Audio books available for free download on new library Web site

A new service allowing you to download audio books for free is now available to Sisson Library patrons on our new Web site.

To access this database, go to On the left bar on the home page, click on Online Research. Scroll down to OCLC Recorded Books and click on Access. This is a restricted area so you will have to enter your library bar code and password.

To find a book that appeals to you, you can sort by author or title, and select by language (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Dutch). You can browse through a wide range of subjects including arts and entertainment, biography and memoirs, business, children’s classics, children’s fiction and nonfiction, Christian fiction, classics, government and politics, health and medicine, history, horror, humor, language studies, lectures, mysteries, nonfiction, philosophy, popular fiction and nonfiction, religion, romance, science and nature, science fiction and fantasy, self help, sports and recreation, westerns and young adult books — and more. And you can listen to an excerpt before you decide to download the book.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful new service for our high-tech library patrons.

Bilingual story time

We’re starting a new type of story time — a bilingual one — for pre-school children at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 in the children’s library room. To begin with, these bilingual story hours will take place on the second Tuesday of each month — and if there is enough demand we will expand the series. The book for February is “Abuelo and the Three Bears,” by Jerry Tello. Rosalind Marshall, the ESL teacher from the Archuleta County Education Center, will read the English story, and Anna O’Reilly will read the Spanish version. Craft activities and a snack will be available after the story.

Photo exhibition

Please join us for the opening reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, of “Through the Lens,” a display of digital photography from our highly talented high school students. If you can’t come to the reception, drop by the library later to enjoy the impressive photography from these young adults.

Christian literature

“Who Was: Conspiracy in Jerusalem,” by Kamal S. Salibi, looks at the life of Jesus. “My Hands Came Away Red,” by Lisa McKay, explores violence in Christian and Muslim villages in Indonesia. New Christian fiction books include “One Tuesday Morning,” by Karen Kingsbury, as well as “Symphony of Secrets” and “Renovating Becky Miller,” by Sharon Hinck.


“Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis,” by former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, offers solutions and creates a blueprint for solving the crisis. “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” by Drew Gilpin Faust, explores the impact of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War from material, political, intellectual and spiritual points of view. “Society Without God,” by Phil Zuckerman, looks at Denmark and Sweden as examples of two countries with little religious dogma, yet healthy societies with low crime and corruption rates, plus excellent educational and arts systems, health care and economies.

How-to and self help

“Trick and Treat: How ‘Healthy Eating’ Is Making Us Ill,” by Barry Groves, looks at nutritional fantasies and fads of the past 20 years. “Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe and Sound” offers guidance to help you avoid mistakes with your money. “Strengths Based Leadership,” by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, provides first-hand guidance from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history. “Flanagan’s Smart Home” describes 98 essentials for starting out, starting over and scaling back. “A Whole New Mind,” by Daniel H. Pick, argues that right-brainers will rule the future and has been updated with new material. “Woodall’s Western Campground Directory” is an on-the-road guide for today’s RV enthusiast.

Biographies and memoirs

“Rich Brother, Rich Sister: Two Different Paths to God, Money and Happiness,” by Emi and Robert Kiyosaki, tells of their life’s journey and life lessons. “The World IS What It Is” is the authorized biography of Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French. “Alex & Me,” by Irene M. Pepperberg, tells the story of a scientist and a parrot uncovering a hidden world of animal intelligence. “Annie Leibovitz: At Work,” edited by Sharon DeLano, tells in her own words how this great photographer created her pictures.

New novels

“The Thief and the Dogs,” by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is set in post-revolutionary Egypt. “A Promise for Spring,” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a romance set in Kansas. “Hannah’s Dream,” by Diane Hammond, is the story of an elephant and his two trainers in a down-at-the heels zoo. “Pravda,” by Edward Docx, is a novel of secrets and lies buried within a Russian family. “Gilding Lily,” by Tatiana Boncompagn, is a society novel set in Manhattan. “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill, features a man who stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, with all its interesting characters. “The Last Cowgirl,” by Jana Richman, tells of a respected city reporter who goes back to her country roots after a family tragedy. “The Centurion’s Wife” is an historical novel by David Bunn and Janette Oke.

Quotable quote

“For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.” — Spanish poet Fernandez de Andrada.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Barbara Brashar, Janet Donavan, Muriel Eason, Don Geiger, Roy and Betsy Gill, Deb Jennings, Bill Kinsley, Susan McAdams, Phil McLaughlin, Patsy Porter and Vivian Rader.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs, please visit our new Web site at

Photo courtesy Ruby Sisson Library
Several of the participants from the Ruby Sisson Library’s, “Chicks with Sticks” — a four-week basic knitting course offered free of charge at the library in January — display the fruits of their labors, nicely knitted rewards for taking the course.