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Help us buy new books for children and teens

In lieu of the Giving Tree, this year’s special holiday fund-raiser at the library will be Funds4Books, a book drive for new youth materials for the library called “Sprucing Up Our Collection.” You can find more information by the decorated spruce tree inside the library.

You can donate online or by writing a check. Our goal is $2,000. We’ll use every penny to replace worn-out favorites and buy classics that we don’t own. We’re hoping your generosity will help us avoid having to say, “Sorry, we don’t have it,” when one of our young patrons asks for a book.

Since Operation Helping Hand isn’t running their holiday program any more, this is your library’s way of making sure that quality books are available for Archuleta County children and teens at the library. You can make your gift for any amount. A $25 donation buys one or two new picture books or novels. A $50 donation replaces missing books from a popular series or buys quality hardcover classics.

All donations are tax deductible. Starting now, you can make your gift by going to our Sisson Library website. Or, go to and enter the code 535b. Click on the red “DONATE NOW” button on the right above the donation meter. The website is encrypted so your transaction is secure. Or, if you prefer to write a check, make it out to and put “Ruby Sisson Library” on the memo line. We have pre-addressed stamped envelopes at the library for sending in your checks.

This special program runs from Thursday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Dec. 17. If you would like to make a donation after the deadline, please see the library staff.

We thank you, on behalf of all the youngsters in Archuleta County.

Lifelong Learning

Our 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. This Saturday (Nov. 6) we’ll learn about “Romantic Love: It’s All About Us” when Dr. Linda Schott explores the concept of romantic love from a philosophical perspective, using the work of philosopher Robert Soloman.

Holiday crafts

Join us next Friday, Nov. 12 from 10-11 a.m. for our third and final 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 make glass gifts — painted vases and more chalkboard painted jars. No registration or fees are required.

Books on CD

“Act of Treason” by Vince Flynn is part of the series featuring Mitch Rapp. “An Irish Country Courtship” by Patrick Taylor features two doctors working in the colorful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo. We have two new CD books by Robert B. Parker — “Split Image” featuring Sheriff Jesse Stone, and “Painted Ladies,” the last in the Spenser PI mystery series, completed the year before the author’s death. “Legacy” is the latest novel from bestselling author Danielle Steel. “Spider Bones” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the series featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan.

Biographies and memoirs

“A Journey: My Political Life” by Tony Blair is the British prime minister’s account of his years in office and beyond. “Even Silence Has An End” by Ingrid Betancourt chronicles the author’s six years of captivity in the Columbian jungle. “Promise Me” by Nancy G. Brinker tells how a promise to her sister resulted in the launch of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global movement to end breast cancer.

Other nonfiction

“Making Our Democracy Work” by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer looks at the history and major decisions of the highest court in our land. “Science 1001” by Dr. Paul Parsons provides explanations of the most fundamental and fascinating scientific concepts distilled into 1001 bite-sized mini-essays. “Earth Then and Now” uses 250 stunning images showing locations as they were and as they are now to show changes in the earth over the past 100 years.

New novels

“Nemesis” by Philip Roth looks at how the polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 affected families and leaders in Newark, N.J. “Room” by Emma Donoghue details how a mother and son survive for years in an 11x11-foot space. “Great House” by Nicole Krauss follows the power of a desk that affects the life of so many people trying to reconstruct family histories. “The Valcourt Heiress” by Catherine Coulter is an historical romance set in King Edward’s medieval England. “Odd Is On Our Side” is a graphic novel adventure by Dean Kootz featuring Odd Thomas. “Promise Me” by Richard Paul Evans tells the story of a woman facing tragedy who meets a mysterious stranger on Christmas Day.

Mysteries and suspense

“Painted Ladies” by Robert B. Parker is the last in the Spenser P.I. series, completed the year before the author died. “The Reversal” by Michael Connelly brings back the investigative team of Mickey Haller and LAPD detective Harry Bosch.

Quotable quote

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” — Benjamin Franklin.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Leanne Goebel, Roxane Jewell and Jim Mathison.