10/23/2014

Free new math club fun for kids

We all know that parents need to read to kids at night – but what about math? In the U.S., lots of kids (and their caregivers!) dread math.  Your library wants to help you raise your kids to love numbers.  So we are partnering with a nonprofit foundation called Bedtime Math and launching a new free, fun math club.

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a new free math club where youngsters will build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a totally new kind of math club!  Examples of the fun include activities like Toilet Paper Olympics and Bouncy Dice Explosion.

Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues with week two  this Saturday, October 25 from 11-noon. The group is limited to 10 kids.  Each session builds on the week before, so you will want your child to sign up and come to all eight events.

 

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, October 23) marks the second of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is “A Brainy Talk” by Dr. Jean Strahlendorf.  She will explain basic brain function and consequences to behavior, personality, memory and identity when brain chemistry misfires.  The other four lectures in this series are “Halloween Traditions Around the World” by Julie Loar on October 30, “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford on November 6, “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.

All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, or look for it on our website.

 

Free Family Fridays

Join us for a new free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, October 24) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This new program will take place every Friday.  It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.  Now there is 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 will feature a different activity.  Tomorrow is a Makers Lab day.

 

Free teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, October 28 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, October 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. we will host 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. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on iPad Intermediate from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 23).  Students need to have proficiency with basic iPad functions (downloading apps, checking email, adjusting settings) as this class moves at a faster pace.  You will learn to organize apps, change an email signature, cut/copy/paste text and more.  Students must provide your own registered iPad.

 

Nonfiction

“Kate: The Future Queen” by Katie Nicholl is a biography of the much-loved future Queen of England.  “How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman overhauls hundreds of classic recipes taking advantage of fresh ingredients and time management skills.  “The Glass Cage” by Nicholas Carr explores the impact of automation – and especially computers – on our lives.

           

DVDs

“Haven” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are the complete first seasons.  “After Earth” stars Jaden Smith and Will Smith.  “Gone Baby Gone” is a mystery starring Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.  “The Mighty Macs” is based on a true story of a women’s basketball team coach.  “The Witches” is a family movie that is a collaboration of Jim Henson and Roald Dahl.           

                       

Story collections

Two notable new collections: “The Best American Mystery Stories 2014” with guest editor Laura Lippman and “The Best American Short Stories 2014” with guest editor Jennifer Egan.

 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Deadline” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers mystery series.  “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “The Girl Next Door” by Ruth Rendall is a psychological thriller set in London.  “Nine Days” by Minerva Koenig features a former female criminal trying to save a man accused of murder.  “Hold the Dark” by William Giraldi is a thriller set on the Alaskan tundra.  “Close to the Bone” by Lisa Black features forensic scientist Theresa MacLean.  “The Monogram Murders” by Sophie Hannah is the first time the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have allowed a new story featuring Hercule Peirot.  “The Lewis Man” by Peter May is a mystery set in the rugged Outer Hebrides.  “Ghost Wanted” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Bailey Ruth Ghost mystery.  “Gossamer Ghost” by Laura Childs is a mystery set in New Orleans that includes scrapbooking tips.

                                   

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“Beneath the Patchwork Moon” by Alison Kent is the latest in the Hope Springs, Texas romance series.  “Haunted” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit mystery series.

                                               

Other new novels

“Full Measure” by T. Jefferson follows a young Marine returned home from war in Afghanistan.  “A Cry from the Dust” by forensic artist Carrie Stuart Parks is a novel about the Mormon Mountain Meadows massacre.  “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell is an epic story told by a chorus of diverse narrators.  “Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan.

           

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Jan Aarvold, Maria Gallegos, Alex Grinager, Mike Johnson and Don Porterfield.  We also are grateful to Lenore and David Bright for their generous gift in memory of Ruth Marquez.

 

Quotable Quote 

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex.  It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacher (1911-1977), British statistician and economist.

 

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit the rest of our website pages at pagosalibrary.org.

 

10/16/14

Free Lifelong Learning Lectures resume this evening

This evening (Thursday, October 16) marks the start of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.

First topic is “The Making of Lucky Henry Walker,” a talk by John Porter.  He and his wife Beth fostered a rescue dog after Hurricane Katrina created tens of thousands of Gulf Coast refugees.  John will tell Henry’s story and its evolution from a thank-you note to a writing project and solo performance.  He will discuss the Ninth Ward of New Orleans nine years after, with implications for disaster preparation and how pets affect our lives.

The other five lectures in this series are “A Brainy Talk” by Dr. Jean Strahlendorf on October 23, “Halloween Traditions Around the World” by Julie Loar on October 30, “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford on November 6, “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.

All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, or look for it on our website.

Free math fun for kids

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a new free math club where youngsters will build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a totally new kind of math club!  Registration is required for this eight-week session that starts this Saturday, October 18 from 11-noon.  The group is limited to 10 kids.  Each session builds on the week before, so you will want your child to sign up and come to all eight events.

Free Family Fridays

Join us for a new free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, October 17) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This new program will take place every Friday.  It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.  Now there is 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 will feature a different activity.  Tomorrow is a board games day.

Medicaid/Affordable Care Act workshop

This free workshop on Tuesday, October 21 from 1-2 p.m. is geared toward both new customers who are starting, or current recipients, and even those who do not quality.  No registration is required.  For more information, contact Renee Burch at the San Juan Basin Health Dept. at 264-2409 ext. 203.

Free art fun for kids

Kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free Art Attack session tomorrow (Friday, October 17) from 2-3 p.m.  This is creative fun that is always different and always gives you something to take home.

Free tween gaming

Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to a gaming session next Wednesday, October 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Obtain skills on the Wii and Xbox while playing your favorite games.

Free teen gaming

Join us next Tuesday, October 21 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 next Monday, October 20 and 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. we will host 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. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on iPad Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 16).  This class is designed for absolute beginners who have little or no experience using your iPads.  Students must provide your own registered iPad.

Nonfiction

“A Path Appears” by the husband and wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn offers practical advice on how best you can donate to organizations making a difference in the world.  “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard recounts the dramatic final months of World War II in Europe and the mysterious death of General Patton in a car collision.  “The Organized Mind” by cognitive psychologist Daniel J. Levitin reveals how today’s leaders become adept at managing the incessant flow of information coming our way.  “The Long Shadow” by historian David Reynolds assesses the impact of the Great War across the 20th century.  “Tape It & Wear It” by Richela Fabian Morgan describes 60 duct tape projects to make and wear.   “The Chew” offers recipes, entertaining tips and crafts from the five hosts of the ABC-TV show for holidays and celebrations.

DVDs

Dog Day Afternoon” stars Al Pacino.  “Rundown” and “Faster” are both action adventures.  “The Bounty Hunter” stars Jennifer Aniston.  “The Town” is a crime thriller.  “Ladder 49” stars Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta.  “The Mechanic” is the story of an elite assassin.  “Heartbreak Ridge” stars Clint Eastwood as a Marine Corps lifer.  “Radio,” inspired by a true story, stars Cuba Gooding and Ed Harris.  “The Gift” is a thriller starring Cate Blanchett.  “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a Walt Disney movie.  “Total Recall” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.                                

CDs

“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell is an epic story told by a chorus of diverse narrators.  “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan follows a judge and a family dealing with a 17-year-old’s decision to refuse medical treatment for religious reasons.  “Blood on the Water” by Anne Perry is a William Monk mystery set in London at the height of the British Empire.                           

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“Stormy Persuasion” by Johanna Lindsey is the latest in the Malory series.  “Raiding with Morgan” by Jim R. Woolard is a novel of the Civil War.  “Ragtime Cowboys” by Loren D. Estleman, MacCallister: The Eagles Legacy: Kill Crazy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, “Price of a Horse: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by Ralph Cotton and “Wind River” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn are westerns.                           

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donations, we thank Robert Dungan, Dick and Vimmie Ray, and Eugene and Patricia Wissler.  For books and materials we thank Fran Brown, Bobbi Coppenger, Lyn Dryburgh, Sara Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”  — Steve Jobs (1955-2011), co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc.        

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

 

10/09/2014

Local author writes third book in mystery series

“Sinking Suspicions” by Pagosa Springs author Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the third in her popular mystery series set in Cherokee Country featuring crime solver Sadie Walela . All three books have been donated to your library by the author.

Previous books in the series have won awards and been well reviewed by critics, and this new offering should be no exception. It combines adventure, romance, identity theft and even World War II history. Sara writes in a fast-paced, easy-to-read style that keeps her readers involved as they follow the action, the clues and the surprises. The story moves from Oklahoma to Hawaii, offering interesting and respectful insights into both cultures.

Sara and her husband Eddie have lived in Pagosa Springs for almost five years. A Cherokee tribal citizen, she grew up in northeastern Oklahoma and sets her stories there. Since their marriage, she and Eddie have lived in several different states. In fact, when they lived in Maui Sara quit work in the banking business after 18 years to become a full-time writer.

“We love it here for so many reasons,” she said, citing Pagosa’s spectacular mountains, small-town friendly people, cool dry temperatures and, maybe most of all, the year-round evergreens that don’t shed their leaves. “Everything is so alive and green and beautiful even in the winter in four feet of snow,” she said. “It’s a joy to look out my window at Pagosa Peak as I am writing.”

 

Free Lifelong Learning lectures

            Mark your calendars for the free fall Lifeline Learning Lecture (LLL) series that starts next Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m. when John Porter will speak about his and wife Beth’s fostering a Hurricane Katrina dog – and the implications for disaster preparation.   Watch for more information on all the lectures on the library’s website, in these Library News columns and/or pick up the LLL brochure at the library. The lectures are free and no registration is required.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for a new free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, October 10) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This new program will take place the 1st-4th Friday of each month. It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event. Now there is 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 will feature a different activity. Tomorrow is a film day.  Please call the library (264-2209) for more information.

 

Free square dance fun

            This Saturday, October 11, from 1-2:15 p.m., Carla Roberts will teach simple calls that are quick to learn in a fun, easygoing session for families. No registration is required for this event, which is open to all ages.

 

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. October’s book is “The Shack” by William Young to be discussed Tuesday, October 14 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 6-13 years meets Saturday, October 11 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on intermediate Excel from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 9). You will learn about managing multiple workbooks, freezing panes, sorting data, charts and more.

 

Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, October 14 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

Starting next Monday, October 13, and on the following two Mondays in October, from 4 – 5 p.m. we will host 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.

 

Nonfiction

            “The Demon’s Brood” historian Desmond Seward is a history of the Plantagenet dynasty in England. “The Underground Girls of Kabul” by Jenny Nordberg documents young girls in Afghanistan raised as boys to avoid the overwhelming prejudice against females. “The Life and Times of Phil Hartman” by Mike Thomas is a biography of the comedic actor from Saturday Night Live. “The Half Has Never Been Told” by historian Edward E. Baptist is a new look at slavery as a huge driver of American capitalism. “Augustus First Emperor of Rome” by Adrian Goldsworthy is a biography of one of the most riveting leaders in Western history. “The Way Forward” by Paul Ryan outlines this Republican leader’s political vision for 2014 and beyond. “Honey & Oats” by Jennifer Katzinger provides 75 recipes baked with whole grains and natural sweeteners. “Nourishing Broth” by Sally Fallon Morell describes the value of bone broth to help treat autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, digestive problems and other chronic ailments.

 

CDs

            “Festive in Death” by J. D. Robb is the latest in the Lt. Eve Dallas mystery series. “Murder 101” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the Decker/Lazarus mystery series. “The Future for Curious People” by Gregory Sherl is a romance about a system to predict your future life with your beloved. “The Secret Place” by Tana French is the latest in the Dublin Murder Squad series. “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon is the latest in the Mitford series.

                                   

Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the thriller series featuring FBI agent Nicholas Drummond. “Burn” by James Patterson is the latest in the Det. Michael Bennett thriller series. “Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan series. “To Dwell in Darkness” by Deborah Crombie features married detectives in London. “The Red Room” by Ridley Pearson is a suspense story set in Istanbul.

           

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            “The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush” by Susan Wittig Albert tells of a town in the Depression that prints temporary “funny money” so the town can survive. “Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury is book one of a new Christian fiction series. “Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day” by Ann B. Ross follows a woman trying to upgrade her life by marrying her wealthy employer. “Blood on the Water” by Anne Perry is the latest in the William Monk mystery series. “The Homecoming” by Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point series. “Lisette’s List” by Susan Vreeland tells of a woman trying to save great art from the Nazis. “Across the Cheyenne River” by John D. Nesbitt, “Easy Money” by Frank Roderus and “Dark Horses” by Ralph Cotton are westerns.

                                   

Other new novels

            “A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein is a coming-of-age ghost story. “The Hawley Book of the Dead” by Chrysler Szarlan is a fantasy.

 

Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials, we are grateful to Gloria Flynn, June Geisen, Bob and Carole Howard, Marion  Leonard, John Mathis, R.B. Robbins and our many anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” – Leo Aikman, newspaper columnist and editor.

 

Website

            For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit the rest of our website.

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10/2/2014

New free weekly Family Fridays program debuts tomorrow

A new free family program called Family Fridays starts tomorrow (Friday, October 3) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.

This new program will take place every Friday and is open to residents and visitors.  It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.  Now there is 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 will feature a different activity – a film day, a board games day, a surprise day, with the fourth week being the Maker Lab.  Registration is not required.  Tomorrow is a surprise day, and we hope you will join us to enjoy the fun.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the free fall Lifeline Learning lecture series that starts next Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m.  Watch for more information in these Library News columns and/or pick up the LLL brochure at your library.

Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

Free Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place today (Thursday, October 2) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Characters welcomed.  Snacks provided.

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.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on staying safe online from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 2).  You will learn about strong passwords, phishing, pop-ups and website reliability.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

New cookbooks

“New Indian Slow Cooker” showcases both classic and innovative Indian recipes.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food” by Ken Haedrich offers more than 200 recipes for feel-good food from your childhood and some new dishes as well.  “International Night” by professional chef and food writer Mark Kublansky and his daughter Talia documents recipes from around the world they prepared together over 52 weeks.

Other nonfiction

“Daring: My Passages” is a memoir by journalist Gail Sheehy, the author of “Passages.”  “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is the companion volume to the seven-part PBS documentary series.  “NFL QB” examines the role of quarterbacks with materials taken from the pages and archives of Sports Illustrated magazine.  “Drivel,” edited by Julia Scott, is a collection featuring “deliciously bad writing by your favorite authors.”  “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz documents how Native Americans actively resisted U.S. expansion for centuries.  “Angry Optimist” by Lisa Rogak is a biography of Daily Show comedian Jon Stewart. “Behind the Gates of Gomorrah” by psychiatrist Stephen Seager takes readers inside a hospital housing the criminally insane.                   .

DVDs

“Olympus Has Fallen” is an adventure about the White House being captured and the president kidnapped.  “Drive” stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver.  “Spy” is series one of this British sitcom.  “Sarah Plain and Tall” stars Glenn Close as a mail-order bride.  “The Magic of Ordinary Days” is a World War II love story.  “What the Deaf Man Heard” stars Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones.  Vincent Price in “The Last Man on Earth” and Orson Welles in “The Stranger” are golden movie classics.

CDs

“Personal” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher adventure series.  “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  “Private Down Under” by James Patterson and Michael White is the latest in the Private PI series, this one set in Sydney.  “The Eye of Heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake is the latest in the Fargo adventure series.  “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd follows a woman searching for the killer of the man who murdered her mother when she was a girl.

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“Last To Know” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic suspense story.  “Bleeding Texas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Sidewinders western series.  “The Devil May Care” by David Housewright is the latest in the McKenzie mystery series.  “Cure for the Common Breakup” by Beth Kendrick is a romance set in a Delaware seaside town.  “Murder in Murray Hill” by Victoria Thompson is the latest in the Gaslight mystery series.  “The Eye of heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake is the latest in the Fargo adventure series.  “The Long way Home” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Designated Daughters” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot” by Reed Farrel Coleman is the latest in the Jesse Stone mystery series.  “The Secret Place” by Tana French is a murder mystery set in Dublin.

Other new novels

“Joyful” by Shelley Shepard Gray is the story of second chances for a young Amish couple.  “Bitter Greens” by Kate Forsyth follows a young girl locked in a Rapunzel-like tower.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we are grateful to many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th president of the U.S.   

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit other parts of our website.

9/25/14

Maker Lab plus Elephant & Piggie party coming up

Maker Lab resumes at your library on the fourth Friday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. – which means tomorrow (Friday, September 26).  This special program for all ages lets you tinker with various projects, learn how to work with circuits and coding, even explore the basics of knitting and sewing.  We make it all, and you can join in this varied and fun learning experience every month.  No registration required.

Then on Saturday, September 27 kids aged two and over are invited to a special party to celebrate their friends Elephant & Piggie from 11 a.m. to noon.  We’ll read stories, participate in activities and do a craft.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

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 – except for Thursday the 18th and today (Thursday the 25th).

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans resumes next month.

Nonfiction

“The New Puberty” by Drs. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff provides guidelines on how to navigate early development in today’s girls.   “America: Imagine a World without Her” by Dinesh D’Souza offers a defense of America from the earliest days of our history to today.  “The Price of Silence” by Dr. Liza Long takes a mother’s perspective as she examines the cost of our failure to address mental health issues, especially in children.  “Born Reading” by Jason Boog gives advice on how to bring up you child as a bookworm in this digital age.  “Unretirement” by Chris Farrell explores how baby boomers are changing the way we think about work, community and the good life.  “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” by Steve Harvey uses the author’s life experiences to motivate you to harness your talents.

DVDs

The Adjustable Bureau” is a romantic thriller starring Matt Damon.  Roger Corman Horror Collection contains five drive-in classics on two DVDs.  “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is the latest in the Dog Days series.  “Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not” stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  “One Hour Photo” stars Robin Williams.  “Mash” is the movie, not the TV series.  “Ranging Bull” stars Robert Deniro is a true boxing story.

CDs

“Fast Track” by Julie Garwood follows a daughter who travels to Sydney to explore the secrets of her mother.  “Hellhole Inferno” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is the conclusion to the Hellhole sci-fi trilogy.  “The Lost Island” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the latest in the Gideon Crew mystery series.  “The Fortune Hunter” by Daisy Goodwin is a novel about 19th century Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi.  “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami is the long-awaited new novel by this author that sold more than a million copies the first week it sent on sale in Japan.          

Mysteries and thrillers

“Perfidia” by James Ellroy explores the murder of a Japanese family in L.A. after Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor.  “The Blood of an Englishman” by M.C. Beaton is the latest in the Agatha Raisin mystery series.  “The Golem of Hollywood” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellermanis a muder mystery that takes readers through the U.S., London and Prague.   “Raging Heat” by Richard Castle starts when an illegal immigrant falls to his death in New York City.  “Broken Monsters” by Lauren Beukes is a horror and suspense novel set in Detroit.

Fiction collections

“Lovely, Dark, Deep” is a collection of 13 stories by Joyce Carol Oates.  “Stone Mattress” is a collection of nine tales by Margaret Atwood.

Large print

“Above” by Isla Morley is a mystery starts with the abduction of a tten by a survivalist.  “Booty Bones” by Carolyn Haines is the latest in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series.  “Driving with the Top Down” by Beth Harrison follows two women and a teen on a road trip down the east coast.  “Deserves to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a Selena Alvarez/Regan Prescoli mystery set in Montana.  “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner follows a mother wondering if she is addicted to prescription pills.  “Twin Rocks” is a western duo by Wayne D. Overholser.  “Man of her Dreams” by Tami Hoag is a romance.  “Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits” by Mary Jane Hathaway is a romance in the Jane Austen Takes the South series.  “Fatal Enquiry” by Will Thomas is the latest in the Barker and Llewelyn Victorian London mystery series.

Other new novels

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the Great Lakes region.  “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan explores decisions being made about treatment for a teen refusing medical care that could save his life.  “Unmanned” by Dan Fesperman is about the hidden, expanding world of drone warfare.  “The King’s Curse” by Philippa Gregory is the latest in the series about the House of Tutor, this one featuring Margaret, the last of the Yorks.  “Fool’s Assassin” by Robin Hobb is the latest in the Farseer fantasy saga.  “Dark Blood” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Carpathian paranormal romance series.  “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett is the last book in the Century Trilogy, taking the families into the 1960s-‘80s.  “Bittersweet” by Colleen McCullough follows two sets of female twins who decide to enroll in a nursing training program.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations we are grateful to Perry and Annette Farley and Ron Tinsley, as well as Sheila Rogers’ gift, which will be used to purchase e-books.  For books and materials, we are grateful to Tom Hiser and Savannah Kuehn.

Quotable Quote 

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th president of the U.S.   

 

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

09/18/14

Help us celebrate Banned Books Week

Please join us in celebrating Banned Books Week September 21-27.  We agree with the position of the American Library Association, which supports the freedom of everyone to express all opinions and opposes any ban on books based on the objection of a person or group, thus restricting the access of others.

We hope you will come by to look at a special Banned Books display at your library.  And as you think of the importance of this week, please consider that the following books – many considered classics — are just a few of the many thousands of books that have been banned at various times:

The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger,  “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee,  “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “Ulysses.” by James Joyce,  “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway,  “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell,  “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding,  “1984” by George Orwell, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley,  “Animal Farm”  by George Orwell,  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey,  “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron, “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh, “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Friends’ Christmas tree needs your help

Even though Christmas is three months away, Friends of the Library members already are working on their entry in Pagosa’s annual Festival of Trees auction fundraiser in December, and they are asking for your help.  Their Christmas tree will have a candyland theme, so they are looking for ornaments that relate in some way to candy.  If you have such ornaments, or any related donations such as a large gum ball or cotton candy machine to be put under the tree, they would be greatly appreciated.  The Friends’ tree last year netted more than $200 for your library.  Any donated decorations will increase their profit for your library this year.  Please bring your donations to the library if you can help.

 Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

 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 – except for Thursday the 18th and Thursday the 25th.

 Free tween gaming

Join us Wednesday, September 24 from 4 – 5 p.m. for gaming fans in the fourth-sixth grades.  Learn skills on the Wii and Xbox while playing your favorite games.

 Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

 Nonfiction

“Prince Harry: Brother/Solder/Son” by Penny Junor is the story behind the tabloids published on the prince’s 30th birthday.  “The First Family Detail” by Ronald Kessler offers private, behind-the-scenes stories from the Secret Service.  “The Invisible Bridge” by Rick Perlstein explores the importance of the time between Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.   “The Fracking Truth” by Chris Faulkner is an inside story of America’s energy revolution.  “I’ll Be Back Right After This” by Pat O’Brien is a memoir exploring the life of this sportscaster who had a spectacular and sometimes destructive life.

DVDs

“Milk” starring Sean Penn is the true story of Harvey Milk.  “Alice in Wonderland” is the new version starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  “Hoosiers” is a sports movie that was nominated for two Oscars.  “Jock: The Hero Dog” is a family animated adventure.

CDs

“The Heist” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series.  “Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series.  “The 6th Extinction” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel.  “A Perfect Life” by Danielle Steel tells of a famed TV news woman facing difficult life challenges.  “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two sisters in the ‘40s after their mother dies.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Lock In” by John Scalzi is a near-future thriller about a new highly contagious virus.  “Night of the White Buffalo” by Margaret Coel is the latest Wind River mystery in Arapaho country.  “Haunted” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series.  “Personal” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series.  “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson is set in Oregon’s Columbia River.  “Murder 101” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the Deck/Lazarus mystery series.  “Strange Shores” by Arnaldur  Indridason is the latest in the Inspector Erlendur mystery series.  “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd follows the life of a woman who discovers her mother was not murdered by her father.  “Her Last Whisper” by Karen Robards is the latest in the Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone psychological thriller series.

Other new novels

“Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon follows Father Tim Kavanagh as he returns from Ireland to Mitford.  “Son of No One” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark Hunter paranormal series.  “Story of Land and Sea” by Katy Simpson Smith follows three generations during the waning years of the American Revolution.  “Five Days Left” by Julie Lawson tells of two families tied together although living a thousand miles apart.  “The Witch with No Name” by Kim Harrison is the final book of the Hollows urban fantasy series.  “Severed Souls” by Terry Goodkind is the latest in the Richard and Kahlan fantasy series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we are grateful to Bob Clinkenbeard and many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“The word ‘freedom’ is batted around rather too freely.  I like ‘self-discipline.’ ” — English actress and multiple award-winner Helen Mirren.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

09/11/2014

Value of home libraries for your youngsters as school starts

Parents, do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially top of mind now that Archuleta County kids have just returned to school.

Another valuable tip to help your child be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time!

Kristine MacNeill, your youth services librarian, can help you with reading to your child.  Every Saturday morning she hosts Baby and Toddler Time, a half-hour storytime starting at 9:30 a.m. for our littlest patrons aged six months to three years.  Effective this month, this session was moved to Saturday mornings to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.  As well, every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. she hosts Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids aged three-five years and their families.

Kristine also would be happy to help you select books for home reading and a home library for your child.

Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

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.  Tech Time has been cancelled on Thursday, September 18 and September 25.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on MS Word Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, September 11).  You will learn how to create and save documents, format text, add images and more. 

No teen gaming next week

Teen Gaming is cancelled on Tuesday, September 16.  Join us again on the 23rd.

CDs

“No Safe House” by Linwood Barclay is a follow-up to “No Time for Goodbye.”  “Windigo Island” by William Kent Krusgeris the latest in the Cork O’Connor mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Harbor Island” by Carla Neggers is the latest in the Sharpe and Donovan suspense series, this one about an elusive serial art thief.  “Private Down Under” by James Patterson takes the world’s most exclusive detective agency to Australia.

Other new novels

“Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky” by David Connerley Nahm is a debut novel set in a small town.  “The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is book one in the new One Dozen Daughters romantic fantasy series.  “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two young ladies who journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.  “Heroes Are My Weakness” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a sassy romance.

How-to and self-help

“The Magic Pattern” by Amy Barickman shows you how to sew six patterns into 36 different styles.  “Get Up!” by Dr. James A. Levine explains why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it.  “Amazing Food Hacks” by Peggy Wang promises 75 easy ways to eat awesome anytime. “The Handmade Marketplace/second edition” by Kari Chapin is an updated book on how to sell your crafts locally, globally and online. “Organic” by veteran journalist Peter Laufer investigates the truth and falsities in the organic food world, and what you can do about it.  “Menopause” by Dr. Barry G. Wren and Margaret Stephenson Meere is a guide to the mental, physical and emotional effects of menopause.

Other nonfiction

“Clouds of Glory” by Michael Korda is a biography of Robert E. Lee.   “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa tells of the search for a biological father who turns out to be the Zodiac Killer.  “Dark Invasion” by Howard Blum exposes the first terrorist cell in America, German spies at the first of World War I.  “Implosion” by Ilan Berman describes Russia’s precarious future and its effect on us.  “The Search for Anne Perry” by Joanne Drayton is the biography of a crime writer who was also a murderer.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Dennis and Pat Mitchell for their generous donation in memory of Jim Harrison.  For books and materials this week, we thank Clarence Gogg, Joan Lewis, Joseph Porter and Dr. Clayton Sillwold.

Quotable Quote 

“Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film” – Stephen Wright, Academy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

 

09/04/2014

Baby and toddler storytime moves to Saturday– You ask, we listen – and we try to respond positively.  One of the most frequent requests you made in our recent survey was to offer young children’s programs on Saturdays. Starting this week, we have made that change. Effective on Saturday, September 6, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library. Watch for more changes coming in the months ahead as we respond to as many more of your requests as possible, budget permitting.

GED classes GED orientation takes place at your library on September 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, September 15.  GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.  The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango.  Cost is $40 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take the tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208, or visit the Education Center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

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.  September’s book is “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls to be discussed Tuesday, September 9 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

Free book club for tweens Tweens in the fourth-seventh grades who love to read are invited to join our tween book club, Book Busters Dare to Read,  on Wednesday, September 10 from 4-5 p.m. This month’s special guest is Melanie Milburn, local author and songwriter, who will discuss what goes into writing a book.  You’ll also pick up your first book to read, “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

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.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, September 4).  You will learn how to create a new worksheet, basic formatting. Creating simple formulas and more.

Free teen gaming Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Free LEGO Club Kids aged six – 13 years are invited to LEGO Club on Saturday, September 13 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Large print “Murder of the Breakers” by Alyssa Maxwell is a Gilded Newport mystery.  “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is a Death on Demand Bookstore mystery.  “The Good, the Bad, and the Emus” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty is a darkly comic mystery surrounding a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser.  “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington novel.  “Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke features a self-contained Texan hero.

DVDs “Divergent” is the action adventure set in a future world.  “Must Love Dogs” is a romantic comedy starring Diane Lane and John Cosack.  “Horrible Bosses” is a comedy about intolerable bosses.  “Hook” is a Stephen Spielberg adventure.  “Stand By Me” is a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon town.  “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a family comedy starring Robin Williams.  “Young Detective Dee” is set in 7th century China.  “Food Matters” is a documentary about nutritional therapy.  “Burlesque” stars Cher and Christina Aguilera.  “Clue the Movie” is based on the board game.  “Prisoners” is an R-rated thriller featuring Hugh Jackman.

Other new novels  “Magic Breaks” by Ilona Andrews is the latest in the paranormal series featuring Kate Daniels.

Nonfiction “Season of Saturdays” by Michael Weinreb examines the evolution of college football since the first game in 1869.  “Junkyard Planet” by Adam Minter takes readers to a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar recycling industry that is transforming our economy and environment.

Thanks to our donors For books and materials this week, we thank Sara Brinton, Margaret Caldwell, Sue Ellen Haning, Mark Kimmel and Kim Moore.

Quotable Quote  “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, actress, producer and philanthropist.

Website For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

8/28/14

Help, please! For Friends of Library Christmas tree

Even though it’s August, Friends of the Library members already are making plans for their entry in Pagosa’s annual Festival of Trees auction fundraiser in December, and they are asking for your help.

Their Christmas tree will have a candyland theme, so they are looking for ornaments that relate in some way to candy.  If you have such ornaments that you no longer need or use, the Friends would love to have them donated to their cause.  Also, any related donations such as a large gum ball or cotton candy machine would be appreciated.

The Friends’ tree last year netted more than $200 for your library.  Any donated decorations will increase their profit for your library this year.  Please bring your donations to the library if you can help.

GED classes

GED orientation takes place at your library on September 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, September 15.  GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.  The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango.  Cost is $40 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take the tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208, or visit the Education Center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

Free self-defense class

Next Tuesday, September 2, join us from 9 – 11 a.m. to learn the skills to defend yourself.  This class is for males and females and no registration is required.

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.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Computer and Internet Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, August 28).  You will learn the basics of a computer including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and more.  You’ll also learn how to connect to the Internet, use an Internet browser, navigate safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

No movie tomorrow

Sorry, there will be no Friday movie tomorrow, August 29.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Nonfiction

“Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke is the tale of war and bravery of a man and his elephants in World War II.   “Scalia: A Court of One” by Bruce Allen Murphy is a biography of the nation’s most outspoken and polarizing Supreme Court judge.  “Clash of the Financial Pundits” by Joshua M. Brown and Jeff Nacke includes interviews with some of the world’s most influential inventors to help you separate financial facts from outspoken opinion.  “Getting Life” by Michael Morton is a memoir of an innocent man set free after 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.  “Backyard Building” by Jeanie and David Stiles describes how to build benches, picnic tables, a tree house and more.                    

CDs

“Slaughter Canyon” by Joseph A. West is a western.

Large print

Tom Clancy Support and Defend” by Mark Greaney is the latest in the Jack Ryan thriller series.  “Top Secret” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworht IV is the latest in the Clandestine Operations series.  “Summer People” by Elin Hilderbrand is set on Nantucket.  “Fast Track” by Julie Garwood is a family drama set in Sydney, Australia.  “The Cursed” by Heather Graham is a romantic suspense story.  “Destiny’s Embrace” by Beverly Jenkins is an historical romance set in California.  “Texas True” by Janet Dailey is the latest in the Tylers of Texas series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Heist” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series.  “The Devil Takes Half” by Leta Serafim is a murder mystery set in an archeological dig in Greece.  “Visions” by Kelley Armstrong is the second in the series featuring the unlikely pair of the daughter of a notorious serial killer and a self-serving lawyer.  “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown follows a woman who disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina.  “The Frozen Dead” by Bernard Minier is set in a small town in the French Pyrenees.  “One of Us” by Tawni O’Dell is a psychological thriller set in Pennsylvania coal country.  “One Kick” by Chelsea Cain is the first in a new thriller series featuring a woman who was kidnapped and then rescued as a child.

Other new novels

“Sunshine on Scotland Street” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series.  “Adultery” by Paulo Coelho tells of a woman whose perfect life is changed by a routine interview with a famous writer.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Jan Clinkenbeard, Jim Frandsen and Linda Thomson, Suellen Loher, Melinda Lutz,  Kay McKinney, Linda Reed and Joy Schweng.

Quotable Quote 

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and author, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the U.S.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

08/21/2014

GED orientation starts September 9

GED (General Education Development) orientation takes place September 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, September 15.  With a vision toward enhancing literacy, your library has been the site of the county’s free GED program ever since the Archuleta County Education Center building was sold last year.

GED and ELS are still administered by the Education Center.  ELS is taught at the Methodist Church.

GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango.  The cost is $40 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take the tests at the same time.

Ten Pagosa Springs residents earned their GED in school year 2013-14 and three students received certificates of completion in a graduation ceremony at the library on May 30.

For more information on the GED program, please contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208.  You can also visit the Education Center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

Help, please! Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

Free family karaoke tonight

This evening (Thursday, August 21) at 6 p.m., please join us to sing karaoke songs with family and friends at your library.  We’ll have CDs for all ages – kids, tweens, teens, adults and Spanish speakers.   Light snacks will be provided.

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.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Computer and Internet Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, August 28.  You will learn the basics of a computer including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and more.  You’ll also learn how to connect to the Internet, use an Internet browser, navigate safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

Change in free movie program

Every Friday in August except the 29th at 12:30 p.m. we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens.  No registration required.  Sorry, but the contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library or go to our website to learn the movie names.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

How-to and self help

 “Scale” by Jeff Hoffman and David Finkel shows you how to grow your business while also gaining more personal freedom.  “Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis” by James W. Russell explores the problems faced by people who lost traditional pensions.  “You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think” by Wes Moss identifies the five best practices of the happiest retirees.  “Food Preservation Made Simple” by Teresa Marrone explains various food-drying techniques.  “The Quilter’s Palette” by Katy Denny provides color and pattern ideas for quilts.  “iRules” by Janell Burley Hofmann reveals the contract between a mother and her son getting his first cell phone that went viral on the Internet.

Other nonfiction

“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is said to be an insider’s view of the animosity between these two Democratic families.  “Haatchi & Little B” by Wendy Holden is the true story of one little boy and his very big dog, both disabled.  “The Mission of Remission” by basketball Hall of Famer Pat Williams is a memoir about his battle with cancer.  “Emilie Davis’s Civil War” showcases the diaries of a free black woman in Philadelphia during the Civil War.           

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Lie” by Hesh Kestin is a mystery featuring a female Israeli attorney.  “Talk” by Michael Smerconish is a mystery about a talk radio host with the influence to elect a president.  “A Catered Fourth of July” by Isis Crawford is the latest in the Cozy mystery series.  “The Trail Beyond” by Max Brand and “Black Ransom” by Stone Wallace are westerns.  “A Perfect Romance” by J.M. Bronston stars two pampered Park Avenue felines.  “The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs is the latest in the Bella Vista Chronicles.  “Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter follows two Atlanta PD women police officers.  “Books, Cooks, and Crooks” by Lucy Arlington is the latest in the Novel Idea mystery series.  “Wild Iris Ridge” by RaeAnne Thayne is a romance.  “Murder at the Hatfield House” by Amanda Carmack is the first book in a new Elizabethan mystery series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Haunted” by Randy Wayne White is a crime story set on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  “The Sixth Extinction” by James Rollins is a thriller involving cutting edge science and technology.  “Fatal Conceit”by Robert K. Tanenbaum is a legal suspense story about the suspicious death of a CIA chief.  “The Lost Island” by Preston & Child revolves around a plan to steal the Book of Kells.  “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie is a fantasy set on a remote, icy planet.

Other new novels

 “Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber is the latest romance set in Rose Harbor Inn.  “Channel” by Stephen L. Carter is an adventure about the Cuban Missile Crisis.  “Traitor’s Storm” by M.J. Trow is an historical novel set in Elizabethan England.  “The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances” by Ellen Cooney is about a place where humans save dogs, and vice versa.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Nancy Crowe, Cheryl Freeman, Carmen Ferguson, Cindy Galabota, Jeanne Hewitt, Veronica Johnson and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“All ideas are secondhand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author and humorist.

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