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Free November activities at the library

As always, your library is offering a nice variety of free activities this month for everyone from youngsters to seniors — offerings that are all the more important in these troubled economic times:

• This Saturday, Nov. 14, is the sixth and last of the fall series of Lifelong Learning lectures. Corporate retirees Ross and Ellen Park will speak about “Giving Back: The New Retirement” from 3-4:15 p.m. Many thanks to Patsy Lindblad and Pam Kircher for organizing this highly enjoyable series.

• Adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson is leading Tech Tuesdays with Tessa from 10-11 a.m. for informal computer support. Join her on Nov. 17 to hone your skills.

• Tess also will be giving a program at the Senior Center at 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 18 to showcase how seniors can be “free and frugal” at the library.

• Also on Nov.18, a new flight simulator in the Science, Aviation and Computing section of the library, near the teen area, opens to the public thanks to financial support and donations of books and materials from the Pagosa Pilots.

• Meanwhile, our popular regular activities continue: Sprouts Storytime for our little patrons 6 months to 2 years at 10 a.m. every Monday, Seeds of Learning Preschool on the first and third Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., Bilingual Story Hour for pre-K kids and their families at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month, Super Storyhour for pre-K kids and their families every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Head Start class every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., books made into movies for second thru fourth grades on the first Friday of the month at 1:45 p.m., crafts for second thru sixth grades on the second Friday at 1:45 p.m., and Science/Tech Club for second thru sixth grades on the third Friday at 1:45 p.m.

New series

We have all four books in the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell set during the Civil War: “Rebel: Bull Run 1861,” “Copperhead: Ball’s Bluff 1862,” “Battle Flag: Second Manassas 1862” and “The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam 1862.”

New novels

“The Humbling” is Philip Roth’s latest novel. “Juliet, Naked” by Nick Hornby is about two people who connect via e-mail. “Mama Dearest” by E. Lynn Harris is the new book in the Yancey Harrington Braxton series. “The Sisters Who Would Be Queen” by Leana de Lisle is British historical fiction about Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey. “The Children’s Book” by A.S. Byatt is an epic spanning the Victorian era through World War I. “Generosity” by Richard Bowers is a novel about a young Algerian woman with a highly unusual happiness. “Southern Lights” is the latest by bestselling author Danielle Steel.


“Big Machine” by Victor LaValle is a about a middle-aged junkie summoned to fulfill a vow. “House of Reckoning” by John Saul is about monstrous things happening after the death of a 14-year-old’s mother. “Dark Slayer” by Christine Feehan is a new paranormal romance in the Carpathian series.

Cookbooks and crafts

“The Pleasures of Cooking for One” is written by Judith Jones, legendary editor of some of the world’s greatest cooks including Julia Child and James Beard. “Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom” by Julia Child offers essential techniques and recipes from a lifetime of cooking. “Cook with Jamie” by Jamie Oliver offers recipes and equipment tips, with all proceeds from the book going toward training young kids from tough backgrounds to have a career in food. “Aware Knits” by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong provides knit and crochet projects for the eco-conscious stitcher.

Books for teens

New books for seventh graders and older include “The Ask and the Answer,” book two of the Chaos Walking series and “Freshman in the Kitchen: From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef” by Max and Eli Sussman.

Large print mysteries

“Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger is a mystery set in contemporary London. “The Devil’s Company” by David Liss is a mystery set in 18th century England. “The Professional” by Robert B. Parker is a mystery in the Spenser series. “Get Real” by Donald E. Westlake is a merry mystery in the Dortmunder series. “Blood Game” by Iris Johansen is the latest forensics thriller in the Eve Duncan series. “The Scarpetta Factor” by Patricia Cornwall is the newest of the Kay Scarpetta mystery series.

Large print Christmas

“The Perfect Christmas” by Debbie Macomber is about a woman who wants to find her perfect match. “The Christmas Cookie Club” by Ann Pearlman is about 12 close friends who meet every year on the first Monday in December.

More holiday novels

“Lakeshore Christmas” by Susan Wiggs is a holiday tale of events surrounding a Christmas pageant. “One Week in December” by Holly Chamberlin is about a family reunion that brings surprises and shock.

Books for youngsters

New picture books for little ones include “The Hippo-not-amus” by Tony and Jan Payne, “The Big Book of Words for Curious Kids” by Ingrid Godon, “One World, One Day” by Barbara Kerley, “Otis” the tractor by Loren Long, “How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile” by Cornelius Van Wright, “Little House in Brookfield” by Maria D. Wilkes, “Hey, Pancakes!” by Tamson Weston, “Heart of a Snowman” by Mary Kuryla and Eugene Yelchin, and “Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children” by Jenepher Lingelbach and Lisa Purcell, which was donated to the library by Terry Hershey.

We also have two new board books, meaning they are sturdy enough to be held by youngsters: “Diapers Are Not Forever” and “Pacifiers Are Not Forever” by Elizabeth Verdick.

Biographies and memoirs

“The Clinton Tapes” by Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch invites readers to join late-evening private dialogues as President Clinton reflected privately on daily events with his author friend. “The Time of My Life” by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi is a memoir by this beloved actor who died of pancreatic cancer. “Goddess of the Market” by Jennifer Burns is a reassessment of the life and influence of author and philosopher Ayn Rand. “The Land Where the Blues Began” by Alan Lomax is a memoir of the legendary folklorist. “American On Purpose” by Craig Ferguson tells of his journey from the mean streets of Glasgow to the comedic promised land of Hollywood.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Cullen Dalton, Ron Graydon, Jerry Pickett, Eva Jean Sparks and Robert Sparks.

Quotable quote

“A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book.” — Thomas Mereton (1915-1968), American religious writer and author of “The Seven Story Mountain” and “No Man Is An Island.”

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