2/14/2013 – Artist’s generosity to youth education also benefits library





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John has donated a
copy of his latest book “The Art of Meaningful Living” to the library.  Written by psychotherapist Christopher F.
Brown with John’s impressive art on virtually every page, the book’s sections
take you through various concepts like hope, commitment, wisdom, awareness, control
problems, mind management, change, passions, resilience and effective decision

39, is a leading contemporary abstract artist who paints in a style he calls
Escapism.  His preferred medium is a mix
of oils, pastels, graphite and oil sticks. 
He also likes to paint using the old masters egg tempura techniques he
learned in Florence.  He paints with vibrant hues and likes to
experiment with bold colors.

  His first show took place in 1997 at a bar
where the manager Jim McDermaid, now manager of the Alley House, asked John to display
some of his paintings – and he sold three off the wall.  A fifth-generation Texan with his own gallery
in Houston, John has had many one-man shows and also participated in larger exhibitions.  He has studied and painted around the world
in major cities including Berlin,
Florence, Vienna, Cape Town, Paris and Cadaques, Spain,
home of Salvador Dali.  One critic said,
“If he continues on this path, he will be one of the most dynamic artists of
the 21st century.”


Video contest for teens – last call

            Teens aged 13-18 –
individually or in teams – are invited to enter a nationwide video contest to
promote Colorado libraries’ 2013 summer reading programs.  The winning video will net its teen
creator(s) a cash prize of $275 – plus prizes worth $125 for their local
library.  Your video must be 30-90
seconds long, promote the 2013 summer reading theme “Beneath the Surface,” and
encourage teens to read and use libraries this summer.  You can get entry forms and more information
from a flyer at the library.  Or go http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/TeenVidContest.htm.  The deadline for submitting videos and the
required forms is February 20.  


Sports gaming for teens

            Seventh – 12th
graders are invited to join us for free fun electronic sports gaming and snacks
from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 and the fourth Friday of every month.


Free high-tech training

We are coming to
the end of our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions with Cody, as he
and his equally talented wife Tiffany are leaving Pagosa to return to librarian
jobs in the Denver
area.  Cody’s last day is February
24.  Catch the last two of his informal
sessions Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. – noon and Thursday, Feb. 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.  He also has two more formal training sessions
that require advance registration for space reasons:  Today (Thursday, Feb. 14) from 10 a.m. – noon is training on
our newest 3M e-book platform (first hour) and our new e-audio downloadables,
OneClickDigital (second hour).  Then
Wednesday, Feb. 20 is Introduction to Skype from 1 – 3 p.m. when you will learn how easy it is to video
chat over the Internet. We are currently recruiting for Cody’s and Tiffany’s


Political biographies

Insurgents:  David Petraeus and the Plot
to Change the American Way
of War” by Fred Kaplan is the inside story of trying to change one of the
largest, oldest and most hidebound institutions – the U.S.
military.  “My Share of the Task” by Gen.
Stanley McChrystal is a memoir of the commanding officer of all U.S. and
coalition forces in Afghanistan.



Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Bughouse
Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is an historical mystery set in
1890s San Francisco.  “Great
North Road” by Peter F. Hamilton is a thriller set
a century from now.  “The Fifth Assassin”
by Brad Meltzer follows an assassin recreating the crimes of the men who successfully
killed four U.S.


Other new novels

            “Robert B.
Parker’s Ironhorse” by Robert Knott is a western featuring two newly appointed
territorial marshals.  “A Memory of
Light” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the final volume in the Wheel
of Time fantasy series.  “Mrs. Lincoln’s
Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini follows the almost 100-year life of a slave
who became friends with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.  “Habits of the House” features the London
Season of 1899 by Fay Weldone, award-winning writer of the pilot for the
original “Upstairs, Downstairs.”


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank several donors, all of whom wanted to remain


Quotable Quote        

            “Love recognizes
no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps
fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”  — Maya Angelou, contemporary American author
and poet.                                                                                                                   


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