Abundance of new books added for pre-teens

Over the past several weeks, we have added 27 new fiction and nonfiction books written for students in the third through seventh grades to the shelves of Meagan’s Place, a special area to the immediate right of the front door in the Sisson Library devoted to books and games of interest to youngsters age 9 to 13.

Meagan’s Place is a living memorial to a 12-year-old girl who died tragically in Ohio from her grandfather, a long-time Pagosa resident

. Here is a sampling of the new books:

• “Thomas the Tank Engine,” a collection of 14 of the best-loved titles from the Rev. W. Awdrey’s classic Railway Series.

• “Thirteen” by Lauren Myracle about Winnie Perry’s first year as a teen.

• Two books from Ann M. Matin’s Main Street series — “Needle and Thread” and “Welcome to Camden Falls.”

• Three books from Grace Cavendish’s Lady Grace mystery series — “Assassin,” “Betrayal” and “Conspiracy.”

• “The Day My Mother Left” by James Prosek featuring 9-year-old Jeremy.

• Two books from The Mysterious Benedict Society series for very smart children by Trenton Lee Stewart.

• Two books from the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall, featuring the four Penderwick sisters.

• “Seekers: The Quest Begins” by Erin Hunter featuring Kallik, a young polar bear, a grizzly cub and a young black bear.

• “This is What I Did” by Ann Dee Ellis, a psychological drama about a youngster called Logan.

• Two books by Terry Pratcheet featuring the adventures of Tiffany Aching — “The Wee Free Men” and “A Hat Full of Sky.”

• “The Wednesday Wars” by Gary D. Schmidt featuring a kid from the suburbs named Holling Hoodhood.

• “Skateboard Renegade” by Matt Christopher, known for his action-paced sports stories.

• Two books from the Barkley’s School for Dogs series — “Blue-Ribbon Blues” and “Puppy Trouble.”

• “Using Math to Survive in the Wild” and “Using Math on a Space Mission” are from the Mathworks series.

• “If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution” by Elizabeth Levy is an updated look behind the locked doors of Philadelphia’s State House in the history-making summer of 1787.

• “String Games” by Richard Darsie describes games from different places and cultures around the world.

• “Wrestling in Action” describes various wrestling techniques.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The third in the fall series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library takes place Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with “China: How does China’s emerging economic power impact the world economy?” by Ali Sabeti, retired senior staff member of the World Bank Group.

Civic Club bazaar

We hope you’re planning to attend the Women’s Civic Club bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. 

Barb Draper is in charge of the booths, and she already has bookings for 62 booths with a wide variety of offerings — fine art, pottery, jewelry, fabric arts (knitwear, weavings, handmade rugs, alpaca/llama products, embroidery), holiday crafts and ornaments, dried mixes for drinks and dips as well as jams and jellies.

The library will have a booth where we’ll be selling hardback adult books, novels, nonfiction and mysteries. 

As in previous years, there will be a bake sale, silent auction and raffle — and the Club Café serving lunch.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Recycling our computers

Two surplus computers with old software, which haven’t been used since the library’s renovation six years ago, now have a good home in Mexico where they are helping young students learn basic computer skills.

Peter Welch, a computer guru who is the husband of Jackie, our library director, wiped the hard drives of all library-related information. Then the computers were delivered to an Indian elementary school in a remote seaside fishing community in Mexico by Pagosa residents Jeff and Karen Ross. There, school master Santiago-Santos Selestino says they are tremendously needed and greatly appreciated.

Easy reading books

We have several new books for parents to read to their youngsters.

“Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia” is written by Herman Parish with pictures by Lynn Sweat.

“Crabby Gabby” by Sue Graves and Desideria Guicciardini is one of 15 books in the Tadpole Titles series, and we have them all.

Two new chapter books are “Arthur, Mystery Envelope” and “Arthur and the Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club” by Marc Brown, author of the Arthur adventure book series and co-developer of the PBS-TV series “Arthur.”

Books about politics

“Sarah: How a hockey mom turned the political establishment upside down” by Kaylene Johnson is a biography of the Alaskan governor who is now the GOP candidate for vice president.

“Naked Emperors: The failure of the Republican revolution” by Scot M. Faulkner offers the author’s view as to how and why the Republican Party failed to make government ethical and open as had been promised.

“What a President Should Know … But Most Learn Too Late” by political adviser Lawrence B. Lindsey, with Marc Sumerlin, presents itself as an insider’s view of how to succeed in the Oval Office.

“We Hold These Truths…” by Paul Aron in association with Colonial Williamsburg looks at 54 of our most famous quotes from our country’s founders and founding documents.

“Pioneers & Politicians: Colorado governors in profile” by former governor Richard D. Lamm and Fort Lewis College history professor Duane A. Smith has been updated to include three of Colorado’s most recent state administrators.


“The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” by Naomi Klein describes her theory about the many occasions when public disorientation after massive shocks like wars, terrorist attacks and natural disaster is used to push through highly unpopular economic actions.

“Lost is the Museum” by Nancy Moses takes you on a behind-the-scenes exploration of nine museums and their artifacts.

Large print

“Liberty” by Garrison Keillor is a novel focusing on the people involved in the Fourth of July parade in Lake Wobegon.

“The Letters” is a novel by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger about parents dealing with the death of their son in Alaska.

“Hot Mahogany” by Stuart Woods is the latest mystery in the Stone Barrington series.

“One Fifth Avenue” by Candace Bushnell is the story of rich women living in a landmark building in Manhattan.

“Left to Die” is a suspense thriller by Lisa Jackson set in Montana.

“Deadly Night” by Heather Graham, is a paranormal romance set on a new Orleans plantation.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Ken Bajema, Carole Bode, Lenore Bright, Daughters of the American Revolution, Dana Dellmore, Fred Ebeling, Nancy Green, Gwen Ann Hermann, Stacia Kemp, Peggy Lane, Kim Laverty, Bob Lindner, Don and Jan Nicholls, Diane Orr, Lisa Peterson, Bev Sonday, Darryl Stuckwish, Susan Ward and William Wetzel.