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New space at your library for nonprofit and community notices

We hope local nonprofit organizations and community groups will take advantage of the new bulletin boards in the left foyer as you enter the library. This Community News space has been set aside for you to showcase your activities and fund-raising events.

To take advantage of this excellent visibility for your cause, please bring your notice or poster to a member of the library staff. It will be dated, initialed and posted for 30 days. No sales messages will be accepted — this space is dedicated to nonprofits. The big bulletin board on the right is reserved for library news and notices.

Giving Tree

Please stop by and sponsor an ornament on our Giving Tree, thereby donating a book to a child or teen this holiday season. Your contribution — a book or money for the purchase of a book — can be an important factor in the literacy and reading pleasure of our local youngsters and young adults.

Free family party

Don’t forget our annual free Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to noon — a wonderful party for youngsters 12 and under and their families. You’ll enjoy stories, crafts, games and other entertainment. There also will be a Santa Mailbox so kids can write letters to Santa. Everyone who attends receives a goodie bag which includes a ticket to a special G-rated holiday movie at 1 p.m. that afternoon at Pagosa’s own Liberty Theater. Last year almost 100 kids came to this party, so don’t miss this special event of the season.

Local subjects

“Images of America: Durango” by Frederic B. Wildfang contains images from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Fort Lewis College, San Juan Historical Society and other collections to celebrate the history of our neighboring city. “Gems & Minerals of the Southwest” by Jennifer Sano features more than 90 minerals from the American Southwest. “Healing Secrets of the Native Americans” by Porter Shimer describes herbs, remedies and practices that restore the body, refresh the mind and rebuild the spirit. “The Road That Silver Built: The Six Million Dollar Highway” by P. David Smith explores the history, geography and beauty of Durango, Silverton and Ouray in the rugged San Juans. “100 Classic Hikes in Colorado/third edition” by Scott S. Warren contains updated trail guides, maps and 10 new hikes.

Field guides

We have revisions to two popular field guides: “Edible Wild Plants/second edition” and “Medicinal Wild Plants/second edition” by Bradford Angier, updated by David K. Foster.

Global warming

“On Thin Ice” by science writer Richard Ellis explores the effects of global warming on polar bears. “Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis” by Al Gore is now available in a Young Readers edition aimed at pre-teens.

More nonfiction

“The Self-sufficient Home: Going Green & Saving Money” by Christopher Nyerges offers tips on heating and cooling, conserving water, alternative energy, composing and gardening, and efficient lighting. “Deer-proofing Your Yard & Garden/second edition” by Rhonda Massingham Hart describes homemade and store-bought deterrents the author promises really work. “The Buyout of America” by Josh Kosman shows how and why private equity firms will cause the next great credit crisis rivaling the housing bubble burst. “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present” by New York Times columnist Gail Collins recounts the revolution in women’s lives over the past 50 years.

Animal care

“Herbal Cat Care” and “Herbal Dog Care” by holistic veterinarian Dr. Randy Kidd offers up-to-date information on preventive care as well as immediate health problems. “Rescuing Wildlife” by Peggy Sue Hentz is a guide to helping injured and orphaned animals.

New fiction

“No Less Than Victory” by historical military fiction writer Jeff Shaara is the third novel in his World War II trilogy. “Ford Country” is a collection of short stories by John Grisham. “The End of the Road” by Sue Henry is a Maxie and Stretch mystery. “The Museum of Innocence” by Nobel prize winner Orphan Pamuk is a novel set in Istanbul.

Large print

“The Shopkeeper” by James D. Best is a Steve Dancy western. “The Wrecker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is a novel about sabotage on the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades line. “Cold River” by Carla Neggers is a romantic suspense novel from the Black Falls series.

Books for teens

We have two new books from The Vampire Diaries series by J.S. Smith: “The Fury and the Dark Reunion” and “The Awakening and the Struggle.”

Quotable quote

“‘What is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’” — Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), British writer and mathematician.

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to the Women’s Civic Club of Pagosa Springs for their donation allowing us to purchase new shelving for the Adult Large Print collection. This gift will allow us to add an additional 180 feet of shelving space to the adult fiction area. We’re also grateful to the Civic Club for their generous donation to the Giving Tree.

For books and materials this week, we thank Madora Bass, Pat Buckley, Stan Church, Phyl Daleske, Kathleen Golden, Kay Grams, Jaden Hinger, Bamma Laizure, Patty Latham and Jan Lewis.

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