Books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

As you concentrate on following your New Year’s resolutions, here are some new books and a DVD that could help:

  • Cookbooks: “The Pollan Family Table” by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan offers recipes and kitchen wisdom for healthy family meals. “Plenty More” by Yotam Ottolenghi gives you 150 vegetarian recipes. “Sheet Pan Suppers” by Molly Gilbert provides 120 recipes for simple meals straight from the oven.
  • Self-help: “Finding Your Element” by Ken Robinson offers examples and practical exercises to help you discover your talents and passions. “Learning from the Giants” by John C. Maxwell provides life and leadership lessons from the Old Testament. “Preparing Children for Reading Success” by Julia Irwin and Dina Moore offers hands-on activities for librarians, educators and caregivers. “Aging Backwards” by Miranda Esmonde-White gives you a plan to slow down or even reverse the aging process through gentle exercise to develop your muscles. “The Functional Training Bible” by Guido Bruscia provides 200 exercises and 600 pictures to help you train better. “Excuses Begone!” is a DVD featuring Dr. Wayne W. Dyer to help you change lifelong, self-defeating thinking habits.
  • Crafts: “T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy” by Martha Deleonardis provides 10 projects and a gallery of inspirational T-shirt quilts.
  • Inspiration: “For Love of Country” by Starbucks CEO and Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism and sacrifice. “Small Victories” by Anne Lamott is a collection of essays on hope, joy and grace.

Expanded hours
Your library now has expanded hours, 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 time is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Teen midterm study sessions
Teens are invited to join us Monday, January 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. and Thursday, January 15 from 4 – 7 p.m. to help you prepare for your midterms. The large meeting room will be reserved for you to study, access online resources and books, and enjoy brain food.

Two more cooking classes
Next Tuesday, January 13 brings the second 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 final two classes take place from 6 – 6:45 p.m. on January 13 and 20. No advance registration is required.

Free tween book club
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club. This month we will discuss a nonfiction book on Wednesday, January 14 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

Free book club for adults
You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. January’s book is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcom Gladwell to be discussed Tuesday, January 13 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book. No registration required.

Free LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids aged 6-13 years meets this Saturday, January 10 from 1:30 – 2:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

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 program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 9) and every Friday at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. These events are 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. This week’s special event is called Read with a Ranger. You will be hosted by a local Forest Service ranger who will help you discover snowshoe history, equipment and techniques and show you how to make your own pair of snowshoes!

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 card battles
Join us Monday, January 12 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 technology classes
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. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. is next Thursday, January 15.

“Il Divo Encore” features these tenors’ performance in Spain and includes a 60-minute documentary where they talk about their lives as global superstars. “DragonHeart” and “Dragonheart: A New Beginning” are fantasy adventures for the whole family. “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” is inspired by a true story. “The Nativity Story” is a well-reviewed family film. “The Mothman Prophecies” is a supernatural thriller.

Large print
“Sundance” by David Fuller is speculative historical fiction about a notorious ex-con searching for his wife. “A Frontier Christmas” and “MacCallister: The Eagles Legacy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns, as are “The Wild Gun” by Hory Sherman, “The Last Shootist” by Miles Swarthout, “Forty Loads” by Brett Cogburn, “Cost of a Killing: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by Ralph Cotton and “Here By The Bloods” by Brandon Boyce.

“No Fortunate Son” by Brad Taylor is the latest thriller in the Pike Logan series. “The Job” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the latest in the Special Agent Kate O’Hare-con man Nicholas Fox thriller series. “Dead But Not Forgotten” edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner is a collection of Sookie Stackhouse vampire stories.

Thanks to our donors
For her generous donation, we thank Margaret Hundley. For books and materials this week, we thank Kandi Meisinger as well as Carole and Bob Howard.

Quotable Quote
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, poet and playwright.

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