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Free Lifelong Learning lectures start this Saturday

This Saturday, Oct.10, marks the start of the fall series of six, free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library.

Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. have 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 Fast 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. We hope to see you there.

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 7, is the hugely-popular Women’s Civic Club bazaar, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.?

For many folks in Archuleta County, this event marks the beginning of the holiday season — and a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping. As always, you’ll enjoy the bake sale, café, raffle and a silent auction — and a great variety of goods from a record 71 booths. Mark your calendar and watch for more details in future Library columns. 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.

Books for teens

New fiction for teens include a graphic musical novel based on H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds,” “The Stolen One” by Suzanne Growley,” “Purple Heart” by Patricia McCormick, “An Off Year” by Claire Zulkey and “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. Nonfiction for teens include “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness and “Fueling the Teen Machine” by Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson.

Books on CD

Look at this list of new CDs in the library — a treasure trove for our CD lovers: “Homer & Langley” by E.L. Doctorow, “Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child, “The Spire” by Richard North Patterson,” “The Traffickers” by W.E.B. Griffin, “That Old Cape Magic” by Richard Russo, “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella, “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy, “Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo,”“Even Money” by Dick and Felix Francis, “Mistress of the Game” by Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe, “A Princess of Landover” by Terry Brooks, “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman and “The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of Marines in Combat” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Outdoor guide books

“Backcountry Adventures: Colorado” by Peter Massey, Jeanne Wilson and Angela Titus takes you and your family along 2,550 miles of varied and spectacular terrain, covering 143 of Colorado’s most scenic drives, historic trails and off-road routes. Also by those authors we have “Colorado Trails: Southwest Region,” “Utah Trails: Moab Region” and Utah Trails: Southwest Region.” As well, “Colorado Biking Trails/4th edition” covers 77 trails in Aspen, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Steamboat and other places in our state.

More nonfiction

“Diabetes de la AZ” is a Spanish-language guide to this very serious disease. “Your First Year with Diabetes” by Theresa Garnero is a guide to what to do, month by month. “Learning to Breathe” by photojournalist Alison Wright, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, details one woman’s journey of spirit and survival after a terrible accident in Southeast Asia. “Green Volunteers/7th edition” is the world guide to voluntary work in nature conservation. “My Journey with Farrah” by Alana Stewart is the story of two friends dealing with Farrah Fawcett’s cancer.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Evidence of Murder” by Lisa Black features forensic investigator Theresa MacLean. “Crush” by Alan Jacobson is a thriller in the FBI profiler Karen Vail series. “The Hidden Man” by David Ellis introduces Jason Kolarich, a new series protagonist. “Blood Atonemen” by Dan Waddell is a mystery by the author of “The Blood Detective.” “The Eleventh Victim” by Nancy Grace is about a murder in Manhattan weeks before the victim’s wedding. “Blood Safari” by Dean Meyer is a murder mystery set in South Africa. “The Weight of Silence” by Heather Gudenkauf is about little girls gone missing in Iowa. “The Spire” by Richard North Patterson is a psychological suspense about a lawyer turned college president investigating the long-ago murder of a student.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Robert Alley, Jana Arnold, Lisa Egg, Kathleen Golden, Addie Greer, Adrienne Haskamp, Kendall Jassner, Joan Jessen, Susan Junta, William and Sindey Greher, Barbara Lindley, Barbara Rotureau, James Sanderson, Sharon Stewart, Ericka Vincent and Henry Williams.

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