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Free service allows you to download e-books from home

An easy new library service now allows you to download e-books from home to your Barnes and Noble Nook, SonyReader, Apple products and smart phones — all free of charge if you are a Sisson Library patron with a library card. Unfortunately, because of Amazon’s proprietary technology, the service does not work with the Kindle.

Called OverDrive, it works just like a downloadable audio book and installs in less than two minutes with a broadband connection. You can resize the text or the screen to suit you and the text will wrap itself around in the available space. Handouts with instructions are available at the library if you need them.

Initially, the system contains 730 book titles in a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction genres. You can search by subject for what you want — for example, biographies, mysteries, cooking, foreign language study, health and fitness, and New Age. Over time, the number of offerings will grow dramatically. Fifteen of the e-books are available in eight different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese.

To download the e-books, click on the OverDrive Download icon on the home page of our library website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Our ability to offer this popular service is thanks to a great extent to a generous donation by Sheila Rogers, a longtime library supporter and San Antonio resident who has been coming to Pagosa Springs in the summertime for 10 years. “I think everyone — especially children –– ought to be able to use the library, even in winter when the snow makes it hard to get there,” she said. “I hope that many more youngsters will read if we make it easy for them to get e-books for free.” Sheila speaks from experience, being the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of six.

“We are able to offer this popular program because we are a member of the Across Colorado Digital Consortium, an association of 13 libraries in Colorado,” said Jackie Welch, Sisson Library director. “That partnership makes this high-technology software economically possible for us, even though we are a small library, and we are delighted to be able to provide this service to our patrons.”

$$$ for books

This year’s special holiday fund-raiser at the library is Funds4Books, a book drive for new youth materials for the library called “Sprucing Up Our Collection.” You can donate on line or by writing a check. You can find more information by the decorated spruce tree inside the library. 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.

Craft Circle

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

Books on CD

“In the Company of Others” by Jan Karon describes the adventures of a retired Episcopal priest and his wife on a trip to Ireland. “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow is the latest portrait of the father of our nation. “The Reversal” by Michael Connelly is a legal thriller in the Harry Bosch series. “State of the Union” by Brad Thor is a thriller relating to a nuclear threat. “Don’t Blink” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan centers around the murder of a restaurant guest that ends up putting a journalist in the midst of a deadly Mafia war. “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett is book one of a new historical epic called the Century Trilogy.”

Mysteries and suspense

“The Twelfth Imam” by Joel C. Rosenberg is set in the Middle East where CIA operative David Shirazi must disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program without leaving American fingerprints. “Djibouti” by Elmore Leonard is a twisting and sometimes playful tale of modern-day piracy on the Horn of Africa. “American Assassin” by Vince Flynn is the latest in the Mitch Rapp thriller series. “Worth Dying For” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher mystery series.

How-to and self-help

“True Prep” by Lisa Birnbach is a new take on the preppy world by the author of “The Official Preppy Handbook.” “Gunn’s Golden Rules” by life coach Tim Gunn shares his 18 principles to guide you to success in your career, relationships and life. “Growing Roots” by Katherine Leiner tells the stories of a new generation of sustainable farmers, cooks and food activists, and shares some of their recipes. “This Is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever)” by celebrity fitness trainer Jackie Warner offers her strategies for dropping pounds without grueling workouts or deprivation.

Satire

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” by David Sedaris is the seventh collection by this humorist, who turns his unique wit to the fables of featured and four-legged creatures to showcase human behavior. Be aware that some readers and reviewers found the stories depressing, even cruel.

Quotable quote

“In real life we deal, not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves; men and women who are full of contractions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous.” — Nelson Mandela, social activist and president of South Africa 1994-1999.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Barb Draper, Scottie Gibson, Buster Overley, Steve Price, Stephanie Terry and Lynne Wooldridge.

Website

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