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Early spring updates and renovations for your library

Library users likely already have noticed that the foyer has been updated — and not just with a coat of paint. The entryway between the outside and inside doors got an early dose of spring cleaning. A portrait of our namesake — Ruby M. Sisson, Pagosa pioneer and educator — is displayed, along with several donor and award plaques. We hope to recognize more donors in the entryway in the coming months.

But what about the carts with sale items and free magazines? These items have been relocated to shelves in the hallway near the restrooms under a new “Friends of the Library Year-Round Book Sale” sign. All items are 25 cents each or five for $1. There are two shelves reserved for magazines and other gratis items. Also in the hallway are large bulletin boards formerly displayed in the foyer displaying posters for library and community events.

To help us keep the foyer looking fresh and uncluttered, we ask you to bring your library donations, magazines and community event postings to the front desk.

Watch for more ways that the library will be freshening up in the coming months. A recent consultation from library architecture and space consultants has inspired your library staff to plan for some exciting changes.

Documentary DVD

“The World According to Monsanto” is a documentary film about the controversial company’s making of some of the most toxic products ever sold (Agent Orange being an example), plus its creation of a wide variety of genetically engineered crops that many believe threaten our health, environment and economy. This DVD also includes the film, “Your Milk on Drugs — Just Say No” and an audio CD with a speech about genetically modified foods called “Don’t Put That In Your Mouth,” both by Jeffrey M. Smith.

Memoirs and biographies

“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua is the book that has made headlines across the country because its author so candidly recounts her iron-willed style for raising her two daughters. “From Zero to Mastectomy: What I Learned and You Need to Know about Stage 0 Breast Cancer” by Jackie Fox grew from a series of essays the author wrote for the Omaha World-Herald about her experience. “A Life of Control,” edited by Alan L. Graber, Anne W. Brown and Kathleen Wolff, is a collection of personal stories of people living with diabetes.

“Known and Unknown” by Donald Rumsfeld is the memoir of the former Secretary of Defense. “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski explores the life of one of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history. “My Father at 100” by Ron Reagan is a memoir of President Ronald Reagan written by his son at the centenary of the president’s birth. “Every Man in This Village is a Liar” by Los Angeles Times reporter Megan K. Stack is a large print memoir of war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Large print westerns

“The Family Jensen” by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone is a family saga of the Jensens, an American frontier family. “One More River to Cross” by Will Henry is a work of historical fiction featuring a Confederate Army slave. “Tate: McKettricks of Texas” by Linda Lael Miller is part of a frontier romance trilogy.

Large print mysteries

“Precious” by Sandra Novack explores the effects on everyone in a tight-knit neighborhood after a 10-year-old girl goes missing. “Bloodprint” by Kitty Sewell is a psychological suspense story featuring a psychotherapist trying to recover after a freak accident killed her husband. “Unhallowed Ground” by Heather Graham centers on a grim discovery of the remains of dozens of bodies in an historic Florida mansion. “To Fetch a Thief” by Spencer Quinn is the latest in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. “The Chocolate Pirate Plot” by JoAnna Carl, the latest in the Chocoholic mystery series, includes tasty chocolate trivia. “The Poacher’s Son” by Paul Doiron is a thriller set in the wilds of Maine. “Running Scared” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller about a woman and her adopted son who left Boston for a new life in Oregon.

Large print general fiction

“Father of the Rain” by Lily King traces a complex and volatile father-daughter relationship from the 1970s to the present. “The Tale of Halcyon Crane” by Wendy Webb follows the search for answers by a daughter after she learns her mother died recently, not 30 years ago in a fire. “Tempted By His Kiss” by Tracy Anne Warren is a historical romance.

How-to and self-help

“The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome” by Drs. Brian Chicoine and Dennis McGuire covers the complete scope of healthcare and wellness needs for people with this disease. “Facebook and Twitter for Seniors” by Marsha Collier is the latest in the highly popular For Dummies series of how-to books. “Microsoft Windows 7 Simplified” by Paul McFedries is a full-color guide to Windows 7. “Clinical Trials” by Dr. Lorna Speid tells what patients and healthy volunteers need to know about clinical trials. “Real Food: What to Eat and Why” by Nina Planck reveals why traditional foods are not only delicious, but also good for you. “The Whole Soy Story” by nutritionist Kaayla T. Daniel looks at the dark side of America’s favorite health food.

Other nonfiction

“The Joy of Chemistry” by Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf is reviewed as an excellent introduction to chemistry. “Genetic Twists of Fate” by Stanley Fields and Mark Johnston tells real-life stories that hinge on the inheritance of one tiny change rather than another in the individual’s DNA. “The Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2010” is the inaugural volume of the year’s best dark tales. “The Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe?

Quotable quote

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations in memory of Kay Grams from Gil and Lenore Bright, Bob and Carole Howard, James and Krista Miner, Peter and Jackie Welch, the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Club and the Woman’s Civic Club of Pagosa Springs.

For books and materials this week, we thank Carol Hunt Ash, Lisa Locke, Jim Mathews, Lisa Peterson, Brigid O’Brien and Henry Williams.


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