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Free bilingual story time offers story, crafts and snacks

A free bilingual story time for pre-kindergarten children and families takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the children’s room. To give you an idea of the fun and learning opportunities awaiting you and your youngsters, consider the program for this coming Tuesday, Feb. 9:

The bilingual story will be “Goodnight Everyone” or “Buenos Noches Todos.” It is a story of a little girl going to bed and taking all her stuffed animals with her. Participants will learn the names of some animals, and enjoy a craft that is animal-oriented. After that, everyone gets an animal-shaped snack.

At all the bilingual story times, the kids sing a song in Spanish, and learn a few words in Spanish. Craft activities and a snack also are always available at each of these events.

Rosalind Marshall, the ESL teacher from the Archuleta County Education Center, is the leader. She hopes you’ll bring your children to have fun at the same time they are improving their bilingual skills.

Library newsletter

To keep you even more up to date on library happenings, the staff has launched a quarterly newsletter called The Sisson Seasonal. Pick up a print version of the inaugural issue at the library or go to our web site to get it as a PDF file. For future issues, we hope that we’ll have the technological ability to also offer e-delivery of the newsletter so it can come to you as an email attachment.?

New novels

“The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder” by Rebecca Wells is another Southern novel by the author of the “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” series. “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier is about a young woman with a gift for spotting fossils who discovers an unusual one that riles up her community. “Not My Daughter” by Barbara Delinsky focuses on the life of a single mother and her daughter who becomes pregnant at the same time two of her best friends do. “Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler explores the life of a schoolteacher who has been forced to retire at 61. “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister tells of the lives of eight students who meet at a cooking school. “The Unnamed” by Joshua Ferris is a love story about what appeared to be a perfect marriage until the father walks out. “A Short History of Women” by Kate Walbert, a portrayal of mothers and daughter chronicling five generations of women, was named one of 2009’s top 10 books by The New York Times.

Health help

“Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer” by Dr. Marisa C. Weiss and Ellen Weiss, is a fully revised second edition of a survivor’s guide for when treatment ends and the rest of your life begins.

Large print

“At Fire” by Lazzard looks at the lives of two men in 1947, both greatly affected by World War II.

“Get A Life” by Nadine Gordimer focuses on an ecologist in South Africa who is diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

“No One You Know” by Michelle Richmond is a mystery where a notebook filled with mathematical equations helps solve the long-ago murder of a Stanford student.

“The Commoner” by John Burnham Schwartz is a novel about the two commoners who marry the Crown Prince of Japan. “The Redemption” by M. L. Tyndall is book one in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series. “B-Mother” by Maureen O’Brien is about a New England teen who gives up her baby for adoption, and then spends the next 18 years waiting to hear from him.

Thrillers and suspense on CD

“Sizzle” by Julie Garwood tells what happens after a film student witnesses a shocking crime while filming a documentary, her final school assignment. “The Wolf at the Door” by Jack Higgins is the newest in the Charles Ferguson/Sean Dillon series. “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death” by Charlie Huston tells of a man in the L.A. crime division mop-up crew asked to do a favor by an attractive woman. “The Two-Bear Mambo” by Joe K. Lansdale is a classic country noir with much humor and suspense. “Impact” by Douglas Preston explores the after-effects on people’s lives after a brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast. ’“The Manual of Detection” by Jedediah Berry tells of a detective-by-accident whose knowledge comes only from filing reports at a huge detective agency. “Nobody Move” by Denis Johnson is a thriller set in the American West about an assortment of lowlifes in Bakersfield, Calif.

More books on CD

“Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier is a novel about a young woman with a gift for spotting fossils who discovers an unusual one that riles up her community. “Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler explores the life of a schoolteacher who has been forced to retire at 61. “Not My Daughter” by Barbara Delinsky focuses on the life of a single mother and her daughter who becomes pregnant at the same time two of her best friends do. “Rocket Men” by Craig Nelson is the true story of the men and technology responsible for Apollo 11 gained through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories and declassified CIA documents. “The Little Giant of Aberdeen County” by Tiffany Baker is the story of two sisters, one very big and blamed for her mother’s death at childbirth, and the other apparently living a life of privilege. “No Country For Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy is a powerful tale of the West that became a hit movie.

Plays on CD

We have three plays on CD from the L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection: “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard, the musical “I Sent A Letter To My Love” and “The Norman Conquests: A trilogy” by Alan Ayckbourne.

Mysteries and suspense

“Impact” by Douglas Preston explores the after-effects on people’s lives after a brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast. “The 5 Greatest Warriors” by Matthew Reilly is an action suspense in the Jack West Jr., series, this one focusing on five ancient warriors with amazing powers. “Iron River” is an action suspense novel by T. Jefferson Parker in the Charlie Hood series set on the U.S.-Mexico border. “Paganini’s Ghost” by Paul Adams is a mystery set in the classical music world that revolves around a priceless violin. “A Fair Maiden” by Joyce Carol Oates looks at an unusual relationship between a working class young woman from a marginally criminal family and a mysterious rich man. “Assassins of Athens” by Jeffrey Siger is a thriller in the Chief Inspector Kaldis series set in Athens.

Quotable quote

“It seems to me that a book has not just aesthetic values — the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there’s something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can’t break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle.” — John Updike, contemporary American author.

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to Terry and Kathleen Carter for their generous donation in memory of Don Geiger. For books and materials this week we thank Catherine Carter, Jennifer Heddrick, Cecilia Hopper, Kristin Hopper, Debbie Jennings, Sue Kehret, Bamma Laizure, Viola Pitschel, Cynthia Quigley, Cathy Reece, Joyce Ryan and Bill Wert.

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/.