11/28/2013 – Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

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For the second year in a row, Liz Schnell and
her committee of dedicated ladies organized and hosted the bake sale at the
Holiday Bazaar on November 2, with all proceeds going to your library.  The bake sale made $1,202,80 – a record.    We are deeply grateful to these ladies –
and to those who baked and donated all the goodies to sell, without whom there
would be no bake sale. Their cakes, bread, cookies and pies were a great hit
and a sellout.

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We are also thankful for the volunteers who work
every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and
DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  In 2012, 36 men and women volunteered a total
of 1,127 hours, which is the equivalent of half a full-time employee.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers
are vital to our service to you. 

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We are grateful for the time and dedication of
our library board.  They are volunteers
and they are committed to making the library an essential hub of the community.

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Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature
included an appropriation of $2 million in the state budget to fund the State
Grants to Libraries Act.  Kristine
MacNeill, youth services librarian, applied for a grant to build up our early
literacy and early learning materials, and received $3,400.  She will use the money to buy books, DVDs and
music, along with professional resources for the library that will provide the
materials and programs necessary to support early literacy in our community.

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Above all, we pay tribute to the Friends of the
Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and
creativity under the leadership of their president Barb Draper result in so
many benefits to your library.  Their
annual summer book sale resulted in $5,400 profit.  This money was used to digitize The Pagosa
Springs SUN going back to the 1870s for your instant access at the library and
to fund many Summer Reading Program activities. 
Their latest project is the Festival of Trees next week.  They will decorate a tree on behalf of the
library and auction it off to the highest bidder.  (Please see details below.)  If you’re interested in joining the Friends,
they would love to hear from you.  

 

Library tree at Festival of Trees 

          Your
library will be one of many local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual
Festival of Trees at the Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library.  You have lots of opportunities to
participate.  On December 5 the public
can come to view the trees for free. You also can bid on trees if you cannot
attend the auction, and vote for your favorite. Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. is
the gala event when guests will enjoy appetizers, music, a cash bar and bid on
their favorites.  The money our tree
generates will, of course, be donated to the library.  Our tree will feature red and silver
ornaments with many Christmas-related books underneath and included in the
package.

 

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. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  

 

 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. 

 

Large print

            “Loss of
Innocence” by Richard North Patterson is a thriller set in Martha’s
Vineyard.  “The Rosie
Project” by Graeme Simsion follows a professor of genetics searching for a
perfect wife.  “Sometimes a Rogue” by
Mary Putney us the latest in the Lost Lords romance series.  “Red Moon” by Ralph Cotton and “Trail Hand”
by R.W. Stone are westerns.  “Massacre
Pond” by Paul Doiron is the latest in the mystery series featuring Maine Game
Warden Mike Bowditch.

                                               

Christmas stories for adults

            “Starry Night” by
Debbie Maccomber is a Christmas romance set in Alaska. 
“Christmas on 4th
Street” by Susan Mallery is a holiday romance set
in California.  “Spirit of Steamboat” by Craig Johnson is a
Walt Longmire mystery that opens on Christmas Eve.  “A Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer tells
of a stepdaughter determined to ruin the first Christmas of her stepmother on
this Massachusetts
island.  “The Dogs of Christmas” by W.
Bruce Cameron tells of a love affair of a woman and a basket full of
puppies. 

 

Mysteries and thrillers

            “Vicious Circle” by
Wilbur Smith is a story of family secrets, greed and revenge.  “Storm Front” by John Stanford is the latest
thriller in the Virgil Flowers series.  “The
Night Guest” by Fiona McFarlane follows a widow after a stranger arrives at her
door.  “Police” by Jo Nesbo is the latest
in the mystery series featuring Oslo
detective Harry Hole.  “Inherit the Dead”
is an unusual book because each chapter is written by one of  20 well-known thriller writers, with all
profits going to victims of crime. 
“Quiet Dell” by Jayne Anne Phillips is a novel based on real-life
multiple murders by a con man.  “The
Double” by George Pelecanos is a thriller in the Spero Lucas series. 

 

Other new fiction

             “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen is the story of
Edgar Allen Poe, his mistress and his wife.  “Parasite” by Mira Grant takes us a decade
into the future when humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and
disease.  “The Luminaries” by Eleanor
Catton is a ghost story set in 1866 New Zealand.  “The Spanish Queen” by Carolly Erickson is
the love story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

                         

DVDs

            Academy Award-winner “The Producers” starring Zero Mostel
and Gene Wilder, directed by Mel Brooks, is the 1968 film version of the smash
Broadway hit comedy.  “Leap Year” is a
romance starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. 
      

           

Memoirs and biographies

            “Johnny Carson” by
Henry Bushkin is a biography pf the King of Late Night by his longtime lawyer
and best friend.  “Paddle Your Own Canoe”
by Nick Offerman is a memoir by this star of NBC’s comedy show.  “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked” by
Chris Matthews explores the constructive relationship between Speaker of the
House Tip O’Neill and President Ronald Reagan. 
“Empty Mansions” by Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Dedman and Paul Clark
Newell tells the story of a reclusive heiress and the battle over a $300
million inheritance. 

           

How-to and self help

            “Ahead
of the Game” by Rosemary Scolard Moser is a parents’ guide to youth sports
concussion.  “The 163 Best Paleo Slow
Cooker Recipes” by Judith Finlayson is a compilation of gluten-free
recipes.  “False Graining Techniques” by
Jeff King and Beth Oberholtzer shows how to add the rich look of wood to your
next project.  “Baby & Kids Quilts”
provides 39 projects for you to make for tots to teens.

 

Other nonfiction

            “Five Days at
Memorial” by Pulitzer Prize winner, physician and reporter Sheri Fink is the
suspenseful portray of what happened at this New Orleans hospital after Katrina.  “The Best American Travel Writing/2013”
edited by Elizabeth Gilbert showcases the best travel articles of the
year.  “The Best American Short
Stories/2013” edited by Elizabeth Strout does the same for short fiction.  “Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado” by Andrea M
Jones explores the responsibilities of people who choose to live outside urban
boundaries.  “1914: Europe
Goes to War” by Max Hastings is a new history of the outbreak of World War
I. 

                                                                                     

Thanks to our donors

                  For books and materials this
week, we thank Ken Samela,  Patti Crites,
Allen Layton, Dena Schick, LiAnne Leaveck and several anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Authority without
wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” –
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672), first poet and first female writer to be published
in the British North American colonies.

Website

            For
more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books,
e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website
at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.                

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