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Visit our updated website and our fair booth

Our website has been updated to make it more visual and user friendly. We hope you will go to to see for yourself:

• The address and links are all the same, but the color scheme has been modified to be easier on the eyes and incorporate our logo.

• The navigation menu (far left) has been de-cluttered to help users. The choices on the left menu are the same as the tabs across the top.

• Icon buttons on the front page will help you directly link to our various online resources. Instead of your having to hunt for something, the databases now are front and center — and very visual.

We also hope you will come by our booth at the Archuleta County Fair next weekend.

Annual meeting and book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library’s annual meeting, potluck and pre-book sale for members on Friday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. and for the public book sale on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Both events take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center. More details will be in next week’s column.

Bonsai workshop

Gardeners will want to save the date of Thursday, Aug. 12, for a bonsai workshop at the library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The bonsai program will be led by Pat Mitchell, who did a popular bonsai workshop last September.

Large print mysteries

“The Spy” is the latest in the Isaac Bell mystery series by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. “Foreign Influence” by Brad Thor is a thriller about a new spy agency created to target America’s enemies. “The Burning Wire” by Jeffery Deaver is the latest in the series featuring quadriplegic forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme. “Miss Julia Renews Her Vows” by Ann B. Ross is a mystery where a certain perfume is a key clue. “Whiplash” by Catherine Coulter is the latest thriller featuring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. “Pray For Silence” by Linda Castillo is a murder mystery set in a small Amish community in Pennsylvania. “Holly Blues” by Susan Wittig Albert is the latest in the China Bayles mystery series. “The Puzzle Lady vs. the Sudoku Lady” by Parnell Hall is a mystery featuring puzzles by Will Shortz. “In The Name of Honor” by Richard North Patterson follows a high-profile court martial and its effect on several families.

Other large print books

“Promises to Keep” by Jane Green is about sisters and friends in New York balancing the many facets of their lives and responsibilities. “Blue-Eyed Devil” by Robert B. Parker is about police and politics in Appaloosa. “That Perfect Someone” by Johanna Lindsey is a love story set in aristocratic England.

New novels

“Imperial Bedrooms” by Bret Easton Ellis looks at the lives of the teenagers from “Less Than Zero” as they approach middle age. “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman features a brilliant but miserable high school math genius exploring the world of magic. “The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck is a thriller about conspiracies set after an unprecedented attack on U.S. soil. “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave is the story of two women whose lives collide when a terrible choice is required.


“Retirement Breakthrough” by financial consultant Dick Duff is a comprehensive guide to help you generate income you can’t outlive in any economy. “Adventures Among Ants” by international explorer and biologist Mark W. Moffett takes readers on a journey around the world in search of the hidden world of ants.

Thanks to our donors

Our gratitude to Miles and Connie Davidson for their generous donation in memory of Ranger and in honor of Susan and Phil McAdams, and to Richard Irland for his “just because” cash donation. For books and materials this week we thank Jennifer and George Barter, Lauren Cohen, Kelly Fisher, Melinda Short, Julie Simmons and Mary Willcox.