DIY tea wreaths, Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and Toys for Tots
This month’s adult DIY event takes place next Wednesday, December 9 at 2 p.m. when you will learn how to make a tea wreath. Instead of shoving tea bags in a drawer, make a tea wreath to display them for your family and friends. No registration required.
Then on Thursday, December 10 we hope you will join us from 4 – 6 p.m. for Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, an all-age event to celebrate the holiday season. You’ll enjoy seasonal crafts and a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Saturday, December 12 we’ll host Toys for Tots from 11:30-2:30 p.m. We hope you will drop off new, unwrapped gifts for needy children in Archuleta County. We would appreciate it if teens and tweens would volunteer at the drive. Please contact the library if you are interested.
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 Christmas movie
Tomorrow (Friday, December 4) from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll show a G-rated Christmas movie, a funny variation of a classic Christmas tale.
Free book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you. Please join us on Wednesday, December 9 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “The Last Apprentice-Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney.
Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On December 8 we will discuss “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson. If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe. No registration required.
Free health insurance and avalanche safety
Today (Thursday, December 3) we’ll host two special adult programs: A health insurance session from 10-11:30 a.m. when you will learn about Medicaid, Connect for Health and medical savings plans for seniors; and an avalanche safety event at 5 p.m. when Mark at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will discuss hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources. The health insurance program will be repeated on December 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. No registration required for these sessions.
Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running 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, December 7 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running 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.
Free technology sessions
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. Note: No Tech Time Thursday, December 10.
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 time 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.
“A Cherry Cola Christmas” by Ashton Lee is a large print version of this story about a group of women trying to create a holiday miracle. “Long, Tall Christmas” by Janet Dailey is a large print romance. “A Christmas Escape” by Anne Perry is the author’s 13th holiday mystery.
“Ghost to the Rescue” by Carolyn Hart is a Bailey Ruth Ghost mystery. “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende explores a bi-racial love affair after Pearl Harbor. “Maybe in another Life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid follows two alternate realities. “Nine Lives” by Wendy Corsi Staub is a Lily Dale mystery. “The Memory Weaver” by Jane Kirkpatrick in a Christian romance. “Saving Laurel Springs” by Lin Stepp is a Smoky Mountain romance. “Vendetta” by Lisa Harris is a Nikki Boyd Christian mystery. “If You Only Knew” by Kristan Higgins is a romance. “Did You Ever Have a Family” by Bill Clegg tells of a shocking disaster on the eve of a wedding. “The Zig Zag Girl” by Elly Griffiths is a Magic Men mystery.
“A More Perfect Union” by Dr. Ben Carson outlines his views on the importance and lessons of the U.S. Constitution. “The Death of Cancer” by oncologist Vincent T. DeVita reveals why the war on cancer is winnable. “Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox” by Dr. William Davis offers a way to reprogram your body for weight loss and good health. “The Bassoon King” is a memoir by Rainn Wilson. “With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear” by Gus Lee describes the wisdom he learned from the four-star general. We have two new travel books – Arthur Frommer’s Europe and Fodor’s Costa Rica 2016.
Thrillers and mysteries
“The Guilty” by David Baldacci follows a lethal assassin trying to save his father from a murder charge. “The Girl in the Ice” by Lotte and Soren Hammer is the second in the Konrad Simonsen series set in Greenland. “Tricky Twenty-Two” by Janet Evanovich, the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. “Dark Corners” by Ruth Rendall is a story of blackmails and murder. “Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. “A Vision of Fire” by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin features a brilliant child psychologist on a quest to save her young patients. “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery. “Gross Justice” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross series. “American Blood” by Ben Sanders features a former undercover cop now in witness protection.
“Red Lightning” by Laura Pritchett is set in eastern Colorado amid wildfires, illegal immigrants and drug runners. “Bookseller” by Cynthia Swanson is a debut novel set in Denver about a woman’s foray into an alternate world in her dreams. “Warhreat” by Terry Goodkind is the conclusion of the Sword of Truth fantasy series.
“The Muralist” by B.A. Shapiro is a suspense story set in the art world pre-World War II. “After Alice” by Gregory Maguire follows Alice’s friend Ada, who tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. “The Outlandish Companion: Volume Two” by Diana Gabaldon is a guide to the latest books in the Outlander series. “Numero Zero” by Umberto Eco is a conspiracy thriller involving Mussolini.
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.
“Scandal” is the complete first season. “Remember the Titans” stars Denzel Washington. “The Scorpion King” is an adventure featuring The Rock. “Constantine” is a supernatural thriller. “Hugo” enters the magical world of time.
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
For books and materials this week, we thank Howard Strahlendorf and several anonymous donors.
“There’s a rule in acting called “Don’t play the result.” If you have a character who is going to end up in a certain place, don’t play that until you get there. Play each scene and each beat as it comes. And that’s what you should do in your life. Don’t play the result.” – Actor Michael J. Fox talking about how he handles his Parkinson’s disease.