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Free Lifelong Learning Lectures underway

This year’s fall series of free Lifelong Learning lectures is underway at the library. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations takes place on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Mark your calendars to take advantage of these fine speakers and wide-ranging topics that will take your library’s Lifelong Learning lectures to new heights:

• Oct. 23: “Lover Boy” by political cartoonist and drama critic Judith Reynolds is an in-depth look at Don Juan, a staple in novels, plays, poems and opera.

• Oct. 30: “Climate Science and Policy, 2010” by Dick White revisits the subject of a college course on climate science and policy that he first taught in 1995.

• Nov. 6: “Romantic Love: It’s All About Us” by Dr. Linda Schott uses music, video and photos to explore the concept of romantic love from a philosophical perspective.

• Nov. 13: “Hold On To Your Memory” by Katy Deshler teaches ways to maximize brain power as you grow older, and includes information about memory changes as you age.

• Nov. 20: “Computer Savvy: Technology Nuts and Bolts” by Peter Welch and our adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt is a practical how-to session to help you embrace technology and live with its rapid changes.

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.

Craft Circle

This month’s Craft Circle, an informal needlecraft get-together, takes place from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 22) at the library.

Large print

“Bad Samaritan” by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest in the Sister Agatha mystery series set in Bernalillo, N.M.

“Murder on a Starry Night” by Sally Goldenbaum is the latest in the Queen Bees Quilt mystery series. “Patrick’s Destiny” by Sherryl Woods is a contemporary romance. “The Rosary” by Florence L. Barclay is a new large print version of the classic that was the top New York Times bestseller in 1910, translated into eight languages and made into five movies. “Twenty Notches” is a western by Max Brand, once called “the Shakespeare of the Western range.” “Back Trail” is a western by three-time Spur Award winner Lewis B. Patten. “Painted Ladies” by Robert B. Parker is the last novel in the Spenser PI series, completed the year before the author died.

New novels

“Fall of Giants” is book one of the new Century Trilogy by Ken Follett that follows the fates of five interrelated families — American, German, Russian, English and Welsh. “An Irish Country Courtship” by Patrick Taylor continues the story of two doctors working in the Ulster village of Ballybucklebo. “Legacy” by Danielle Steel interweaves the lives of a contemporary writer and an 18th century Sioux Indian.

Holiday books

“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” is a large-print trilogy of holiday short stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier. “A Chesapeake Shores Christmas” by Sherryl Woods is a romance about a couple about to remarry amid mixed reactions from their grown children.

Political topics

“Obama’s Wars” is the publicity-generating blockbuster by journalist Bob Woodward that looks at the president’s behind-the-scenes decision-making relating to the Afghanistan War. “Third World America” by Arianna Huffington outlines the author’s belief that our politicians are abandoning the middle class and betraying the American dream. “C Street: The Fundamental Threat to American Democracy” by Jeff Sharlet explores the power of religious fundamentalists in today’s world. “Poorer Richard’s America” by Tom Blair draws on the essence of “Poor Richard’s Almanack” to view America in 2011 from Ben Franklin’s point of view.

Other nonfiction

“The Warmth of Other Suns” by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the south for northern and western cities in search of a better life. “Songs of Blood and Sword” is a memoir by Fatima Bhutto, daughter of assassinated Pakistani leader Murtaza Bhutto. “Cloud Computing for Dummies” helps you recognize the benefits and risks of cloud services, understand the business impact and economics of the cloud, and develop your cloud.

Mysteries on CD

“Think Twice” by Lisa Scottoline is the latest in the mystery series featuring Bennie Rosato, head of an all-female law firm. “Lucid Intervals” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mysteries series set in New York City.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Don’t Blink” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan follows a reporter who accidentally gets involved in a Mafia killing. “Naked Heat” by Richard Castle tells of the murder investigation after New York’s most vicious gossip columnist is killed. “Never-Ending Snake” by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest in the Ella Clah mysteries series set in the Navajo Reservation.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Ms. Flynn, Carl Pulciani and Bonnie Stanford.


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