Civic Club bazaar next Saturday launches holiday season

Thanksgiving is coming soon and Christmas must be approaching quickly, because the Women’s Civic Club ladies will host their annual bazaar next Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center. 

For many folks in Archuleta County, this event marks the beginning of the holiday season — and it certainly is a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping.

More than 60 booths will offer a wide variety of treasures including fine art, pottery, jewelry, local photographs, fabric arts (knitwear, weavings, handmade rugs, alpaca/llama products, embroidery), holiday decorations and ornaments, dried mixes for drinks and dips, salsas as well as jams and jellies. Almost all the crafters and vendors from last year will be returning with their products, and there also will be new participants from Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ignacio and Farmington.

The library will have a booth where we’ll be selling hardback adult books, novels, nonfiction and mysteries.  Most of these are donations of books read only once that duplicated titles we already had in the collection, so they are suitable for gifts as well as for your own reading. The San Juan Historical Museum will offer souvenir items including books and playing cards. And the Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn.

Also back by popular demand — the silent auction and raffle. Auction items include a two-night stay at Coyote Hill Lodge and a gift certificate at Eddie’s Uptown Grille. Among the raffle items are themed gift baskets and money wreaths of 50 one-dollar bills. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, available at the library in advance and at the bazaar.

As in previous years, food is a huge reason for the popularity of the bazaar. The Civic Club ladies will be selling their wonderful baked goods in the lobby, so you’ll want to buy lots to put in your freezer for holiday entertaining. They’ll also be offering goodies for you to eat at the Civic Club Café if you want to take a pleasant break from your shopping. The famous Dahrl Henley brisket on a bun will be on the menu, together with chili, hot dogs, Polish sausage and nachos.

All proceeds from the bazaar go to the library, so you can imagine how grateful we are to the ladies who work so hard to make this event successful. This year’s committee is made up of Jennifer Hedrick, chair, along with Marilyn Copley, Barb Draper, Joanne Godfrey, Dahrl Henley, Aideen Karger, Ingrid Leppitsch, Yvonne Ralston and Jean Sanft.

The bazaar, now in its 34th year, is the Civic Club’s largest fund-raiser of the year for the library. We hope you’ll come, enjoy yourself, do some holiday shopping and support a great cause – your library.

Lifelong Learning

The sixth and last in the fall series of free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library takes place this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. when Denise Rue-Pastin, chair of the Southwest Organization for Sustainability, will present several practical ways you can help save the environment while saving money.

Our gratitude to Patsy Lindblad and Pam Kircher, who have arranged the fine speakers and interesting presentations this fall, having taken over from Biz Greene, the Lifelong Learning program’s creator and organizer.


“The Man Who Loved China” by Simon Winchester is the true story of an eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.

“Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” by Vicki Myron tells the story of an abandoned kitten who found a home in the library and fame around the world.

“Lost Genius” by Kevin Bazzana is the curious and tragic story of an extraordinary musical prodigy, pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi.

“The Limits of Power” by conservative historian Andrew J. Bacevich, who also is a former military officer, is his call for a pragmatic confrontation with our nation’s problems.

“Angler” by Pulitzer Prize winner Barton Gellman is a biography of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Books for K-third grade

“Hiromi’s Hands” by Lynne Barash is the true story of how a Japanese woman became one of the first female sushi chefs in New York.

“Poems to Dream Together/Poemas Para Sonar Juntos” by award-winning Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcon is a collection of bilingual poetry celebrating family, community and the power of imagination.

Books for third-seventh grades

“Lugalbandra: The Boy Who Got Caught Up In a War” by Kathy Henderson is the true story of a boy in ancient Iraq nearly 5,000 years ago.

“At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices” by Louise Peacock follows many people who came to this country through this important gateway to America.

“5,000 Miles to Freedom” by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin is a true-life tale of two slaves who leave their plantation in disguise in a desperate attempt at freedom.

We have two more books in the Hank The Cowdog series by John R. Erickson — “The Quest for the Great White Quail” and”“The Case of the Blazing Sky.”

Seventh graders and older

New books for teens on our shelves include Volumes 1 and 2 of the Indiana Jones Omnibus series, plus a fantasy called “Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox” by Eoin Colfer and a biography called “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation” by M. T. Anderson.

“The Arrival” by Shaun Tan is a novel told in graphics (not cartoons).

Books on CD

“Change We Can Believe In: Barak Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise” includes seven key speeches from the 2008 campaign.

“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert describes one woman’s year-long journey around the world, all alone.

“The Parting: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher” by Beverly Lewis is the first book in a new series based on actual events that divided a Pennsylvania Amish community.

“Nights in Rodanthe” by Nicholas Sparks is a love story that beings together two people facing emotional crises in their lives.

Quotable quote

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — 19th century novelist Louisa May Alcott, best known for her novel “Little Women,” published in 1868, loosely based on her life with her three sisters.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Windsor Chacey, Scottie Gibson, Ron Graydon, Bamma Laizure, Robert Lindner, Phil McAdams, Teeka Murphy, Barbara Rotureau, Bill Wetzel and Lynne Woodridge.