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Free Lifelong Learning lectures begin Sunday

This Sunday is the first of the six free Spring Lifelong Learning lectures, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. — and yes, you read that right: The lectures have been moved from Saturdays to Sundays. Since the library is closed Sundays, doors will open to lecture guests at 2:45 p.m.

First in this new series is “The Ethics of Beauty,” a talk by Katherine Burgess, an instructor at Southwest Colorado Community College. Many politicians and pundits decry the loss of a moral foundation in our country, often attributing it to the declining influence of religious moral principles as our society becomes increasingly secularized. Burgess asks if we can find a basis for ethical behavior that is not dependent upon divine punishment but rather finds its motivation in human happiness and well-being — and examines a possible answer to this question.

We hope you will mark your calendars for the other five lectures in the Sunday spring series:

• March 20: “The Physics of Musical Instruments,” by Dan Farmer.

• March 27: “Picture This: The Story Behind the Photograph,” by Kathy Myrick.

• April 3: “That Wilder Image: Stanton Englehart’s Western Landscape Paintings in Context,” by Judith Reynolds.

• April 10: “Thriving in the Rapids of Change,” by Charly Heavenrich.

• April 17: “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization,” by Dennis Aronson.

Watch for more details on each of these presentations in upcoming Library News columns.

Fun for teens

Save the date of Wednesday, March 23, from 3:30-5 p.m. for a fun free event for teens in the seventh through 12th grades, when we’ll be turning old CDs into new working clocks. We’ll provide the supplies and you provide your creativity.

Technical how-to

“Facebook Etiquette & Privacy For Dummies” is a 45-minute DVD and “Facebook for Dummies” is a book, both with tips on how to create your Facebook account and make it work for you.

Medical references

“The Latina Guide to Health” by Dr. Jane L. Delgado features medical information and advice for all Hispanic women. “Treat Me Not My Age” by Dr. Mark Lachs is a handbook for navigating the healthcare system as people get older. “The Emperor of all Maladies” by science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee documents cancer from its first documented appearance thousands of years ago to today. “What’s Up Down There?” by gynecologist Dr. Lissa Rankin answers questions the author says you would ask your gynecologist only if she were your best friend.

Large print books

“Breaking the Rules” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is the story of a star model who cannot escape her past. “Garrett” by Linda Lael Miller is part of the McKettricks of Texas family series. “Cry Mercy” by Mariah Stewart is part of the Mercy Street Foundation series, a billionaire-endowed organization dedicated to finding missing persons. “Out of Mind,” “Out of Sight” and “Out of Body” by Stella Cameron make up the Court of Angels paranormal trilogy. “Though Not Dead” by Dana Stabenow is the 18th mystery featuring Kate Shugak, set in Alaska.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Three Seconds” is the latest thriller by the Swedish writing duo Roslund and Hellstrom.

“Fatal Error” by J.A. Jance centers on the murder of a cyber-sociopath. “The Brotherhood” by Jerry B. Jenkins is a Precinct 11 novel featuring officers from the Chicago Police Department. “The Curse-Maker” by Kelli Stanley, the sequel to “Nox Dormienda,” is a suspenseful journey into a dark corner of Roman Britain.

Books on CD

“Devil’s Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is the latest in the Hannah Swensen mystery series set in Minnesota.

“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness is a love story in the world of daemons, witches and vampires. It also is available in hard cover. “The Union Quilters” by Jennifer Chiaverini is an Elm Creek Quilts novels set during the Civil War.

Other new novels

“Jane Goes Batty” by Michael Thomas Ford explores the life of a bookstore owner in upstate New York who is hiding her identity as “the Jane Austen.”

“I Think I Love You” by Allison Pearson, the story of two 13-year-olds from Wales who are obsessed with David Cassady, explores their friendship and relationship with their mothers.

“Rock Paper Tiger” by Lisa Brackmann follows the ups and downs of American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper.

Quotable quote

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” — President John F. Kennedy.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations in memory of Kay Grams from Richard and Barbara Cole, Shirley Iverson, Judy James, Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary and Jacquelyn Schick.

For books and materials this week, we thank Sabine Baeckmann, Barbara Carlos, Martin Golden, Jennifer Hedrick, Terry Hershey, Bamma Laizure and Lisa Peterson.


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