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Free Lifelong Learning lectures resume in October

Mark your calendars for another series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. starting on Oct. 10. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations has been arranged by Pagosa residents Patsy Lindblad and Pam Kircher. Their selection of fine speakers and wide-ranging topics takes our library’s Lifelong Learning lectures to new heights:

• Oct. 10:Bridget Irish, assistant dean of writing and first year experience at Fort Lewis College, speaks about the common reading experience at Fort Lewis College, with special tips for people in book clubs.

• Oct. 17: Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Shildt speaks on the origins and causes of cancer, how the disease spreads, treatments, and the future for a cure, all in layman’s terms.

• Oct. 24: San Juan Symphony music director Arthur Post speaks on how fairy and folk tales, myths and fables, tall tales and short stories have inspired composers to write their most engaging and colorful music across America, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

• Oct. 31: Center for Southwest Studies director Kevin Britz explores the cultural meaning of ghost towns, ruins and lost places and the modern phenomenon called urban exploration.

• Nov. 7: National Geographic photojournalist Dean Conger speaks of what inspires him and displays his award-winning photography.

• Nov. 14: Corporate retirees Ross and Ellen Park talk about giving back and how to weave philanthropy into active lifestyles.

All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. They will help keep your mind agile and your life interesting. Watch for more details of each event in future library columns and on the library’s web site. We hope to see you there.

Books for youngsters

We have a lovely variety of new books for little ones. There are four for parents and other caregivers to read to their youngsters: “The Tale of Three Trees,” “Pancakes for Supper,” “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomy” and “Bubble Trouble.” There are seven new chapter books for beginning readers: “I Spy Lightning in the Sky,” “I Spy a Penguin,” “Flying High,” “Biscuit,” “Bear Hugs,” “Hot Dog,” “Fancy Nancy’s Dazzling Book Report,” “Elephants Cannot Dance!” and “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” And there is one for kindergarten to third grade kids: “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” All these books have wonderful illustrations.

New novels

“That Old Cape Magic” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is set in Cape Cod. “The Winds of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is a fantasy and the sequel to “Dune Messiah.”

About children and pets

“Lighting Their Fires” by educator Rafe Esquith offers tips to raise “extraordinary children in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world.” “Homer’s Odyssey” by Gwen Cooper tells the story of a fearless abandoned blind kitten who teaches the author about love.


“The Diabetic Chef’s Year-round Cookbook” by Chris Smith offers market-fresh recipes approved by the American Diabetic Association. “Clay & Glaze Handbook” by Jeff Zamek is a guide to choosing, working and designing with clay and glaze in the ceramic studio. “Hope for Animals and Their World” by Jane Goodall offers hope for the animal kingdom with examples of how endangered species are being rescued from the brink. “The First Family” by historian Mike Dash documents the rise of the first Mafia family in New York. “The Wilderness Warrior” by Douglas Brinkley chronicles Theodore Roosevelt’s crusade on behalf of America’s national parks. “The Family” by Jeff Sharlet describes the power of congressmen from both parties at the National Prayer Breakfast group.

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“The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory is an historical romance. “Dead Man’s Puzzle” is a Puzzle Lady mystery by Parnell Hall. “Wormwood” is a China Bayles mystery by Susan Wittig Albert. “Even Money” by Dick and Felix Francis is another of the racetrack mysteries by this father-son author team. “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs is another in the Temperance Brennan thriller series. “The Scoop” is the first in the new Godmothers series by Fern Michaels. “92 Pacific Boulevard” is a contemporary romance by Debbie Macomber.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Floodgates” by Mary Anna Evans is a mystery set in New Orleans. “Down in the Flood” by Kenneth Abel is a thriller in the Danny Chaisson series, also set in New Orleans.

“Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo looks back at one of the hero’s ancestors. “Inherence Vice” by Thomas Pynchon revolves around a supposed kidnapping threat.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Ball, Rik Kuboshinge, Kathy Maxcy, Don Reed, Sarah Scott and Bonnie Stamford.

Quotable quote

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” — Radio and TV reporter and anchor Edward P. Morgan.

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