Top 125 most-borrowed books of all time in Brooklyn

12/01/2022

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Brooklyn Public Library has just released its list of most-borrowed books of all time.       

The sprawling list includes dozens of picture books and plenty of classics including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and George Orwell’s “1984” as well as more modern hits like “Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin, which inspired the hit TV series, and “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, the vampire-themed fantasy romance novel.

Here are Brooklyn’s top 10 most-borrowed books.  The full list is available at bklynlibrary.org.

  1. “Where the Wild Things” Are by Maurice Sendak
  2. “The Snow Day” by Ezra Jack Keats
  3. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss
  4. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  5. “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
  6. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
  7. “Naruto: Volume 1” by Masashi Kishimoto
  8. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
  9. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  10. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season.  To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.  Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

All-ages DIY holiday wreaths DIY

Next Tuesday, December 6 from 1-3 p.m. join us to make your own holiday wreath with holiday greens – all for free.  Bring your gardening gloves – we’ll supply all other materials.

Online author talks continue

There are three more events this month in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Next Tuesday, December 6 at 5 p.m. features Geraldine Brooks, bestselling author of “Horse.”  Saturday, December 10 at noon we’ll interact with Fredrik Blackman, author of “The Winners,” the third installment of the Beartown series.   Wednesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. showcases Nicole Eustace, author of “A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.”  Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ to learn more.

Your library has a year-long subscription through June 30, 2023.  At that time we will evaluate the popularity of the series in order to decide whether or not to renew our subscription.   If you would like to provide feedback to Meg or Judy, they would welcome your comments.  Contact Judy@pagosalibrary.org or meg@pagosalibrary.org.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, December 2 from 3-4 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, December 6 from 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.  join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for 4th-12th graders.  Registration is required.  Contact the library to sign up.

Homework help and tutoring

Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in.  This program has been a big hit because it helps build essential skills in core subjects.  You still can register your child but you may be put on a waitlist.  

PALS/GED adult education

Mark  is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted November 26 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s gatherings.  Next Wednesday, December 7 is free playtime.  We have plenty of fun toys for you to enjoy.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

New Christmas books

“The Christmas Spirit” by Debbie Macomber showcases a pastor and a bartender who switch jobs for the holidays.  “Home Sweet Christmas” by Susan Mallery is book two in the Wishing Tree series.  “Holidays in Virgin River” by Robyn Carr offers a story and recipes inspired by the characters in this Netflix series.  “Falling Stars” by Fern Michaels features a ski instructor who is hired to train a famous actor to ski one of Colorado’s most treacherous runs. 

Nonfiction

“Dirtbag, Massachusetts” by Isaac Fitzgerald is a confessional memoir written in essays.  “An American Martyr in Persia” by Reza Aslan is a biography of Howard Baskerville, a 22-year-old Christian missionary from South Dakota killed in 1909.  “Half American” by Matthew F. Delmont is the story of more than one million African Americans who fought in World War II.  “The Book of Boundaries” by Melissa Urban is a practical guide to establishing boundaries to protect your energy, time and health.  “The Grandest Stage” by New York Times baseball columnist Tyler Kepner is a history of the World Series.  “Waxing On” by Ralph Macchio celebrates the legacy of “The Karate Kid” in cinema, pop culture and the actor’s life. 

Large print

“Killing the Legends” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard explores the lives and deaths of Elvis, John Lennon and Mohammad Ali.  “The Winners” by Fredrik Backman focuses on tensions between two towns that turn to violence.  “Forever Texas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western. “The Maze” by Nelson DeMille is a Det. John Corey mystery.  “The Guns of C.C. Ellis by Ralph Cotton is book one of the Long Riders western series.       

Books on CD

“The Ink Black Heart” by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, is an online mystery.  “Livid” by Patricia Cornwall is a Kay Scarpetta medical examiner mystery.  “Triple Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross thriller.  “Lost in Time” by A.G. Riddle is a time travel thriller features a young woman whose father is still alive 202 million years later.  “The Passenger” by Cormac McCarthy tells of two siblings contending with enigmas and their own demons. 

DVDs

“Facing Suicide” is a PBS documentary that investigates this urgent health care challenge and reviews the new research to curb the crisis. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Any Where You Run” by Wanda M. Morris focuses on two black sisters on the run after murders in Jim Crow Mississippi.  “Livid” by Patricia Cornwell is a Kay Scarpetta forensic pathology mystery.   “The Bequest” by Joanna Margaret is a gothic novel about a chain of betrayal.  “The Poison Machine” by Robert J. Lloyd, sequel to “The Bloodless Boy,” is an historical thriller set in 1600’s London. 

Other novels

“The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven” by Nathaniel Ian Miller follows a man living a solitary life in the Arctic Circle who meets a group of unlikely visitors.  “Happily Ever Amish” by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in a new series about a small Amish community in Ohio.  “The Revivalists” by Christopher M Hood is set in the aftermath of a pandemic that wiped out two-thirds of the planet’s population.  “When We Were Sisters” by Fatimah Asghar features three orphans coming of age as Muslims in America.  “Ancestry” by Simon Mawer looks back at the varied lives of ancestors who lived 200 years ago.   “The Passenger” by Cormac McCarthy tells of two siblings contending with enigmas and their own demons.  “Daughters of the New Year” by E.M. Tran features the extraordinary mother and three sisters within a Vietnamese immigrant family.

Donations  

We are grateful to Rosalea Connor and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.   When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objections to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in the second edition to correct some faults from the first.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of the leading figures of early American history.

Thanksgiving gratitude to all who help us serve you

The staff at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make their jobs easier and their service better for you, our patrons.  On this Thanksgiving week, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them.

We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.

We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community. 

We appreciate the members of our Foundation board, also unpaid volunteers, with the mission to raise funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 

We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sale.

Library director Meg Wempe says she has always appreciated the quote from Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.” 

Thanksgiving closures

Your library will be closed for Thanksgiving November 24-26 so that our staff can celebrate this national holiday with loved ones.  While the physical library is closed Thursday through Sunday, our downloadable items and online resources are available 24/7, as always. 

Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season.  To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.  Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

Homework help and tutoring

Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in.  This program has been a big hit because it helps build essential skills in core subjects.  You still can register your child but you may be put on a waitlist.  

PALS/GED adult education

Mark  is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted November 26 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Large print

 “A Truth to Lie For” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish adventure set in Hitler’s Germany.  “The Goodbye Coast” by Joe Ide is a Philip Marlowe PI mystery.  “Distant Thunder” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington murder mystery.  “Alice’s Trading Post” by Kerry Dean Feldman is a western about a woman traded to an old fur trader.  “Righteous Prey” by John Sandford  is a Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers mystery.  “Mad Honey” by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan begins when a woman married to a surgeon finds out about his dark side.

DVDs

 “Grace and Frankie” is on two DVDs, one each for season one and two.  “Top Gun” and “Top Gun Maverick” star Tom Cruise.  “Dark Winds” is season one.  “The Last Kids on Earth Book One” won a daytime Emmy for best special class animation.  “The Power of the Dog, set in a mythic frontier landscape and shot in New Zealand, won an Academy Award in 2022 for its director, Jane Campion. 

Books on CD

“The Boys from Biloxi” by John Grisham is about two sons from immigrant families who grew up on opposite sides of the law.  “Haven” by Emma Donoghue features men in 7th century Ireland who find an isolated place to found a monastery.  “Righteous Prey” by John Sandford  is a Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers mystery.  “The High Notes” by Danielle Steel centers on a female singer whose talent is exploited by men, including her father.  “Dark Whisper” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the author’s Carpathian paranormal romance series.    

Mysteries and thrillers

“Voice of Fear” by Heather Graham is a Krewe of Hunters story featuring FBI agent Jordan Wallace.  “Jackal”  by Erin E. Adams begins when a young Black girl disappears in the woods outside her white Rust Belt town.  “The Boys from Biloxi” by John Grisham is about two sons from immigrant families who grew up on opposite sides of the law. 

Other novels

 “The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven” by Nathaniel Ian Miller follows a man living a solitary life in the Arctic Circle who meets a group of unlikely visitors.  “Happily Ever Amish” by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in a new series about a small Amish community in Ohio.  “The Revivalists” by  Christopher M Hood is set in the aftermath of a pandemic that wiped out two-thirds of the planet’s population. 

Donations  

We are grateful to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“You know it’s a good Thanksgiving when your heart is as full as your stomach.” – Richard Paul Evans, American author.

          

11/17/2022

Free homework help and tutoring continues at your library

Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in. 

This program has been a big hit because it helps build essential skills in core subjects.  You still can register your child but you may be put on a waitlist.

Library closure

Your library will be closed for Thanksgiving November 24-26 so that our staff can celebrate this national holiday with loved ones.  While the physical library is closed Thursday through Sunday, our downloadable items and online resources are available 24/7, as always. 

Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season.  If you’re feeling sick you’re probably eager for DVDs while you heal and books to keep you company.  To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.  Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

Final Lifelong Learning talk this evening

The sixth and last talk in our free Lifelong Learning fall lecture series takes place this evening, Thursday, November17, when we showcase Matt Hoover from the Colorado Avalanche Center presenting an avalanche awareness program from 6 – 7:30 p.m. No registration is required. 

Matt began working as a ski patroller at Snowmass in 1996 and quickly moved into a dedicated snow safety position.  He currently focuses on highway avalanche safety on the southeast side of the San Juan Mountains.

This lecture series has run every Thursday for the last six weeks, our first in-person LLL series since the fall of 2019, before COVID. 

Dungeons & Dragons online today

Today,  Thursday, November 17 from 3-5 p.m., join our virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Discord.  Registration is required.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, November 18 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Dungeons & Dragons in person

Next Tuesday, November 22 from 3:45-5:30 p.m., join our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Registration is required.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Teen writers

Teen writers from 4th-12th grade are invited to your library next Wednesday, November 23 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction – it’s all welcome.

PALS/GED adult education

Mark  is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  Note no PALS today, November 17.  

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted November 14 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Books on CD

“The Ninth Month” by James Patterson features a pregnant marketing executive being stalked.  “Wild Fire” by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J. Melchiorri is book one of a new New Frontier sci-fi series.  “Blow Back” by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois centers on a U.S. president who devises a clandestine power grab.  “A Song of Comfortable Chairs” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the  No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Lessons” by Ian McEwan chronicles the effect of history on one man’s lifetime.  “Edgedancer” by Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy from the Stormlight Archive series.  “Suspect” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller.

Large print

“Treasure State” by C.J. Box is a Cassie Dewell mystery.  “The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden” by Kate Saunders is book three in the Laetitia Rodd mystery series.  “Back to the Garden” by Laurie R. King is a mystery set on an estate that was a commune.  “A Song of Comfortable Chairs” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the  No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.   “Quicksand” by Janet Dailey is book three of the Champions western romantic suspense series.  “Law of the Land” by Elmer Kelton contains 16 stories of the Old West. 

Nonfiction

“Paul Newman” is a memoir of the actor based on a five-year project to document his life with screenwriter Stewart Stern. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Desperation in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Sinister Graves” by Marcie R. Rendon is a Cash Blackbear mystery.

Other novels

“A Very Typical Family” by Sierra Godfrey focuses on three adult siblings brought together after 15 years by the death of their estranged mother.  “The Postmistress of Paris” by Meg Waite Clayton, inspired by real life, tells of an American heiress’s work smuggling artists and intellectuals out of France during World War II.  “Palmares” by Gayl Jones recounts the journey of a Black slave girl in Brazil who escapes and begins a series of difficult searches.   

Donations  

We are grateful to Cindi Granquist for the generous monetary donation, and to Alan Powdermaker and our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

Robin Shear, a life coach based in Detroit, has a plan for those inevitable times when everything feels awful.  Instead of spiraling, she says she turns to her “joy bucket list.”  She advises you to make your own list, then store it in your phone or another easily accessible place.  “If you already did the work and made your list, you’ll find it’s much less challenging to remember what lifts you up when you’re feeling low.”

11/10/22

Free online virtual conversations with bestselling authors and thought-leaders.

Including today’s event, there are two more gatherings this month in our free
online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders in
live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or
smartphone with internet access. You also have an opportunity to ask questions and to
view the recorded sessions afterwards. To view the past recordings, use this link:
https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/archive


Today, Thursday, November 10, at noon we’ll interact with Bonnie Garmus,
bestselling author of “Lessons in Chemistry,” which one reviewer called “a polished,
funny, thought-provoking story wearing its research lightly but confidently.” November
15 at 2 p.m. we’ll meet with Kwarme Christian, bestselling author and founder of the
American Negotiation Institute. Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ to learn
more.
There are three such stimulating sessions planned for each month. You can see
the schedule at https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary
Your library has a year-long subscription through June 30, 2023. At that time we
will evaluate the popularity of the series in order to decide whether or not to renew our
subscription. If you would like to provide feedback to Meg or Judy, they would
welcome your comments. Contact Judy@pagosalibrary.org or meg@pagosalibrary.org .

Flu season protocols
The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a
healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season. If you’re feeling sick you’re
probably eager for DVDs while you heal and books to keep you company. To save your
energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside
service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you
while you recuperate. Library hours:

 Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and
your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. Its
new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and
adults on one handy two-sided page.


Lifelong Learning series continues this evening

The fifth talk in our all-new free Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place this
evening, Thursday, November10, when we showcase April Holthaus and Dan Senjem
discussing our local Archuleta County Genealogical Society.
This lecture series runs for six weeks every Thursday through November 17 from
6 – 7:30 p.m. – our first in-person LLL series since the fall of 2019, before COVID. No
registration is required. Our final speaker will be Matt Hoover from the Colorado
Avalanche Center, on November 17, with an avalanche awareness program.
Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ or pick up a brochure at your
library for more details on all these outstanding presentations.

Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday,
November 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. Come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our
volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help
you fill out the necessary forms. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the
month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and
phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org , or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library.
The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served. This clinic takes
place on the second Friday of every month.

Gaming tomorrow
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday,
November 4 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.


LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are
provided – on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.
LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.
Spanish conversation

Conversational Spanish
Next Tuesday, November 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., we will gather at the library to
practice speaking and listening skills together at this free session. No minimum skill
level is required to attend. You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using
the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-
resources/

Teen DIY
Fourth – 12 th graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session next
Wednesday, November 16 from 4-5 p.m. when you can get creative with fun pirate’s
treasure crafts.


PALS/GED adult education
Mark is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid,
tutoring and more. No registration required. Note no PALS November 15 and 17 or 24.
Homework help

Elementary Tutoring
Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth
grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. There is a registration packet for parents and
guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or
coming in.


Tech Time
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m.
Thursdays. Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones
and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.
You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge
A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted November 14 on the library’s
Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free
activity.


Special family storytime
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games
and plenty of reasons to get up and move. November 16 features silly stories with Miss
Lisa and her puppets.


ESL classes
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5
p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.
Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would
be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  
Las clases de ESL
Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4
a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-
6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre
estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos
por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 
CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all
ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to
download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union
Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.
You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using
cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need
assistance.


Nonfiction
“Why We Travel” by Patricia Schultz explores 100 reasons why we all can
benefit from traveling. “All That Is Wicked” by Kate Winkler Dawson presents a
window into the mind of a notorious Gilded Age murderer and those who believed
heeheld the key to unlocking the criminal mind. “Holding the Line” by Geoffrey Berman exposes the disagreements between the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the
Trump Justice Department.


Books on CD
“Overkill” by Sandra Brown is a thriller centering around a woman on life
support after a violent attack. “Treasure State” by C.J. Box is a Cassie Dewell mystery.
“Hell and Back” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire adventure.


DVDs
“Discovering Your Warrior Spirit” hosted by D.J. Vanas teaches how to apply
Native American traditions and philosophy to the challenges of everyday life. “Sound of
Metal” is a film abut a drummer who loses much of his hearing. “The U.S. and the
Holocaust” is a Ken Burns documentary about one of the greatest humanitarian crises of
the 20th century.


Large print
“The Girl from Guernica” by Karen Robards follows a young girl who joins the
underground after the tragedy in the Spanish town. “Clive Cussler’s Hellburner” by
Mike Maden is an Oregon adventure. “Secrets” by Fern Michaels is book two in the Lost
and Found mystery.


Mysteries and thrillers
“Reprieve” by James Han Mattson centers on a brutal killing that takes place in a
haunted escape room in Nebraska. “Bloodless Boy” by Robert J. Lloyd is a historical
mystery set in London in 1678.


Other novels
“Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver, a modern-day “David
Copperfield,” follows a boy born to a poor teenage single mother with no assets beyond
good looks, a caustic wit and a fierce talent for survival. “When We Had Wings” by
Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris and Susan Meissner features three nurses in the
Philippines who become the first female prisoners in World War II.


Donations
We are grateful to Veronica Johnson for her generous monetary donation and to
Gary Franklin and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.
When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library
at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City
Market, please. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that
is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small
boxes at a time. 


Quotable Quote
“Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and
decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger. Austrian-American
actor, film producer, businessman, retired professional body builder and politician who
was governor of California between 2003-2011.


11/03/2022

How to encourage ‘reluctant reader’ youngsters.  

Hint: They may be visual readers 

For some early readers, a big block of text is like a giant stop sign – which is why these youngsters often get tagged with the “reluctant reader” label.   Here are some insights and tips from Pamela Paul and Maria Russo’s New York Times article on “How to Raise a Reader” to help inspire a less enthusiastic reader and find books your child will love:

  • Format doesn’t matter.  Many chapter books with highly visual, comics-influenced formats were written specifically to help reluctant readers and children with challenges like dyslexia.  Youngsters still learn reading skills with these more visually driven books.
  • Make room for comics and manga.  Don’t denigrate these genres.  Many of the most celebrated literary figures of our time not only grew up devouring comics but also incorporate comics-inspired themes into their prize-winning novels.
  • A book about a computer game is still a book.  If your child has a favorite computer or video game, you often can find a book counterpart, which is a great way to steer your child toward the pleasures of text.
  • Don’t forget nonfiction.  Some reluctant readers are fact-gatherers who may be more inspired by nonfiction, especially when it’s presented in a highly visual format.  Look for books about animals, the solar system, presidents, states, ancient history and other topics your child is interested in.
  • Never treat books as a chore.  Don’t say, “If you spend 30 minutes reading you’ll get to play.”  If you want your child to be excited about reading, you should be also.  Make sure your child sees you reading regularly, preferably daily.

Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season.  If you’re feeling sick you’re probably eager for DVDs while you heal and books to keep you company.  To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.  Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

Lifelong Learning series continues this evening

The fourth talk in our all-new free Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place this evening, Thursday, November 3, when we showcase C. Neal Johnson offering information on Business as Mission (BAM), his new self-published book which tells you how to start your own business from scratch, buy an existing business or join a franchise.  He will also talk about how to publish your own work and his practice and belief in “Business as Mission.”

This lecture series runs for six weeks every Thursday through November 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – our first in-person LLL series since the fall of 2019, before COVID.  No registration is required.

Our final two speakers will be April Holthaus and Dan Senjem on the Archuleta County Genealogical Society, on November 10 and Mott Hoover from the Colorado Avalanche Center, on November 17.

Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ or pick up a brochure at your library for more details on all these outstanding presentations. 

Online author talks continue

There are two more events this month in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Next Thursday, November 10 at noon features Bonnie Garmus, bestselling author of “Lessons in Chemistry,” which one reviewer called “a polished, funny, thought-provoking story wearing its research lightly but confidently.”  November 15 at 2 p.m. we’ll interact with Kwarme Christian, bestselling author and founder of the American Negotiation Institute.    Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ to learn more.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, November 4 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8 to discuss “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Dungeons & Dragons in person

Next Tuesday, November 8 from 3:45-5:30 p.m., join our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Registration is required.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join. 

Adult DIY next Wednesday

At the in-person adult DIY next Wednesday, November 9 from 1-3 p.m., we invite you to help us create ornaments for our holiday tree.

Virtual teen advisory board 

Next Wednesday, November 9, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on your library’s Discord server.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.    

PALS/GED adult education 

Mark  is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  

Homework help  

Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in.  

Tech Time 

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions. 

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 24 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

Hell and Back” by Craig Johnson is a Sheriff Longmire thriller.  “Treasure State” by C.J. Box finds PI Cassie Dewell in Montana on the trail of a con man.  

Large print

“The Devil’s Crossing” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Preacher and Jamie MacCallister western.  “Robert B. Parker’s Fallout” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “Desperation in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Rising Tide” by Ann Cleeves is a Vera Stanhope mystery.       

Other novels

“The Attic Child” by Lola Jaye is a dual narrative about two children separated by decades who are locked away in an attic years apart. 

Books on CD 

“Dreamland” by Nicholas Sparks begins when a young man takes a gig playing at a bar in Florida.  “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear centers on a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers after World War I.

DVDs

“The Gilded Age” is the complete first season.  “Abbott Elementary” is a workplace comedy featuring teachers in the Philadelphia public school system.  “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time” is a documentary about the author’s life and creative output.

Donations  

We are grateful to Joanne Ferko and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.   When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“Long, thriving marriages have some of the qualities of an orchestra.  They can, at intervals, showcase soloists, and certainly there are leads, but for the orchestra to thrive and soar, the musicians need to collaborate.  The harmony that we hear arises from each one playing their part, together.” – Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, in her memoir titled “Dinners With Ruth,” available now at your library.

10/27/2022

Halloween fun plus golf and bowling at your library this weekend

We hope you’re participating in our pumpkin decorating contest and attending our Halloween party tomorrow, Friday, October 28, from 2-4 p.m.  Completed pumpkins must be turned in today, Thursday, October 27, or tomorrow by 2 p.m.  Winners will be announced at the party at 4 p.m. in five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.

And more fun this weekend as your library will be closed and transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for two fun fundraising events to benefit our expansion campaign.  Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. is the adults-only night and costume contest for ages 21-plus from 5-7 p.m. with tickets $20 per person.  A cash bar and fun carnival foods including pizza will be on sale.  Sunday, October 30 from 1-4 p.m. is Family Fun Day for all ages.  Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family of four, with $5 per additional person in the family.  Zuberfizz sodas and carnival foods will be for sale.  

Join us to challenge your golfing skills on a nine-hole course throughout the library and step up your bowling game while playing in between the library’s book shelves while raising money to make your library bigger and better.

Flu season protocols

The curbside service that we began in COVID times continues – and it’s a healthful option as we head into the cold and flu season.  If you’re feeling sick you’re probably eager for DVDs while you heal and books to keep you company.  To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.  Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New format for activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.

Lifelong Learning series continues this evening

The third talk in the all-new free Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place today, Thursday, October 27, when we showcase Paula Woerner, head of the Wolfwood Refuge for rescued wolves in LaPlata County.

This lecture series  runs for six weeks every Thursday through November 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – our first in-person LLL series since the fall of 2019, before COVID.  No registration is required.

Our next speakers will be C. Neal Johnson offering information on Business with a Mission (BAM), on November 3; April Holthaus and Dan Senjem on the Archuleta County Genealogical Society, on November 10 and Mott Hoover from the Colorado Avalanche Center, on November 17.

Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ or pick up a brochure at your library for more details on all these outstanding presentations.

Online author talks continue

There are three events this month in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Next Wednesday. November 2 we’ll gather virtually at 2 p.m. with Lisa Napoli, acclaimed writer, journalist, broadcaster and speaker.  November 10 at noon features Bonnie Garmus, bestselling author of “Lessons in Chemistry,” which one reviewer called “a polished, funny, thought-provoking story wearing its research lightly but confidently.” November 15 at 2 p.m. we’ll interact with Kwarme Christian, bestselling author and founder of the American Negotiation Institute.  Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ to learn more.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, November 2 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Dungeons & Dragons online

Next Thursday, November 3 from 3-5 p.m., join our virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Discord.  Registration is required.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join. 

PALS/GED adult education

Mark  is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  

Homework help Free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in. 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 24 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

DVDs

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” tells of a London housecleaner who goes to Paris to buy a Dior gown.  “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston is a two-disc PBS documentary.  “Where the Crawdads Sing” follows the life of the “marsh girl” in this movie based on the based on the bestselling novel.  “Elvis” starring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker explores the life and music of Elvis Presley.   “Outlander” is season six. 

Books on CD

“Fairy Tale” by Stephen King features a 17-year-old who inherits the keys to a parallel world.  “Oath of Loyalty” by Vince Flynn is a Mitch Rapp thriller.  “Desperation in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas thriller. 

Local history

“The Exciting Tales of Growing Up in Early Pagosa Springs, Colorado” by Lorna Rae Hazelwood tells of the adventures of three brothers living on their family’s ranch in the 1920s and 1930s.

Other nonfiction

“Confidence Man” by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman chronicles the life and impact of Donald Trump.  “A New Era for Wolves and People” edited by Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani and Paul C. Paquet is an analysis of the crucial relationship between human policy and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America.  “Hearing Loss for Dummies” is an AARP guide to hearing and living better.  “Cooking From the Spirit” by Tabitha Brown explores easy plant-based recipes.  “Crisis of Command” by Stuart Scheller explores the current lack of trust and confidence in generals and politicians.  “Dinner with Ruth” by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg is a memoir about her career and long-time friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  “Tesla: Wizard at War” by Marc J. Seifer is a comprehensive view of Tesla’s discoveries which have such influence over military technology and diplomatic strategies.  “Dying of Politeness” by Geena Davis is a memoir from this two-time Academy Award winner.  

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Not in Time” features an art historian tracing the path of a drawing stolen by the Nazis.  “The Club” by Ellery Lloyd is set in a glamorous private celebrity members club off the English coast.     

Donations  

We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous donations in memory of Bob Howard, and to Danny Rocca and our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“Life is constantly giving us gifts.  They may be gifts that we don’t think we want.  Who wants cancer?  Who wants COVID?  Well, it turns out I did.  Because dealing with your mortality, it makes things [like my wife] more precious.” – Jeff Bridges, American actor, winner of an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.