21) at 6 p.m. marks the last in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong
Leaning lecture series with the subject being stress reduction.    Wellness manager Carol Anderson from the
Pagosa Media Center provides techniques to reduce stress in your life.


“Bully” movie Saturday

            Join us for a free
viewing of the documentary “Bully” at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23, followed by
a discussion.  This session requires no
registration and is open to all ages.


Tweens gaming

            Join us tomorrow
(Friday, November 22) from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for free Tweens Gaming – Wii, Xbox,
board games and cards.


Free Anime/Manga Club for teens

            Join us for a
variety of Japanese culture (crafts, movies, cosplay, bento lunches, etc.) on
Saturday, November 23 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on the fourth Saturday of every
month.  Characters welcome.


Free teen crafts

            Join us for “Make It!” – a free teen crafts time
on Monday, November 25 from 4 – 5 p.m. and on the fourth Monday of every month


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session on digital
photos requiring registration takes place tomorrow (Friday, November 22) from 10:30
– 12:30 p.m.


 Free teen gaming

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. 


Large print

            “The Spymistress”
by Jennifer Chiaverini tells of a woman with amazing skills in gathering
military intelligence during the Revolutionary War.  “Break Out!” by Joel Osteen offers practical
steps and encouragement for creating a life without limitations.  “The Litter of the Law” by Rita May and
Sneaky Pie Brown is the latest in the Mrs. Murphy mystery series.  “Dark Witch” by Nora Roberts is book one in
the new Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. 
“Accused” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the Rosato & Associates
mystery series.  “The Minor Adjustment
Beauty Salon” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies
Detective Agency series.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “Just What Kind of
Mother Are You?” by Paula Daly is a thriller about friendship, families and a
terrifying betrayal.  “Spider Woman’s
Daughter” by Anne Hillerman is a new mystery series featuring Leaphorn and
Chee, characters created by her father, Tony Hillerman.  “Identical” by lawyer Scott Turow is about
two identical twins involved in murder and betrayal.  “Purgatory” by Ken Bruen is the latest in the
series featuring Irish former cop Jack Taylor. 
“The Joshua Stone” by James Barney tells of a secret underground
laboratory in remote West Virginia. 


Other new fiction

            “Bertie Plays the
Blues” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the series about the residents
of 44 Scotland Street.  “Paris was the
Place” by Susan Conley follows the lives of the teacher and students at a
center for immigrant girls.  “Longbourn” by
Jo Baker us the below-stairs answer to “Pride and Prejudice.”  “Mad About the Boy” by Bridget Jones starts
with the day a girlfriend’s 60th birthday is the same day as a
boyfriend’s 30th.  “The Ghost
Bride” by Yangsze Choo is a coming of age story infused with Chinese



            “Fringe” is a DVD
with the complete first season of this American science fiction season.  “Joshua” is an inspirational story about a
stranger whose mysterious powers inspire a small town. 


How-to and self help

Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD by Cheryl Lawhorne and Don Philpott offer
guidance for returning veterans, including treatment, rehabilitation and
support.  “The 80/20 Manager” by Richard
Koch describes how to focus on issues that really matter and ignore those that
don’t.  “The Smart Woman’s Guide to
Planning for Retirement” by personal financial expert Mary Hunt shows you how
to plan to turn your dreams into reality. 
“The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes” by Judith Finlayson is a
compilation of gluten-free recipes. 


Other nonfiction

            “Cat Sense” by
anthro-zoologist John Bradshaw shows you how the new feline science can make
you a better friend to your pet.  “Wonder
Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection” by Debora L. Spar, president of
Barnard College, explores how American women’s lives have – and have not –
changed over the past 50 years.  “One
Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson takes you back to one amazing season in
American life.  “The Firm: The Story of
McKinsey and its Secret Influence on American Business” by financial journalist
Duff McDonald shows how McKinsey’s power has allowed it to set the course of
American capitalism.


Thanks to our donors

                  For books and materials this
week, we thank Ali Evans-Crawford, Ed Lowrance,  Tom
Thorpe, Heidi Moller and several anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “Frankness is usually
a euphemism for rudeness.” – Muriel Spark (1918-2006), award-winning Scottish


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