Multiple free Christmas activities at your library
Today (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 ask that you drop off new, unwrapped gifts for needy children in Archuleta County between now and then.  We hope teens and tweens will volunteer at the drive.  Please contact the library if you are interested.

Monday, December 14 from 4-5 p.m. is a creative, new teen and tween program when we’ll teach you some short story writing techniques as you begin your very own short Christmas story.

The second Pajama Time storytime takes place next Tuesday, December 15 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.  We will sing, dance and read our way to bed.  This new program takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

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 career planning help
Next Thursday, December 17, you can meet with a career counselor to discuss your employment plan.  Assistance is available to help with identifying career goals, writing your resume, job search, financial help for vocational training, and support services such as clothing, tools and transportation.  Drop in any time from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  No registration required.

Free movie
Tomorrow (Friday, December 11) from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll show a PG-rated movie.  Our contract does not allow us to name the movie in the media, but it’s listed on the activities calendars.

Free LEGO club
LEGO Club takes place Saturday, December 12 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for 6-13 year olds. This event is a chance for kids to create and build with LEGOs.

Free health insurance session
Today (Thursday, December 10) is 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.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 14 for a free healthy eating discussion series that 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 14 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 today (December 10) or December 15.  A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics on Monday, December 14 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Large print
“Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwall is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series.  “Host” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a collection of recent short stories by Stephen King.  “The Diamond Caper” by Peter Mayle is the latest in the mystery series set in Provence, France.

“I am Evelyn Amony” by the human rights advocate for war-affected women describes life in Uganda with the Lord’s Resistance Army.  “Talking to Crazy” by psychiatrist Mark Goulston offers advice on how to deal with the irrational people in your life.  “Tough as They Come” by SSG Travis Mills tells of his survival after a quadruple amputee injury in Afghanistan.  “The Generals” by historian Winston Groom details the lives of Patton, MacArthur and Marshall.  “1946” by Victor Sebestyen tell of the year when the Cold War began, the British Empire ended and the U.S.-USSR rivalry began.  “Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster?” by David Andrews explores the myths, misery and psychology of waiting in line.  “The Health Gap” by Michael Marmot, president of the World Medical Association, describes how social injustice is the greatest threat to global health.  “Hunting Season” by James Harkin investigates the abduction, captivity and execution of American journalist James Foley and the fate of other ISIS hostages.

Thrillers and mysteries
“A Banquet of Consequences” by Elizabeth George is the latest in the series featuring Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers.  “Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series.  “The Ghost Fields” by Elly Griffiths is the seventh in the Ruth Galloway mystery series.  “The Survivor” by Kyle Mills is a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series originated by Vince Flynn.  “Commander in Chief” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the President Jack Ryan thriller series.

Other novels
“The Explorers Guild Volume One” by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner is the first book in a new series about a secret order looking for mythical and mysterious places.  “Wyoming Rugged” is a western romance.  “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende explores a love affair across generations and continents.  “The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans is an inspirational Christmas story.  “Precious Gifts” by Danielle Steel follows a family after the father’s will is read.

“Inside Out” is a Disney Pixar animated family film.  “Meet the Parents” stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.  “The Goodwife” contains the first season.

Story CD
“Shopaholic to the Rescue” is the latest in Sophie Kinsella’s chick lit Shopaholic series.

Music CDs
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.

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 Kathy Carter, Janet Ann Miller, Jeff Versaw and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” – Three-time Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep.

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