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Sign up now for free Summer Reading Program

Registration week for your library’s free Summer Reading Program starts this coming Monday, May 23. Summer reading activities are for all ages, so we hope everyone will sign up and participate. This year’s umbrella theme is world culture/world travel. The adult theme is “Novel destinations,” the teen theme is “You are here” and the kids’ theme is “One world, many stories.”

One of the many Summer Reading Program events takes place on Thursday, June 30, from 5-7 p.m. when powerpoint presentations about world travel will be showcased. For this special armchair travel evening, we are looking for seven presenters. Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes to share stories and digital photos from a recent excursion to an international location. We are hoping to get all seven continents represented. Please call Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director, at the library at 264-2209 if you are interested in speaking.

Watch for more details on the Summer Reading Program in future library columns.

Christian novels

“No Distance Too Far” and “A Heart for Home” are books two and three in the Home to Blessing series by Lauraine Snelling. “Leaving” by Karen Kingsbury is the first book in the new Baily Flanigan series that features members of the Baxter family and finally completes the Baily/Cody story.

Books by celebrities

“The Best Advice I Ever Got” by Katy Couric is a compilation of inspirational advice from politicians, entertainers, sports people, philanthropists and others. “The Morning Show Murders” by Al Roker is the NBC weatherman’s debut novel, a mystery. “I’m Over All That and Other Confessions” is a memoir by actress Shirley MacLaine. “Polar Dream” by Helen Thayer recounts the first solo expedition by a woman and her dog to the magnetic North Pole.

Mysteries and thrillers on CD

“Crunch Time” by Diane Mott Davidson is the latest in the mystery series featuring Colorado caterer Goldy Schultz. “Bel-Air Dead” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “I’ll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark is the latest in the mystery series featuring Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner and amateur detective. “The Sixth Man” by David Baldacci is the latest in the thriller series featuring former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. “Mystery” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware mystery series. “The Fifth Witness” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the legal mystery series featuring Mickey Haller.

American history

“Lion of Liberty” by Harlow Giles Unger is a biography of Founding Father Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny — both British and American. “The Founders of American Cuisine” by Harry Haff describes the lives, careers and significance of seven chefs and authors who had profound influences on the creation of American cuisine, and includes some of their recipes. “While the World Watched” by Carolyn Maull McKinstry is a poignant eyewitness account of what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South. “Operation Family Secrets” by Frank Calabrese Jr. recounts how a mobster’s son and the FBI brought down Chicago’s murderous crime family. “Blackwater” is the unauthorized story of the private mercenary army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff is the true story of one of the most incredible rescue missions in World War II.

Picture books

“On the Edge of Magic” by photographer Salvatore Mancini records petroglyphs and rock paintings of the Ancient Southwest. “Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs” by Gregory S. Paul is a lavishly illustrated volume about dinosaurs in the style of a field guide. “The Great Dinosaur Discoveries” by Darren Naish is an elegantly illustrated journey through more than two centuries of discovery arranged chronologically.

Other nonfiction

“Back to our Future” by David Sirota describes the author’s view that many of our current conflicts are rooted in the larger-than-life pop culture of the 1980s. “Gardens of Use and Delight” tells of a couple who moved their family of six from New England to Cape Breton Island and wrested beauty and substance from the land in spite of extreme weather and thin, rocky soil. “An Optimist’s Tour of the Future” by Mark Stevenson reports on the author’s travels around the world in search of answers to “What’s Next?” “The Joy of Cheesemaking” by Jody M. Farnham and Marc Druart is a guide to understanding, making and eating fine cheese. “The Mighty Walzer” by Howard Johnson is a comedic and heartbreaking story of one man’s come-of-age in 1950s Manchester, England. “Why Leaders Lie” by John J. Mearsheimer provides the first systematic analysis of lying as a tool of foreign relations. “Real Simple: 869 New Uses for Old Things” is an encyclopedia of innovative ideas for everyday items.

Mysteries and suspense

“Vienna Twilight” by Frank Tallis is the latest in the Max Liebermann mystery series. “Deception on all Accounts” and “The American Café” by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe are part of the Sadie Walela mystery series. “Deadly Threads” by Jane K. Cleland is the latest in the Josie Prescott antiques mystery series. “The Priest’s Graveyard” by Ted Dekker aligns two people with very different backgrounds who meet and work toward a common goal.

Other new novels

“Once Upon a Time, There Was You” by Elizabeth Berg tells of a divorced couple who rediscover the power of love and family in the midst of an unthinkable crisis. “The Judgment” by Beverly Lewis is a novel about Amish people. “Eighteen Acres” by Nicolle Wallace is a novel set in the White House by a woman who spent more than five years working there. “Miles to Go” by Richard Paul Evans is the second journal of The Walk series. “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron is a novel for humans touching on the universal quests for an answer to life’s basic question: Why are we here? “One Good Dog” by Susan Wilson’s story reminds us that even the most unlikely human can find redemption with the help of a canine friend. “Something Borrowed” by Emily Griffin tells what happens after a woman ends up in bed with her best friend’s fiancé.

Quotable quote

“All things come to those who wait, provided they hustle while they wait.” — Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931), American inventor, scientist and businessman.

Correction and sincere thanks

Recently we made an error in our thank yous to groups giving materials for our new multipurpose room. To set the record straight: The Friends of the Library donated the tables and the Women’s Civic Club gave us the nesting chairs — both very gratefully received. Then last week the Pagosa Springs Women’s Club gave us a check for adult programming and online resources. These three organizations are among our most generous ongoing supporters, so we greatly regret any confusion we may have caused.

For book and materials this week, we thank Kathy Isberg, Dwight Tsosie and Wolf Creek Run MotorCoach Resorts.


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