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Display your collection at the library

We want to thank the many local collectors who have graciously shared their treasures with the community by allowing us to display them at the library during 2010.

Those collectors include Tom Mitchell (1933 World’s Fair items), Kay Grams (cats), Jennifer Hedrick (cobalt blue glass), Rosalind Marshall (belly dance items), Nancy Green (coins), Helen L. Richardson (Chimney Rock items), Diane Kleinman (paper dolls), Library Staff (old kids’ books), Sandy Howe (Constitution Week tribute), Keena Murphy (shell collection), Elliott Reed (Lego Bionicles) and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt (Norwegian Christmas display).

If you are interested in displaying all or part of your collection, please call Kathy Hamilton at the library at 264-2208. The display case is just inside the front entrance to the library. It is three feet long, four and a half feet high and ten inches deep, and it locks so security is not a concern.

Seeking board members

If you love books and technology, believe the library is an integral part of our community, and want to make our library the best it can possibly be, then we want you on our board of trustees. We currently have two openings for three-year terms on the Sisson Library board. This is a volunteer position — no monetary compensation, but lots of job satisfaction. The board meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. If you are interested in pursuing one of these two board seats, please send a letter of interest to Jackie Welch, Director, P.O. Box 849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or e-mail

Genre of the month

To expand your horizons, watch for a new Genre of the Month program from Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director and adult services librarian. She’ll arrange monthly book displays and recommended reads for adult fiction, junior fiction and young adult fiction — and tie the theme into a monthly movie matinee for adults. Fantasy is the genre for January, and we’ll be watching “Fantasia” on Friday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

Books on CD

“The Emperor’s Tomb” by Steve Berry is the fifth in the Cotton Malone adventure series. “Rescue” by Anita Shreve centers on the reappearance of a mother after a fairytale but failed romance. “Dead or Alive” by Tom Clancy pairs Jack Ryan and his son in a dangerous hunt for terrorists. “Port Mortuary” by Patricia Cornwell is the 18th and newest in the series featuring forensic scientist Scarpetta.

Large print westerns

“Shadow on the Land” by Wayne D. Overholster is set in central Oregon. “Storm in Paradise Valley” by Charles G. West features Jason Storm. “Texas Standoff” by Elmer Kelton is a novel of the Texas Rangers. “Fighting Men” by Ralph Cotton features Civil War veteran Sharman Dahl. “Savage Hellfire” by Jory Sharman is about a man seeking revenge for the murder of his family. “Twin Sombreros” by Zane Grey is about a man tracking down the killer of the brother of two beautiful twin sisters. “Not A Rustler” by John D. Nesbitt is about ranchers’ concerns and related rumors related to cattle rustlers. “Beecher Island” by Tim Champlin is set in western Kansas in the 1860s.

Short stories

“Atlantis and Other Places” by Harry Turtledove travels through time and across cultures with this imaginative collection of what-if short fiction covering ancient eras, historical figures and mysterious events.

Other novels

“Nemesis” by Lindsey Davis is a mystery set in ancient Rome. “Catacombs” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the latest in the series featuring cats with an almost telepathic bond with their minders. “Return to Sender” by Fern Michaels is about the revenge of an unwed mother that results in her knowledge of a truth much more complex than she imagined when the father abandoned her and her baby. “La’s Orchestra Saves the World” by Alexander McCall Smith is a tale about the life-affirming powers of music and friendship. “Demon Rumm” by Sandra Brown is a romance involving an author and the bad-boy actor who will star in the film version of her story.


“Cake Pops” by Bakerella provides tips, tricks and recipes for more than 40 mini-treats. “WeightWatchers New Complete Cookbook” offers 500 recipes for the healthy cook’s kitchen, with all recipes carrying the new 2011 PointsPlus system values. “Great Food, All Day Long” by Maya Angelou is the author’s second cookbook, with recipes inspired by her own dramatic weight loss.

More nonfiction

“What The Tortoise Taught Us” by Burton F. Porter takes readers on a journey through Western philosophy, exploring the lives of major philosophers and how their ideas continue to influence our lives today. “Straight Talk, No Chaser” by Steve Harvey provides tips on how to find, keep and understand a man, including advice about dating and how to minimize nagging and maximize harmony at home.

Quotable quote

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), American clergyman and prominent leader of the African American civil rights movement.

Thanks to our donors

Many thanks to Savannah Kuehn for her donation this week.


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