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Join us in celebrating National Library Week

National Library Week is being observed across the U.S.A. April 10-16 with the theme, “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.” Author John Grisham is honorary chair of the celebration, which is sponsored by the American Library Association. Drop by the Sisson Library to see our display about this event and look at all the changes we are making to ensure your library remains a vital part of our community.

Teen event

We hope that teens in the seventh through 12th grades will mark their calendars for Wednesday, April 20, for the next free Teen Crafts Program from 3:30-5 p.m., when we will be making Gock/Zombie puppets.

Lifelong Learning

This Sunday, April 10, is the fifth 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. Fifth in this series is“Thriving in the Rapids of Change,” featuring author, photographer and Grand Canyon river guide Charly Heavenrich. He will share inspiring stories of ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences in the Grand Canyon. In addition, he will offer strategies for managing life transitions rather than being managed by them. His information will include why many people tend to resist change, how to overcome resistance, and a model that outlines stages of transitions brought about by change.

We hope you also will mark your calendars for the last lecture in the Sunday spring series, which is “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization” by Dennis Aronson on April 17. Watch for more details on this presentation in next week’s Library News column.

Western movie

This month’s Genre of the Month at the library is westerns. Check out the display of books in the Adult Fiction section, and note the many westerns highlighted below. Then please join us tomorrow (Friday, April 8) for a free showing of the classic movie, “Unforgiven,” starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman at 1 p.m. Popcorn is included.

Large print westerns

“Range Feud” by Ray Hogan includes two compelling westerns in one volume.

“The Blaze of Noon: A Western Story” by Tim Champlin is set in the Southwestern desert. “Death of a Hangman” by Joseph A. West is part of the Ralph Compton series. “Blood Feud” by David Robbins follows a 16-year-old son avenging his family’s murders.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Nearest Exit” by Olen Steinhauer is the second installment in the Tourist spy series featuring Milo Weaver. “When The Thrill Is Gone” by Walter Mosley is the latest in the Leonid McGill mystery series. “Love You More” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery featuring veteran detective D.D. Warren. “Treachery In Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the series featuring Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody. “The Night Season” by Chelsea Cain is a serial killer story set in Portland.

Biographies and memoirs

“End Game” by Frank Brady explores chess champion Bobby Fischer’s remarkable rise and fall, from America’s brightest prodigy to the edge of madness. “I Beat The Odds” by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger is the first-hand tale of the young homeless football player whose story first was portrayed in the book and movie, “The Blind Side.” In “Conversations With Scorsese” by Richard Schickel, the award-winning director explores Hollywood and talks of his many critically claimed films. “The Pioneer Woman” by Dee Drummond is about a young city girl who falls in love and marries a cowboy, trading her black heels for tractor wheels.

More nonfiction

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem” by James Carroll uncovers the ways that this ancient city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. “To A Mountain in Tibet” by Colin Thubron is an account of a journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailas in Tibet. “How The West Was Lost” by economist Dambisa Moyo sheds light on how a host of short-sighted policy decisions have left the economic seesaw poised to tip away from America and toward the emerging world, and what we can do to change that.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Susan Dussell, Scottie Gibson, Annie Jacobi, Marty Margulies, Caroline Paschal, Barbnara Stokol and Gwen Taylor.

Quotable quote

“I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got a hold of for the moment. And I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish dramatist, writer and theater critic.


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