Live golden oldies concert DVDs donated to library

Thanks to the generosity of Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography, your library now has a collection of 11 DVDs showing some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performances from the l970s and early 1980s. Called The Midnight Special, the series features an incredible array of rock stars who performed every week for nine years on the first-ever late-night live concert show on TV.

Each of the DVDs also features live stand-up comedy by comedians such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Robert Klein, Freddie Prinze, David Brenner, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin.

Some of the more than 100 rock stars featured on the DVDs include:

• 1973: Doobie Brothers, Jim Croce, Seals & Crofts, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Joan Baez and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

• 1974: B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Paul Anka and Gordon Lightfoot.

• 1975: The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, Natalie Cole and Earth, Wind & Fire.

• 976: Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and Ray Charles.

• 1977: Van Morrison, Leo Sayer, Andy Gibbs, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Bonnie Raitt.

• 1978: The Cars, Four Tops, Ambrosia and AC/DC.

• 1979: Blondie, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys and the Pointer Sisters.

• 1980: Olivia Newton-John, Joan Armatrading, Willie Nelson and Eddie Rabbitt.

• Million sellers: Roy Orbison, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver with Cass Elliot, Linda Ronstadt and Billy Joel.

At present the library has only 325 DVDs in our collection. So if you have new or gently used DVDs you no longer need, please follow Jeff’s example and donate them to the library for everyone to enjoy.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The first in the latest series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library takes place this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with “They take our jobs: Looking backward at contemporary immigration debates in the U.S.,” a presentation by Dr. John Baranski, associate professor of history at Fort Lewis College. He will explore the way the themes of jobs, national security and Americanization are connected to the evolution of restrictionist immigration policies, and their consequences for U.S. politics and society.

Local author

“The Five Insights of Enduring Leaders: Add value, inspire others, change the world” by local author Jim Morris includes personal examples and best practices from the top leaders in business today.

Fantasy and supernatural

We now have the last three books in the “Camulod Chronicles” by Jack Whyte: book three “The Eagles’ Brood,” book four “The Saxon Shore” and book five “The Fort at River’s Bend.” We also have the first two in this Arthurian legend series.

“The Lace Reader” by Brunonia Barry features a woman from a family of Salem women who can read the future in patterns of lace, looking for the truth about the death of her twin sister.

“The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson is the story of a contemporary couple who, she insists, were once lovers in medieval Germany.

“Acheron” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark-Hunter series, this one focusing on the leader who was made human to escape death and then is reborn a god.

Bestsellers making news

Three well-respected journalists have new books out on current affairs.

Bob Woodward’s “The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008” is the author’s fourth book on President George W. Bush, this one focusing on the debates within the administration relating to the Iraq War.

Thomas L. Friedman’s “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America” outlines how we need to change to maintain our technological, economic and moral leadership in the world.

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind’s “The Way of the World: A story of truth and hope in an age of extremism” investigates how America relinquished the moral leadership it now needs to fight what the author sees as the real threat of our era — a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists.

New novels

“Being Elizabeth” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is the story of a 25-year-old head of a highly successful business empire.

“Birds of a Feather” by Jacqueline Winspear is another in the Maisie Dobbs series featuring a private investigator in 1930 London.

“Pardonable Lies” is the third novel in this crime series.

“The Bastard of Istanbul” by Elif Shafak tells the story of two families — an Armenian American living in San Francisco and an all-female household in Istanbul.

Large print books

Thomas L. Friedman’s “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America” mentioned in the bestsellers section above is also available in large print.

“The Other Queen” by Philippa Gregory tells of Mary, Queen of Scots being held against her will amid the intrigues of the Elizabethan court.

“8 Sandpiper Way” is a contemporary romance by Debbie Macomber.

“Silks” by Dick and Felix Francis is a mystery set among the horse set.

“Devil Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a thriller that starts with a plumber’s discovery of a secret cellar in a house under renovation.

How-to and self-help

“Money, and the Law of Attraction” by Esther and Jerry Hicks shines a spotlight on the two most significant aspects of life experience — financial and physical well-being — and offers guides to creative control of every aspect of your life.

“Designing and Printing Textiles” by June Fish provides ideas and practical information accessible to textile students and designers as well as people who would like to break into this area.

Quotable quote

“Libraries … are peopled by bookish people, music lovers, film buffs and all the other members of the great nation within nations that comprises all those to whom the human heart and its mysteries are the central question of life. Why else are Dickens, Mozart and John Ford important? Where can you tap into the magic of their dreams better and more easily than in libraries?” — Canadian university librarian Madeleine Lefebvre in her book “Romance of Libraries.”

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to the Women’s Civic Club of Pagosa Springs for funds to purchase new audiovisual equipment for our Lifelong Learning lectures — a DPL projector, wireless speakers, movie-quality screen and a locking storage cabinet. Earlier this year, the Civic Club ladies purchased blackout shades for the library so that the audience can see slides and videos more easily. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing generosity and hard work. We hope you’re planning to attend their Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15 — two weeks later than usual. It is the Civic Club’s largest fund-raiser of the year for the library.

For books and materials this week we thank Caroleen Arbuthnot, Diane Burnett, Kayla Daugaard, Fred Ebeling, Scottie Gibson, Ron Graydon, Nancy A. Green, Joan Jesson, Paul Matlock, Patsy Porter, Wendy Saunders, LeeAnn Skogland and Annette Uettling.