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Collectors and nonprofits — display your treasures at the library

For the past year we have been displaying collections owned by our patrons, thanks to the Friends of the Library organization which donated new display cases just inside the front door of the library.

In addition to soliciting additional individual collectors, we also want to encourage more nonprofits to participate. Previous organizations that have taken advantage of this offer include the Daughters of the American Revolution for Constitution Month, The Clothesline Project for domestic violence awareness, the Quilt Guild’s miniature sewing machine collection, the Four Corners Miniature Club’s furniture and scenes, the Model Railroad Club’s trains, and the Women’s Civic Club promoting their Christmas bazaar fund-raiser for the library.

Among the creative individuals in our community who have shared their collections for the enjoyment of library visitors are Betsy and Lorrie Carpino (DeSimone pottery from Sicily), Taylor McKee (photography), Diana Scott (angels), Holly Langford (marbles), Hilda Campos (Geisha dolls), Lynn and Rick Stinchfield (minerals and rocks), Cindy Quigley (pigs), Barb and Paul Draper (Hopi Kachina dolls), Robert Webb (Indonesian puppets), Jazzelle Jones (stamps) and Jodi Hott (bells).

If you are interested in displaying your treasures or promoting your nonprofit’s cause, please call Kathy Hamilton at the library at 264-2208. The display case is three feet long, four and a half feet high and ten inches deep. You don’t have to worry about security because the whole thing locks.

Books on CD

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is an expanded edition of the Jane Austen classic featuring new scenes of zombie mayhem.

“First Family” by David Baldacci is a thriller that begins with a birthday party at Camp David. “Hothouse Orchid” by Stuart Woods is another in the mystery series featuring Holly Barker, CIA special agent.


“Building To Endure,” edited by Paul Lusk and Alf Simon looks at human habitation in the Southwest and proposes new — and old — strategies to create more equitable, adaptable communities for the 21st century. “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us” by Ralph Nader pictures a world where those who have benefited the most decide to use their vast resources to help their fellow citizens. “The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget” by Andrew Rich explores murder and memory in Uganda. “Methland” by Nick Reding looks at the death and life of a small American town dealing with crystal methamphetamine. “Empire of Illusion” by Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges discusses the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle in the U.S. “K2” by Ed Viesturs explores life and death on the world’s most dangerous mountain.

Something different

“Look at the Birdie” is a collection of 14 unpublished short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. “The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies” by Cicely Mary Barker brings together all of the Flower Fairy illustrations and poems made famous by the 19th century beloved painter and illustrator. “What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures” by Malcolm Gladwell is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker magazine.

Biographies and memoirs

In “My Search for What Really Matters,” world-famous Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger tells his life story and reflects on one of the most remarkable emergency landings ever. “Opera: The Great Composers and Their Masterworks” by Joyce Bourne covers 400 years of the world’s greatest opera composers. “The American Leonardo” by John Brewer traces the provenance of one painting while illuminating the workings of the art market and the role of art dealers, curators and connoisseurs.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Rough Country” is a Virgil Flowers murder mystery by John Sandford.

“The Murder of King Tut” by James Patterson deals with the ultimate cold case, the unsolved death of King Tut.

“13 1/2” is the latest mystery in the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr. “9 Dragons” is the latest in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly.

“Swan for the Money” is a Meg Langslow mystery by Donna Andrews. “Evidence” is the latest mystery in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series by Jonathan Kellerman.

Other new novels

“Beside a Burning Sea” by John Shors tells of a Japanese soldier and American nurse marooned on a desert island in World War II. “When Autumn Leaves” is a new book by award-winning Canadian lyricist Amy S. Foster, daughter of producer-composer David Foster. “Love and Summer” by Irish author William Trevor is set in a small town in Ireland. “The Evolution of Shadows” by Jason Quint Malott follows characters who believe there is love strong enough to sustain them, even through the horrors of war.

How-to: dogs and cooking

“How to Raise the Perfect Dog” by Cesar Millan offers tips through puppyhood and beyond. “Ad Hoc At Home” by Thomas Keller, chef/proprietor of Napa Valley’s French Laundry restaurant and perhaps the most acclaimed chef in America, provides not only recipes but also unique tips and techniques.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Terry Arries, Kathleen Golden, Bamma Laizure, Phil McAdams, Debbie Montoya, Ginger Morris, Cate Smock and Linda Tilson.

Quotable quote

“Beware of the man of one book.” — St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74), Italian Dominican monk, theologian and philosopher.

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