12/17/2015

Activities for all ages during Christmas week
For our little ones, we have baby/toddler time on Saturday, December 19, a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.  We have preschool storytime on Wednesday, December 23 from 10-11 a.m. preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three to five year olds.

For teens, we have the Teen Advisory Group meeting today (Thursday, December 17) from 4-5 p.m. and teen gaming next Tuesday, December 22 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

For adults:  Today (Thursday, December 17) you can meet with a career counselor to discuss your employment plan.  Assistance is available to help with identifying career goals, writing your resume, job search, financial help for vocational training, and support services such as clothing, tools and transportation.  Drop in any time from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  No registration required.  As well, we have two events on Monday, December 21 – 1:30 p.m. for the next session in the free healthy eating discussion series, and at 3 p.m. the free beginning Spanish class, both running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.

Holiday closures
Your library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on December 24 and 25,  and for New Year’s at noon December 31 and all day January 1. We send heartfelt greetings and gratitude to you and your loved ones during this holiday period.

Cancellations
No gaming December 18 or Otaku December 21.

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

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

Free technology sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Intermediate on Monday, December 21 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

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

Large print
“Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato & DiNunzio mystery.  “Shopaholic to the Rescue” by Sophie Kinsella is the latest in the Shopaholic series.  “A Banquet of Consequences” by Elizabeth George is a Insp. Thomas Lynley mystery.  “Front Runner” by Felix Francis is a horseracing thriller.  “Stars of Fortune” by Nora Roberts is book one in a new Guardians trilogy.  “The Promise” by Robert Crais is an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike mystery.  “Christmas Bells” by Jennifer Chiaverini is inspired by a Longfellow poem.  “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.

Nonfiction
“The Perfection Deception” by Dr. Jane Bluestein compares perfectionism with doing your best and sows you why and how the latter is more healthy.  “The Best Advice in Six Words” edited by Larry Smith is a collection of universal wisdom and life lessons six words at a time.  “No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money” by David Lough explores the history of Winston Churchill’s lifetime of tangled personal finances.  “Bread, Wine, Chocolate” by Simran Sethi takes readers to six continents in pursuit of delicious, unusual and endangered tastes.  “Downton Abbey: A Celebration” by Jessica Fellowes is the official companion to all six seasons of this PBS Masterpiece Theatre series.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo” by C. Joseph Greaves focuses on gangster “Lucky” Luciano.  “Mountain Rampage” by Scott Graham is a mystery set in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Short story collection
“The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a collection of 20 short stories by Stephen King.

Other novels
“House of the Rising Sun” by James Lee Burke tells of a father and son separated by war and circumstance.  “The Cadet” by Doug Beason is book one of a new series chronicling the history of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  “Crystal’s Skull” by Riley Hill is book three of the Naked Worlds sci-fi/paranormal fantasy series for teens and adults.  “The Mechanical” by Ian Tregill is a sci-fi story set in a world of mechanical men and alchemical dreams.  “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a print version of the twice-monthly podcast.

DVDs
“Remember Me” is a love story.  “Stranger than Fiction” stars Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  “Michael Collins,” based on the true story of this Irish revolutionary, stars Liam Neeson.

Story CDs
“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith is a Cormoran Strike is the third book in this mystery series.  “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving features a mind reader.  “A Christmas Escape” by Anne Perry is the author’s 13th holiday mystery.  “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexandeer McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Davis, Randal Davis, G. Charles Frickel, Josie Hummel, Lisa Locke, Jeanne Lucariello, Sara Wilson and our anonymous donors.  For a very generous donation, we are grateful to Rice Reavis.

Quotable Quote
“Great things do not just happen by impulse but as a succession of small things linked together.” – Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.

12/10/2015

Multiple free Christmas activities at your library
Today (Thursday, December 10) we hope you will join us from 4 – 6 p.m. for Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, an all-age event to celebrate the holiday season.  You’ll enjoy seasonal crafts and a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Saturday, December 12 we’ll host Toys for Tots from 11:30-2:30 p.m.  We ask that you drop off new, unwrapped gifts for needy children in Archuleta County between now and then.  We hope teens and tweens will volunteer at the drive.  Please contact the library if you are interested.

Monday, December 14 from 4-5 p.m. is a creative, new teen and tween program when we’ll teach you some short story writing techniques as you begin your very own short Christmas story.

The second Pajama Time storytime takes place next Tuesday, December 15 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.  We will sing, dance and read our way to bed.  This new program takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

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

Free career planning help
Next Thursday, December 17, you can meet with a career counselor to discuss your employment plan.  Assistance is available to help with identifying career goals, writing your resume, job search, financial help for vocational training, and support services such as clothing, tools and transportation.  Drop in any time from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  No registration required.

Free movie
Tomorrow (Friday, December 11) from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll show a PG-rated movie.  Our contract does not allow us to name the movie in the media, but it’s listed on the activities calendars.

Free LEGO club
LEGO Club takes place Saturday, December 12 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for 6-13 year olds. This event is a chance for kids to create and build with LEGOs.

Free health insurance session
Today (Thursday, December 10) is a health insurance session from 10-11:30 a.m. when you will learn about Medicaid, Connect for Health and medical savings plans for seniors.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 14 for a free healthy eating discussion series that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 14 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free technology sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note: No Tech Time today (December 10) or December 15.  A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics on Monday, December 14 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

Large print
“Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwall is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series.  “Host” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a collection of recent short stories by Stephen King.  “The Diamond Caper” by Peter Mayle is the latest in the mystery series set in Provence, France.

Nonfiction
“I am Evelyn Amony” by the human rights advocate for war-affected women describes life in Uganda with the Lord’s Resistance Army.  “Talking to Crazy” by psychiatrist Mark Goulston offers advice on how to deal with the irrational people in your life.  “Tough as They Come” by SSG Travis Mills tells of his survival after a quadruple amputee injury in Afghanistan.  “The Generals” by historian Winston Groom details the lives of Patton, MacArthur and Marshall.  “1946” by Victor Sebestyen tell of the year when the Cold War began, the British Empire ended and the U.S.-USSR rivalry began.  “Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster?” by David Andrews explores the myths, misery and psychology of waiting in line.  “The Health Gap” by Michael Marmot, president of the World Medical Association, describes how social injustice is the greatest threat to global health.  “Hunting Season” by James Harkin investigates the abduction, captivity and execution of American journalist James Foley and the fate of other ISIS hostages.

Thrillers and mysteries
“A Banquet of Consequences” by Elizabeth George is the latest in the series featuring Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers.  “Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series.  “The Ghost Fields” by Elly Griffiths is the seventh in the Ruth Galloway mystery series.  “The Survivor” by Kyle Mills is a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series originated by Vince Flynn.  “Commander in Chief” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the President Jack Ryan thriller series.

Other novels
“The Explorers Guild Volume One” by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner is the first book in a new series about a secret order looking for mythical and mysterious places.  “Wyoming Rugged” is a western romance.  “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende explores a love affair across generations and continents.  “The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans is an inspirational Christmas story.  “Precious Gifts” by Danielle Steel follows a family after the father’s will is read.

DVDs
“Inside Out” is a Disney Pixar animated family film.  “Meet the Parents” stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.  “The Goodwife” contains the first season.

Story CD
“Shopaholic to the Rescue” is the latest in Sophie Kinsella’s chick lit Shopaholic series.

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Kathy Carter, Janet Ann Miller, Jeff Versaw and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” – Three-time Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep.

12/03/2015

DIY tea wreaths, Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and Toys for Tots
This month’s adult DIY event takes place next Wednesday, December 9 at 2 p.m. when you will learn how to make a tea wreath.  Instead of shoving tea bags in a drawer, make a tea wreath to display them for your family and friends.  No registration required.

Then on Thursday, December 10 we hope you will join us from 4 – 6 p.m. for Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, an all-age event to celebrate the holiday season.  You’ll enjoy seasonal crafts and a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Saturday, December 12 we’ll host Toys for Tots from 11:30-2:30 p.m.  We hope you will drop off new, unwrapped gifts for needy children in Archuleta County.  We would appreciate it if teens and tweens would volunteer at the drive.  Please contact the library if you are interested.

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

Free Christmas movie
Tomorrow (Friday, December 4) from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll show a G-rated Christmas movie, a funny variation of a classic Christmas tale.

Free book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Wednesday, December 9 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “The Last Apprentice-Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On December 8 we will discuss “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson.  If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe.  No registration required.

Free health insurance and avalanche safety
Today (Thursday, December 3) we’ll host two special adult programs: A health insurance session from 10-11:30 a.m. when you will learn about Medicaid, Connect for Health and medical savings plans for seniors; and an avalanche safety event at 5 p.m. when Mark at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will discuss hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources.  The health insurance program will be repeated on December 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. No registration required for these sessions.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 7 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free technology sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note: No Tech Time Thursday, December 10.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

Christmas books
“A Cherry Cola Christmas” by Ashton Lee is a large print version of this story about a group of women trying to create a holiday miracle.  “Long, Tall Christmas” by Janet Dailey is a large print romance.  “A Christmas Escape” by Anne Perry is the author’s 13th holiday mystery.

Large print
“Ghost to the Rescue” by Carolyn Hart is a Bailey Ruth Ghost mystery.  “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende explores a bi-racial love affair after Pearl Harbor.  “Maybe in another Life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid follows two alternate realities.  “Nine Lives” by Wendy Corsi Staub is a Lily Dale mystery.  “The Memory Weaver” by Jane Kirkpatrick in a Christian romance.  “Saving Laurel Springs” by Lin Stepp is a Smoky Mountain romance.  “Vendetta” by Lisa Harris is a Nikki Boyd Christian mystery.  “If You Only Knew” by Kristan Higgins is a romance.  “Did You Ever Have a Family” by Bill Clegg tells of a shocking disaster on the eve of a wedding.  “The Zig Zag Girl” by Elly Griffiths is a Magic Men mystery.

Nonfiction
“A More Perfect Union” by Dr. Ben Carson outlines his views on the importance and lessons of the U.S. Constitution.  “The Death of Cancer” by oncologist Vincent T. DeVita reveals why the war on cancer is winnable.  “Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox” by Dr. William Davis offers a way to reprogram your body for weight loss and good health.  “The Bassoon King” is a memoir by Rainn Wilson.  “With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear” by Gus Lee describes the wisdom he learned from the four-star general.  We have two new travel books – Arthur Frommer’s Europe and Fodor’s Costa Rica 2016.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Guilty” by David Baldacci follows a lethal assassin trying to save his father from a murder charge.  “The Girl in the Ice” by Lotte and Soren Hammer is the second in the Konrad Simonsen series set in Greenland.  “Tricky Twenty-Two” by Janet Evanovich, the latest in the Stephanie Plum series.  “Dark Corners” by Ruth Rendall is a story of blackmails and murder.  “Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the Rosato & DiNunzio series.  “A Vision of Fire” by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin features a brilliant child psychologist on a quest to save her young patients.  “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Gross Justice” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross series.  “American Blood” by Ben Sanders features a former undercover cop now in witness protection.

Other novels
“Red Lightning” by Laura Pritchett is set in eastern Colorado amid wildfires, illegal immigrants and drug runners.  “Bookseller” by Cynthia Swanson is a debut novel set in Denver about a woman’s foray into an alternate world in her dreams.  “Warhreat” by Terry Goodkind is the conclusion of the Sword of Truth fantasy series.

Story CDs
“The Muralist” by B.A. Shapiro is a suspense story set in the art world pre-World War II.  “After Alice” by Gregory Maguire follows Alice’s friend Ada, who tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.  “The Outlandish Companion: Volume Two” by Diana Gabaldon is a guide to the latest books in the Outlander series.  “Numero Zero” by Umberto Eco is a conspiracy thriller involving Mussolini.

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

DVDs
“Scandal” is the complete first season.  “Remember the Titans” stars Denzel Washington.  “The Scorpion King” is an adventure featuring The Rock.  “Constantine” is a supernatural thriller.  “Hugo” enters the magical world of     time.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

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

Quotable Quote
“There’s a rule in acting called “Don’t play the result.”  If you have a character who is going to end up in a certain place, don’t play that until you get there.  Play each scene and each beat as it comes.  And that’s what you should do in your life.  Don’t play the result.” – Actor Michael J. Fox talking about how he handles his Parkinson’s disease.

11/25/2015

Local author writes sensitive story about Japanese youngster moving to America
“Ayumi’s Violin” by local author Mariko Tatsumoto is an insightful book written for tweens, and it also is totally engaging for anyone who admires good writing and enjoys a sensitive story about a youngster moving to America.

When her Japanese mother dies, Ayumi is 12.  With financial help from her mother’s musician friends, she sails on a freighter to meet and live with her American father near Pasadena.  He greets her with warmth and love. But he has a wife named Marilyn and another daughter named Brenda, age 10.  These two are not at all welcoming.  In fact, Marilyn is a racist and Brenda is spoiled and resentful of her new step-sister.

The story is sensitively and compassionately told from Ayumi’s point of view as she admires much about the U.S., especially having come from a very poor environment in a country where space is at a premium.  She is amazed that her Dad’s car “has a room of its own,” that “houses were so far apart that she’d have to shout at a neighbor to be noticed instead of being heard through thin walls…” and that she has a room of her own.  “Only the Emperor could have a room like this,” she mused.

But Ayumi feels like a misfit faced with unfamiliar customs.  Even though she speaks English well, she faces outspoken prejudice, bullying and culture shock – in her home, in her neighborhood and at school.  Without giving away the plot, it will be Ayumi’s talent in playing the violin that will move the story to its inspirational conclusion.  Along the way, the author teaches life lessons in a sympathetic, un-patronizing way.

Author Mariko says this tale is not about her life, although she has experienced prejudice like Ayumi did.  She was born in Tokyo and then moved to Pasadena with her mother and older brother to join her father, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology.  Her father’s job at the U.S. Geological Survey brought the family to Denver, and Mariko has been a Colorado resident ever since.  She attended the University of Colorado and practiced law in Denver and Aspen.  A skiing trip to Wolf Creek brought her and her husband to Pagosa, where they bought land and built a house in 1996.  Mariko credits local writer and former library staff member Julie Loar with encouraging her to write fiction.

For your reading pleasure, Mariko has donated a copy of “Ayumi’s Violin” to the Sisson Library.  If you want your own print copy or e-book, it is available on Amazon.  The author expects to self-publish two more books in February – “Accidental Samurai Spy” and “Kenji’s Power.”

Closed for Thanksgiving
Your library will be closed November 26-29 for a long Thanksgiving weekend and for carpet cleaning.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Showcase for local authors
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. this Thanksgiving weekend, local authors will be signing and selling their books for the first time at the Artisans Black Friday and Saturday event at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.  We have a huge number of talented local authors in Pagosa, so this is a good opportunity for you to see their works.

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

Cancellations
No science session on Wednesday, December 2 or Teen Advisory meeting on Thursday, December 3.

Free health insurance and avalanche safety
Next Thursday, December 3 we’ll host two special adult programs:  A health insurance session from 10-11:30 a.m. when you will learn about Medicaid, Connect for Health and medical savings plans for seniors; and an avalanche safety event at 5 p.m. when Mark at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will discuss hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources.  The health insurance program will be repeated on December 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. No registration required for these sessions.

Free Christmas movie
Friday, December 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll show a G-rated Christmas movie, a funny variation of a classic Christmas tale.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 30 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free technology sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration is MS Word Basics on Monday, November 30 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. You will learn how to handle word processing tasks, make bulleted lists, insert pictures and more.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

Large print
“Falling like Snowflakes” by Denise Hunter is a Summer Harbor Christian romance.  “Fear the Dark” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop/Special Crimes Unit mystery.  “The Last Midwife” by Sandra Dallas is a crime story set in 1800 in a small Colorado mining town.  “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner follows the lives of two youngsters who meet in the ER.  “Vince Flynn’s The Survivor” is a Mitch Rapp mystery by Kyle Mills.

Nonfiction
“The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances” is “all about the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day” to run regardless of weather.  “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant” by Roz Chast is a memoir is a memoir of a desperate time in the author’s life.  “The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff is a fresh look at the Salem witch trials.  “The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr is an exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms.  “The Apple Cider Vinegar Cure” by Madeline Given offers 130 recipes and remedies to heal your body inside and out.  “Why Sinatra Matters” is a tribute in honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with a new introduction by author Pete Hamill.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Crimson Shore” by Preston and Child is the latest in the Pendergast series.  “The Promise” by Robert Crais is an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike suspense story.  “The Muralist” by B.A. Shapiro looks at the disappearance of a young American painter in New York City in 1940.  “Sunfail” by Steven Saville is an end-of-the-world thriller set in New York City.

Other novels
“Watchman” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons is said to be ruthlessly psychological realism.  “Black Wolves” by Kate Elliott is a fantasy.  “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom is about a musically talented Spanish war orphan.

DVDs
“NASA” is a five-DVD set about 50 years of space exploration.  “How the Earth Was Made” is from the History Channel.  “Food, Inc.” is an expose of the nation’s food industry.  “Up” is a Disney Pixar animated film.  “H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine” is the classic film.  “The World is Not Enough” is a Pierce Brosnan 007 film.

Story CDs
“The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King is a collection of 20 short stories.  “Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato and DiNunzio mystery.  “Stars of Fortune” by Nora Roberts features a seer and a magician on the Greek Island of Corfu.  “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch thriller.  “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune, Cathne Holdt and Sheila Lane.

Quotable Quote
“Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities.  Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.”  Lily Tomlin, contemporary American comedian, actress, writer and producer.

11/19/2015

Holiday books for fun reading, gifts and your to-do list
As we enter the holiday season, we have suggestions for books that might make good reading for you, gifts for your family and friends, as well as helpful guides for accomplishing your to-do list.

New how-to books at your library include “The New Christmas Tree” with more than 100 handcrafted projects by Carrie Brown, “5 in 5 for Every Season” with 165 quick recipes for the holidays by Michael Symon, and “A Year of Gingerbread Houses” by Kristine Samuell to help you make and decorate gingerbread houses.  Another new interesting nonfiction book is “The Snowflake Winter’s Frozen Artistry” by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachael Wing.

New holiday-related novels at the library include “Winter Stroll” from the Christmas in Nantucket series by Elin Hilderbrand; the Christian romance “The Lopsided Christmas Cake” by Wanda E. and Jean Brunstetter; “Dashing through the Snow,” a Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber; “Christmas Bells,” a novel by Jennifer Chiaverini that begins in 1860 with a Christmas celebration in the Longfellow family; and “The Immortal Nicholas” about the true meaning of Christmas by Glenn Beck.
As you prepare your gift list, remember that books make great presents, whether they are hard cover, paperback, audio books or e-books.  They are affordable.  They provide hours of surprise, escape and discovery. There is a book for every special person in your life — adventure, romance, mystery, science, history, fantasy, how-to, self-help, biographies and more.  And as Amy Sedaris, Comedy Central actress, author and comedian, quipped, “Books make great gifts because they’re easy to wrap!”

Closed for Thanksgiving
We will be closed November 26-29 for a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend for our staff and to make time for carpet cleaning in your library.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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

DIY holiday centerpieces
This month’s adult DIY event will take place next Tuesday, November 24 at 2 p.m. (note date change) when you will learn how to make holiday centerpieces.  Registration is required.

Two all-ages gaming events
Join us tomorrow (Friday, November 20) from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for an all-ages gaming session.  We’ll put out the Wii and Xbox and 360 Kinect so you can play and meet other gamers.  Then Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. we’ll celebrate International Game Day with X-box, 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.  No registration needed for either of these events.

Lifelong Learning free lectures
The sixth lecture and last lecture in our free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, November 19) when Rose Lynn will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, November 19) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Tech sessions resume
No Tech Time today (November 19), but starting next week Meg Wempe is available again for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays (except for Thanksgiving Day).  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration takes place Monday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m. – noon when Skype Basics will be the topic.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

How-to and self help
“The Handgun Guide for Women” by Tara Dixon Engel shows you how to shoot straight, shoot safely and carry with confidence.  “Living Well with Chronic Illness” by Joanna J. Charnas evolved from the author’s personal experiences and years as a patient.  “Little House Living” by Melissa A. Alink is a make-your-own guide to a frugal, simple and self-sufficient life.  Homefront 911” by Stacy Bannerman explores how families of our veterans are wounded by our wars and offers tools to cope.

Other nonfiction
“Almost Interesting: The Memoir” is an autobiography by the comedian David Space.  “Why Not Me?” is a collection of essays by actress Mindy Kaling.  “Fast Girl’ by Suzy Favor Hamilton by this Olympic athlete is subtitled “A Life Spent Running from Madness.”  “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” by Jeanne Theohar is a totally new look at the civil rights heroine we think we know.  “Duke in His Own Words” tells of the real John Wayne from his letters, handwritten notes and photos.  “The Super Bowl” by David Fischer is a history of its first 50 years.  “Let There Be Water” by Seth M. Siegel shows how Israel can be a model for countries facing severe water shortages.  “Saving Capitalism” by Robert B. Reich explores his views on the corruption in our democracy by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Playing with Fire” by Tess Gerritsen begins with the discovery of an unusual piece of music in Rome.  “The Golem of Paris” by Jonathan and Jesse Kelelrman is a suspense story.  “Numero Zero” by Umberto Eco is a conspiracy thriller.  “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch series.     “Mulberry Bush” by Charles McCarry is about a young spy with a personal vendetta.  “Front Runner” by Felix Francis is the latest in the horse-racing thriller series.

Short stories and other novels
“The Early Stories of Truman Capote” is a collection of more than a dozen pieces from the author’s teens and early 20’s.  “The Hum and the Shiver,” “Long Black Curl” and “Wisp of a Thing” by Alex Bledsoe are novels of the Tufa people set in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  “The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is an adult romance.  “Slade House” by David Mitchell is an unusual haunted house story.  “Born of Betrayal” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is an urban fantasy.  “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving follows a brother and his sister who thinks she can see the future.

DVDs
We have both the complete first and second seasons of “The Americans.”  “Bela Lugosi: Scared to Death Volume 2” contains 10 films.  “Love’s Everlasting Courage” is inspired by the bestselling series from Janette Oke.  “Overboard” is a romantic comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

Story CDs
“Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is the 13th in the Milford series featuring Dooley Kavanagh.  “Somebody I Used to Know” by David Bell is a crime story.  “Brutality” by Ingrid Thoft features wisecracking Boston PI Fina Ludlow.

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

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

Quotable Quote
“We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.  We’ve added years to life not life to years.  We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.  We conquered outer space but not inner space.  We’ve done larger things, but not better things.”  – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)

11/12/2015

Pajama Time for youngsters and LEGO contest for all ages
A new monthly Pajama Time storytime debuts next Tuesday, November 17 from 6-6:30 p.m. for children aged seven and under and their families.  Little ones can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favorite snuggly toy.  We will sing, dance and read our way to bed.  This new program will take place every third Tuesday of the month.

Meanwhile, you need to turn in your entry for the LEGO contest for all ages this Saturday, November 14 at Lego Club at 10:30 a.m. and compete for one of several prizes.  Entries must be built ahead of time. Your LEGO creation cannot be larger than 18”x18”x18” and you must use your own LEGOs (or any brand of age-appropriate building blocks such as DUPLO or MEGA) – no sharing of pieces, and no Technic or motorized pieces will be accepted.  Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO kit or a project found online or in a magazine.

Prizes will be awarded for each of five categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult ages 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for a Judges’ Choice.  Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.

Lifelong Learning free lectures
The fifth lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, November 12) when Jimbo Buickerood will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.

Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

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

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 16 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Friday PG movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, November 13) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a PG movie.

Free Thursday adult movie
Join us today (Thursday, November 12) at noon for a PG Paul Newman movie and popcorn at noon.

Technology sessions cancelled
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note no sessions November 12, 16, 17 and 19.

Free Otaku
If you are into anime or manga and are in the 5th-12th grades, join us on Monday, November 16 from 4-5 p.m.  This month we will be trying out your skill in voice acting.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

Nonfiction
“Find a Way” by Diana Nyad is a memoir by this world champion swimmer.  “The Longest Trail” by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.is a collection of writings on American Indian history, culture and politics.  “Nonsense” by Jamie Holmes explores social psychology and cognitive science showing how to use uncertainty to your advantage.  “The Three-Year Swim Club” by Julie Checkoway tells of impoverished Maui children who transform themselves into Olympic swimmers.  “Fast Food, Good Food” by Dr. Andrew Weil provides 150 quick and easy recipes for healthy home-cooked meals.
    
Novels
“Golden Age” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley is the final volume in her Langdon family saga.  “After Alice” by Gregory Maguire follows Alice’s friend Ada, who also falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  “Bittersweet Dreams” by V.C. Andrews tells of a high-IQ girl after she agrees to a makeover to become more popular.

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added eight more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “City on Fire” by Garth Risk Hallberg and “The Lake House” by Kate Morton are historical novels.  “Dashing through the Snow” by Debbie Macomber and “Point Blank” by Fern Michaels are women’s fiction.  “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Hell’s Foundations Quiver” by David Weber is a military story.  “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks is a novel about King David.  “Welcome to Night Vale” is science fiction.  Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in myriad genres.

DVDs
“Love Begins” in inspired by the bestselling series from Janette Oke.  “Quigley Down Under” is an Australian adventure starring Tom Selleck.  “The Color Purple” is a Steven Spielberg film.  “Jurassic World” is the latest in the Jurassic series.  “Outlander” is season one volume two, the conclusion of the first season.    `

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

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

Quotable Quote
“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.”  – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)

11/05/2015

Showcasing local poets and songwriters of all ages
We look forward to hosting published and aspiring poets and songwriters – and their fans – on Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for a special Poetry Remix event at your library.

Poets and songwriters will have the opportunity to perform their own work – or another person’s, if they prefer.  They’re welcome to read the poem or song lyrics, but we encourage them to memorize it for a better performance.

Prizes will be awarded for both best performed and best written poetry in four age categories: children’s, tweens 4th-6th grades, teens 7th-12th grades and adult.  Registration is required at the library or by calling 264-2209.

Special State Library grant
We are pleased to announce that your library has received a $4,800 grant from the State Grants for Libraries for the advancement of literacy in the community.  “The purpose of this grant is for you to obtain educational resources for your library that you otherwise would be unable to afford,” the award stated.  “Those educational resources are to support efforts to improve literacy and learning, including early literacy and other education-related needs you may identify locally.”

Jackie Welch, library director, and her staff are evaluating options to best use the funds, which likely will include renewing our subscriptions to Britannica databases (adult and children), and TumbleBooks for children.

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

Lifelong Learning free lectures
The fourth lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, November 5) when Jonathan Dobson will speak on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months.  The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood.  He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.

Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

Adult book club cancelled
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles, but this month’s book club is cancelled.  You can come in to the library to pick up December’s book, and vote on next year’s books.

Free medical insurance options
Come to learn about health insurance via Medicaid, Connect for Health as well as medical savings plans for seniors from 10-11 a.m. today (Thursday, November 5) and November 12.  No registration required.

Free karaoke for all ages
Enjoy some musical fun tomorrow (Friday, November 6) from 2-3:15 p.m. when you sing your favorite songs with friends and family.  Open to all ages.  Come to sing – stay to socialize.

Free youngster book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 4-5 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “The Ghost of Graylock” by Dan Poblocki.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 9 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, November 5) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free Thursday adult movie
Join us today (Thursday, November 5) at noon for a PG Paul Newman movie and popcorn at noon.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note all tech sessions – both informal and formal – are cancelled on November 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

Biographies
“Sinatra 100” is a visual portrait of the singer on the centennial of his birth.  “Fortunate Son” by John Fogerty is the memoir of this Creedence Clearwater singer-songwriter.

DVDs
“Ali” stars Will Smith and Jon Voight.  “Face/Off” stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.  “Love Finds a Home” is the eight film based on the novel series.  “Ponyo” is a retelling of “Little Mermaid.”  We have both the first and second season of “The Americans” spy thriller series on two different DVDs.  “Dexter” features 12 episodes of this TV crime drama.  “Bones” is the complete first season.

Large print
“After You” by Jojo Mayes explores the difficulty of going on after a loved one dies.  “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is the 11th in the Mitford series.  “The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue” by Frederick Forsyth is a memoir.  “Pretending to Dance” by Diane Chamberlain unleashes secrets in a youg married woman’s life.  “Eve” by Wm. Paul Young is a fantasy exploring the Creation narrative.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Diamond Caper” by Peter Mayle is the latest in the Caper series set in Provence.  “Career of Evil” is the third in the Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott series.  “The Survivors” by Robert Palmer begins on the 25th anniversary of a family’s murder.  “Wolf Winter” by Cecilia Ekback is a suspense story set in Swedish Lapland in 1717.

Other novels
“Golden Lion” by Wilbur Smith is an historical action tale set in Africa.  “The Clasp” by Sloane Crosley follows three friends on a treasure hunt for a valuable necklace.    “Hell’s Foundations Quiver” by David Weber is the latest in the Safehold series.  “Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam is the prequel to “Rocket Boys” that became the movie “October Sky.”

Story CDs
“Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen is a mystery featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.  “The Murder House” by James Patterson and David Ellis is set in the Hamptons.  “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks is a romantic suspense story.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Patriotic Attack” by Kyle Mills is a Covert-One adventure.  “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein starts a new sci-fi thriller series.
Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Gayle Broadbent, Alan Daves, Cathne Holt, Carol Sheets, A.M. Stein and Codie Wilson.  For their generous donation in memory of Bob Bigelow, we thank Bob and Carole Howard.  We will use their gift to purchase books for the Meagan’s Place tween section established by Bob in 2006 in memory of his granddaughter.

Quotable Quote
“We have bigger houses but smaller families, more conveniences but less time, more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgment, more experts yet more problems, more medicine but less wellness.”  – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)

10/29/2015

Creative pumpkin contest and zombie lock-in at your library

To help you get into the Halloween mood, we hope you will submit your own decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or decorated as you choose – in our contest. Completed pumpkins must be turned in tomorrow (Friday, October 30) by 3 p.m., with winners announced at 4 p.m.  There are five age categories in the contest:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.  Enjoy creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the winners to be announced.

Also tomorrow, teens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a zombie lock-in from 6-9 p.m.  To participate, teens must present a completed permission slip as they enter the library by 6 p.m., at which time the library will be closed.  Zombie costumes are optional but encouraged.  Activities will include video and board games, an art project, a read-in, and a movie – or teens can bring their own books, handheld games or other games.  Pizza will be served.

Lifelong Learning free lectures
The third lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, October 29) when Elizabeth Howey, Jan Santopietro and Lacy Caprea, a Pagosa Springs Medical Center wellness trio, will explain a variety of local options for health improvement including nutritional counseling, classes and free early detection screens.  You also will learn about how you can manage your health online.

The fourth lecture on November 5 features Jonathan Dobson on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months.  The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood.  He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.
Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

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

Free stand-up comedy
Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to join us for open mic comedy next Monday, November 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Comedy must be holiday-themed and clean material.  Registration required – drop in or call 264-2209 to reserve your time spot.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 2 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 2 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, November 5 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free Thursday adult movie
Join us next Thursday, November 5 at noon for a PG Paul Newman movie and popcorn at noon.

Science Madness
Kids in the first-fifth grades are invited to explore science fun on Wednesday, November 4 from 4-5 p.m.  This session we will have fun with bubbles.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Facebook for Business on Monday, November 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

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

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

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

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added eight more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen and “Undercover” by Danielle Steel are suspense stories;  “The Cinder Spires: The Astronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher and “The Solomon Curse” by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake are action adventures;  “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood is a near-future tale; “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain is historical fiction;  “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is women’s fiction  and “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights” is the latest work by Salman Rushdie.  Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in myriad genres.

Spiritual nonfiction
“The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible” by Jim George focuses on the most essential elements of the Christian faith.  “Spirituality of Gratitude” by Joshua Choonmin Kang explores the unexpected blessings of thankfulness.

Large print
“Saint Mazie” by Jami Attenberg is set in the Bowery during the Great Depression.  “Signal” by Patrick Lee features ex-Special Forces operative Sam Dryden.  “The Residence” by Kate Andersen Browder is a nonfiction book taking you inside the private world of the White House.  “The Night Sister” by Jennifer McMahon is a thriller featuring three women who were friends since childhood.  “MacCallister” by William W. and J.A. Johnson is an Eagles Legacy Kingdom Come adventure.  “The Righteous Revenge of Lucy Moon” by Bill Brooks is a western.

DVDs
“Willow” is a fantasy story.  “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is a comedy.  “Von Ryan’s Express” is an adventure.  “The Maze Runner” is an action thriller.
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Thrillers and mysteries
“The Hidden” by Heather Graham is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters series and is set in Estes Park.  “Star Wars Aftermath” by Chuck Wendig is a thriller.  “The Lake House” by Kate Morton is a suspense story set in Cornwall, England.  “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham features Sebastian Rudd.

Other novels
“One Year After” by William R. Forstchen takes place two years after nuclear weapons were detonated above the U.S.  “Ghost to the Rescue” by Carolyn Hart is a Bailey Ruth Ghost novel.  “A Crucible of Souls” by Michell Hogan is book one of the new Sorcery Ascendant Sequence.  “The Cinder Spires” by Jim Butcher is the start of a new fantasy series.  “Killing Titan” by Greg Bear is the second in the War Dogs sci-fi trilogy.   “Sit! Stay! Speak!” by Annie England Noblin pairs a bedraggled puppy who a woman also in need of love.  “An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea” by Patrick Taylor continuers the story of Fingal O’Reilly.

Story CDs
“Purity” by Jonathan Franzen tells of a young girl looking for her origins.  “Corridors of the Night” by Anne Perry is a William Monk Victorian England crime story.  “The Survivor” by Kyle Mills is book 14 in Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp thriller series.  “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Scam” by Janet Evonovic and Lee Goldberg is the next book in the author’s new series.

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Thanks to our donors
We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous donation in memory of Bob Bigelow, and to Joan Mieritz for her donation of a subscription to Yes! magazine.
For books and materials this week, we thank Marti Gallo, Mellody Gartley and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints.  We spend more but have less, we buy more but enjoy less.” – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)

10/22/2015

Fall Lifelong Learning lectures
The second lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, October 22) when Terry Schaaf from the Archuleta County Extension Office will speak on “Food Preservation,” explaining what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

The third talk is October 29 by Elizabeth Howey, Jan Santopietro and Lacy Caprea, a Pagosa Springs Medical Center wellness trio who will explain a variety of local options for health improvement including nutritional counseling, classes and free early detection screens.  You also will learn about how you can manage your health online.

The fourth lecture on November 5 features Jonathan Dobson on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months. The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood.  He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.

Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

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

Creative pumpkin contest
We will have a limited number of pumpkins available for pickup on Monday, October 26, or you may submit your own decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or decorated as you choose.  Completed pumpkins must be turned in on Friday, October 30 by 3 p.m. with winners announced at 4 p.m.  Five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.

Free PG-13 movie
Tomorrow (Friday, October 23) at 2 p.m. we will show a PG-13 movie.  Our contract does not allow us to identify its title in the media but you can get this information on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 26 and 19 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Basics on Monday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This class is for absolute beginners and students must provide their own registered iPad.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free Pokemon card battles
Teens in the fifth-12th grade are invited on Wednesday, October 28 from 4-5 p.m. to join us to battle your friends with your favorite Pokemon cards.  We have a few loaner decks.

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

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

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

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Nonfiction
“So, Anyway” by John Cheese is a memoir.  “Where I Am” by Billy Graham shares what the Bible says about eternity.  “The End of Memory” by Kay Ingram deals with aging and Alzheimer’s.  “Killing Reagan” is written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugare.  “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening” by Peter Burke tells how to grow greens in less than 10 days.  “Better” by Good Morning American anchor Amy Robach tells of her experience with breast cancer.  “Ingredients” by Dwight Eschilman and Steve Ettinger is a visual exploration of 75 additives and 25 food products.  “Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman explores the contributions of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Baden Ginsburg.  “How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness” by Toni Bernhardis based on the author’s own experience.  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging” by Dick Van Dyke is a memoir.

Large print
“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a how-to on creativity.  “Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “The End Game” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a Brit in the FBI mystery.  “After the Storm” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Buckholder Amish mystery.  “Frontier” by S.K. Salzer is a western.  “Davey’s Daughter” by Linda Byler and “Starlight on Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs  are romances.  “Obsession Falls” by Christiana Dodd is a romantic suspense.

DVDs
Love Takes Wing” is part of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly” series.  “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” is the true story of the greatest naval battle in history.  “Hannibal” stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.  “Dark Shadows” stars Johnny Depp.  “The Black Stallion” is a family film.  “Stealing Home” stars Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster.  “Love’s Unfolding Dream” is the sixth installment based on Janette Oke’s romances.  “The Sixth Sense” stars Bruce Willis.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a Marvel film.  “Dust to Glory” is an action thriller.  “The Fault in our Stars” is a romance.  “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere.

Thrillers and mysteries
“City on Fire” by Garth Risk Halberg is a 900-page epic about New York in the mid-70s.  “Trigger Mortis” by Anthony Horowitz is a James Bond novel.  “Quick Sand” by Carolyn Baugh starts a new series featuring an Eqyptian-American female detective. “The Man Who Fell from the Sky” by Margaret Coel is part of the Wind River series featuring Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley.  “Ten Tiny Breaths” by K.A. Tucker follows who sisters escaping tragedy.

Short stories and other novels
“The Best American Short Stories 2015” is collected by T.C. Boyle and Heidi Pitlor.  “Closer to the Heart” by Mercedes Lackey is book two of the Herald Spy fantasy series.  “See Me” is a love story by Nicholas Sparks.  “All the Stars in the Heavens” by Adriana Trigiani is set in Hollywood and based on real people.  “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff follows a young couple married in 1991.  “Archmage” by R.A. Salvatore, “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms” by George R. R. Martin and “House of Shattered Wings” by Aliette de Bodard are fantasies.  “Dark Ghost” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian paranormal romance novel.  “Losing It” by Cora Carmack is a twenty-something novel.  “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood is a dystopian story.  “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks is the story of King David.  “Willow Brook Road” by Sherryl Woods is the latest in the Chesapeake Shores romance series.

Story CDs
“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Days” by Salman Rushdie is a satirical story set in near-future New York City.  “Nature of the Beast” by Louse Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Make Me” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher adventure.  “Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance is a J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker mystery.  “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander series.”Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Waits” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a mystery.  “Devoted in Death” is a near-future Eve Dallas crime story by J.D. Robb.  “The Taming of the Queen” by Philippas Gregory is an historical novel.  “The Fall of the Princes” by Robert Goolrick tells of Wall Street men with too much money and free time.  “The Conquering Tide” by Ian W. Toll is volume two of the Pacific War trilogy.  “Girl Waits with Gun” by Amy Stewart based on the true story of the first U.S. female crime fighter.

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

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Madora Bass, Evans-Crawford, Mark Kimmel, Susan Mercer, Scott Rubin, Don Smith, Eileen Anderson, Frank Bergon, Ali Evans-Crawford, Mark Kimmel, Don Porterfield, Bruce Wilke and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“People who love reading are often called bookworms – but that’s the wrong way around.  It’s not you that worms into a book; it’s books that worm into you.” – British novelist and journalist Amanda Craig.

10/08/2015

Wide variety of free activities for all ages at your library
October brings you an amazing variety of free informative and entertaining classes and events for all ages ranging from healthy eating, beginning Spanish, book clubs for adults and tweens, a PG movie, a DIY class on making mustard and mayo, gaming, storytimes, the start of a new fall Lifelong Learning lecture series and much more.  See below for details.

Special note:  There will be no Library News column on October 15, so this column covers library events from October 2 through October 21.

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

Save the date for Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the free fall Lifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m.  Pick up the brochure with details of speakers and programs at your library.

DIY mustard and mayo
Join us Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. to learn how to make your own mustard and mayo. This is the fifth in the monthly adult DIY workshops led by our own Meg Wempe.  Earlier sessions have included making cheese, sushi, terrariums and silk-screen T-shirts.  No registration required.

Free PG-13 movie
Tomorrow (Friday, October 9) at 2 p.m. we will show a PG-13 movie.  Our contract does not allow us to identify its title in the media but you can get this information on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free LEGO club
LEGO Club resumes on October 10 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. for 6-13 year olds. This is a chance for kids to create and build with LEGOs.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free tween book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Join us on Wednesday, October 14 from 4-5 p.m. to discuss “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos.

Free adult book club
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On October 13 we will discuss “In the Woods” by Tana French.  We have extra copies of the book if you need one.

Free teen book swap
Celebrate Teen Read Week with a free book swap at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.

Teen advisory group
Join us Thursday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. for the meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note: No Tech Time on Thursday, October 22.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Facebook Basics on Monday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free gaming for all ages
Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m. is gaming for all ages including Wii, Xbox and 360 Kinect.

Free Otaku and candy sushi
Otaku for fifth-12th graders is Monday, October 19 from 4-5 p.m.  If you are into anime or manga, this class is for you.  We’ll be creating edible sushi from candy.

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

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

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

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added six more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Devoted in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Driving Heat” by Richard Castle, “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and “The End Game” by Catherine Coulter are mysteries.  “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff is a contemporary family life story.  “Make Me” by Lee child is an action adventure.  Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in myriad genres.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

How-to and self-help
“Thirty Million Words” by Dr. Dana Suskind documents how to create a language environment to build your child’s brain with ongoing conversations.  “Resumes for Dummies” shows you how to attract attention through a strong social media profile and protect your online reputation.  “5 @ 55” by Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara is a guide to the five most important documents you need by age 55.  “2015/2016 ASVAB” features actual tests, practice sets, flashcards and online practice to help you qualify for the military job you want. “Preserving the Japanese Way” by Nancy Singleton Hashisu explains salting, fermenting and pickling for the modern kitchen.  “Rovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2016” includes a new section on how to sell your antiques.  “Eat Clean Stay Lean” by the editors of Prevention provides 300 whole foods and recipes for health and weight loss.

Other nonfiction
“Pope Francis among the Wolves” by Marco Politi is an inside look at what is happening now at the Vatican. “1944” by Jay Winik takes readers back to the turning points in World War II.  “How the World Moves” by Peter Nabokow documents the lives of a remarkable but unsung Pueblo Indian family living in two worlds.  “The Plain Choice” by Sherry Gore is the true story of a woman who joined the Amish.  “Hawaii 2016” is a Fodor’s Travel guidebook.  “Accused” by Tonya Craft follows an innocent woman trying to save herself from molestation charges.   “Decisions: Life & Death on Wall Street” is a memoir by Janet Tavakoli about the money-driven culture of Wall Street and Washington.  “A War for the Soul of America” by Andrew Hartman examines the emergency of the modern conservative movement.  “Man of Destiny” by historian Alonzo Hamby is a memoir of FDR.  “American Pain” by John Temple tells of a Florida pain clinic making millions selling drugs to addicts.

Large print
“Only a Kiss” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club historical novel.  “American Meteor” by Norman Lock is a panoramic coming-of-age story taking readers from the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn.  “The Regulator” by Ethan J. Wolfe follows an agent answering only to the president.  “Scalpers” by Ralph Cotton, “The Winter Family” by Clifford Jackman and “The Long High Noon” by Loren D. Estleman are westerns.

DVDs
“Slap Shot” is a sports comedy starring Paul Newman.  “George Wallace” stars Gary Sinise.  “Soul Surfer” is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton.  “The Big Trees” about California’s giant sequoias stars Kirk Douglas.  “Nim’s Island” is a family story set on a deserted island.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Patriot” by Ted Bell is the latest in the Alex Hawke thriller series.  “The Carrier” by Sophie Hannah is a Zailer and Waterhouse mystery. “The Murder House” by James Patterson is a thriller set in the Hamptons.  “Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter follows two sisters whose sister died two decades earlier.

Other novels and short stories
“Corridors of the Night” by Anne Perry is the 21st book in the William Monk Victorian England series.  “The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015” is a collection of 20 of the best short stories of the year.

Story CDs
“Deadfall” by Stephen Lodge is a Charley Sunday Texas Outfit story.  “Frontier” by S. K. Salzer and “Preacher’s Slaughter” by William W. and J.A. Johnston are westerns.

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

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

Quotable Quote
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” –Barbara Corcoran, American real estate mogul, columnist and TV personality.