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New CDs available at the library

With CD audio books being a hugely popular way of “reading” these days, we are pleased to tell you about more new ones added to our shelves, all unabridged productions:

Robert B. Parker’s “Brimstone” is a western in the Everett Hitch-Virgil Cole series. Michael Connell’s “The Scarecrow” is a thriller featuring LA Times reporter Jack McEvoy. “Medusa” by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos is the latest in the NUMA Files series. “A Separate Country” by Robert Hicks is a military romance set after the Civil War. “The Neighbor” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery about the disappearance of a wife in South Boston. “The Last Song” is a love story by Nicholas Sparks. “A Mother-Daughter Story” is a duel memoir by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, the former being the author of “The Secret Life of Bees.” “Day After Night” by Anita Diamant is a novel based on the true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from an internment camp north of Haifa. “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins is an attack on advocates of “intelligent design.”

Technology Open House

Whether you’re a computer expert or have a love/hate relationship with technology, we hope you will stop by the library for our Technology Open House on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 30, from 9-11 a.m. We’ll have activity stations set up on the library computers, how-to instruction sheets, a gaming area, a Q&A area, even light refreshments. Here’s your chance to hone your skills in digital photo editing, Skype, database exploration (job searching, Novelist, etc.), NetLibrary downloadable audio books, Wii, online security/identity theft awareness, and more.

Lifelong Learning

This Saturday, Oct. 17, brings the second of the fall series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library as medical oncologist Dr. Richard Shildt speaks from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on the origins and causes of cancer, how the disease spreads, treatments, and the future for a cure, all in layman’s terms.

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 7, is the hugely popular Women’s Civic Club bazaar, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 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, cafe, 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 youngsters

New books for parents and caregivers to read to their little ones include “Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day,” “Late for School,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Scarecrow’s Hat,” “Marley Goes to School” and “Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library.”

New books for kindergarten through third grade include “The Bones You Own” and “Pilgrims of Plymouth.”

New novels

Anita Shreve’s latest is “A Change in Altitude” about a tragedy in Kenya affecting a newly married couple. “An Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon is the seventh volume in the Outlander series. “Abyss” by Troy Denning is the latest is the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series. “Spooner” by Peter Dexter is a poignant and comic story of a young man and his older friend. “Beyond the Night” by Marlo Schalesky is a love story set in the 1970s. “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros is the 10th anniversary reissue of her novel set in the Latino section of Chicago. “The Lost Art of Gratitude” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in his Isabel Dalhousie series. “Devil’s Trill” by concert violinist Gerald Elias is set in the classical music world about the theft of a priceless violin. “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy, set in Charleston, is about teenage and family issues. “Blood’s a Rover” by James Ellroy is a political noir set in the summer of 1968.


“Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life” is a biography of the founding philosopher of the American women’s rights movement by Lori D. Ginzberg. “A Big Little Life” is a memoir of a retired service dog by bestselling novelist Dean Koontz. “Pie in the Sky: Successful Baking at High Altitudes” by Susan G. Purdy provides 100 cake, pie, cookie, bread and pastry recipes for cooking from sea level to 10,000 feet and anywhere in between. “Men’s Knits” offers 20 new knitting projects for gifts for men.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Little Bird of Heaven” by Joyce Carol Oates is a dark, romantic tale set in the Great Lakes region of upstate New York.

“Top Producer” by Norb Vonnegut is a mystery set in the world of Wall Street. “Dexter by Design” by Jeff Lindsay is the latest in the serial killer series that inspired the “Dexter” hit on Showtime. “Sweetheart” and “Evil at Heart” are new thrillers by Chelsea Cain. “Resurrecting Midnight” by Eric Jerome Dickey is another in the series featuring international assassin Gideon, this one set in Argentina. “The Night Monster” by James Swain is a suspense story set in south Florida.

New series

“Catch a Rising Star” and “You Had Me at Good-bye” are first two in a new Christian romance series by Tracey Bateman. “The Pawn” and “The Rook” by Steven James are the first two in a thriller series featuring special agent Patrick Bowers.

Thanks to our donors

Many thanks to Lenore Bright for her donation in memory of Dick Van Fossen. Special thanks to the Women’s Civic Club for purchasing shelving for the Chimney Rock Collection, a table and chairs for the children’s room, and City Market gift cards as prizes for the library’s survey drawing.

For books and materials this week, we thank Phyl Daleske, Dana Delmore, Fred Ebeling, Karen Freeman, Anita Gardner, Wanda Garner, Scottie Gibson, Nancy A. Green, Helena Gunther, Jenny Igvchi, Bamma Lazuire, Barbara Lindley, Mark Mueller, Barbara Redd, Cathy Rutherford, Lily Rydman, Lynne Sinkey and Misty Smyth.

Quotable quote

“The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books: charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.” — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer and critic.

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