Free book exchanges, Mad Hatter’s tea party and Internet safety workshops
Your library is organizing two free book exchanges this month – one for adults and the other for teens. The adult event takes place at Higher Grounds, 189 Talisman Drive, next Tuesday, January 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The teen event takes place at the library from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, January 30.  Adults should bring a new or very gently used book to swap while you meet other bibliophiles and share favorite books. At their event, teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with. No prior registration is required for either of these special events.

Meanwhile, youngsters aged two to eight are invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party this Saturday, January 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. We’ll celebrate one of our favorite stories, “Alice in Wonderland.” Wear your best hat and come ready to have some fun! This is a free event as well.

Then parents will want to mark your calendars for one of two free workshops on Thursday, January 22 designed to help you learn more about Internet safety and how to help your children make smart decisions online. The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and then be repeated from 5:30 – 7 p.m. so that parents can pick a time that works best for you. No advance registration is required. This event is co-presented by your library and the Archuleta Country Victims Assistance Program.

Expanded hours
Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed Monday, January 19 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This means no card battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades this week.

Teen midterm study sessions
Teens are invited to join us from 4 – 7 p.m. today (Thursday, January 15) from 4 – 7 p.m. to help you prepare for your midterms. The large meeting room will be reserved for you to study, access online resources and books, and enjoy brain food.

One more cooking class
Next Tuesday, January 20 from 6 – 6:45 p.m. we’ll host the last of three free cooking classes put on by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center to help you learn new tips and techniques for healthier eating in 2015. No advance registration is required.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names. Of course, there will be no movie on January 19 because your library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 16) and every Friday at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity. This week’s focus is board games.

Free teen and tween gaming
Join us Tuesday, January 20 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Tween gaming takes place on Wednesday, January 21 from 4 – 5 p.m.

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 focuses on Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, January 15) where you will learn to create a spreadsheet, format columns/rows, perform simple mathematical calculations and create simple formulas.

“41: A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush is a biography of the life and leadership of George H.W. Bush. “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer, the rock star, crowdfunding pioneer and TED speaker, explains how she learned to stop worrying and let people help. “Go Pro” by Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson is a professional guide to filmmaking.

“Cleanskin” is an action thriller starring Sean Bean. “The Ledge” is a sexy and suspenseful thriller. “Melinda and Melinda” is a Woody Allen film that tells a woman’s story twice – as a comedy and a drama. “Yonkers Joe” is an ode to old-time gamblers before today’s fancy casinos. “The Escape” by David Baldacci is a thriller that starts with a prison escape. “Children on their Birthdays” is based on Truman Capote’s short story set in a small Southern town. “Woman Thou Art Loosed” is based on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ novel. “Five Minutes of Heaven” starring Liam Neeson is a thriller based on true events.

Large print
“Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge” by Robert Knott features territorial marshals in Appaloosa. “The Assassination Option” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations adventure. “Saving Grace” by Jane Green is about an assistant trying to save a tempestuous marriage. “Rain on the Dead” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the thriller series featuring Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon.

Mysteries and thrillers
“No Fortunate Son” by Brad Yalor is the latest in the Pike Logan thriller series. “Fifty Mice” by Daniel Pyne is about a man put into the federal witness protection program against his will.

Other novels
“The Dress Shop of Dreams” by MEnna Van Praag is a romantic tale with a twist of fantasy. “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion is the sequel to “The Rosie Project.”

“Woman with a Gun” by Phillip Margolin is a mystery that starts with a prize-winning photograph. “Betrayed” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm series. “The Escape” by David Baldacci

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Carmen Ferguson, Judy Clare and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist, philosopher of science and developer of the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

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