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Learn about waterwise landscaping practices

Author and xeriscape godfather Jim Knopf joins local gardener Ron Chacey in leading a special program on high mountain responsible gardening using minimal water on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Cost is $5, which includes supplies and lunch. Space is limited to 30 participants.

The event is sponsored by PAWSD in support of the water theme of the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Jim Knopf will speak on the virtues and endless bounty of waterwise landscaping. Ron Chacey will highlight the finer points of growing food in our fickle mountain climate, based on his 15 years of gardening here. Their goal is to empower you with the knowledge and motivation to construct a beautiful, functional and sustainable garden space.

Summer Reading Program

It’s not too late to sign up for the library’s annual Summer Reading Program that this year will have some fun new twists including a raffle, special events and more. The six-week program, running from June 7 through July 16, is open to babies, kids, teens and adults, with separate activities for each. An all-age wrap-up celebration with food, refreshments, games and raffle prizes is planned for Friday evening, July 16. Water is the theme of this summer’s program, with different slogans for kids, teens and adults.

All participants will record the books they have read and other reading-related activities. Raffle tickets for prizes will be awarded for various activities. Programs for kids will run on Mondays and Wednesdays. Programs for teens and adults will be scheduled separately.

Lights! Camera! Water!

Mark your calendars for a wonderful series of feature and documentary films dealing with water that will be shown every Friday from June 11 through July 9 as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program with the water theme. Details will be in next week’s library column.

A personal note

In July 2006, I was asked to take over the writing of the weekly library column. I am amazed and somewhat surprised to realize that this is my 200th column. This is the most satisfying volunteer position I have ever had. Because I am a writer and an author, books for me are like jewels — priceless objects that give meaning to life. Because my husband and I love to read, having an advance look at all the books, CDs and DVDs that come into the library is a precious perk. Because I like nice people who are very good at what they do, I find working with the library staff a joy. I hope you share my enthusiasm for our library.

Large print

“The Double Comfort Safari Club” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

New novels

“The Map of True Places” by Brunonia Barry is about an adult daughter now charged with caring for her father who has Parkinson’s. “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira is a Civil War epic and saga of female liberation.

Nonfiction

“War” by Sebastian Junger documents the author’s 15 months in Afghanistan to explore war as soldiers really live it.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Eye of the Red Star” by Sam Eastland introduces Pekkala, the Romanovs’ most trusted investigator and now Stalin’s greatest fear. “Strip” by Thomas Perry tells what happens after a Los Angeles strip club owner is robbed. “This Body of Death” by Elizabeth George is the latest in the series featuring Thomas Lyndley, Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. “Executive Intent” by Dale Brown the story of China and Russia’s response after the U.S. develops the most powerful defense system in history. “The Good Son” by Michael Gruber is a political thriller set in Pakistan. “Fever Dream” by Preston and Child tells of a man who learns his wife’s death in Africa was not an accident but murder.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“Tempted” by P.C. and Kristin Cast is the latest in the teen fantasy series featuring 16-year-old Zoey Redbird and her adventures in the vampire world. “A Mighty Fortress” by David Weber is a science fiction novel featuring Cayleb Ahrmahk fighting off advances by the Group of Four.

Quotable quote

“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” — Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Veronica Hernandez.

Website

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