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Two dozen ways to use your library card
Friday, November 12, 2010

Your library card is free — and yet it offers many benefits. Here are two dozen ways to use your library card to get the most value for you and your family:

1. Learn how to lower your taxes. 2. Prepare for your job interview. 3. Pick up an audio book on cassette or CD and listen to it in your car as you drive. 4. Read a large type book without wearing your glasses. 5. Spruce up your house with the help of our latest books on interior design. 6. Ride the range with books by Louis L’Amour or Larry McMurty.

7. Learn how to take better care of your animals. 8. Look up your favorite stock in the Wall Street Journal or on the Internet. 9. Learn how to plant a drought resistant garden. 10. Trek to another planet via a sci-fi novel. 11. Learn how to clean ink stains from your rug. 12. Find out who said, “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” (Did you think it was Shakespeare? It wasn’t.)

13. Get some demographic information for a business report you are writing. 14. Decide which DVD player to buy with the help of consumer guides. 15. Bring your child to story times. 16. Volunteer to help the library. 17. Ask for information about how to start a business. 18. Get tax forms and tax filing information.

19. Connect with the world using our computers to access the Internet. 20. Participate in the Summer Reading Program. 21. Learn about our local and regional history. 22. Plan a trip using our travel books. 23. Explore a new career. 24. Sit back and relax by reading a new book.

Book sale/bake sale

We look forward to seeing you at the annual Friends of the Library book sale this weekend. The annual meeting, potluck and advance sale to members takes place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The public book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and for the first time ever, the great cooks from the Women’s Civic Club will have their goodies on sale. Both events are at the Community Center. New members will be warmly welcomed Friday evening and you may pay your dues at the door. Memberships are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for a lifetime individual. About 3,600 books will be available to enhance your personal library and to raise funds for the Sisson Library.

Vampire series

We have all five books from the new House of Night vampire series by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast aimed at teens and adults: “Marked,” Betrayed,” “Chosen,” “Untamed” and “Hunted.” We also have “Skin Trade” by Laurell K. Hamilton, one of the Anita Blake vampire hunter novels.

Books for teens

“Backtracked” by Pedro de Alcantara is a time travel novel featuring a teen haunted by the ghost of his older brother who died a hero on 9/11.

“Tales from Outer Suburbia” is a magical mystery by Shaun Tan. “Kisses and Lies” by Lauren Henderson is a thriller, the sequel to “Kiss Me Kill Me,” featuring talented gymnast and sleuth Scarlett Wakefield. “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson has been called “a rare contemporary classic” because it has been passed from hand to hand by so many teens since its publication in 1999. “Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens” is the teen version of the bestseller by Spencer Johnson which has helped millions deal with changes in their lives. We have two books from the popular Maximum Ride adventure/mystery series by James Patterson: “Max” and “The Final Warning.” “Camilla” by Madeleine L’Engle is the story of a 15-year-old girl whose parents’ marriage is in trouble as she finds her first love. All these books are written for students in the seventh grade and older.

Books for preteens

We have all five books from the “Ivy + Bean” series by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall: “Ivy + Bean,” “Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go,” “Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record,” “Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter” and “Ivy + Bean Bound to be Bad.” We also have “Steel Trapp: The Challenge” by Ridley Pearson, a crime novel featuring a 14-year-old with a photographic memory, and “Johnny Tremain,” the story of Boston in revolt in 1993 by Esther Forbes. These books are aimed at students in the third through seventh grades.

Books for youngsters

We have 10 new books written for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to read to children: “Twilight Comes Twice” by Ralph Fletcher, “My Pony” by Susan Jeffers, “Too Loud Lily” by Sophia Laguna, “The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom” by Emily Arnold McCully, “Sky Sweeper” by Phillis Gershator, “The Surprise” by Sylvia van Ommen, “Dear Child” by John Farrell, “Finding Joy” by Marion Coste, “Rainstorm” by Barbara Lehman and “The Littlest Grape Stomper” by Alan Madison. As well, “On the Track” and “There and Back” from the Thomas and Friends series are board books, meaning they are sturdy enough to be handled by youngsters.

New novels

“Just Breathe” by Susan Wiggs is the story of a Chicago cartoonist who flees a failed marriage to return to a small Northern California coastal town where she grew up, only to find a high school boyfriend and other complications in her life. “House Secrets” by Mike Lawson is a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. “A Meaningful Life” by L.J. Davis, originally published in 1971, is a condemnation of the American quest for redemption through real estate. “The Glister” by John Burnside tells of the bravery of young children determined to find out what is destroying their little town.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Patty Brown, Judy Cramer, Julie Crilley, Bess Dickson, John Egan, Lillian Eversole, Matthew Fackler, Beth Ingham, Bamma Laizure, Judy Lechner, Bonnita Lynne, Yvonne Ralston, Mike Reece, Gail Shepherd, Martha Suarez and Glen Tanis.

Quotable quote

“Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts — the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.” — John Ruskin (1819-1900), British writer and art critic.

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.