5/16/2013 – 2013 Academy Award and other films available free on DVD

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If you love
musicals, we have two sets of the Turner Classic Movies collections.  One includes “Show Boat,” “Annie Get Your
Gun,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and the second
includes “The Gay Divorcee,” “Swing Time,” “Top Hat” and “Shall We Dance.”  We also have “Dancing Pirate,” a musical by
Rogers and Hart.

Other recent
classics recently added to our DVD collection include “Atlas Shrugged,” Monty
Python’s “Life of Brian” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first in
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit trilogy. 

If you have gently
used DVDs you no longer need, we would love to have them to share with our
patrons.  We are very grateful for these
additions to our DVD collection because our annual DVD budget is only
$1,000.  We no longer are accepting video
tapes for space reasons.  As our highly
popular DVD collection grows, we have to reduce the size of our VHS
collection.  Over the past few years, we
have slowly been weeding the VHS tapes to make room for more DVDs.

 

Denali program tonight

            Join us this
evening (Thursday, May 16) from 6 –
7:15 p.m. for a slide show about a hang gliding expedition from North America’s
highest mountain, Denali, by Jim Hale, the
exhibition’s co-leader.  See pictures and
ask questions about other Alaska
adventures as well.  Jim will have copies
of his book “An Alaskan Life of High Adventure” for purchase and signing.

 

Free books for four-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado
are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state in celebration of
the Week of the Young Child.  “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon is
available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with
special needs.  Come by your
library from May 6 – 20 or attend any program and pick up this free book for
your youngster.  Better yet, bring your
four-year-old to pick up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun
and learning that are available free at the library almost any day of the week.

 

Free tech programs

            Our new Adult
Services Librarian Meg Wempe has restarted the Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays
sessions – 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Join her for one-on-one informal help on your
computer or tablet issues.  Next
Wednesday, May 22 she will teach Excel basics from 1 – 3 p.m. Registration is
required for space reasons.  Next
Thursday, May 23 she will teach the basics of digital photos from 11 a.m. – 1
p.m.  Again, registration required.

 

Free creative fun for teens

            Teens in grades
seven-12 are welcome to get creative tomorrow (Friday, May 17) from 2-3:30 p.m.
at a free “Make It!” session.

 

Books on CD

            “Sleight of Hand”
by Phillip Margolin is a thriller featuring PI Dana Cutler.  “The Perfect Ghost” by Linda Barnes follows a
shy writer working alone on a celebrity biography after her partner dies.  “The Burgess Boys” by Pulitzer Prize winner
Elizabeth Strout follows three adult siblings drawn back home by a family
emergency.  “Starting Now” by Debbie
Macomber from the Blossom Street
series takes readers back to Seattle
and the local knitting store. “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou is the
story of her strong-willed mother.  “Robert
Ludlum’s The Utopia Experiment” by Kyle Mills is the latest in the Covert One
intelligence series.  “Z” by Therese Anne
Fowler is a novel about Zelda, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

 

Help fighting drugs

            “Clean: Overcoming
Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” by David Sheff offers counsel
and specific ideas for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the
illness they’re in.  “Carrie and Me” by
Carol Burnett is a tribute to the comedian’s daughter who overcame drugs to die
of cancer at age 38.

 

How-to

            “Mean Moms Rule”
by Denise Schipani outlines how and why doing the hard stuff now creates good
kids later.   “Blueprint Crochet
Sweaters” by Robyn Chachula offers techniques for custom construction to make
your garment suit you and fit well. 
“Crochet a Zoo” by Megan Kewiner shows you how to stitch fun toys for
your children. 

 

Other nonfiction

            “Happier Endings:
A Meditation on Life and Death” by Erica Brown explores our attitudes toward
death by helping us identify what it means to be alive.  “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”
by Sheryl Sandberg is the book by Facebook’s COO that generated so much media
attention.  “The Borgias” by G. J. Meyer
is the biography of this infamous Renaissance family from Spain.  “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou is
the story of her strong-willed mother.

 

Large print

            “The Wanderer” by
Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point story series.  “Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble” by Ann B. Ross
is the latest in the Miss Julia series, but the author says you do not have to
read them in order.  “Let the Dead Sleep”
by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery. 
“Six Years” by Harlan Coben is a mystery about a man whose wife marries
somebody else … or does she?

           

Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Golden Egg”
by Donna Leon is the latest in the mystery series set in Venice featuring Commissario Guido
Brunetti.  “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross
tells of two strong women banding together to fight powerful, lethal
forces.  “Sidney Sheldon’s The Tides of Memory”
by Tilly Bagshawe exposes the ugly secrets behind the façade of a powerful
female politician.  “Sleight of Hand” by
Phillip Margolin is a thriller featuring PI Dana Cutler.  “Widow’s Tears” by Susan Wittig Albert is a
mystery featuring herbalist, ex-lawyer sleuth China Bayles.  “Dangerous Refuge” by Elizabeth Lowell is a
story of murder, mystery and romance.  “Unintended Consequences” by Stuart Woods is
the latest in the Stone Barrington thriller series.                           

           

Other new novels

             “Secrets from the Past” by Barbara Taylor
Bradford is a bout one woman’s quest to discover long-buried family
secrets.  “Starting Now” by Debbie
Macomber from the Blossom Street
series takes readers back to Seattle
and the local knitting store.  “Life
After Life” by Kate Atkinson is a darkly comic story of a baby who dies and
then come to life in 1910 in England.          

             

Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Bob Clinkenbeard, Bamma Leizure, Carol Schneider,
Nettie Trenk, Carole Walters and several anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

             “Embrace the value of the book culture even as
you embrace the new possibilities of the digital culture.”  — James H. Billington, head of the Library
of Congress since 1987.

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For more
information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, CDs
and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.               

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