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National Gaming Day at the library Saturday

This Saturday (Nov. 13) will be a fun day for game enthusiasts as we join more than 1,500 libraries around the world in celebrating National Gaming Day in honor of the educational, recreational and social value of video and board games.

Set for 10 a.m.-noon at the library, this is a program for all age groups. We’ll have Nintendo Wii set up, along with a variety of board and card games, including Candyland, Scrabble and chess. The Wii game will be easy enough for novices, but if experienced gamers attend, Kristine MacNeill, our youth services librarian, will be available to switch the program out.

No pre-registration is needed. Just show up and enjoy.

Lifelong Learning change

Our fall series of free Lifelong Learning lectures concludes this Saturday, Nov. 13, when our own “Tech Tuesdays” librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt and computer consultant Peter Welch will demystify the inner workings of computers and explain the intricacies of the Internet from 3 to 4:15 p.m. This is a schedule change. Previously, a talk about memory had been scheduled, but it has been cancelled.

Holiday crafts

Join us tomorrow (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.

Craft Circle

This month’s Craft Circle, an informal needlecraft get-together, takes place from 1-3 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 18, at the library.

Large print

“Promise Me” is an inspirational holiday book by Richard Paul Evans. “Our Kind of Traitor” is a mystery by the famed British author John le Carre. “Valley Forge” by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen is a novel about George Washington and Friederich von Steuben recasting the American army in 1777 in spite of a lack of Congressional support. “The Valcourt Heiress” by Catherine Coulter is a mystery set in an English castle.

Christian and inspirational fiction

“Unlocked” by Karen Kingsbury is the latest of this popular Christian fiction author’s inspirational books. “In the Dark Streets Shineth” by David McCullough tells of Christmas Eve 1941 when Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt deliver a message of hope to the world. This book also includes a DVD of the author’s presentation of this story at the Morman Tabernacle Choir’s 2009 Christmas concert.

Biographies and memoirs

“Conversations with Myself” by Nelson Mandela is based on his letters written during his 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa, as well as other personal papers. “White House Diary” by Jimmy Carter is the president’s personally annotated diary during his White House years. “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow is the latest portrait of the father of our nation. “The Man Who Invented the Computer” by Jane Smiley is the biography of digital pioneer John Atanasoff, a physics professor who personally built the first computer. “Extraordinary, Ordinary People” by Condoleezza Rice is a memoir of her family by the former Secretary of State. “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” by Joel Salatin tells of the author’s life on his family’s Shenandoah Valley farm, featured on the Grammy-nominated documentary Food Inc.

Other nonfiction

“Earth (The Book)” is a humor parody satire written by the authors of the popular TV program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. “Mathematics 1001” by Dr. Richard Elwes promises everything that matters in mathematics in 1001 bite-sized explanations.

New novels

“Playing the Game” by Barbara Taylor Bradford follows the consequences of a journalist’s article exposing the secrets of a London art consultant. “In The Company Of Others” by Jan Karon follows a retired Episcopal priest who takes his wife to Ireland to show her the home of his ancestors. “The Charming Quirks of Others” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in his Isabel Dalhousie series. “The Brave” by Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer, tells the story of one man’s struggle to save his son and himself from the mistakes of the past.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Identity Man” by Andrew Klavan is about a three-time loser given a chance at a new life that may well be too good to be true. “Mister X” by John Lutz tells of a serial killer who stops killing until the cold cases heat up and attract media attention. “The Templar Salvation” by Raymond Khoury is the sequel to “The Last Templar.”

Quotable quote

“Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies.” — Romare Beardon, contemporary African-American artist and collage maker.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Julie Greenly, Roxane Jewell and Cate Smock.


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