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How to help your child be a good reader

Even if your child isn’t a natural born bookworm, here are some tips from Good Housekeeping magazine to encourage a love of literature:

• Keep reading together, even if your child can breeze through a book alone. Reading aloud expands vocabulary, and chatting about a book helps comprehension and appreciation.

• Listen to audio books. They aren’t “cheating” — they’re a terrific way to engage kids in a good story.

• Revisit favorites. A second read is a great way to discuss subtleties and encourage focus on more than just the plot.

• Check out www.bookadventure.com. It matches children in grades K-8 with books they’ll enjoy.

Holiday crafts today

Join us today (Thursday, Oct. 14) from 10-11 a.m. for our second free hands-on, environmentally friendly craft experience called Homemade Holiday Jumpstart. Materials and resources will be provided. Adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt will show you how to paint labels onto glass jars with chalkboard paint. The jars can be used to hold pantry staples like baking ingredients or as a reusable container for homemade gifts such as bath salts or “cookie mix in a jar.” No registration or fees are required.

Lifelong Learning

This Saturday, Oct. 16, marks the start of the fall series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations takes place on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The opening talk is titled?“Inside Iran: From Mashad to Tehran.” Marilee Jantzer White will present a lecture and photo slideshow offering perspectives on contemporary issues as related by Iranians.

Craft Circle

This month’s Craft Circle, an informal needlecraft get-together, takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the library.

Memoirs

“Of Time and Change” by Frank Waters, his last book of personal essays, is a powerful reminiscence of the Taos he knew and loved.

“Woman of the River” by Richard E. Westwood tells of adventurer Georgie White Clark and her many hikes and rafting trips through the Colorado. “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern documents quotes and advice from the author’s 73-year-old Dad.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Quantico” by Greg Bear is a near-future thriller pitting a young FBI agent with a homegrown terrorist. “Wicked Appetite” by Janet Evanovich follows a modern-day treasure hunter following Alexander the Great and Napoleon in his eagerness to possess the Stones. “Warlord” by Ted Bell is the latest action thriller featuring counterspy Alexander Hawke, this time trying to save the British royal family from a murderer. “A Nose For Justice” by Rita Mae Brown is a new series featuring Mags Rogers and her dachshund Baxter. “Santa Fe Edge” by Stuart Woods features Santa Fe attorney and private detective Ed Eagle. “The Trials of Zion” by defense attorney Alan M. Dershowitz is a dramatic courtroom thriller set in the Middle East. “Bad Blood” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers crime fiction series.

Christian inspiration

“Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado is aimed at “regular folk” who sometimes wonder if God uses common folk like us. The book takes us back to the days when Jesus was choosing his disciples” — men with blue collars and calloused hands who were willing to take a step when Jesus said, “Follow me.”

New novels

“The Death of the Adversary” by Berlin author Hans Keilson is a self-portrait of a young man in 1930s Germany. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks explores the legacy of a love turned sinister. “Shakespeare Undead” by Lori Handeland explores the mysteries behind the huge output of great literature by one man. “Some Sing, Some Cry” by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza follows a black American family from slavery to freedom, from country to city. “A Secret Kept” by Tatiana de Rosnay starts with a simple seaside vacation for a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. “Juliet” by Anne Fortier goes back through six centuries of family history after a 25-year-old young woman gets a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy when her aunt dies.

Paranormal and fantasy

“Dark Peril” is the latest Carpathian novel by Christine Feehan, known as the reigning queen of paranormal romance. “The Way of Kings” is book one of The Stormlight Archive, a new fantasy series by Brandon Anderson. “The Exile” is the latest in the Outlander graphic novel series by Diana Gabaldon.

Books on CD

“Bearers of the Black Staff” by Tierry Brooks is the first book in the “Legends of Shannara” series. “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen explores the lives of an affluent, liberal Midwestern family whose lives have become a mystery even to themselves. “Lost Empire” by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood is the latest in the series featuring husband-and-wife treasure hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks explores the legacy of a love turned sinister. “Dark Peril” is the latest Carpathian novel by Christine Feehan, known as the reigning queen of paranormal romance. “The Overton Window” is a political thriller by Glenn Beck.

Quotable quote

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” — Plato, classical Greek philosopher and mathematician.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Stan Church, Phyl Daleske, Gloria Flynn, Dennis Hogan, Annie Jacobi, Ms. and Mr. McDivit, Doris Prior, Jarrell Tyson and Lin Xie.

Website

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