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Free Lifelong Learning lecture series starts Saturday

This Saturday, April 10, marks the start of the spring series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. have been arranged by Pagosa resident Pam Kircher and adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson. Their selection of fine speakers and wide-ranging topics takes our library’s Lifelong Learning lectures to new heights:

• April 10: “A Tomb of One’s Own: The Terra-cotta Warriors of China” by Judith Reynolds.

• April 17: “Tulips: The World’s Most Treacherous Flower” by Mike Smedley.

• April 24: “Interpreting Historic Photographs of Native Americans” by Andrew Gulliford.

• May 1: “A People’s History of Modern and Contemporary Art” by Leanne Goebel.

• May 8: “The Beast under the Bed or in My Head:? Dealing with Risk” by Cheryl and Chuck Carson.

• May 15: “Islam:? What You Need to Know” by Dennis Aronson.

All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. They will help keep your mind agile and your life interesting. We hope to see you there.

Kids’ crafts

Kids in kindergarten and the first grade, in traditional school or homeschooled, are invited to a special free crafts program called Craft Fun! on Saturday, April 17, from 1-2 p.m. that has been created by youth services librarian Kristine MacNeill just for them. Children participating will complete a fun craft to take home.?

Library card rule in force

This is a gentle reminder that from now on 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 library, 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 is being waived until the end of April. After May 1, you will have to pay the $1 card replacement fee.


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this month, you can view a movie about our planet every Thursday in April starting today from 10-11 a.m. and again from 4-5 p.m.

How-to and self-help

“2010: The Best Spiritual Writing” is this year’s compilation of the finest essays and poetry on the themes of faith, spirituality and religion. “Homesteading,” edited by Abigail R. Gehring, is a backyard guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine and more. “The Food Intolerance Bible” by Antony J. Haynes and Antoinette Savill, which includes more than 70 recipes, is a nutritionist’s plan to beat food cravings, fatigue, mood swings, celiac disease and headaches, and deal with food allergies. “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer explores the many stories we use to justify our eating habits. including apparent facts and inherent fictions. “Mojo: How to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it” by executive coach Marshall Goldsmith provides 14 practical tools to help you achieve happiness and meaning not only in business, but also in life.

Other nonfiction

“Courage and Consequence: My life as a conservative in the fight,” a memoir by Karl Rove, is a behind-the-scenes look at his career, including his time as special adviser to President George W. Bush. “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard explores Americans’ obsession with stuff that is trashing the planet, our communities and our health, and offers a vision for change.

Books on CD

“Hell Gate” by Linda Fairstein is a thriller set in New York City that unravels a human trafficking operation and a sex scandal in the political world. “The Silent Sea” by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul is another in the thriller series featuring the Oregon and its crew. “The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right” by writer and surgeon Atul Gawande reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist to encourage efficiencies and save lives. “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifetime” by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election upstate New York.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kathleen Golden, Jennifer Hedrick, Mari Khoury, Bamma Laizure, Cynthia Montanez, Lyn Rogers, Terri Tarr, Linda Tilson and Margaret Wilson.