Free ACT prep and book exchange for teens, LEGO contest and Southwest book talk

Today and tomorrow we are hosting two important events for teens. This afternoon (Thursday, January 29) from 4-5:30 p.m. we will teach an ACT prep class.  Teens will learn about the free resources that the library offers students to prepare for college and ACT tests.  Tomorrow (Friday, January 30) is a special teen book swap from 2-3 p.m.   Teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with.  No prior registration is required.

Now is also the time to register for the annual LEGO contest, which takes place on Saturday, February 14 and is limited to 18 participants.  Entries must be built ahead of time and you must use your own LEGOs or other age-appropriate building blocks.  Completed structure setup is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Judging takes place at noon.  Viewing is from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.  Prizes will be awarded in each of four age categories – preschool, ages 5-6, ages 8-11 and ages 12-17.  One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  You don’t need to be present to win.  For more information and complete rules, pick up the LEGO Contest flyer at the library or ask Kristine.

Then next Saturday, February 7 from 3-4:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history at Fort Lewis College, will discuss his new adventure anthology,  “Outdoors in the Southwest” followed by a book signing.  One reviewer said of this book: “A well-written, provocative, and entertaining guide to how to find adventure in the southwest, with a focus on ecological awareness and preserving and appreciating natural landscapes. Gulliford passionately argues for wilderness experience as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. If you like to hike, raft, climb and ski, and also contemplate your spiritual bond with nature, this book is for you!”

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

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101
Join us on Wednesday, February 4 and 11 from 1-2 p.m. for a free information session on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid presented by the San Juan Basin Health Department.  These are standalone workshops so you do not have to attend both.  No advance registration is required.

Informational quilt meeting
Attend a meeting on Saturday, February 7 from 1-2 p.m. to learn plans and details of a four-part quilt series that will run all four Saturdays in March.  Registration will be required.

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

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place next Thursday, February 5 from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Characters welcomed.  Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, February 3 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.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no Card Battles on Mondays during the month of February.

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 advance registration focuses on Skype from 11:30 – 1 p.m. next Thursday, February 5 where you will learn about this free way to make video calls using your computer.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a Disney comedy adventure. “Billy Crystal 700 Sundays” is an HBO comedy special.  “The Untouchables” is a special collector’s edition.  “The Magnificent Seven” stars Yul Brenner, James Coburn and Steve McQueen.  “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Bliss House” by Laura Benedict is a paranormal fantasy.  “Uncle Janice” by Matt Burgess features an undercover NYPD narcotics officer.  “The Carrier” by Sophie Hannah begins when a woman is forced to share a hotel room with a stranger.

Large print
“Insatiable Appetites” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “Hush” by Karen Robards is a thriller that starts with a murder in a palatial home.

Other novels
“West of Sunset” by Stewart O’Nan is a fictionalized look at the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life.  “Galapagos Regained” by James Morrow follows a young woman working on Charles Darwin’s estate.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Shaan Bliss and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th U.S. President.

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