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Space changes in the library respond to patrons’ requests

What a great way for your Sisson Library to start the new year! When you walk in the door you’ll see a lot of exciting changes in the layout of the library’s space, most of them your ideas:

• To the right of the circulation desk is an impressive new special section for large print books, making these hugely popular books easy to find.

• Right behind them are books in Spanish so they too are easily accessible.

• Nearby are all the fiction hardcover books, repositioned on the shelves so there is room to add new books where they belong without massive movement of lots of books.

• Along the back wall are paperbacks — and here there is another change: You will find only science fiction, fantasy and western books in the regular mass market-size paperback. Other genres will be available in hardback and audio books — and in the larger reinforced library-quality paperbacks.

• Other paperback books (mass market editions) will be available on a free book exchange rack with no library card required, located inside the library near the ongoing book sale shelf. Gentle reminder: The paperbacks are not meant to be giveaways. The idea is that people will read and return or exchange for something new.

• As a result of moving these paperbacks, we were able to situate the existing carrels for quiet study and reading where the paperbacks used to be.

Many of these changes have been made as a direct result of the input of the 242 of you who completed our survey last fall about library services. You made us feel very good when you praised us, and your comments for additions, improvements and changes became our “to do” list.

If you missed the highlights of the survey results, please go to our web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ and click on More News at the bottom of the upper right Library News box. Scroll down to “10/22/09: What you told us in your survey responses.”

Books on CD

“The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind is about a struggling artist living in the Midwest who turns 27 and inherits a large expanse of land — and trouble. “True Blue” by David Baldacci is a thriller that opens with what appears to be a routine homicide in Washington, D.C.

New novels

“The Paris Vendetta” by Steve Berry is about the search for the immeasurable riches stolen by Napoleon from palaces, national treasuries, even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican — or did he steal them at all? “Burn” by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy is a paranormal thriller by this popular Christian fiction duo. “Roses” by Leila Meacham is a panoramic saga set in Texas.

What, no more books?

Where are the other new books, CDs, DVDs and other materials usually described in this space in each week’s column? Is that what you are thinking? Well, the library staff cheerfully admits that they are behind in their cataloguing because of the holidays and all the rearranging and moving of books and shelves (see top story). This may be a good opportunity for you to browse the shelves to see what “old” books are there that appeal to you.

Quotable quote

“As good almost to a kill a man as kill a good book. He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.” — English poet and author John Milton (1608-1674) from his pamphlet titled “Areopagitica,” generally considered the greatest defense of free speech and freedom of the press ever written.

Thanks to our donors

We are deeply grateful for donations from Herb and Betty Nason, and from many more people in memory of Don Geiger: Ralph and Maureen Covell, Jere and Lois Hill, Jim and Judy Horky, Fred and Josephine Rose, and Bob and Sara Scott.

For books and materials this week, we thank Charlotte Archuleta, Gregory Boone, Susan Halabrin, Judy Lechner, Judy Lynch, Jerry Sadler, Bonnie Stamford and Emily Tholberg.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.