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Start the new year with high-tech events at your library

If you are an adult who feels a bit “out of it” when your children start playing Nintendo Wii games and talking about complicated computer topics, set aside time on Tuesdays and Fridays to come to the library to improve your high-tech expertise.

• Every Tuesday, adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson leads “Tech Tuesday with Tessa” to answer your computer questions. Microsoft will be the emphasis in January. To ensure people with different schedules can attend, the sessions will be 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19, and then switch to 3-5 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26.

• Starting Jan. 8 and every Friday in January from 9-10:30 a.m., Tess and Kristine MacNeill will conduct “Wii Winter Workout” for adults. They’ll pull out the Nintendo Wii gaming system and feature a different sport or fitness program each week.?? Programs include bowling, tennis, log rolling, golf, skiing, and more. ?As your kids no doubt know, Wii is pronounced “wee” and it is a virtual program — you are physically moving your body, but not really on the tennis court, ski slope or wherever you’re “playing.” The Wii Winter Workout is an intimidation-free series — no worries about what to wear or how to move — it’s just a fun opportunity for grownups to try gaming.

All library events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated.

Language Learning Night

A powerful new online language learning system designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries is now available on the Sisson Library Web site. Called BYKI, short for “Before You Know It,” it is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. The BYKI method takes you through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meaning and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

BYKI is available to help you learn more than 70 languages and you can access the system from inside or outside the library via the Web browser on Windows and Mac computers. If you want some help, mark your calendars for a “Language Learning Night with BYKI” demo on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Large print

“River of Heaven” by Lee Martin is a story about the cost of living a lie for 50 years, and then helping to reveal it.

“The Last Girls” by Lee Smith tells of college girls whose friendship spanned three decades. “Winter Wonders” by Melody Carlson is another in the stories of people in Acorn Hill by the winner of the gold medallion award for Christian fiction.

“La’s Orchestra Saves the World” by Alexander McCall Smith is a love story set in London during World War II.

Writers’ memoirs

“Literary Life: A Second Memoir” is an autobiography by bestselling author Larry McMurtry. “Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life” by Carol Sklenicka chronicles the life of the most beloved American short-story writer of the late 20th century. “Lit: A Memoir” by Mary Karr is the third in this writer’s series of books about her life.


“It’s Your Time” by Joel Osteen, a pastor and bestselling author, helps you activate your faith, achieve your dreams and increase in God’s favor. “Arguing With Idiots” by TV and radio host Glenn Beck offers his answers to questions and comments made frequently by people who do not agree with him. “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley is a new look at President Roosevelt’s largest — and secret — diplomatic mission in American history.

Quotable quote

“May all your troubles last only as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” — American comedian and goodwill ambassador Joey Adams.?? ??? ??? ?

Thanks to our donors

For generous donations in memory of Don Geiger, we are grateful to Gil and Lenore Bright, Ralph and Scottie Gibson, and Jeffrey and Rose Maddaleni. We also thank Don and Elaine Lundergan for their generous donation.

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Russ Freeman, Scottie Gibson, Sandra Martin, Gail Shepherd, LeeAnn Skoglund and Bruce Young.

Web site

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