Free fan fiction, digital photography, book art and role playing sessions

Here are more free activities for tweens, teens and adults available at your library:
Today (Thursday, September 22) from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a Fan Fiction writing event when you’ll be coming up with stories about some of your favorite characters.

Two new digital photography sessions are on the calendar. Tomorrow (Friday, September 23) from 10-noon, adults will learn the basics of digital photography as well as how to use your camera in manual mode, advanced settings, with monopods and tripods, and more. Your choice whether or not to bring your own digital camera or device. If the weather is nice, we’ll walk from the library to a nearby scenic overlook for photos. Then next Friday, September 30 at the same time you’ll learn how to upload photos from your digital camera to a computer and then edit them using Pixlr, a free online image editor similar to Adobe Photoshop. Registration required for this session because of the limited number of laptops available.

Next Wednesday, September 28 from 4-5 p.m., fifth-12th graders are invited to a book art session when you’ll participate in creative destruction – turning old books into something new.

Next Friday, September 29 from 4-6 p.m. is the beginning of a series of monthly role playing game for teens in the seventh-12th grades. You can join this fun group any time. Contact Claire if you have questions.

These are five of the many creative, educational and fun events going on regularly for all ages at your library. To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

HSE (GED) and adult education
Now that school has started, Mark Wardell has returned to your library for the high school equivalency (formerly known as GED) classes. In addition to helping people study to take the high school equivalency tests, he also can help adults with other educational needs, including college applications, college placement tests, trade/vocational school entry, student aid (loans and scholarships), and more. Anyone interested is encouraged to come in to see how Mark can help with your adult educational needs on Tuesdays from 10-1, Wednesdays from 2-5 and Thursdays from 3-7.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 23) from 2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a PG movie with your friends and family. Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can learn the name in the activities calendars.

Free open play for youngsters
Every Thursday from 10-11 a.m., a new Open Play session for ages five and under provides fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for an hour of open playtime. Youngsters can socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while they are here.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions. Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

“The Book of Mysteries” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn explores hundreds of mysteries in the format of a daily devotional. “Sixty” by Ian Brown is a diary of the author’s 61st year. “Worth Dying For” by Rorke Denver is a Navy Seal’s call to a nation. “American Treasures” by Stephen Puleo unveils the secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Gettysburg Address. “Scorched Earth” by Michael Savage offers the author’s view of how to nurse our nation back to health.

“Smooth Operator” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay and Stone Barrington mystery. “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Scorched Earth” by George Galdorisi is a thriller. “Dark Carousel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire story.

“Maigret” is season two of this series. “Adventure Time” is the complete first season. “House of Cards” is the complete fourth season. “Father Brown” is the complete collection. “Embrace of the Serpent,” a 2016 Academy Award nominee, is Spanish with English subtitles.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Christie Closed Casket” by Sophie Hannah features Hercule Poirot and a Scotland Yard inspector. “Downfall” by J.A. Janice is a thriller set in the Southwest featuring Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. “A Great Awakening” by Louise Penny is the latest Armand Gamache mystery. “Revenge in a Cold River” by Anne Perry is set in Victorian England. “Crash and Burn” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood thriller.

Other novels
“A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles features a count forced to live in a hotel attic room as Russian history unfolds outside. “Razor Girl” is another humorous story by Carl Hiaasen set in the Florida Keys. “Rushing Waters” by Danielle Steel is set in New York City during a hurricane. “The Hawaiian Quilt” by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter is an Amish story set in Hawaii. “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett spans five decades and involves a family story told in a wildly successful book

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

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. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Free programmed Nooks
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.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Julie Fox, Sarah Savage, Bill Gottschalk and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.

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