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What’s going on in the children’s room?

You may recall from previous columns that your library has been experiencing a space “refreshment.” Instead of an expensive renovation or reconstruction, we are trying to improve the library in an economical way to better meet the growing needs of our patrons. Much of the input for the changes came from your responses to our September 2008 survey and from other patron comments.

One of the most dramatic changes will happen in the children’s room — and if you are one of our patrons who has been surprised that this prime space is now empty, you are not alone. Here’s the plan:

This room, the only large meeting space in the library, will be transformed into a multipurpose program room in the coming months. A large group meeting area has been our most requested feature for years. Children’s storytime programs will continue to be held in this room, but you can watch for additional programs such as Craft Circle, movie afternoons, Nintendo Wii events, computer training and more to be scheduled here. When the room is not being used for a scheduled activity, anyone will be able to use the room.

Right now, since the space is a work in progress, you will find a simple set of tables and chairs as well as a lot of floor space. This area can be used for homework, tutoring, reading, doing puzzles and more. Once we are able to relocate some of the big furniture, we will decorate this space in a more inviting way. Also, since we know how important routine and familiarity are to our youngest patrons, we elected to keep this room open during the changes even though it is not finished.

We thank you for your patience. Watch for more details of what will happen in this program room in future library columns.

Colorado artist

“Stanton Englehart: A Life on Canvas,” edited by Jules Masterjohn, is the first publication to survey the artist’s prolific 50-year career. A celebrated painter of the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, Englehart’s paintings are held in collections in Canada, Germany and across the U.S. He also is known as a passionate educator, with a highly successful 30-year teaching career at Fort Lewis College.

Colorado guides

“Colorado Wildflowers: Montane Zone” by Ann Kurz Chambers is a Colorado Mountain Club guide that includes watercolors of 160 wildflowers painted by the author. “Rock Climbing Colorado” is a new guide to more than 1,800 routes in our state, the birthplace of American rock climbing.

Large print westerns

In “Montana Dawn” by Stone Wallace, the heroine and her outlaw companion share romance and danger across the unrelenting Nevada terrain. “The White Indian” by Max Brand is the first time the story of Rusty Sabin has been published in book format.

Other large print

“Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult is the story of a woman who becomes a music therapist and finds love with another woman. “The Goodbye Quilt” by Susan Wiggs tells of a special cross-country road trip of a mother and daughter. “The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Mysteries and suspense

“Afraid of the Dark” by James Grippando is the latest in the Jack Swyteck series. In “The Mozart Conspiracy” by Scott Mariani, a mysterious contemporary death leads back to questions about Mozart’s death. “Cold Wind” by C. J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett crime series. “Dead by Midnight” by Carolyn Hart is a mystery featuring the cheerful owner of a mystery bookstore. “Spiral” by Paul McEuen is a thriller by one of the leading researchers in nanoscience. “Mystery” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware mystery series. “The Bone Yard” by Jefferson Bass is a thriller focusing on a discovery of human remains at a boys’ reform school in Florida. “Drawing Conclusions” by Donna Leon is the 20th book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series.

Biographies and memoirs

“Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week — From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection” by Pope Benedict details the final week of Jesus’ earthly life. “Against All Odds” by Scott Brown is the extraordinary personal journey of the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, who came from behind to win Ted Kennedy’s seat. “Untied” by TV actress Meredith Baxter reveals the woman behind the image in this memoir. “Blood, Bones and Butter” by Gabrielle Hamilton follows the author’s unconventional journey through many kitchens around the world. “Rawhide Down” by Del Quentin Wilber is the story of that terrifying day in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan was shot. “Bossypants” is the memoir written by TV comedian Tina Fey. “Red” by Sammy Hagar is the autobiography of one of rock’s most successful musicians. “Guilt By Association” by Marcia Clark is the life story in her own words of the prosecutor in the infamous O.J. Simpson case.

Food and cooking

“How to Eat a Small Country” by Amy Findley tells of a Food Network TV star who gives up her career to move to France with her family in an attempt to save her marriage. “30 Day Gourmet’s Big Book of Freezer Cooking” by Nanci Slagle and Carol Santee provides great tasting recipes, color photos and step-by-step instructions that will make it easy to stock your freezer with delicious, healthy foods.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Twilight’s Dawn” by Anne Bishop is a collection of four novellas from her Blood Realm fantasy series. “River Marked” by Patricia Briggs is set in “a place where witches, vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people.” “Pale Demon” by Kim Harrison takes Rachael Morgan on a wild journey of dark magic and supernatural adventure. “Altar of Bones” by Philip Carter explores the strange deaths of three people with ties to a woman who fled a Soviet prison camp decades ago. “The Beloved Dead” by Tony Hays is a mystery set in King Arthur’s Court. “Phantom Evil” by Heather Graham is the latest case facing a secret government unit headed by famed paranormal investigator Adam Harrison. “The Color of Night” by Madison Smartt Bell is a mythical novel that asks us to piece together what is left of a shattered collective unconscious. “In Fire Forged” is the fifth in the World’s of Honor series featuring Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn and David Weber.

Other new novels

“The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain is the story of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, and their expat life in Jazz Age Paris. “The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. “The Silver Boat” by Luanne Rice tells of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha’s Vineyard one last time to say goodbye to the family beach house. “44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel explores the lives of the owner and three roommates in a boarding house in Greenwich Village.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Sandra Barber, Marcia and Robert Bledsoe, Scottie Gibson, Linda Tilson, Ginger Vierra and Laurie Walston.

Quotable quote

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and a cofounder of the London School of Economics.


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