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Library’s free computers rearranged into new groupings

In the fairytale “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” the shoemaker awakes each morning to discover that his work was completed for him overnight, miraculously. We do not employ elves at the library, but we do have some miracle workers. And one of them is our assistant director, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, known to many of our patrons as the tech wizard because of her knowledge of computers and her regular “Tech Tuesday” teaching sessions.

Under Tessa’s direction, several big tasks were completed after hours, resulting in surprised faces on patrons in the morning. Most noticeable are the two new groupings of the free public computer work stations:

• Entering the library, to the left of the help desk, you will find the new Conversational Computing Area. The guidelines for this social computing area are that one to two people can use a computer at one time, conversational voices and quiet cell phone use are okay, but no food or drink is allowed.

• To the right of the help desk are individual study carrels that form the Silent Computing Area. The guidelines for this area are that only one person can use a computer at a time (no social computing), whispering is okay, but no talking or cell phones, and again, no food or drink.

With the new arrangement of the computers, furniture and fixtures in other parts of the library were rearranged, as well. In the Turner Reading Room, chairs and tables are now situated to maximize quiet reading and working habits. There are more spots to plug in laptop computers, more corners for cozy reading, and more places for perusing magazines and newspapers. Also, library users looking for new items need only to walk five steps inside the door to see the fresh face-out displays of all our new items on the westward wall. The signage and acrylic holders make it easy to identify attractive books, DVDs, audio books and more.

We hope you will stop by to see these and other changes we have made to serve you better.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program is underway, with a multitude of activities between now and the closing all-ages party on Friday evening, July 15. Summer reading activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. Programs for babies and toddlers run on Mondays. Programs for kids run on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Programs for teens and adults are scheduled at various times. The movie programs for all ages run on Fridays. Detailed schedules are available at the library.

You do not need to be a registered Summer Reading Program participant to attend these events. But registering provides all sorts of bonuses, including your own personal reading record sheet, and raffle tickets for special prizes.

Special for babies and toddlers

Our Baby and Toddler Summer Reading Program is designed to help you have fun reading and learning with your child. All the activities build early literacy skills including narrative skills, phonological awareness, print awareness, vocabulary and letter knowledge. Start at the beginning and do one activity a day with your child. After completing seven, you’ll be awarded a free board book.

Request for speakers

One of the adult Summer Reading Program events takes place on Thursday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m. when Powerpoint or similar visual 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. So far we have Asia, Australia and North America covered, and 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 on Africa, South America, Antarctica or Europe. She also can help you with your Powerpoint presentation if needed.

Books on CD

“Buried Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport thriller series. “Dead Reckoning” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series. “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” by Lawrence Block is the latest in the Matthew Scudder mystery series.

Large print mysteries

“The Kenken Killings” by Parnell Hall is the latest in the Puzzle lady mystery series.

“Bured Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport detective series. “Quicksilver” by Amanda Quick, an Arcanada Society novel, is book two in the Looking Glass Trilogy. “Bel-Air Dead” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Treason at Lisson Grove” by Anne Perry is the latest in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series. “Here Comes the Ride” by Lorena McCourtney is the latest in the Andi McDonnell mystery series. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Carola Dunn is the latest in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series.

Large print for women

“Trust Me on This” by Jennifer Crusie is a fast-paced and funny romance. “Night Road” by Kristin Hannah explores the aftermath of one night when a family is torn apart. “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen is a romance set in the South. “Devious” by Lisa Jackson is a romantic suspense involving multiple murders of nuns. “Miles To Go” by Richard Paul Evans is the second novel in the inspirational series following the journey of a heartbroken man.

Large print westerns

“The Quick and the Dead” by Louis L’Amour is set in 1876 Wyoming. “Throw the Devil Off the Train” by Stephen Bly is about a southern woman who flees to California after the Civil War.

Large print thrillers

“Cold Wind” by C.J. Box is the latest in the series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. “Pacific Glory” by P.T. Deutermann is an epic adventure set among the battles of World War II.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank June Geisen and Jeanne Kaiser.

Quotable quote

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American lecturer, essayist and poet.


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