Three cooking classes for healthier eating in the New Year
Next Tuesday, January 6 brings the first 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. The timing is perfect for those of you who put “lose weight” at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list. The classes take place from 6 – 6:45 p.m. on January 6, 13 and 20. No advance registration is required.

Expanded hours
Starting this week, your library is expanding our hours to better accommodate your schedule. These changes are 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.

Free science fun for tweens
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on Wednesday, January 7 from 4-5 p.m.

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.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (January 2) 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.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, January 5 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, January 6 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.

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.

Large print
“Betrayed” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosa & DiNunzio mystery. “The Cinderella Murder” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is an Under Suspicion mystery. “The Missing Place” by Sophie Littlefield is a mystery set amid North Dakota’s oil boom. “Strangers” by Bill Pronzini is a Nameless Detective mystery. “French Pastry Muder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery. “Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs: Jane Austen Takes the South” is a romance by Mary Jane Hathaway. “Destiny’s Captive” by Beverly Jenkins is a romance. “Only Enchanting” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club novel set during the Napoleonic Wars. “Small Victories: Spotting Improbably Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott is a collection of essays on faith, family and community. “Wyoming Trails” by Lauren Paine and “To Hell or the Pecos” by Patrick Dearren are westerns.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Irene” by Pierre LeMaitre follows a killer paying homage to visceral scenes in famous works of crime fiction. “A String of Beads” by Thomas Perry is the latest in the Seneca thriller series.

Other novels
“Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves” by Carolyn Chute follows the leader of a self-sufficient counterculture community. “A Man of his Own” by Susan Wilson is the story of an unlikely family with an Army K-9 dog named Pax at the center.

“The Roberts Court” by Marcia Coyle is an inside look at the current Supreme Court. “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case” by Michael Ross is the first full account of this mystery that electrified the South at a critical moment in race relations. “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis follows four undocumented teens who build a robot for a contest that pits them against some of the best student engineers in the country.

“Faith like Potatoes” is an inspiring film based on a true story of a farmer who moves to South Africa. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” follows an American woman who moves to China. “Akeelah and the Bee” is about a little girl wanting to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “Sugar,” in Spanish with English subtitles, tells of a baseball player from the Dominican Republic.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Joe Bauman, Barbara Conkey, Randy Davis and Haleigh Sowerby.

Quotable Quote
“The new year lies before you like a field of fresh new snow. Be careful how you tread on it, for every mark will show.” – Ine Braat, contemporary video producer in the Netherlands.

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