Free gaming fun for all ages tomorrow afternoon
You and your family are invited to a special gaming event tomorrow (Friday, January 29) from 2-3:15 p.m. Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 with your friends and family at this all-ages session.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for another free fun all-ages event – karaoke next Friday, February 5 from 2-3:15 p.m.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Please note no Otaku, Karaoke or teen advisory meetings this month.

Free health insurance info
Next Thursday, February 4 and Thursday, February 11 are health insurance events from 10-11:30 p.m. when you will learn about health insurance via Medicaid and Connect for Health as well as medical savings plans for seniors. These are drop-in sessions.

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 takes place tomorrow (Friday, January 29) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. when Blogs and Websites will help you take advantage of these informational sites to market your business or chronicle something you’re interested in. You will learn the difference between blogs and websites as well as hosted and non-hosted sites, and discover how to choose a template, add posts and avoid common mistakes.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Also, PBS content is now live on the website. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that helps you find new favorites in seconds.

Change in downloadable audio books service
We no longer carry downloadable audio books through OneClick Digital. Starting this month, we are migrating to 3M for downloadable audio books so that you will be able to get your downloadable audio books and e-books in the same location. Another advantage to this change is that we will be able to select our own content, based on our knowledge of your reading preferences.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

“War Room” is a drama with humor and heart about the power of prayer. We have a DVD with three movies: the comedy “Cyrus,” the love story “Lars and the Real Girl” and the comedy “Juno.” “The Newsroom” is the complete first series of this TV drama. “Monkey Kingdom” is a Disney nature film. “Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away” was filmed by the creators of “Avatar” and “Shrek.” “The Railway Children” is a family film based on the classic novel. “Trainwreck” is a comedy. “The Saratov Approach” is a thriller about kidnapped missionaries. “The Hangover” is an R-rated comedy. “Forrest Gump” stars Tom Hanks.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The First Hostage” by Joel C. Rosenberg follows the search for the missing U.S. President, perhaps kidnapped by ISIS. “Angels Burning” by Awni O’Dell is about a small town police chief forced to dig into her own shadowy past. “The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian is the story of a bachelor party gone horribly wrong. “Orphan X” by Gregg Hurwitz starts a new thriller series featuring Evan Smoak, pulled from a foster home by the U.S. government. “A Taste for Nightshade” by Martine Bailey is an historical thriller set in Manchester in 1787. “Once a Crooked Man” is a comedic thriller by TV’s David McCallum.

Large print
“A Texas Hill Country Christmas” is a western by William W. and J.A. Johnstone. “Smoke Jensen: The Beginning” is a Civil War story by the same authors. “Frontier: Thunder at Dawn” by S.K. Salzer features Army scout Jack Gregory. “Buell: Journey to the White Clouds” by Wallace J. Swenson is set in the gold fields of Idaho Territory. “Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “The Hunting Trip” by William E. Butterworth II is an adventure moving across Europe and the U.S. “The Forgotten Soldier” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller. “The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag features Minneapolis Det. Nikki Liska. “The Killing Lessons” by Saul Black is a mystery set in Colorado.

Other novels
“Dictator” by Robert Harris is the final volume of the Ancient Rome trilogy about Cicero’s life.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“My dad always used to tell me that sometimes you have to have a massive storm in order the clear the sky. Whenever it rains like crazy one day, the next day will be filled with sunshine, a clear blue sky, and everything will be pristine. To me, that’s what life’s journey is all about. You have to be willing to put forth the dedication and effort to go through the storms; to be the one out there putting in the time and the work in order to enjoy what could be waiting at the end when the air clears.” – Apolo Ohno, speed skater and eight-time medalist in the Winter Olympics.

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