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Alert to patrons: You’ll need your library card from now on

Beginning Thursday, April 1, you will need to present your physical library card for circulation transactions (checking out, renewing in person, updating records, etc.) and for using the public computers at the library.

This is standard practice at most public libraries. Here at our small-town, we are proud to match our personalized service by recognizing many of our patrons by face or by name. So in the past we haven’t bothered to ask for your library card. However, we know that to best protect individual patron accounts with regard to accurate contact information and circulation records, we need to scan your cards at check out. Not only will this ensure that you know and are responsible for what is checked out on your account, but it also will help decrease account misbehavior and other costly consequences for your library.

If you can’t find your library card or want to update to a new card, the normal $1 fee will be waived through all of March and April. Beginning May 1, you will have to pay the $1 card replacement fee.

Also, beginning April 1, patrons applying for a library card must present a government-issued photo ID and proof of current residence in Archuleta County. New patrons are allowed to check out one item at the time of your application. After you receive your library card in the mail, you can use your card to check out up to five items at a time. After three months, the number of items you can check out at a time increases to 12 and you also can use the Interlibrary Loan service.

Also in April, the library will be migrating to a new computer system for cataloging and circulation. The new system will offer you more options for searching our collection and other library collections statewide. It also is a cost-saving measure for us because it is a shared catalog among many libraries. It will ultimately result in more money for books, materials, and programming for you, our patrons.

To better serve patrons who regularly use e-mail, and to save money, we also are requesting e-mail address updates from all patrons. That way we can e-mail reminders about overdue books and information about requested items. Don’t worry — we will not share your contact information with anyone.

Guest passes for computer use will be given to adult visitors showing a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license). Adult library patrons can also request a guest pass if needed by showing their library card or a government-issued photo ID.

Gentle reminder: Patrons with blocks, fines or overdue items are not allowed to check out items or use the library computers until the blocks, fines or overdue items are rectified.

Special event for seniors

Patrons in their golden years, folks who are over the hill and still climbing, elderly people in need of enrichment or entertainment, and plain old codgers are invited to the library for an afternoon of free activities on Monday, March 15 from 1:30- 3 p.m. There will be more than 50 things to do—games, tours, refreshments, items to check out, computer stuff, and more.

Transportation is available to and from the Silver Foxes Den. Registration is not required. Contact Jodi Starr at the Senior Center or Tessa Michaelson at the library for more information.

Biographies and memoirs

“Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen is a moving memoir of a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis. “Just Kids” by Patti Smith is a love story of poet and performer Smith with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the late 1960s and early ’70s. “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” by James S. Hirsch is an authorized biography of this great baseball player.

“Mark Twain: Man in White” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden focuses on the last years of this beloved literary figure. “In a Far Country” by John Taliafe tells how a missionary and seven Eskimos save eight whaling ships trapped in ice. “I am Ozzy” by Ozzy Osbourne is the story in his own words of the English singer-songwriter known as the godfather of heavy metal.

Large print

“The Wolf at the Door” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the Charles Ferguson/Sean Dillon thriller series. “Poor Little Bitch Girl” by Jackie Collins is a murder mystery involving five friends thrown together after a death.

Nonfiction for teens

“Filmmaking For Teens/second edition ” by Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols offers practical tips for beginning filmmakers so they can make great short films and get some serious eye-attention on YouTube and beyond.

Other nonfiction

“The Green Marketing Manifesto” by John Grant provides a roadmap for those who want to understand green marketing and running successful green companies. “The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of their Greatest Detectives” by Otto Prenzler is fun reading for readers who want to know more about fascinating detectives like Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher and Precious Ramotswe from their favorite mystery series.

Christian fiction

“The Undaunted” by Gerald N. Lund is a historical novel that explores bravery and faith of the men and women called to the San Juan Mission and what came to be called the miracle of the Hole-in-the Rock Pioneers.

Quotable quote

“There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends — always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that.” — Contemporary American actor Donald J. Adams, best known for his role as Maxwell Smart.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for the generous donation from William and Ruth Carnicom in memory of John Dahm. For books and materials this week we thank Betsy Chavez, Herman and Joan Hageman, Edward Haynes, Karen Hock, David Karlish, Anita and Charlie King, Bamma Laizure, as well as Bob McClatchie and Jane Lomasney, whose gift was in memory of Don Geiger.