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Many new early teen books available in Meagan’s Place

Early teen reading enthusiasts will be excited to know that we’ve received 28 more new fiction books for Meagan’s Place – both new books and replacements for worn out editions. The titles cover a wide variety of genres from fantasy to historical and realistic fiction.

These new books are among many additions suggested last spring by a very active sixth grade advisory committee from the past school year composed of Brooke Bowdridge, Tyler Cowan, Lauren Fortney, Blake Irons, Liam O’Brien and Miah Pitcher.

The books fill out some of our popular series like Ranger’s Apprentice (with “Erak’s Ransom” and”“Kings of Clonmel”), The Sisters Grimm (with “Everafter War,” “Magic and Other Misdemeanors,” “Problem Child” and “Tales from the Hood”), Artemis Fowl (with “The Opal Deception,” “The Eternity Code” and “Time Paradox”) and the Warriors Series by Erin Hunt (five new volumes).  We added or replaced books by popular authors such as Judy Blume (“Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself” and “Deenie”), Sharon Creech (“Chasing Redbird”)  and Rick Riodan (Lightning Thief series).  We also added some new junior fiction including “Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel” by C.M. Butzer, “Olive’s Ocean” by Kevin Henkes, “Thief Lord” by Cornelia Funke and “I.Q.: Independence Hall” by Roland Smith.   “Mango-Spaced Shape” by Wendy Maas and “Best Girl” by Emma Harrison were added to the young adult collection.

Meagan’s Place, to the immediate right of the front door in the library, is a special space created five years ago devoted entirely to books and games of interest to early teens in the sixth through ninth grades.

Since its inception, materials in Meagan’s Place have been chosen primarily by a series of sixth grade committees of students. All avid readers, they create lists of their personal favorites — books they have enjoyed and think would be good for other early teens as well.

Their recommendations are purchased through a special grant from an anonymous local benefactor. He created this space at the library as a living memorial to 13-year-old Meagan, his granddaughter, who died tragically in Ohio in May 2004.

Free Lego contest

This Saturday, Sept. 18 is our free Lego contest to give kids a chance to display your creativity and building skills. Your completed structure must be set up between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Judging will take place at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to view the entries between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., after which time you need to take your structure home.

Prizes will be awarded for each of three age categories: age 7 and under, ages 8-11, and ages 12-17. There will also be a Judges’ Choice prize. Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.

For more information, contact Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, at the library or at 264-2209.

Request for Legos

We’re looking for donations of used Legos and Duplos for the library so that we can start a Lego Club due to so much interest in Legos among our community’s youth. Youth services librarian Kristine MacNeill is your contact if you can help.

Large print mysteries

“Live to Tell” by Lisa Gardner is the latest in the detective D.D. Warren mystery series. ”“Cure” by Robin Cook is about a case involving organized crime and two start-up biotech companies. “Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown tells of a PI’s being called in to save a daughter he has never met. “Veil of Light” by Linda Howard explores the danger of a potential murder of a wedding planner.

How-to and self-help

“The Mentor Leader” by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker offers secrets to building people and teams that win consistently. “Coming Back Stronger” by quarterback Drew Brees tells of the amazing comebacks of an NFL hero and a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

History and science

“Exploring Desert Stone” by historian Steven K. Madsen, a book and map combo, details John N. Macomb’s 1859 expedition into western Colorado and the canyonlands of Utah. “Packing For Mars” by Mary Roach explores the strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.

New novels

“Star Island” by humorist Carl Hiaasen tells of the adventures of a 22-year-old pop star and her double. “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper describes a family forced to spend a week together at their father’s dying request. “Ordinary Thunderstorms” by William Boyd explores the horrifying aftereffects for a young man in London who strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table. “Fatal Convictions” by Randy Singer tells of a lawyer defending a Muslim imam in a case no other lawyer will touch.

Paranormal collection

“Death’s Excellent Vacation,” edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, is a story collection of 10 all-new tales from the edge of the paranormal world.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Joan Mason, Liam O’Brien and Kathleen Pohly.

Quotable quote

“The stages of a writer’s professional life are marked not by a name on an office door, but by a name in ink.” — Contemporary American journalist and author Anna Quinlen

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at–http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.