Library receives gift of 17 classics

If it’s been a long while since you have enjoyed your favorite classics, or if you missed reading some of them because of your busy life, here’s a perfect opportunity to sample the best of the world’s greatest literature. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we have just received 17 books written by some of the foremost authors in history – from Charles Dickens and George Eliot to Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe:

• Contemporary American classics include “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace, “Life with Father” by Clarence Day, “The Call of the Wild” and”“White Fang” by Jack London, “The Virginian” by Owen Wister, “The Gift of the Magi” and “Heart of the West” by O. Henry, and “Tales of Suspense” by Edgar Allan Poe.

• English classics include “Good-bye, Mr. Chips” by James Hilton, “The Old Curiosity Shop” by Charles Dickens and “Silas Marner” by George Eliot.

• Other long-time favorite novels include “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “A Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “King Solomon’s Mines” and “Two Years Before the Mast.”

• There also is a book of poetry by beloved American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called “The Song of Hiawatha and Other Poems” which contains his most famous epic poems “The Song of Hiawatha,” “Evangeline” and”“The Courtship of Miles Standish” along with dozens of shorter poems.

If you have some books sitting unread and unloved on your bookshelves, perhaps you’ll consider donating them to the Sisson Library where they will be enjoyed by so many of our patrons.

Free lecture Saturday

The sixth of seven free Lifelong Learning spring lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place this Saturday, May 2. Ali Sabeti from the World Bank Group will speak on “The Economy and Finances,” a discussion on the U.S. financial sector and economic situation. All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

Book bargains

Our used books clearance sale continues. All soft cover (paperback and trade) books are 25 cents each or five for $1. All hardbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Children’s books are 10 cents each or a baker’s dozen (13) for $1. Take advantage of these low prices to expand your personal library and buy treasures for your youngsters.

Biographies and memoirs

“Growing Up Again” by actress Mary Tyler Moore is the story of her life with diabetes as well as the experiences of others. “Meriwether Lewis” by Thomas C. Danisi and John C. Jackson is the biography of the Lewis and Clark expedition leader at the bicentennial of his death. “Last Lion: The fall and rise of Ted Kennedy” is the biography of the senator by a team of Boston Globe reporters. “Walking the Gobi” is an adventure narrative by renowned adventurer Helen Thayer. “The Unforgiving Minute” by Craig M. Mullaney tells of the adventures and crises in the life of a U.S. Army captain in Afghanistan.

Colorado history

“Colorado History: Insights and views through postcards” by Charles A. Harbert is a fascinating collection covering events and places from the early 2oth century in our state.

Mysteries and thrillers

Nevada Barr’s latest in the Anna Pigeon National Parks series is “Borderline,” set in Big Bend National Park. “The Long Fall” by Walter Mosley is the first of the Leonid McGill PI mysteries.

“Havana Fever” by Leonardo Padura is a crime novel set in Cuba. “Whispers of the Bayou” by Mindy Starns Clark is a suspense story set in Louisiana.

Large print

“Just Take My Heart” is the latest thriller by Mary Higgins Clark.

New novels

“The Weight of Heaven” by Thrity Umrigar is about an American couple who moves to India. “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” by Luis Alberto Urrea is a novel set in Mexico. “Thanks for the Memories” by Cecelia Ahern is the story of two strangers who meet at a crossroads. “Grave Goods” by Ariana Franklin is an historical novel set in 12th century England. “Safe at Home” by Richard Doster is a Southern novel set in the early 1950s.

Books for little ones

New books to be read to babies and young children include “A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever,” “Oliver’s Game,” “My Goldfish,” “Dog Biscuit” and “Higher! Higher!” We also have four new board books, meaning they are sturdy enough to be handled by youngsters: “Quiet Loud,” “Cowboy,” “Chicky Chicky Chook Chook” and “Things That Go!” As well, “Big Book of Construction Machines” is a John Deere book aimed at boys from kindergarten to third grade.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Robin Ball, Muriel Eason, Carol Gunnison, Helen Hoff, Robert Hogrefe, Lisa Locke, Juli Morelock, Charlsie Readon, Josephine Rose, Nancy-Lu Walls and Michael Whiting.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.