04/16/2015

Honoring our library volunteers during National Volunteer and National Library Weeks
Volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on local nonprofits and our community.  As Archuleta County organizations join nonprofits around the world in honoring our nation’s volunteers, we remember the words of Minnesota spiritual director Elizabeth Andrew who said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have more time; they just have more heart.”

That is certainly true of our volunteers, who are very busy people but still make time for unpaid service to your library.  And since this is also National Library Week, we are doubly delighted to honor them.  In 2014, we had 20 people who volunteered on a regular basis.  They contributed 1,010 hours, almost one-half of a full-time position.  This is a huge contribution to a small, rural library with a limited budget.

Volunteers are vital to the operation of your library.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing and help us serve you well. “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said director Jackie Welch of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Jackie.  You will be warmly welcomed.

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 books for four-year-olds
Libraries across Colorado are giving a free copy of “How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?” by the award-winning team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to every four-year-old in the state from April 13-27 as part of a special family literacy project.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries.  Come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring your four-year-olds to pick up their own books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week. Kristine MacNeill, youth services manager, has also arranged a special distribution to four-year-olds at our community’s three preschools – Head Start, Seeds of Learning and Our Savior Lutheran School.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight
Tonight (Thursday, April 16) marks the start of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  First talk is “Ten Tips That Could Save Your Life” by Nicole LaGioia-Lewis.  She will explain a few vital things to do in emergencies that might save your life or those of others.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, and watch for information on future talks in this column.

Free tween gaming
Tween gaming for fourth-sixth graders takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month, the next one being Wednesday, April 22 from 4 – 5 p.m.   Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (April 17) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This event 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 features a different activity. Tomorrow is board games.  No registration required.
Please note that this is the last month for this special family program, as it takes a break for the summer.  It likely will pick up again in the fall, maybe with some differences.

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.  More formal sessions requiring advance registration focus on iPad Basics for absolute beginners from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, April 16) and Android 101 at the same time next Thursday, April 23.  You must bring your own registered iPad for the first one and are encouraged to bring your own device for the Android session.

Free preprogramed Nooks
Just a reminder that 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 three more new New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “Cold Betrayal,” a mystery by J.A. Jance; “Last One Home,” a women’s novel by Debbie Macomber and “World Gone By,” a suspense story by Dennis Lehane.  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 a huge variety of genres including biographies, cookbooks, crafts and hobbies, foreign language study, health and fitness, history, medical, romance, science, self-help, travel, true crime and more.

DVDs
We have three more 2015 Academy Award nominated or winning films – “Unbroken,” “Into the Woods” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”  We also have the family comedy “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” the 2014 award-winning documentary “Alive Inside” and Tony Hillerman’s “Coyote Waits.”  As well, there is “The Addams Family,”  “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Touched by an Angel,” all the  complete first seasons of these TV series; “Saint Ralph,” an inspirational story of a young runner; and “Born into Brothels,” an American-Indian documentary set in Calcutta.

Large print westerns
We have seven new westerns in the large print format:  “Flintlock: Gut-Shot” and “McCallister: The Eagles Legacy Dry Gulch Ambush” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, “Shadow on the Mesa” by Lee Martin, “Far as the Eye Can See” by Robert Bausch, “Golden Riders” by Ralph Cotton, “Crow Creek Crossing” by Charles G. West and “Ralph Compton: The Dangerous Land” by Marcus Galloway.

Other large print
“Cold Betrayal” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Ali Reynolds mystery series.  “The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa” by Adam James Jones is a novel about a man who may have been our nation’s first serial killer.

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, we thank Arlie Sweet and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Millennials (born from 1981 to 1997) will this year officially overtake Baby Boomers as the largest generation alive in the U.S., according to new analysis of Census Bureau data.” – The New York Times

04/09/2015

 

 Free Books for 4-Year-Olds and Lifelong Learning for Adults

For the fourth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 13-27 as part of a special family literacy project. More than 75,000 copies of a book (its title is a secret until April 13) in either English or Spanish will be distributed to children statewide at local library events, including at your Sisson Library. The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries.

Come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week. Kristine MacNeill, youth services staff, also has arranged a special distribution to four-year-olds at our community’s three preschools – Head Start, Seeds of Learning and Our Savior Lutheran School.

To ensure school readiness, it is critical that four-year-olds have frequent and routine access to books and that they be read to consistently. This giveaway program aims to get books into the home of every four-year-old in Colorado and foster a culture of reading within our families statewide.

And we have big news for adults as well. Next Thursday, April 16 marks the start of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. First talk is “Ten Tips That Could Save Your Life” by Nicole LaGioia-Lewis. She will explain a few vital things to do in emergencies that might save your life or those of others. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) and last about an hour, followed by time for questions. Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, and watch for information on future talks in this column.

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.

Nicotine addiction workshop today

If you’re finding it difficult to stop smoking, join us this evening (Thursday, April 9) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free nicotine addiction workshop put on by the Medical Center. No registration is required.

Peregrine falcon to visit library

Join Pat Jackson, executive director of St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation, for a live bird presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. She’ll have a peregrine falcon, and possibly other birds, to help you learn more about raptors. No registration required.

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 April 14 we will discuss “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe. No registration required.

Free LEGO club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are welcome to join us for fun with LEGOs on Saturday, April 11 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free preschool storytime

Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time

This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays

Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (April 10) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is a film event. No registration required.

Please note that this is the last month for this special family program, as it takes a break for the summer. It likely will pick up again in the fall, maybe with some differences.

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 focuses on iPad Basics for absolute beginners from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, April 16. You must bring your own registered iPad.

Free preprogramed Nooks

Just a reminder that 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.

DVDs

“Centurion” is a story of the Roman Empire. “Song of the Sea” is an animated family film based on an Irish legend. “Outlander” is season one, volume one of this historical fiction story. “Skinwalkers” is based on the novel by Tony Hillerman. “Whiplash” follows a teacher and an an ambitious young jazz drummer. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a documentary about one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers.

Nonfiction

“Microfarming for Profit from Garden to Glory” by Dave DeWitt is an entrepreneurial handbook. “Brown Eggs and Jam Jars” by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque offers family recipes from the kitchen made famous in “Simple Bites.” “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson explores new details of the last crossing of the Lusitania. “Eat, Drink, & Be Wary” by Charles M. Duncan explores what the author feels are serious food safety issues in our country. “The Supplement Handbook” by Dr. Mark Moyad guides you through the treatment options for more than 100 common conditions.

Mysteries and suspense

“NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the latest in this thriller series.

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“Double Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery. “Mightier Than The Sword” by Jeffrey Archer is book five in the Clifton Chronicles saga. “The Fifth Gospel” by Ian Caldwell is a murder mystery set in the Vatican. “Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule” by Jennifer Chiaverini follows the president’s wife and her slave.

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 Jean Bowser, Elizabeth Coleman, Jeanne Kaiser and Ron Meisinger. For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Mercedes Leist, Ron Tinsley, as well as Keith and Sherry Spears in memory of Max, loving and faithful companion of Dick and Kathy Hamilton. We also greatly appreciate the gift of $100 from the Russ Hill Bazaar Grants Committee to help increase our early literacy collection.

Quotable Quote

Life advice from Peanuts cartoon characters: From Charlie Brown – “As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo.” From Linus – “Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind.” From Snoopy – “There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say.

 

04/02/2015

Special Spring Break programs for teens
Next week we will feature several special programs for teens during Spring Break.  On Monday, April 6 from 2 – 5:15 p.m. teens from fifth – 12th grade will listen to “The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe: The Tell-tale Start” while building LEGO projects.  On Tuesday, April 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. seventh-12th graders will enjoy teen gaming – X-box, Wii and board games.  Then Thursday, April 9 from 2-3 p.m. is board games.

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.

Easter closure
Your library will be closed next Sunday, April 5 for Easter.

Free poetry workshop today
Please join us today (Thursday, April 2) from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for Introduction to Formal Poetry being taught by David Harris, an experienced poetry teacher and published poet.  In this workshop, students will work on rhyme and meter.  No registration required.

Lifelong Learning returns
Mark your calendar for April 16 when the spring Lifelong Learning lecture series will begin.  Watch for more details on speakers and programs in future Library News columns and on your library’s website.

Free tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  On Wednesday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “The Mark of the Dragonfly” and pick up our next book to read.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens in the fifth-12th grades who are anime and manga fans meets today (Thursday, April 2) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.).  Characters welcomed.  Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Nicotine addiction workshop
If you’re finding it difficult to stop smoking, save the date of next Thursday, April 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free nicotine addiction workshop put on by the Medical Center.  No registration is required.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (April 3) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow’s event is a surprise that is sure to quack you up.  If the weather cooperates, don’t be surprised if some ducks appear, courtesy of the Archuleta County Farm Bureau.  No registration required.
Please note that April is the last month for this special family program, as it takes a break for the summer.  It likely will pick up again in the fall, maybe with some differences.

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 – but note that there will be on Tech Tuesday on April 7 because Meg will be out of town presenting at a library conference.

Free preprogramed Nooks
Just a reminder that 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.
Help, please! re foreign language films
We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited.  If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

DVDs
We have seven more films that were nominees or winners in this year’s Academy Awards – “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman,” “Gone Girl,”  “The Judge,” “Ida,” “The Theory of Everything” and Disney’s   “Big Hero 6.”  “The Guardian” is an adventure starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.  “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe” describes 24 dirty jobs.  “Richard Pryor: Stand-up Comedy Double Feature” contains two live acts of the comedian.  “Black Orpheus” is a modern version of “Orpheus and Eurydice.”  “Dawn of the Plant of the Apes” is part of the “Plant of the Apes” adventure series.

Nonfiction
“Fail Fast or Win Big” by Bernhard Schroeder shows you how to create a practical new business strategy quickly.  “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” showcases the war photography of photojournalist Lynsey Addario.  “A Year of Living Prayerfully” by Jared Brock rediscovers the practice of long spiritual journeys.  “52 Rivers” by Shelley Walchak follows a librarian who quits her job and goes fishing for a year.

Mysteries and suspense
“Murder Champ de Mars” by Cara Black is set in Paris.  “Death of a Liar” by M.C. Beaton is a Hamish Macbeth mystery set in Scotland.  “World Gone By” by Dennis Lehane tells of a time when the American mob was in its heyday in Tampa.  “All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinhauer looks back at a CIA operation in Vienna that went wrong.  “The Third Target” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a suspense story about ISIS.

Other novels
“Vonnegut” is a collection of novels and stories written by Kurt Vonnegut from 1963-1973.  “Vision iin Silver” by Anne Bishop is the latest in The Others fantasy series.  “In Plain Sight” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs is the latest in the Alpha and Omega paranormal series.

Large print
“The Christmas Bouquet” by Sherryl Woods is a Chesapeake Shores romance.  “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Rita Mae Brown is the latest in the Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club series.  “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster” is a humorous collection of life’s lessons.  “Rainbow in the Cloud” is a collection of sage advice from Maya Angelou.

Story CDs
“The Last Good Paradise” by Tatjana Soli follows troubled dreamers on a coral atoll in the South Pacific.  “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler tells of four generations of a family in Baltimore.  “First Forest” by Sarah Addison Allen focuses on three women facing challenges to their family.  “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Black Dog Summer” by Miranda Sherry observes a murdered South African woman who lingers in the afterlife.  “Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner explores the contradictions after a car crash.

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, we thank Nancy Burke, Bob Clinkenbeard, Roger Dyer, Phyllis Wheaton and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Falling behind in literacy, as boys disproportionately do, is particularly worrying, since reading is necessary to learn anything else…. Young boys are more likely to read when the topic is zombies or superheroes; older ones prefer newspapers or comic books.  So make them all available.” – “Gender and education: Nature plus nurture,” The Economist magazine, March 7-13, 2015.

03/26/2015

New Downloadable Bestseller Ebooks
We have added new bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “My Sunshine Away” by M.O. Walsh, “The Accidental Empress” by Allison Pataki, “The Whites” by Richard Price and Harry Brandt, “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman, “Double Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke, “Hush Hush” by Laura Lippman, “Prodigal Son” by Danielle Steel and “Mightier than the Sword” by Jeffrey Archer, which is volume five of the Clifton Chronicles. In addition, we are filling in missing books in the Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels.
We know from our patron surveys that many of you love to read current bestsellers.  You will be interested to know that, with only two exceptions,  the top 20 fiction titles on the March 15 New York Times bestsellers list are now available on 3M.
And we have just added seven new purchases from the March 22 NYT list:  “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro, “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs, “Leaving Berlin” by Joseph Kanon, “The Fifth Gospel” by Ian Caldwell, “Vision in Silver” by Anne Bishop, “Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi” by Kevin Hearne and “Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini.
You can access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, you can browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics, in a huge variety of genres including biographies, cookbooks, crafts and hobbies, foreign language study, health and fitness, history, medical, romance, science, self-help, travel, true crime and more.

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 poetry workshop
Please join us next Thursday, April 2 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for Introduction to Formal Poetry being taught by David Harris, an experienced poetry teacher and published poet.  In this workshop, students will work on rhyme and meter.  No registration required.

Lifelong Learning returns
Mark your calendar for April 16 when the spring Lifelong Learning free lecture series will begin.  Watch for more details on speakers and programs in future Library News columns and on your library’s website.

Free science fun for tweens
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on next Wednesday, April 1 from 4-5 p.m.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens in the fifth-12th grades who are anime and manga fans meets Thursday, April 2 from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.).  Characters welcomed.  Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This storytime is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one(s) on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  This program is recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (March 27) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is the last Maker Lab until the fall.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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 focuses on Android 101 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 26)  where you’ll get help with the basics – how to navigate, install and uninstall apps, change settings and more.  You are encouraged to bring your device for hands-on learning.

Free preprogramed Nooks
Just a reminder that 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
“Becoming Richard Pryor” by Scott Saul is a biography of this comedic entertainer who was raised in his family’s brothels.  “Practical Perma-culture” by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein offers advice for home landscapes that benefit your community and the earth.  “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” by Mike Huckabee explores today’s fractious American culture.

Mysteries and suspense
“”Robert Ludlum’s The Geneva Strategy” by Jamie Freveletti is the latest in the Covert-One action series.  “Craxy Love You” by Lisa Unger follows two childhood friends facing trouble in New York City.  “Before He Finds Her” by Michael Kardos is a thriller about a young woman searching for her father who tried to murder her a decade ago.  “Dreaming Spies” by Laurie R. King features Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes.  “Long Way Down” by Michael Sears is a crime fiction story based on insider trading.  “The Whites” by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt starts with a victim who was once a suspect in an unsolved murder.  “Last Days of the Condor” by James Grady is a spy thriller.  “Motive” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series.

Other novels
“A Touch of Stardust” by Kate Alcott is a novelist account of the affair of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.  “Lost and Found” by Brooke Davis follows a young girl and two seniors who embark on a road trip to find the girl’s mother.  “Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby tells of a young woman who becomes the star of a BBC comedy series.

Large print
“The Betrayed” by Heather Graham is a romantic suspense story.  “The Bone Orchard” by Paul Doiron is a Mike Bowditch mystery.  “The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding” by Victoria Alexander is a historical romance set in England.  “In Your Dreams” by Kristan Gihhins is a Blue Heron romance.  “The Assassin” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Leaving Berlin” by Joseph Kanon is an espionage story set in 1948.  “One Wish” by Robyn Carr is a Thunder Point novel.   “The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery follows three women facing life issues.

Story CDs
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah is set in war-torn France in World War II.  “Motive” by Jonathan Kellerman is a thriller featuring Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware.  “Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule” by Jennifer Chiaverini follows the former First Lady and her relationship with her slave.  “Endangered” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett suspense story.  “The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty” by Amanda Filipacci centers on a group of artistic friends in New York City struggling with society’s standards of beauty.  “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman is a collection of short stories and verse.

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, we thank Suzy Bruce, Joan Cortwright, Julie Gates,  Suze Hall, Sue Ellen Haning,  Sandra Kobrock, Josie Stern, Arlie Swett and our  anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Prayer is when you talk to God.  Meditation is when you’re listening.  Playing the piano allows you to do both at the same time.” – Kelsey Grammer, contemporary American actor, writer, comedian and activist.

3/19/2015

Cannabis Panel Discussion Next Monday Evening
If you have questions about cannabis being used as medicine, we hope you will join us for a panel discussion on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m.  Four people will provide information on how cannabis works in the body, how it can affect illnesses and more.    The panelists are Dr. Barry Bialek, MD; Dr. Nick Kurz, DO; Dr. John Kutzko, Pharm D and Bill Delany of GEM, Good Earth Meds, who will be giving the personal story part of the discussion.
No advance registration is required.  Note that the library closes at 6 p.m. on Mondays, so only those attending the program will be allowed in for this after-hours event.

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.

ACT prep
Join from 4 – 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 19) for ACT prep assistance.  You will learn about free resources to help prepare you for the ACT.

Medicare 101
If you have questions about Medicare, come for this free workshop on Tuesday, March 24 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. to learn more and have your questions answered.  To reserve your spot, register with the Area Agency on Aging at 264-0502.

Help for depression
Join us next Tuesday, March 24 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. for a free Depression Awareness and Recovery session presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.  No registration required.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Kristine for an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesday March 25 from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  This program is recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (March 20) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is old-fashioned fun with board games for all ages.  No registration required.

Free tween gaming
Tween gaming for fourth-sixth graders takes place next Wednesday, March 25 from 4 – 5 p.m.   Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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.  But, note no Tech Time today (March 19).  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Android 101 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, March 26 where you’ll get help with the basics – how to navigate, install and uninstall apps, change settings and more.  You are encouraged to bring your device for hands-on learning.

Free pre-programmed Nooks
Just a reminder that 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.

Help, please! re foreign language films
We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited.  If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

Novels

“Prodigal Son” by Danielle Steel revolves around a reunion of twins separated for 20 years.  “Fiercombe Manor” by Kate Riordan is set in a rural home near London in 1933.  “Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson is the latest in the John Wells suspense series.  “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series.

Story CDs
“Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells suspense novel.  “Half the World” by Joe Abercrombie is book two in the Shattered Sea fantasy series.  “Double  Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series set in Edinburgh.

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 bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

DVDs
“Maleficent” is a Disney movie starting Angelina Jolie.  “Boyhood,” one of this year’s Academy Award nominees, follows the same actors over 12 years.  “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is the second film in this trilogy.  “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is also one of this year’s Academy Award nominees.  “The Boxtrolls” is a family adventure about heroes of all shapes and sizes.  “House of Cards” is the complete second season of this series.  “Gone Girl” is based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn.  “Game of Thrones” is the complete fourth season.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Greg Giles, Arlie Swett, Amber Tyndall and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“You want to slow down time?  Try root canal.  Try an MRI.  Try waiting for the report on a biopsy.  Or try being a child on a rainy morning with nothing to do, wishing away the hours, the days, the years, as if there will always always always be more.”  Judith Viorst in the book, “I’m Too Young to be Seventy.”

03/12/2015

What the stats say about your library
Annually at this time of year, Jackie Welch, library director, prepares a report for the library’s Board of Trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The 2014 numbers underscore the robust health of your library and feature consistent jumps in usage, especially programming and attendance.  Here are some of the yearend statistics:
·    Added 4,220 new items to our collection – including 787 donations.
·    Checked out 93,214 books, plus 3,800 e-books, a 1.4 percent increase over 2013.  More than 88,183 people walked through our doors, up 6.1 percent from 2013.
·    Provided computers for use by 19,347 people, not including those who used their own laptops in the library and took advantage of our 24-hour wireless service.
·    Increased programming for all ages — 200 adult events, up 32.5 percent; 83 young adult programs, up 56.6 percent; and 211 children’s programs, up 14.1 percent.  Attendance also jumped – 1,359 adults, up 26.4 percent; 536 young adults, up 37.4 per cent and 3,822 children, up 2.8 percent.
·    Received $14,576 in donations and $8,489 in grants, which is 4.4 percent of our revenue.
·    Benefited from our dedicated volunteers, who contributed 1,010 hours, almost one-half of a full-time position.
·     Continued taking advantage of resource sharing opportunities.  For example, AspenCat, administered by the Colorado Library Consortium, gives our patrons access not only to the 29,000 items in our collection but also to one million items belonging to the other 72 member libraries.  In 2014, we loaned 2,205 items, up 43 percent, and borrowed 6,542 items, up 27.5 percent, delivered via daily courier service.
·    Subscribed to multiple educational, reference and entertainment electronic databases.  During 2014, our patrons downloaded 5,161 items and logged 2,639 sessions on our other electronic databases – a 59 percent increase in usage.
·    Provided continuing education opportunities to our staff to ensure we are up to date on technological advances and providing the best possible service and programming to our community.

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.

Stress coping techniques
Join us today (Thursday, March 12) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for a free Stress Less session, presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center. You will learn techniques for lasting stress relief.

Free preschool storytime
Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Kristine for an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesday March 18 and 25 from 10 – 11 a.m.  Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  This program is recommended for children from six months to three years of age.  Note that the program on March 14 is a playtime only.

Family Fun Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (March 13) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is a film about a young girl from south LA who attempts to make it to the National Spelling Bee.  This program is for all ages.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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.  Please note no Tech Time on March 17 or 19.  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Excel Intermediate from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 12) where you’ll learn how to manage multiple workbooks, freeze panes, sort data and more.

Nonfiction
“The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three” by Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, explores the Trinity at the heart of Christianity.

Novels
“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab is a fantasy set in multiple Londons.  “Hush Hush” by Laura Lippman is the newest in the PI Tess Monaghan series, this one involving a manipulative mother.  “The Marco Effect” by Jussi Adler-Olsen is the latest the Department Q mystery series.

Story CDs
“Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells suspense novel.  “Half the World” by Joe Abercrombie is book two in the Shattered Sea fantasy series.  “Double  Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series set in Edinburgh.

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 bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

DVDs
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the complete book three collection.  “Cellular” is a thriller starring Kim Basinger.  “Snatch” explores London’s gangster underbelly.  “Luther” stars Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther.  “Trouble with the Curver” stars Clint Eastwood as a top baseball scout.  “The Bandits” is an action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton and Cate Blanchett.  “Body of Lies” is a CIA terrorist story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.  “Extraordinary Measures” stars Harrison Ford and is inspired by a true story.  “Rendition” is a thriller starring Reese Witherspoon.  “Dune” is Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction epic.  “Jumper” is a two-disc special edition of this thriller.  “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie” is a documentary.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Diane Bower, Randal Davis, Sandra Draper, Warren Grams, Mary Wilcox and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Books are personal, passionate.  They stir emotions and spark thoughts in a manner all their own, and I’m convinced that the shattered world has less hope for repair if reading becomes an even smaller part of it.” – Frank Bruni, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and op-ed writer for The New York Times.

03/05/2015

Reader’s Digest writer looks back at the glory days of the magazine
At its peak, Reader’s Digest was the world’s most widely read magazine, with 100 million readers across the globe. Its 39 international editions in 15 languages were tailored to serve local cultures and interests.  The company’s books, music collections and family videos also were bestsellers worldwide.  This legendary publishing giant owed its huge success to the vision and editorial genius of a man named DeWitt Wallace.

In 1922, when Wally founded the magazine, many considered him a 32-year-old failure without a permanent job.  Others believed in his dream.  In fact, it was a $5,000 loan that enabled Wally to launch his little magazine.  It spawned a global publishing empire with a worldwide reach and a remarkable reputation for journalist integrity and impeccably researched articles.  In those days Reader’s Digest took no advertising and reserved its back cover for fine art.

Now John G. Hubbell, one of the magazine’s most talented and prolific writers, has written a memoir titled, “Writing for Wally: My Life with a Brilliant Idea.”  The book describes how Wally nurtured and invested in his writers, resulting in a steady stream of exceptional articles every month.  Readers are taken back to that halcyon time when editorial excellence was an overarching goal, unhindered by expectations of increasing quarter-over-quarter earnings by shareholders and Wall Street.

Full disclosure of bias: Thirty years ago in New York, I was hired away from AT&T to establish a worldwide public relations department for The Reader’s Digest Association – to support not only the flagship magazine but also the company’s other products and its legendary foundations that gave so generously to education, youth organizations, libraries, the arts and other charitable causes.  This was a dream job that brought me together with brilliant people like opera singer Beverly Sills, educator Jaime Escalante (inspiration for the “Stand and Deliver” movie), cellist Mstislav Rostopovich,  plus outstanding writers like Alex Haley (“Roots”), Frank McCourt (“Angela’s Ashes”) and, of course, John Hubbell.  My admiration for these and so many others from my Reader’s Digest years are why I loved John’s book and donated a copy to our library.

In “Writing for Wally,” John tells of his 41 years as a Reader’s Digest roving editor in short chapters with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about his life and his 140-plus articles.  Many covered military affairs on subjects like the Strategic Air Command’s survival training, the U.S. Navy’s submarine training, NASA’s space flight simulator, the Navy’s first nuclear-powered attack sub, the Army’s Green Berets and the Navy’s SEALs, the case of a missing H-bomb, and the plight of POWs in Vietnam. John also wrote softer stories for the magazine, notably family humor pieces.

For lifelong fans of Reader’s Digest, this book will be a reminder of the days when we were both informed and enriched by popular media.  For those exposed mostly to today’s celebrity-focused infotainment, it may be an inspiration for a return to editorial excellence and the glory years of print journalism.

Bees here tomorrow
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (March 6) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow’s program is titled “Bees, Beekeeping and the World,” presented by the Archuleta County Farm Bureau.  There will be a beekeeper, hopefully with bees, dressed in beekeeping attire, to answer questions and share how bees affect all of our lives.  This program is for all ages.  No registration required.

Stress coping techniques
Save the date for Stress Less presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center next Thursday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  You will learn techniques for lasting stress relief.

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

Free tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  On Wednesday, March 11 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing a nonfiction book and pick up our next book to read.

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 March 10 we will discuss “The Color of Water” by James McBride.  If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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.  More formal sessions requiring advance registration focus on Facebook Basics for individuals (not businesses) from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 5).  Then next Thursday, March 12 at the same time is an Excel Intermediate class.

DVDs
“Three Amigos” is a comedy starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short.  “Fight Club” is an R-rated “savagely funny” comedy.  “Femme Fatale” is a two-DVD set of classic films.  “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” star Humphrey Bogart.  “Fresh” is an action film starring Samuel L. Jackson.  “Shane” is a western starring Alan Ladd.  “From Here to Eternity” is a love story in war that won eight Oscars.  “Steel Magnolias” stars six divas on the silver screen.  “The Adventures of Clutch Powers” is the first LEGO movie on TV.  “Young Frankenstein” is a Mel Brooks comedy.

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, we thank Barb Draper, Barron Haley, Carole Sheets, Carmen Ferguson, Kristal Fortune, Mary Wilcox and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” – Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), German-born poet, novelist and short story writer.

02-26-2015

How millennials use and value libraries
Younger Americans – those ages 16-29 – fascinate researchers because of their advanced technology habits, racial and ethic diversity, looser relationships with institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.  Here are some interesting results of several years of Pew Research studies into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities, with a special focus on millennials:
·    Millennials’ lives are full of technology, but they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the Internet.  62 percent of Americans under age 30 agree that there is “a lot of useful important information that is not available on the Internet.”
·    Millennials are quite similar to their elders when it comes to the amount of book reading they do, but young adults are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months.  43 percent report reading a book – in any format – on a daily basis, a rate similar to older adults.
·    Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website.
·    As with the general population, most younger Americans know where their local library is, but many say they are unfamiliar with all the services it may offer.  At the same time, they feel they can easily navigate their local library, and the vast majority describe libraries as warm, welcoming places.
·    Age is not the only factor in Americans’ engagement with public libraries, nor the most important.  People with extensive economic, social, technological and cultural resources are more likely to use and value libraries as part of those networks.
·    Deeper connections with public libraries also are often associated with key life moments such as having a child, seeking a job, being a student and going through a situation where research and data can help inform a decision.

Winter Reading Bingo party
Throughout the month of February, patrons have been enjoying a fun new Winter Reading Bingo game for all ages.  Now, tomorrow (Friday, February 27) from 4-5 p.m., we will celebrate the completion of the program with an ice cream party.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 27) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is Maker Lab, a chance to tinker with various projects that include sewing, knitting and coding.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free science fun for tweens
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on next Wednesday, March 4 from 4-5 p.m.

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 focuses on blogs and websites from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, February 26).  You will learn the difference between blogs and websites, hosted and non-hosted sites, choosing a template, adding posts and avoiding common mistakes.

Large print
“The Body Snatchers Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “The Chocolate Clown Corpse” by JoAnna Carl is a Chocoholic mystery.  “Lying in Wait and Other True Cases” is the 17th in the True Cases series by crime writer Ann Rule.  “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery revolving around a missing child.  “Cold Cold Heart” by Tami Hoag follows a TV reporter with PTSD after an attack by a serial killer.

DVDs
“The Marriage Counselor” deals with the counselor’s own marriage.  “Reality Bites” is a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder.  “Patton” is the war film classic starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden.  “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” is a double feature.  “Natural Borner Killers: The Director’s Cut” stars Robert Downey Jr.  “Anonymous” explores who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare.  “Till Human Voices Wake Us” is a supernatural romance set in Australia.

Nonfiction
“The Adrenal Reset Diet” by Dr. Alan Christianson provides a plan for optimal functioning of your adrenal glands to help you lose weight.  “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi is the first and only diary written by a Gyantanamo detainee since 2002.  “Mind Change” by U.K. neuroscientist Susan Greenfield explores the potential harms of social media, search engines and videogames by comparing the minds of people born before and after the advent of the Internet.

Thrillers and other novels
“The Country of Ice Cream Star” by Sandra Newman is a post-apocalyptic thriller  set in a future America after a devastating plague.  “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler tells of four generations of a family with lots of love and a few secrets.

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, we thank our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Don’t let a label limit you.  In 2012 I was diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is a high-functioning form of autism.  It’s frustrating, but I don’t view it as a major catastrophe.  It means I’ve got to try harder to win people over, to be good at what I’m doing and to prove it can be done.  It also means I can help others who have it by being a voice.” – British singer Susan Boyle, who auditioned for the Britain’s Got Talent TV program at age 47, was nominated for two Grammys, sold more than 22 million albums and has sung for the pope and the queen.

02/19/2015

ACT prep for teens and Reading Bingo for all ages

This afternoon (Thursday, February 19) from 4-5:30 p.m. we will teach an ACT prep class.  Teens will learn about the free resources that the library offers students to prepare for the ACT tests.
Also, if you or others in your family have a case of the winter blahs, we have a fun new all-ages program to keep you engaged during the month of February.  To participate, pick up a special bingo playing card at your library.  If you complete two bingos in a row, you win a bookmark.  If you complete a blackout bingo, you can choose a prize from the treasure chest. On Friday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m. we will celebrate the completion of the Winter Reading Bingo program with an ice cream party.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 20) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is board games.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

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.  More formal sessions requiring advance registration focuses on Microsoft Word Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, February 19) and blogs and websites at the same time next Thursday, February 26.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no more Card Battles on Mondays.

DVDs
“Trust No One” by Joyce Ann Krentz is a romantic suspense story. “Breaking Creed” by Alex Kava is a thriller featuring a man and his K9 search and rescue dogs.  “Mojave” by Johnny D. Boggs is a western about mail-order brides.  “Charley Sunday’s Texas Outfit” by Stephen Lodge is a western about a cross-countty cattle drive.  “Terror of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western set on the Texas- Mexican border.  “The Assassination Option” by W.E.B Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a military thriller.  “Prometheus” is an epic action adventure.  “Secretariat” is the story of this legendary horse.  “Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles” is the 30th anniversary edition of this comedy.  “Lonesome Dove” stars Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.  “Little Buddha” stars Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda.

Nonfiction
“Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology” is a collection of essays edited by Andrew Gulliford that recount adventures, explain the advantages of enjoying nature in the digital age.  “Island on Fire” by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe is the story of Laki, a forgotten volcano with an eruption in 1783 that changed so many lives.

Mysteries and thrillers
“One Step Too Far” by Tina Seeks is a suspense story about a female lawyer who starts a new life in London.  “The Hunger of the Wolf” by Stephen Marche is a modern morality tale about the aggressive greed of global capitalism.  The mystery in “The Chess Men” by Peter May begins when two men find a mud-encased light airplane in a drained Scotland lake.  “Karen Memory” by Elizabeth Bear is a murder mystery set in the 19th century in a port city that is a launch point for Alaska.

Other novels
“The Sacrifice” by Joyce Carol Oates explores our racially troubled society after the death of a 14-year-old girl.  “The Jaguar’s Children” by John Vaillant tells of Mexicans trapped in a water truck abandoned by coyotes.  “The Mime” by Samantha Shannon is a fantasy set in London.  “Shark Skin Suite” by Tim Dorsey is a comedy about a psychotic killer who becomes an attorney in Florida.  “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah is set in France at the beginning of World War II.

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 bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials we thank Royce Kinnaman, as well as Brian and Becky Savage for their generous donation in memory of Mary Savage

Quotable Quote
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), former First Lady of the U.S.

02/12/2015

A look at the research habits of public library users

Consumer behavior studies and industry statistics reveal that there is a growing – yes, growing! – demand for credible research content, and many people go to their local libraries to get it.  Here are some interesting facts relating to the research habits of public library users:
·    54 percent of them say that they visit the library to research topics that interest them.  That’s the second most popular reason to go to the library, ahead of borrowing books and using computers.
·    People view the library as the only unbiased information curator with the public interest in mind, not driven by revenues or self-interest.
·    What are people researching?  66 percent are doing research for school or work, 47 percent are seeking health information and 36 percent are job hunting.
·    They want to research in “short bursts.”  They don’t want a full resource but rather to be directed to the specific information they need.  People look to their library to filter out the best information.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed next Monday, February 16 for Presidents Day.

Free ACT prep for teens
Mark your calendars for next Thursday, February 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. when we will teach an ACT prep class.  Teens will learn about the free resources that the library offers students to prepare for the ACT tests.

Winter reading bingo
If you or others in your family have a case of the winter blahs, we have a fun new all-ages program to keep you engaged during the month of February.  To participate, pick up a special bingo playing card at your library.  If you complete two bingos in a row, you win a bookmark.  If you complete a blackout bingo, you can choose a prize from the treasure chest. On Friday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m. we will celebrate the completion of the Winter Reading Bingo program with an ice cream party.

Free avalanche awareness today
This session taught by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center today (Thursday, February 12) from 5 – 7 p.m. covers avalanche hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources.

Viewing of LEGO contest entries
We invite you to come to the library this Saturday, February 14 to admire the entries in our LEGO contest.  Judging takes place at noon.  Viewing is from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.  Prizes will be awarded in each of four age categories – preschool, ages 5-6, ages 8-11 and ages 12-17.  One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  We expect that you will be very impressed with the youngsters’ creativity and talent.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 13) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This 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 features a different activity.  Tomorrow is film day.

Free teen and tween gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games. Tween gaming takes place on Wednesday, February 18 from 4 – 5 p.m.

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 focuses on Microsoft Word Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no more Card Battles on Mondays.

Novels
“The Big Seven” by Jim Harrison features Det. Sunderson confronting a gun-nut family who live outside the law in rural Michigan.  “Driving the King” by Ravi Howard is a portrait of pre-Civil Rights America featuring Nat King Cole and his driver.  “Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger” by V.C. Andrews begins with the discovery of a diary.  “The Great Zoo of China” by Matthew Reilly is an adventure based on the Chinese claiming the existence of dragons.  “Outline” by Rachel Cusk is a novel based on 10 conversations with a teacher of a creative writing course in Athens.

CDs
“Dogwood Hill” by Sherryl Woods is a romance.  “Rain on the Dead” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the Sean Dillon suspense series.  “Robert Parker’s The Bridge” by Robert Knott is a western.  “Die Again” by Tess Gerritsen is the latest in the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series.  “Saint Odd” by Dean Koontz is the conclusion to the Odd Thomas series.  “Saving Grace” by Jane Green follows an apparently perfect family whose life crumbles after the husband’s assistant leaves.  “Descent” by Tim Johnson follows a family on vacation in the Rocky Mountains whose daughter disappears.  “Cold Cold Heart” by Tami Hoag tells of a woman suffering PTSD after surviving a serial killer’s attack.  “Uncle Janice” by Matt Burgess features an undercover NYPD narcotics officer.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Jeanne Kaiser,  Kristal Fortune, Sheila McKenzie,  Heidi Kimmel and Jeff Versaw.

Quotable Quote
“Does skiing keep you young, or do the young-thinking continue to ski?  Does it matter?” – Ski magazine, December 2014.