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.

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“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.

Large print
“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.

11/26/2014

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

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

  • For the third year in a row, Liz Schnell and her committee of dedicated ladies organized and hosted the bake sale at the Holiday Bazaar on November 1, with all proceeds – an impressive $1,016.10 – going to your library. We are deeply grateful to these ladies – and to the Mountain View Homemakers and other talented cooks who baked and donated all the delicious goodies to sell, without whom there would be no bake sale. Their cakes, bread, cookies and pies were a great hit and a sellout.
  • We also are thankful for the volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place. We have a total of 33 volunteers. We average 20 volunteers working an average of 90 hours a month. During 2014 our volunteers will donate approximately 1,080 hours – a little more than half of a full-time employee – and those hours do not count the time donated by the Friends of the Library board or the hours spent on the book sale. Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.
  • We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board. They are volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of the community.
  • Above all, we pay tribute to the Friends of the Library. Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library. For example, their annual summer book sale resulted in $6,354 in net proceeds. This year they donated $2,000 to your library for the Summer Reading Program and $9,000 to purchase 10 new public computers. Their latest project is the Festival of Trees next week. They will decorate a tree on behalf of the library and auction it off to the highest bidder. (Please see details below.) If you’re interested in joining the Friends, they would love to hear from you. Contact co-presidents Mellody Gartley at 731-0123 or Lynn Frederick at 731-1146.

 

Closed for Thanksgiving

          The library will be closed for Thanksgiving and carpet cleaning on Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29. This means no Family Friday Maker Club tomorrow (Friday, November 28). We resume our regular business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1.

 

Library tree at Festival of Trees

          Your library will be one of the local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual Festival of Trees at the Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library. We hope you will come to view the trees and vote for ours (yes, we’re soliciting your vote!) next Thursday, December 4, which is the day the public can view the trees for free. You also can bid on trees if you cannot attend the auction the next day. The money our tree generates will, of course, be donated to the library. Our tree has a Candyland theme. It will feature beautiful red and white ornaments and clever M&M character lights. Thanks to Friends’ past-president Barb Draper for orchestrating this effort.

 

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101

            San Juan Basin Health Department will answer your questions in these two free workshops Wednesday, December 3 and 10 from 1-2 p.m. You do not have to attend both workshops – they stand alone. No registration required.

 

Avalanche awareness

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

 

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 science fun for tweens

            Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on Wednesday, December 3 from 4-5 p.m.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays next 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. Each week features a different activity.

 

Free Otaku Club

            Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans meets 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 teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, December 2 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 1 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. 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.

 

New cookbooks

            “150 Best Dips and Salsas by Judith Finlayson and Jordan Wagman also supplies recipes for chips, flatbreads and more. “Make It Ahead” by Ina Garten is a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. “Inside the Test Kitchen” by Tyler Florece updates comfort food with 120 new recipes. “Fresh & Fermented” by Julie O’Brien and Richard J. Climenhage describes 85 ways to make fermented carrots, kraut and kimchi a part of every meal. “Pocket Pies” by Pamerla Clark provides recipes for mini-empanadas, pasties, turnovers and more. Indian for Everyone” by Anupy Singla is the home cook’s guide to traditional favorites. “How to Eataly” by Oscar Farinetti is a guide to buying, cooking and eating Italian food.

 

Other nonfiction

            “America’s Greatest Blunder” by Burton Yale Pines chronicles the author’s view that some of the most tragic and lethal events in our history were caused because we entered World War I. “Stop the Coming Civil War” by conservative radio host Michael Savage details the author’s view that the split between right and left is possible irreparable unless we act now to stop it. “The Secret History of Super Woman” by Jill Lepore explores this iconic female hero’s origins and her male creator, an ardent feminist. “Unnatural Selection” by Emily Monosson shows how drugs, pesticides and pollutions are harming many species.

                       

DVDs

            “Hairspray” is the Broadway musical. “The Thing Called Love” is a musical set in Nashville. “Coyote Ugly” is a comedy. “Pure Country” is a country music love story. “Crazy Heart” is a country music redemption story. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is based on the popular novel.

                       

Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials this week, we thank David Minor, Lisa Nelson, Carol Schneider and our many anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            AARP reports that the more than 100 million American seniors will soon control more than 70 percent of the disposable income of this country, buying two-thirds of all the new cars, half of all the computers and a third of the movie tickets. They also spend $7 billion a year shopping online and account for 80 percent of all premium travel dollars spent on credit cards. They are the equivalent of the third largest economy in the world, trailing only the GNP of the U.S. and China.

 

11/20/2014

Local author writes Christmas book for youngsters

“Thimbo Jack” by local author Marge Alley is one of those special children’s books that will make adult readers smile just as much as the lucky youngsters who are being read to – or reading it for themselves.

The story is told in simple rhymes from the point of view of a young boy on Christmas Eve.  After a long day of decorating, his Grandma has fallen asleep by the fire.  As he sits on the floor, he is visited by an elf named Thimbo Jack, who is on an important mission.  “Just what would you say if Jesus came to visit you on the Christmas Day?” asks the elf, as he teaches the young boy what truly is the most priceless Christmas gift he can give and receive.  The book is beautifully illustrated with full-page paintings by a Spanish artist discovered by Marge’s publisher.

Marge moved to Pagosa Springs 12 years ago from Denver with her husband Pat.  She says she loves everything about Christmas – the music, the decorating, the festivities, the food, and especially the magical time spent with her family in and out of church during this magical season.

She enjoys writing stories for her three grandchildren, and for many years she wrote stories and poems to include with her Christmas cards.  “Thimbo Jack” is one of those stories – and the only one that now has been published in book and e-book form.  Judging from the requests for repeated readings from her grandchildren, “Thimbo Jack” is destined to be a bestseller.

The author has donated a copy of the book to your library for everyone’s enjoyment this Christmas season.  It is written for youngsters aged two to eight.

 

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

            This evening (Thursday, November 20) at 6 p.m. marks the last of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson, director of a wolf and wolf/dog refuge in Ignacio.  Come learn the truth about these amazing animals – their physical attributes, communication skills, behavior and life cycles.  Lectures last about an hour, followed by time for questions.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, November 21) 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 board and card games day.

 

Free art fun for kids

            Kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free Art Attack session tomorrow (Friday, November 21) from 2-3 p.m.  This is creative fun that is always different and always gives you something to take home.

 

Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, November 24 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, November 24 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. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Microsoft Word Templates from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, November 20) to learn how to create a resume, cards, certificates and more – just in time for the holidays.

 

More Christmas books

            “Mr. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber is a romance that is available as a book and on CD.  “Winter Street” by Elin Hilderbrand follows a delightfully dysfunctional family at a holiday get together in Nantucket.  “A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas is set during the Civil War.  “2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas” by Marie-Helene Bertino is a large print book set in a Philadelphia jazz club.  “The Nightingale before Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a humorous mystery.  “Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas” by Stephanie Barron is a Jane Austen mystery.  “A New York Christmas” by Anne Perry is a suspense story.

 

Memoirs and biographies

            “Alone in Antarctica” by Felicity Aston is the memoir of a British explorer who became the first woman to ski solo across the entire continent.  “Possibilities” by Herbie Hancock is a memoir by this legendary jazz musicians and composer.  “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” by Sophia Loren is a memoir by this Academy Award-winning actress.  “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler is a collection of stories, thoughts and lists from this Golden Globe-winning actress.  “My Wild Life” by Roland H. Wauer provides a naturalist’s view of his career with the National Park Service.  “Charlie Chaplin” by Peter Ackroyd is a new biography of one of film’s greatest legends. “It Ain’t Sauce, It’s Gravy” by Steve Martorano tells how food saved this restauranteur from the streets of South Philadelphia.  “Watch Me” by Anjelica Huston is the story of her life in Hollywood.  “The Woman Who Would Be King” by Kara Cooney is the biography of the longest reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt.  “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson is the story of the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.  “The Fast Times of Albert Champion by Peter Joffre Nye explores the life of this bicycle racer and auto industry tycoon.  We also have three personal stories related to the Appalachian Trail:   “Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail” and “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph,” both by Jennifer Pharr Davis, as well as “46 Days: Keeping Up with Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Appalachian Trail” by Brew Davis.

 

Other nonfiction

            “Bright from the Start” by Dr. Jill Stamm describes how to nurture your child’s mind from birth to age three.  “The Nazis Next Door” by investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau reveals how America became a safe haven for Hitler’s Nazis.  “Your Water Footprint” by Stephen Leahy shows the shocking facts of how much water we use to make everyday products.  “Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die” by Chris Santella is a guide to biking destinations around the world.  “Farm Fork Food” by Eric Akpkan tells the story of Black Cat Farm and the author’s restaurants and provides healthy recipes.  “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein explores global warming from an entirely new perspective.  “Empire of Sin” by Gary Krist is a story fo sex, jazz and crime in New Orleans.  “Being Mortal” by surgeon Atul Gawande explores the limitations of current medicine as life draws to a close. “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” by Jeff Hobbs is the true story of a man who escaped from the ghetto, graduated from Yale and then returned home to teach at a Catholic high school he had attended.  “Top 10 of Everything 2015” by Paul Terry lists the best Wii games, movies, medical marvels and much more.

                       

Novels and poems

            “Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Matillier is the first in a new Blackthorn and Grim fantasy series.  “Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan moves from a POW camp to Australian.  “Blue Horses” is a collection of new poems by Mary Oliver.

                                   

Thanks to our donors

             For books and materials, we thank Lyn Dryburgh and several anonymous donors.  We also are grateful to Scottie Gibson for her generous monetary donation.

 

Quotable Quote 

            “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” – Isaac Newton (1643-1727), English physicist and mathematician.         

 

11/13/14

International Game Day for all ages on Saturday

We hope you and your families will join us this Saturday, November 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. for International Game Day, an event for all ages.

International Game Day takes place around the world and is spearheaded by the American Library Association.  This is the seventh annual event, planned to demonstrate that libraries are about much more than books.  Last year, more than 1,000 libraries participated in 43 countries.

At your Sisson Library, we will have games for all ages – table top games, board games and card games – as well as floor puzzles and puppets for young children.  In addition, we will also have Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii out for video gaming.  Please join us for this family fun.

 

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

            This evening (Thursday, November 13) marks the fifth of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel. She will look at ancient and contemporary images of the divine created by men and women around the world and across time. The last lecture in this series will be “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, November 14) 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 film day.

 

Free math club

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a free math club where youngsters build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a new kind of club that makes math fun. Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues this Saturday, November 15 from 11 a.m.-noon. The group is limited to 10 kids. Each session builds on the week before, so it’s best if your child comes to all eight events.

 

Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, November 18 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, November 17 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. The Facebook session scheduled for today (Thursday, November 13) has been cancelled due to a conflict in Meg’s schedule.

 

Nonfiction

            “Diary of a Mad Diva” by Joan Rivers reveals the views and experiences of this creative comedian. “13 Hours” by Michael Zuckoff is the personal account of six men involved in the Benghazi disaster. “Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics” provides 64 patterns organized by the cut of fabric. “Special Deluxe” by Neil Young is a memoir of the life and cars of this Canadian singer. “Easy Street (the Hard Way)” by Ron Perlman is a memoir of this actor. “Cannabis Pharmacy” by Michael Backes as a guide to medical marijuana. “My Perfect Pantry” by Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian offers 150 easy recipes from 50 ingredients in your pantry. “Waking Up” by Sam Harris is a guide to spirituality without religion. “Your Life is a Book” by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freyman explains how to write and publish your memoir. “Smuggler Nation” by Peter Andreas traces our long history of illicit imports. “Frontier Fare” by Sherry Monahan celebrates the history, culture and food of the Wild Wild West with recipes and lore. “Coffee for Roses” and 70 Other Misleading Myths about Backyard Gardening by C.L. Fornan reveals the truth behind common gardening practices.

CDs

            “The War of the Roses” by Dan Jones explores the fall of the Plantagenets and rise of the Tudors in England. “Dick Francis’s Damage” by Felix Francis is a horseracing thriller. “Undead and Unwary” by MaryJanice Davidson is a campire novel. “Beautiful You” by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel about marketing sex toys to women. “Rose Gold” by Walter Mosley is an Easy Rawlins mystery.

 

Collections

            “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” is a collection of short stories by Hilary Mantel. “Mystery Stories of the 19th Century” is a collection of 33 short stories edited by Otto Penzler. “National Geographic Stunning Photographs” by Annie Griffiths is a collection of the best photographs from the magazine.

 

Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Wolf in Winter” by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker thriller. “The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man” by W. Bruce Cameron is a humorous murder mystery. “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch mystery series.

 

Large print

            “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Bloom and Doom” by Beverly Allen is a Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery. “The Lazarus Curse” by Tessa Harris is a Dr. Thomas Silkstone mystery. “The Blood of an Englishman” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. “Murder at Westminster Abbey” by Amanda Carmack is an Elizabethan mystery. “Her Kind of Cowboy” by Charlotte Douglas is a romance. “Frontier Fury” by Will Henry, “Mojave” by Johnny D. Boggs and “Dakota Man” by Frank Bonham are westerns.

                                                           

Other new novels

“Desert God” by Wilbur Smith is a novel of ancient Egypt. “Beautiful You” by Chuck Palahnick tells of experiments marketing sex toys to women. “Prince Lestat” is the newest Vampire Chronicles novel by Anne Rice. “Us” by David Nicholls follows a man trying to repair his relationship with his wife and build one with his son. “The Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes is a post-World War II story of war brides. “Pegasus” by Danielle Steel is an historical novel of family and World War II. “A.D. 30” by Ted Dekker is set in Arabia and ancient Persia. “Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth” by V.C. Andrews unveils the story of four children locked away in an attic. “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is a fantasy mystery novella. “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michel Faber is a science fiction story. “Coming Home” by Jack McDevitt is the latest in the Alex Benedict sci-fi series. “Citizens Creek” by Lalita Tademy is a historical fictional story of the first black chief of the Creek Indian nation. “Wyoming Strong” by Diana Palmer is a western romance.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials, we thank Shannon Smith, Charles Rogers, Sara Wilson, Jim Mathison and Cindi Galabota.

Quotable Quote

            “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.” – John Wooden (1910-2010), basketball players and coach.

11/06/14

Free Talking Book Library ideal for those with difficulty reading

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) is a free service from your library that lends audio and Braille books and magazines, as well as large print books, for people who have eye issues, or have physical or learning disabilities that make it difficult to read regular books. All of the audio books and most Braille books are also available for on-demand downloads.

CTBL wants you to know that Talking Books are not just for blind people – although they are a godsend for people unable to see.  The service is also available to people who experience physical disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from holding a book, sitting up for longer periods of time, have a learning disability or difficulty turning the pages of a book.

Importantly, Talking Books are completely free – no charge for the books, no charge for the talking book player and no charge for the postage to mail the books back to the library.  Your books come through the U.S. Postal Service with all postage paid.

CTBL, located in Denver, serves people of all ages.  Their youngest user is three years old and the oldest is 104.  The library has more than 35,000 audio books, 7,000 Braille books and 22,000 large print books, with new books added each month.  You can even tell your preferences to CTBL.

To sign up, get an application from the library staff or go to http://www2.cde.state.co.us/ctbl/tbservices.htm and click on Getting Started/Application. Fill it out and have the first page signed a nurse, doctor, librarian, therapist, activity director, social worker or teacher.  In the case of a learning disability, a doctor must sign the application. Then send it in.  You’ll receive a welcome packet and a player and a couple of audio books to get you started.

 

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

            This evening (Thursday, November 6) marks the fourth of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford.   He will discuss forest restoration projects that protect the watershed, decrease risk of wildfires, create local jobs and bring power to our homes through biomass fuel.  The last two talks in this series are “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.

 

Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, November 7) 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 Surprise day.

 

Free math club

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a free math club where youngsters build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a  new kind of club that makes math fun.  Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues this Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m.-noon. The group is limited to 10 kids.  Each session builds on the week before, so it’s best if your child comes to all eight events.

 

Free LEGO Club

            LEGO Club for kids 6-13 years meets Saturday, November 8 from 1:30 – 2:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.  Note new time for this week only.

 

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 “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carman on Wednesday, November 12 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

 

Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, November 11 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, November 10 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 adult book club

Join our book club for adults the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  November’s book is “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham to be discussed Tuesday, November 11 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Skype from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, November 6) to learn how to make free video calls on a computer.

 

CDs

            “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman searching for her mother, who mysteriously disappeared after an accident.  “Burn” by James Patterson and Michael Ledgwidge is a Det. Michael Bennett thriller.  “Bones Never Die” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the Dr. Temperance Brennan series.  “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley follows an American family from the 1920s-1950s.  “The Perfect Witness” by Iris Johansen is a suspense story.  “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the Nichaolas Drummond thriller series.  “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Betrayed” by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery.

 

Nonfiction

            “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” by veteran journalist Christ Taylor explores the ups and downs of this amazing franchise.  “What If?” by Randall Munroe features answers to hypothetical scientific questions.  “The Teacher Wars” by Dana Goldstein is a history of 175 years of American public school teaching.  “World Order” by Henry Kissinger reveals his view of how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives.  In “Dataclysm,” author Christian Rudder uses our personal online data to show us who we truly are.

                       

DVDs

            “The Client” is based on the John Grisham novel.  “Joe versus the Volcano” teams Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. “The Heat” is a comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  “The Brothers Bloom” is a comedy about two con men.  “Noah” stars Russell Crowe.  “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is a NASCAR story.  “The Notebook” is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.  “The Outlaw Josey Wales” stars Clink Eastwood.  “Henry V” is an action epic.

                       

Mysteries and thrillers

            “Wait For Signs” by Craig Johnson is a collection of 12 short stories featuring Walt Longmire.  “Burned” by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett is the second book in the Vanessa Pierson CIA covert ops series.

                       

Large print

            “The Mistress Memoirs” by Jillian Hunter starts a new historical romance series.  “The Wonder of all Things” by Jason Mott follows a young girl who is a healer.  “The Hexed” by Heather Graham is a romantic suspense story.  “Death of a Dog Whisperer” by Laurien Berenson is a Melanie Travis Canine mystery.  “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard reveals the strange death of this WWII general.

                                                           

Other new novels

“An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War” by Patrick Taylor is an Irish Country novel.  “Drift Wood” by Elizabeth Dutton explores the question of how far you would go for your family.  “The May Bride” by Suzannah Dunn is an historical novel about Jane Seymour.  “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Born of Fury” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the seventh book in The League paranormal series.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Pauline Murphy, Dick Warring, Rebecca Stafford, Marge Alley and Karen Cox.

Quotable Quote 

            “There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996), Russian-American poet and essayist.

 

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/.

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