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Thanks for your generosity

Thanks to your generosity, we greatly exceeded our goal of raising $2,000 for December’s special holiday fund-raiser at the library. In fact, you helped us raise a total of $3,240 for Funds4Books, our book drive for new youth materials for the library.

We have placed our order for “dream books,” which will begin to arrive this month. We ordered many children and teen favorites, including many replacement books for well-loved or lost items. We also were able to get some new youth audio books on CD, as well as some Big Books, the oversized books for reading to groups like Preschool Storytime.

We thank the following Funds4Books donors, on behalf of all the youngsters in Archuleta County: Mackin Educational Resources; Lynn and Nick Constan; Mark, Angie and Heather Dahm in memory of Kurt and Louise Diedring; Echo Lake Billiards Association (Jim and Kris Miner, Rick and Lynne Stinchfield); Joyce Frederick; Walter Golien; Robert and Charla Green; Julie Gurule; Ron and Cindy Gustafson; Kathleen Hamilton; Bob and Carole Howard; Aideen Karger; Patricia Lindblad of The Lindblad Group LLC; Herb and Betty Nason; Robert and Janet Nordmann; Pagosa Women’s Club; Roland and Marcia Ray; Helen Richardson; Patricia Richardson; Judy Rust-Huerta; Mrs. K. Spears; Gwen Taylor; Linda Tilson; Peter and Jackie Welch; Carol Neville White; Barbara Wolf; plus many anonymous donors.

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 email

‘Fantasia’ movie

To expand your horizons, a new Genre of the Month program has been started by Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director and adult services librarian. She’s arranging monthly book displays and recommended reads for adult fiction, junior fiction and young adult fiction — and tying the theme into a monthly movie matinee for adults. Fantasy is the genre for January, and we’ll be watching “Fantasia” tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 14) at 1 p.m. The movie is free.

History DVDs

We now have the History Channel’s series called “World History: Beginnings to the New World,” which is 50 programs on 20 DVDs. The set includes programs on Imperial China; Russia; the Middle East; Egypt and Africa; the Middle Ages; the Rise of Christianity/The Byzantine Empire; the Renaissance; the Aztec, Inca and Mayan cultures; Roman, Greek and British Empires; and much more.

How-to with clay

“The Art of Metal Clay” by Sherri Haab, a revised and expanded edition showing techniques for creating jewelry and decorative objects, includes a DVD. “The Complete Book of Polymer Clay” by Lisa Pavelka provides step-by-step instructions for original projects as well as an inspirational gallery.

Biographies and memoirs

“The Killing of Crazy Horse” by Thomas Powers explores the people and events behind the death of the greatest Indian warrior of the 19th century. “The Elephant to Hollywood” is a memoir by this two-time Academy Award winner. “Without Hesitation” by retired General Hugh Shelton chronicles his journey from a small farming community in North Carolina to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Holding Fast” by Karen James is the behind-the-scenes story of a climbing tragedy on Mount Hood in December 2006.

Other nonfiction

“Four Fish” by Paul Greenberg explores the history of the fish that dominate our menus, investigating the results of rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech resolution. “All the Devils Are Here” by business journalists Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis.

Mysteries and suspense

“Skein of the Crime” by Maggie Sefton is part of the mystery series set in Fort Connor, Colo., which includes recipe and knitting patterns along with the story. “Fatal Judgment” by Irene Hannon is a suspense/romance book featuring U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor.

Quotable quote

“When you sling mud, you lose ground.” — Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900-1965), mid-20th century politician and diplomat.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for many generous donations this week — Clyde Combs, Margaret Hundley, Ronald Green and those who gave to the library at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce; Jim and Margaret Wilson in memory of Dirk and Colt Ross and in memory of Robert Wilson; and Patricia Howard and Donald Logan in honor of Bob and Carole Howard.

For books and materials this week, we thank Brian Ambrosich, Jill Porterfield, Doug Purcell, Bruce Wayne, Margaret Wilson and Mary Jo Valentine.


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