02/05/15

New Winter Reading Bingo program and Southwest book talk Saturday

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.

Then this Saturday, February 7 from 3-4:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history at Fort Lewis College, will discuss his new adventure anthology, “Outdoors in the Southwest,” followed by a book signing.  This essay collection features selections by renowned southwestern writers as well as scholars, experienced guides and river rats. One reviewer said of this book: “A well-written, provocative, and entertaining guide to how to find adventure in the southwest, with a focus on ecological awareness and preserving and appreciating natural landscapes. Gulliford passionately argues for wilderness experience as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. If you like to hike, raft, climb and ski, and also contemplate your spiritual bond with nature, this book is for you!”

Free LEGO contest
Now is the time to register for the annual LEGO contest, which takes place on Saturday, February 14 and is limited to 18 participants.  Entries must be built ahead of time and you must use your own LEGOs or other age-appropriate building blocks.  Completed structure setup is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  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.  You don’t need to be present to win.  For more information and complete rules, pick up the LEGO Contest flyer at the library or ask Kristine.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101
Join us on Wednesday, February 11 from 1-2 p.m. for a free information session on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid presented by the San Juan Basin Health Department.  No advance registration is required.

Free chocolate cooking
This session is put on by the Medical Center’s Wellness Program next Tuesday, February 10 from 6 – 6:45 p.m. to help you learn more about cooking with chocolate.  No advance registration required.

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

Free tween book club
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club on Wednesday, February 11 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

Free book club for adults
You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  February’s book is “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter to be discussed Tuesday, February 10 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  The book for March will also be distributed.  No registration required.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 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 is a special Valentine’s Day craft.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place today (Thursday, February 5) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Characters welcomed.  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.  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Facebook for Business from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9.

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

Nonfiction
“The Internet Is Not the Answer” by Internet skeptic Andrew Keen offers a comprehensive look at what the Internet is doing to our lives.  “The Evil Hours” by David J Morris draws on the author’s own experiences with PTSD as a war correspondent and Marine plus other expert views about post-traumatic stress disorder.  “88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary” by Robert L. Grenier reveals details of out first war in Afghanistan.  “The Diabetes Reset” by George L. King is a doctor’s program of eight lifestyle changes to help you to help people who are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes.

DVDs
“Avatar” is the complete Book 2 collection.  “The Big Bang Theory” is a comedy sitcom series.  “Pride of the Bowery” Eastside Kids” is a collection of comedies on two DVDs.  “Midnight Run” includes all four action comedy movies by this name.  “Out of Sight” and “Intolerable Cruelty”  is a double-feature collection starring George Clooney. “Clear and Present Danger” stars Harrison Ford as CIA agent Jack Ryan.  “Contraband” stars Mark Wahlberg as a legendary smuggler.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Cane and Abe” by James Grippando is a mystery with Miami’s top prosecutor the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.  “Breaking Creed” by Alex Kava introduces a new series featuring an ex-Marine, now K9 search and rescue dog trainer, and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell.  “Private Vegas” by James Patterson is the latest in the Private series.  “Unbecoming” by Rebecca Scherm follows a woman in Paris who escaped after a crime in the U.S.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Sara Wilson and anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  — Winston Churchill (1874-1965), orator, statesman, author and former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

01/29/2015

Free ACT prep and book exchange for teens, LEGO contest and Southwest book talk

Today and tomorrow we are hosting two important events for teens. This afternoon (Thursday, January 29) 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 college and ACT tests.  Tomorrow (Friday, January 30) is a special teen book swap from 2-3 p.m.   Teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with.  No prior registration is required.

Now is also the time to register for the annual LEGO contest, which takes place on Saturday, February 14 and is limited to 18 participants.  Entries must be built ahead of time and you must use your own LEGOs or other age-appropriate building blocks.  Completed structure setup is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  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.  You don’t need to be present to win.  For more information and complete rules, pick up the LEGO Contest flyer at the library or ask Kristine.

Then next Saturday, February 7 from 3-4:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history at Fort Lewis College, will discuss his new adventure anthology,  “Outdoors in the Southwest” followed by a book signing.  One reviewer said of this book: “A well-written, provocative, and entertaining guide to how to find adventure in the southwest, with a focus on ecological awareness and preserving and appreciating natural landscapes. Gulliford passionately argues for wilderness experience as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. If you like to hike, raft, climb and ski, and also contemplate your spiritual bond with nature, this book is for you!”

Expanded hours
Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring.  The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m.  This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101
Join us on Wednesday, February 4 and 11 from 1-2 p.m. for a free information session on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid presented by the San Juan Basin Health Department.  These are standalone workshops so you do not have to attend both.  No advance registration is required.

Informational quilt meeting
Attend a meeting on Saturday, February 7 from 1-2 p.m. to learn plans and details of a four-part quilt series that will run all four Saturdays in March.  Registration will be required.

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

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

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, February 3 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no Card Battles on Mondays during the month of February.

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 Skype from 11:30 – 1 p.m. next Thursday, February 5 where you will learn about this free way to make video calls using your computer.

DVDs
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a Disney comedy adventure. “Billy Crystal 700 Sundays” is an HBO comedy special.  “The Untouchables” is a special collector’s edition.  “The Magnificent Seven” stars Yul Brenner, James Coburn and Steve McQueen.  “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Bliss House” by Laura Benedict is a paranormal fantasy.  “Uncle Janice” by Matt Burgess features an undercover NYPD narcotics officer.  “The Carrier” by Sophie Hannah begins when a woman is forced to share a hotel room with a stranger.

Large print
“Insatiable Appetites” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “Hush” by Karen Robards is a thriller that starts with a murder in a palatial home.

Other novels
“West of Sunset” by Stewart O’Nan is a fictionalized look at the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life.  “Galapagos Regained” by James Morrow follows a young woman working on Charles Darwin’s estate.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Shaan Bliss and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th U.S. President.

01/22/15

Internet safety workshops for parents today

             Today (Thursday, January 22) marks an important date for parents interested in ensuring Internet safety for their youngsters and teens. We are offering two free workshops designed to help you learn more about Internet safety and how to help your children make smart decisions online.

The workshop takes place from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and then is repeated from 5:30 – 7 p.m. so that parents can pick a time that works best for you. No advance registration is required. This event is co-presented by your library and the Archuleta Country Victims Assistance Program.

 

Expanded hours

Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

 

Free teen ACT prep

            Mark your calendars for next Thursday, January 29 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 college and ACT tests.

 

Free teen book swap

            Teens will also want to mark your calendars for a special teen book swap from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, January 30. Teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with. No prior registration is required.

 

Free adult movie Mondays

            Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free weekly family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 23) 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. This week’s focus is Maker Lab, where you will tinker with all sorts of things and learn new things, including how to knit, crochet or code..

 

Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, January 27 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

 

Free card battles

Join us Monday, January 26 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on iPad Intermediate 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, January 29 for those of you who have mastered the basics of your iPad and want to move on. Students must provide their own iPad.

 

Nonfiction

            “Deep Down Dark” by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar shares the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine. “Women, Food, and Desire” by health and nutrition coach Alexandra Jamieson teaches women how to listen to their bodies for a healthier, fuller life. “The Lonely War” by journalist Nazila Fathi weaves her story of leaving Iran to save her and her family’s lives with the story of the country she left behind. “It Was Me All Along” by Andie Mitchell is a memoir about a woman who changed her life to go from morbidly obese to half her size. “How the Body Knows Its Mind” by Sian Beilock shows you how you can use your body to improve your mind and performance in all areas of your life.

 

DVDs

            “Robin Hood” stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. “Grease” stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. “Pretty in Pink” is the new “Everything’s Duckie” collectors edition of the film. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the complete book one collection. “Fractured Flickers” is a comedy series using silent film clips and old newsreel footage.

 

Mysteries and thrillers

            “White Plague” by James Abel is a thriller set in the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean. “The Body Snatchers Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is the first book in a new historical mystery series. “Amnesia” by Peter Carey is a suspense story that takes readers to a place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins showcases a woman who sees something shocking from her seat on a passing train. “Our Lady of the Islands” by Shannon Page and Jay Jake is a tale of political intrigue and unwanted magical power.

 

Other novels

            “The Fortress in Orion” by Mike Resnick is the first book in a new series of interstellar intrigue. “The Empty Throne” by Bernard Cornwell, set in Britain in the early 10th century, is the eighth book in the Saxon Tales series. “Golden Son” by Pierce Brown is book two in the Red Rising sci-fi trilogy. “The Last American Vampire” by Seth Grahame-Smith takes place in Reconstruction-era America. “The Just City” by Jo Walton is set in an experimental planned community populated by children and teachers from throughout history.

           

CDs

            “The Cinderella Murder” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke explores an unsolved murder featured on a news-based reality TV show. “Empire of Cotton” by Sven Beckert is the global history of a crop that played such a remarkable role in world history. “Tom Clancy’s Full Force and Effect” by Mark Greaney is a thriller focusing on North Korea. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross detective series. “Wicked Ways” by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush is a thriller about a woman whose birthright holds the key to a rash of murders.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials, we thank Scott Galabota, Carl Nevitt and numerous anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            Good news/bad news re books: Young adult book sales jumped 22.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2014. However, adult book sales were down 3.3 percent during the same period. – Time magazine 1/5/15.

1/15/2015

Free book exchanges, Mad Hatter’s tea party and Internet safety workshops
Your library is organizing two free book exchanges this month – one for adults and the other for teens. The adult event takes place at Higher Grounds, 189 Talisman Drive, next Tuesday, January 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The teen event takes place at the library from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, January 30.  Adults should bring a new or very gently used book to swap while you meet other bibliophiles and share favorite books. At their event, teens will be able to pick up a free book, chat about their favorite reads with their peers, and trade some books they wish to part with. No prior registration is required for either of these special events.

Meanwhile, youngsters aged two to eight are invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party this Saturday, January 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. We’ll celebrate one of our favorite stories, “Alice in Wonderland.” Wear your best hat and come ready to have some fun! This is a free event as well.

Then parents will want to mark your calendars for one of two free workshops on Thursday, January 22 designed to help you learn more about Internet safety and how to help your children make smart decisions online. The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and then be repeated from 5:30 – 7 p.m. so that parents can pick a time that works best for you. No advance registration is required. This event is co-presented by your library and the Archuleta Country Victims Assistance Program.

Expanded hours
Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed Monday, January 19 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This means no card battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades this week.

Teen midterm study sessions
Teens are invited to join us from 4 – 7 p.m. today (Thursday, January 15) from 4 – 7 p.m. to help you prepare for your midterms. The large meeting room will be reserved for you to study, access online resources and books, and enjoy brain food.

One more cooking class
Next Tuesday, January 20 from 6 – 6:45 p.m. we’ll host the last of three free cooking classes put on by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center to help you learn new tips and techniques for healthier eating in 2015. No advance registration is required.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names. Of course, there will be no movie on January 19 because your library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 16) and every Friday at your library 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. This week’s focus is board games.

Free teen and tween gaming
Join us Tuesday, January 20 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Tween gaming takes place on Wednesday, January 21 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 Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, January 15) where you will learn to create a spreadsheet, format columns/rows, perform simple mathematical calculations and create simple formulas.

Nonfiction
“41: A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush is a biography of the life and leadership of George H.W. Bush. “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer, the rock star, crowdfunding pioneer and TED speaker, explains how she learned to stop worrying and let people help. “Go Pro” by Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson is a professional guide to filmmaking.

DVDs
“Cleanskin” is an action thriller starring Sean Bean. “The Ledge” is a sexy and suspenseful thriller. “Melinda and Melinda” is a Woody Allen film that tells a woman’s story twice – as a comedy and a drama. “Yonkers Joe” is an ode to old-time gamblers before today’s fancy casinos. “The Escape” by David Baldacci is a thriller that starts with a prison escape. “Children on their Birthdays” is based on Truman Capote’s short story set in a small Southern town. “Woman Thou Art Loosed” is based on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ novel. “Five Minutes of Heaven” starring Liam Neeson is a thriller based on true events.

Large print
“Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge” by Robert Knott features territorial marshals in Appaloosa. “The Assassination Option” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations adventure. “Saving Grace” by Jane Green is about an assistant trying to save a tempestuous marriage. “Rain on the Dead” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the thriller series featuring Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon.

Mysteries and thrillers
“No Fortunate Son” by Brad Yalor is the latest in the Pike Logan thriller series. “Fifty Mice” by Daniel Pyne is about a man put into the federal witness protection program against his will.

Other novels
“The Dress Shop of Dreams” by MEnna Van Praag is a romantic tale with a twist of fantasy. “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion is the sequel to “The Rosie Project.”

CDs
“Woman with a Gun” by Phillip Margolin is a mystery that starts with a prize-winning photograph. “Betrayed” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm series. “The Escape” by David Baldacci

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Carmen Ferguson, Judy Clare and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist, philosopher of science and developer of the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

1/08/2015

Books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

As you concentrate on following your New Year’s resolutions, here are some new books and a DVD that could help:

  • Cookbooks: “The Pollan Family Table” by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan offers recipes and kitchen wisdom for healthy family meals. “Plenty More” by Yotam Ottolenghi gives you 150 vegetarian recipes. “Sheet Pan Suppers” by Molly Gilbert provides 120 recipes for simple meals straight from the oven.
  • Self-help: “Finding Your Element” by Ken Robinson offers examples and practical exercises to help you discover your talents and passions. “Learning from the Giants” by John C. Maxwell provides life and leadership lessons from the Old Testament. “Preparing Children for Reading Success” by Julia Irwin and Dina Moore offers hands-on activities for librarians, educators and caregivers. “Aging Backwards” by Miranda Esmonde-White gives you a plan to slow down or even reverse the aging process through gentle exercise to develop your muscles. “The Functional Training Bible” by Guido Bruscia provides 200 exercises and 600 pictures to help you train better. “Excuses Begone!” is a DVD featuring Dr. Wayne W. Dyer to help you change lifelong, self-defeating thinking habits.
  • Crafts: “T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy” by Martha Deleonardis provides 10 projects and a gallery of inspirational T-shirt quilts.
  • Inspiration: “For Love of Country” by Starbucks CEO and Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism and sacrifice. “Small Victories” by Anne Lamott is a collection of essays on hope, joy and grace.

Expanded hours
Your library now has expanded hours, a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This time is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Teen midterm study sessions
Teens are invited to join us Monday, January 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. and Thursday, January 15 from 4 – 7 p.m. to help you prepare for your midterms. The large meeting room will be reserved for you to study, access online resources and books, and enjoy brain food.

Two more cooking classes
Next Tuesday, January 13 brings the second of three free cooking classes put on by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center to help you learn new tips and techniques for healthier eating in 2015. The timing is perfect for those of you who put “lose weight” at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list. The final two classes take place from 6 – 6:45 p.m. on January 13 and 20. No advance registration is required.

Free tween book club
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club. This month we will discuss a nonfiction book on Wednesday, January 14 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

Free book club for adults
You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. January’s book is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcom Gladwell to be discussed Tuesday, January 13 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book. No registration required.

Free LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids aged 6-13 years meets this Saturday, January 10 from 1:30 – 2:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (January 9) and every Friday at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. These events are 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. This week’s special event is called Read with a Ranger. You will be hosted by a local Forest Service ranger who will help you discover snowshoe history, equipment and techniques and show you how to make your own pair of snowshoes!

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, January 6 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, January 12 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. is next Thursday, January 15.

DVDs
“Il Divo Encore” features these tenors’ performance in Spain and includes a 60-minute documentary where they talk about their lives as global superstars. “DragonHeart” and “Dragonheart: A New Beginning” are fantasy adventures for the whole family. “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” is inspired by a true story. “The Nativity Story” is a well-reviewed family film. “The Mothman Prophecies” is a supernatural thriller.

Large print
“Sundance” by David Fuller is speculative historical fiction about a notorious ex-con searching for his wife. “A Frontier Christmas” and “MacCallister: The Eagles Legacy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns, as are “The Wild Gun” by Hory Sherman, “The Last Shootist” by Miles Swarthout, “Forty Loads” by Brett Cogburn, “Cost of a Killing: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by Ralph Cotton and “Here By The Bloods” by Brandon Boyce.

CDs
“No Fortunate Son” by Brad Taylor is the latest thriller in the Pike Logan series. “The Job” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the latest in the Special Agent Kate O’Hare-con man Nicholas Fox thriller series. “Dead But Not Forgotten” edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner is a collection of Sookie Stackhouse vampire stories.

Thanks to our donors
For her generous donation, we thank Margaret Hundley. For books and materials this week, we thank Kandi Meisinger as well as Carole and Bob Howard.

Quotable Quote
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, poet and playwright.

12/31/2014

Three cooking classes for healthier eating in the New Year
Next Tuesday, January 6 brings the first of three free cooking classes put on by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center to help you learn new tips and techniques for healthier eating in 2015. The timing is perfect for those of you who put “lose weight” at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list. The classes take place from 6 – 6:45 p.m. on January 6, 13 and 20. No advance registration is required.

Expanded hours
Starting this week, your library is expanding our hours to better accommodate your schedule. These changes are a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring. The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Free science fun for tweens
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on Wednesday, January 7 from 4-5 p.m.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in January at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (January 2) 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.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, January 5 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, January 6 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

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“Betrayed” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosa & DiNunzio mystery. “The Cinderella Murder” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is an Under Suspicion mystery. “The Missing Place” by Sophie Littlefield is a mystery set amid North Dakota’s oil boom. “Strangers” by Bill Pronzini is a Nameless Detective mystery. “French Pastry Muder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery. “Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs: Jane Austen Takes the South” is a romance by Mary Jane Hathaway. “Destiny’s Captive” by Beverly Jenkins is a romance. “Only Enchanting” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club novel set during the Napoleonic Wars. “Small Victories: Spotting Improbably Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott is a collection of essays on faith, family and community. “Wyoming Trails” by Lauren Paine and “To Hell or the Pecos” by Patrick Dearren are westerns.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Irene” by Pierre LeMaitre follows a killer paying homage to visceral scenes in famous works of crime fiction. “A String of Beads” by Thomas Perry is the latest in the Seneca thriller series.

Other novels
“Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves” by Carolyn Chute follows the leader of a self-sufficient counterculture community. “A Man of his Own” by Susan Wilson is the story of an unlikely family with an Army K-9 dog named Pax at the center.

Nonfiction
“The Roberts Court” by Marcia Coyle is an inside look at the current Supreme Court. “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case” by Michael Ross is the first full account of this mystery that electrified the South at a critical moment in race relations. “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis follows four undocumented teens who build a robot for a contest that pits them against some of the best student engineers in the country.

DVDs
“Faith like Potatoes” is an inspiring film based on a true story of a farmer who moves to South Africa. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” follows an American woman who moves to China. “Akeelah and the Bee” is about a little girl wanting to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “Sugar,” in Spanish with English subtitles, tells of a baseball player from the Dominican Republic.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Joe Bauman, Barbara Conkey, Randy Davis and Haleigh Sowerby.

Quotable Quote
“The new year lies before you like a field of fresh new snow. Be careful how you tread on it, for every mark will show.” – Ine Braat, contemporary video producer in the Netherlands.

12/24/2014

Expanded library hours, including Sundays, coming January 2
Starting next week, your library will be expanding our hours in an effort to better accommodate your schedule. These changes are a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring.

The new hours, effective January 2, will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This new day is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Holiday closings
Your library closes at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and also will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Defibrillator for your safety
We now have an automated external defibrillator installed just inside the front door, part of a Pagosa Medical Center program to have them installed at key points throughout the community in case anyone has a heart situation requiring help. Five of our library staff have been certified in CPR and in how to use the AED. The training and defibrillator were provided by the Medical Center and we paid for the certifications.

Free holiday events
Join us Monday, December 29 from noon to 1 p.m. for table top games and Tuesday, December 30 from noon – 1 p.m. for holiday video gaming, both events for all ages. Teen gaming is 4 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 30.

Free movie Mondays
Join us Monday, December 29 at 2 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays
Sorry – no Family Fridays tomorrow (December 26). Join us for this free family program January 2 at your library 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.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, December 29 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

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“Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer follows two young girls who meet on the beach and become fast friends. “Deadline” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery. “A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas is set in Kansas in 1864. “Christmas in Cowboy Country” by Janet Dailey is a romance set on a Colorado ranch. “The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier is a mystery set in Seattle. “I Love You More” by Jennifer Murphy is a mystery about a dead man with three wives. “New Year’s Baby” by Jodi O’Donnell is a romance set on a ranch in a snowstorm. “Full Force and Affect” by Mark Greaney is a Jack Ryan adventure. “On Borrowed Time” by Jenn McKinlay is a Library Lover’s mystery. “Ho-Ho-Homicide” by Kaitlyn Dunnett is a Liss MacCrimmon mystery.

Other new novels
“Let Me Be Frank with You” by Richard Ford contains four stories narrated by the author’s hero Frank Bascombe. “The Peripheral” by William Gibson is a science fiction story set in rural near-future America.

DVDs
“Leon” is a thriller about a professional assassin. “Buck” is a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer. “Wonder Boys” starring Michael Douglas is a comedy about a single hectic weekend. “Short Circuit 2” brings back the lovable robot Johnny Five. “Jerry Maguire” and “A Few Good Men” is a double feature starring Tom Cruise. “Bataan” and “Back to Bataan” are battle-filled films set in the Philippines. “Life After People” is a History Channel documentary. “Carnage” is a Roman Polanski film. “Coriolanus” is an action thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as the Roman general. “Super Heroes” follows the difficult life of an Iraqi war veteran as he returns home. “Hart’s War” is a World War II adventure starring Bruce Willis.

Memoirs and biographies
We have two interesting new books about female fashion tycoons – “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” a memoir by Diane von Furstenberg, and “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History,” her biography by Rhonda K. Garelick. “The News Sorority” by Sheila Weller explores the TV news careers of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour. “True Love” is a memoir by actress and singer/songwriter Jennifer Lopez. “Rebel Yell” by S.C. Gwynne explores how Civil War Gen. Stonewall Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Royce Kinnaman and several anonymous donors. For their generous donation in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, we thank Donald Logan and Patricia Howard, as well as Rice Reavis for his gift.

Quotable Quote
“You must have hope. It rejuvenates your whole being. You can’t allow negative thinking – even if you know your chances are slim. I’m not saying that it’s easy to do, but the ability to envision the road to successful completion is what keeps you alive.” – Louis Zamperini, hero of “Unbroken,” the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand and forthcoming film by Angelina Jolie. He died this July 2 at age 97.

12/18/2014

More fun holiday activities for all ages

Mark your calendars and please join us for these fun holiday events between now and the end of the year:

  • This Saturday, December 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. brings Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, family fun with seasonal crafts for all ages and a hot chocolate bar.
  • Monday, December 22 and 29 from noon to 1 p.m. are table top game sessions for all ages.
  • Tuesday, December 23 and 30 from noon – 1 p.m. is holiday video gaming for all ages.
  • Wednesday, December 24 brings the original version of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” playing every half hour starting at 9 a.m. until the library closes at noon

Free stress management tonight

The Pagosa Springs Medical Center will host a free stress management workshop from 5:30 – 7 p.m. today (Thursday, December 18) to help you manage stress during the holidays and throughout the year.  No registration required.

Holiday closings

Your library closes at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Free movie Mondays

Join us every Monday in December at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays

Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, December 19 and every Friday except December 26 at your library 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 card battles

Join us Monday, December 22 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades.  Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends.  We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Special note:  No tech time today (December 18).  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Power Point Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, December 11).  You will learn how to create presentations for school, a talk or just fine.

CDs

“The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans is a Christmas love story.  “Private India: City on Fire” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is the latest in the Private mystery series.  “Shopaholic to the Stars” by Sophie Kinsella is the latest in the Shopaholic series, this one set in Hollywood.  “Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwall is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series.  “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham follows a Wall Street female lawyer who moves to a Southern legal aid clinic.  “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch series.  “Pegasus” by Danielle Steel follows a family fleeing Germany in World War II.  “Blue Labyrinth” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the latest in the mystery series featuring FBI agent Pendergast.  “Blood Magick” by Nora Roberts is book three in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Revival” is a dark novel by Stephen King.  “Bloody Sunday” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter series  “Wildfire” by Zane Grey and “Brimstone Trail” by Marcus Galloway are westerns.

Mysteries and thrillers

 “Scorched Eggs” by Laura Childs is the latest in the Cackleberry Club café mystery series.  “Land of Careful Shadows” by Suzanne Chazin  is a story of murder in New York City.  “Hope to Die” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross mystery series.  “Bryant & Mary and the Bleeding Heart” by Christopher Fowler is a mystery set in London.  “Sweet Damage” by Rebecca James is a psychological suspense story set in Sydney.  “Genocide of One” by Kazuki Takano is a Japanese thriller.  “Woman with a Gun” by Phillip Margolin centers on a photo that may help explain a muder. “A Tightly Raveled Mind” by Diane Lawson is a mystery combing crime-solving and a psychoanalytic understanding of unconscious mental life.  “Moriarty” by Anthony Horowitz returns readers to the dark and complex world of Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty.

Other new novels

“Dead but Not Forgotten” offers stories by a variety of authors about the vampire mystery world of Sookie Stackhouse.  “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant tells of a Jewish woman growing up in the North End of Boston.        

DVDs 

“Matilda” is a modern fairy tale.  “All the President’s Men” stars Robert Redford and Justin Hoffman in the Watergate story.  “Havana” is a romance starring Robert Redford.  “American Violet” is a true story of a black woman whose discrimination suit changes the laws of Texas.  “Hyde Park on the Hudson” stars Bill Murray as FDR.  “Kundun” is the true story of Tibet’s Delai Lama.  “The Negotiator” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacy.  “Bullitt” is one of four films on a special Steve McQueen collection.  “Play Misty For Me” is one of four films on a special Clint Eastwood collection.  “Yusuf’s Café Session” is Cat Stevens’ first full-length U.K. performance in 28 years.  “Kundalini Yoga For Beginners and Beyond” features Ravi Singh and Ana Brett, “Elvis & Anabelle” is a romantic saga.  “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II” featuring Will Smith are in one DVD set.

Nonfiction

“The Great Reformer” by Austen Ivereigh is a biography of Pope Francis.  “So, Anyway…” is an autobiography by comedian John Cleese.  “Choose Your Own Autobiography” by Neil Patrick Harris is a fun, unconventional memoir that lets readers decide how the actor’s story unfolds.  “Dreamers and Deceivers” by Glenn Beck reveals the true stories of the heroes and villains who made America.  “The Future of the Brain” is a collection of essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists.  “Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan reveals this comedian’s food memories, opinions and food fantasies.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Lyn Dryburgh, James Huffman, Betty Mathis, Sierra Shiveley, Codie Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Every day we put our brains through their paces, but the older we get the more it’s necessary.  You have to stay active.  Engage with others.  Don’t sit and vegetate in front of the television.  Move your body.  Use your head.” – Louis Zamperini, hero of “Unbroken,” the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand and forthcoming film by Angelina Jolie.  He died this July 2 at age at age 97.

Website

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

12/11/2014

Why books make excellent holiday gifts

As you work on your gift list this holiday season, we suggest that books make great gifts for everyone in your family and all your friends as well – hard cover, paperback or e-books.
Books 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!”
More seriously, essayist Amy Butcher wrote on the Barnes and Noble website: “For many of us, the best and most thoughtful gift is one that aims not to accessorize or embellish but to compliment who we are: a book. One that says I know you, and I like you. Books! Glorious, glorious books! It’s not that we’re unsatisfied, of course, with routine purchases, but a book says so much more. It’s an investment in a relationship, an acknowledgment of your beloved’s interest, and, unlike jewelry or a piece of clothing, it never gets outdated or so last season. It makes a home on your bookshelf, where it will stay for years to come, reminding you each time you see it of the thoughtful person who put it there.”

Special holiday events
Mark your calendars for these fun events: Saturday, December 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. brings Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, family fun with seasonal crafts for all ages and a hot chocolate bar. Monday, December 22 and 29 from noon to 1 p.m. are table top game sessions for all ages. Tuesday, December 23 and 30 from noon – 1 p.m. is holiday video gaming for all ages. Wednesday, December 24 brings the original version of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” playing every half hour starting at 9 a.m. until the library closes at noon.

Free stress management workshop
The Pagosa Springs Medical Center will host a free stress management workshop from 5:30 – 7 p.m. next Thursday, December 18 to help you manage stress during the holidays and throughout the year. No registration required.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in December at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, December 12) and every Friday at your library 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 Christmas PG film.

Free LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids 6-13 years meets Saturday, December 13 from 1:30 – 2:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, December 16 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, December 15 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Special note: No tech time on December 16 and 18. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Power Point Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, December 11). You will learn how to create presentations for school, a talk or just fine..

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Paris Winter” by Imogen Robertson exposes a scheme of betrayal and revenge. “The Job” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Kate O’Hare-Nicolas Fox mystery series. “The Escape” by David Baldacci features special agent John Puller. “Wink of an Eye” by Lynn Chandler Willis features PI Gypsy Moran. “Chain of Events” by Fredrik T. Olsson is a debut thriller about a code that threatens humanity. “Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre follows a kidnapped woman whose trail left few leads.

Other new novels
“The World of Ice & Fire” by George R.R. Martin is a lavishly illustrated fantasy. “The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans is a holiday novel of love and healing.

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“Shopaholic to the Stars” by Sophie Kinsella is set in Hollywood. “Revival” by Stephen King is a dark novel about addiction, fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life. “Change of Heart” by Jude Deveraux is an Edilean mystery. “Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words” brings readers five decades of selected writing from the Irish Times. “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman trying to find her mother, who disappeared after an accident. “Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwall is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta medical examiner series. “Blood Magick” by Nora Roberts is book three in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson is a Christian novel. “The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. “Havana Storm” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure story. “No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL” by Mark Owen is written by the author of “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden.”

DVDs
“Alice in Wonderland” is the original Wall Disney version. “Dinotopia” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” contains two complete mini-series. “The Little Rascals” is a new comedy. “Secrets of the Furious Five” is a Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda story. “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Vera Cruz” and “The Cowboy and the Lady” are westerns.

Nonfiction
“Frommer’s Easy Guide to Australia 2015” is a practical travel guide. “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove is our history in speeches, letters, poems and songs. “A Frontier Life” by Todd M. Compton is a biography of Jacob Hamblin, explorer and Indian missionary. “Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words” by Malka Marom is a biography of this singer/songwriter. “In Her Kitchen” by Gabriele Galimberti is a portrait of grandmothers from all over the world with their signature dishes. “Hidden Tuscany” by John Keahey takes you to unknown places in this Italian region. “Marco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World” by John Man documents the author’s travel in the explorer’s footprints. “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In” by Louis Zamperini is a memoir by the man profiled in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography, “Unbroken,” soon to be a major motion picture.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Rose Chacon, Carla Evans, Janet Miller and our anonymous donors. A special thank you to Ron Tinsley for the lovely Thanksgiving flower arrangement.

Quotable Quote
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), American author of science fiction and science books.

12/04/2014

Multiple special holiday events for all ages this month

With December here, we hope you will mark your calendars for a multitude of special holiday events for all ages. Some examples:
• Today (Thursday, December 4) your library’s Christmas tree is available for viewing – and your vote, we hope! – at the annual Festival of Trees at the Community Center, thanks to Barb Draper and the Friends of the Library. You can view all the nonprofit organizations’ trees for free from noon–7 p.m. and also bid on a tree if you cannot attend the auction tomorrow. All of the money our tree generates will be donated to the library.
• Wednesday, December 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. drink hot chocolate and celebrate December by making a snow or star craft to decorate your home or gift.
• Saturday, December 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. brings Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, family fun with seasonal crafts for all ages and a hot chocolate bar.
• Tuesday, December 23 and 30 from noon – 1 p.m. is holiday gaming for all ages.
• Wednesday, December 24 brings the original version of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” playing every half hour starting at 9 a.m. until the library closes at noon.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101
San Juan Basin Health Department will answer your questions in the second of two free workshops Wednesday, December 10 from 1-2 p.m. You do not have to attend both workshops – they stand alone. No registration required. Also, a session on Medicare 101 by the Area Agency on Aging takes place Tuesday, December 9 from 10 a.m. – noon. Call 264-0502 to register.

Avalanche awareness
Learn about avalanche hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources today (Thursday, December 4) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in a free session brought to you by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Free tween book club
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club. This month we will discuss “Wednesday Wars” by Gary Schmidt on Wednesday, December 10 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

Free book club for adults
You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. December’s book is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein to be discussed Tuesday, December 9 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book. No registration required.

Free movie Mondays
Join us every Monday in December at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the monthly adult activities calendar in the library with the titles.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, December 5) and every Friday at your library 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.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans meets today (Thursday, December 4) 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 card battles
Join us Monday, December 8 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, December 9 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Word Intermediate from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, December 4). You will learn how to create and edit tables, and add screen shots and web images to your documents.

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“The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” by Wanda E. Brunstetter features women teaming up to help each other. “Mountain Made” by Max Brand and “Crossfire: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone are westerns. “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd is a romantic suspense story. “The Haunting Ballad” by Michael Nethercott is a mystery. “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two young women traveling through 1940s America. “The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder mystery. “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson is a mystery set in Oregon. “A Wedding on Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball is a romance set in the Shenandoah Valley. “Tailing a Tabby” by Laurie Cass is a mystery featuring a librarian and her rescue cat Eddie. “Queen Bee Goes Home Again” by Haywood Smith follows a divorcee who moves back home. “A Crafty Christmas” by Mollie Cox Bryan is a Cumberland Creek scrapbooking mystery. “The Tryst” by Grace Livingston Hill and “Not Quite a Wife” are romance stories. “A Lack of Temperance” by Anna Loan-Wilsey launches a new historical mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Private India: City on Fire” by Ashwin Sanghi is the latest in the Private mystery series. “Blue Labyrinth” by Preston and Child features Special Agent Pendergast. “The Nightingale before Christmas” by Donna Andrew is a Meg Langslow mystery. “My Sister’s Grave” by Robert Dugoni is a murder mystery set in Washington State.

CDs
“The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café’ by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery series.

Nonfiction
“Measure of a Man” by Martin Greenfield is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor who became a famous tailor. “Breaking In: The Tier of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice” by Joan Biskupic is a biography of the Supreme Court justice. “The Best of Travel Writing 2014” is a collection of travel articles edited by Paul Theroux and Jason Wilson. “Separated @ Birth” by Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman is the true story of twin sisters reunited. “Hope” by Richard Zoglin is a biography of entertainer Bob Hope. “De Niro: A Life” by Shawn Levy is a biography of the actor. “Nation to Nation” edited by Suzan Shown Harjo reviews treaties between the U.S. and American Indian nations.

Spanish collection
“A Thousand Forests in One Acorn,” translated and edited by Valerie Miles, brings together 28 of the most important Spanish-language writers of the 20th century.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank John and Sandy Applegate, Mary Cole, Brian Duffin, Robert Dungan, Benny Lohman and Jeff Versaw. For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Mary Cole.

Quotable Quote
“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-2013), American psychologist, TV personality and author.