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Free armchair travel program next Thursday evening

One of the prime adult Summer Reading Program events takes place next Thursday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m. when visual presentations about world travel will be showcased in a special free Armchair Travel Talks evening.

Among the speakers will be Mark Thompson (the Amazon), Sara Dekker (France and Italy), June Russell (Holland), Robin Nay (New Zealand) and Mat deGraaf (multiple countries).

Mark your calendars and enjoy these “free trips” around the world next Thursday evening.

Golden Retrievers

Dog lovers and most other Pagosans know about the two big events involving golden retrievers this weekend. The first-ever Golden Retriever Roundup kicks off tomorrow (Friday, June 24) with a barbecue at the Pagosa Lodge. Then on Saturday morning, June 25, the goldens will parade from The Springs Resort to Town Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, tomorrow evening (June 24) a play called “Sylvia” featuring a golden retriever opens a three-week run at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

With all this excitement involving goldens, it is fitting that a new book called “Until Tuesday” featuring a golden retriever service dog has just arrived at the library. Written by Luis Carlos Montalvan, a highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, this is the story of how a golden retriever named Tuesday helped the author recover from his physical and psychological wounds from the Iraq War.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program is well underway, with a multitude of activities between now and the closing all-ages party on Friday evening, July 15. Activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. Detailed schedules are available at the library.

Tattoos for teens

Teens are invited to enjoy a free special crafts program tomorrow (Friday, June 24) that is part of the Summer Reading Program. Watch the Bollywood film “Bride and Prejudice” set in India at noon and then stay to learn about mendhi art (henna tattoos). Teens who have signed permission slips will be able to have a henna tattoo applied to their body. The tattoos last a week or two and then fade away.

In memoriam

Lilian Jackson Braun, one of our library patrons’ favorite authors, has died at age 97. Her bestselling “The Cat Who …” series featured crime-solving feline heroes and was so popular here that library director Jackie Welch said whenever Braun released a new title it was an automatic purchase for us. We have 22 of her titles in regular, large print and audio at the Sisson Library, with a total of 91 available to our patrons through AspenCat. The human protagonist in the series is Jim Qwilleran, a newspaper columnist. But most readers would agree that the stars of the books are the Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum.

Thrillers and suspense

“The Delta Solution” by Patrick Robinson is the third thriller in the series featuring Mack Bedford, this one centering on Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean. “Tabloid City” by Pete Hamill centers on 14 hours after the murder of a wealthy socialite and her secretary in New York City. “Sister” by Rosamund Lupton is about the love between two sisters, one of whom believes the death of her sibling was murder not suicide. “Blood Trust” by Eric Van Lustbader is the latest in the series featuring FBI agent Alli Carson and national security adviser Jack McClure. “Bloodmoney” by David Ignatius is a novel of espionage in Pakistan where someone is killing the members of a new CIA intelligence unit.

Large print

“A Stranger in Mayfair” by Charles Finch is a murder mystery set in England. “Nowhere Near Respectable” by Mary Jo Putney is an historical romance in the Lost Lords series. “Dead by Morning” by Beverly Barton is a romantic suspense story. “Texas Blue” by Jodi Thomas is a romance set in Texas. “Knockdown” by Sarah Graves is the latest in the Home Repair homicide mystery series. “Peyton: A Western Duo” by Max Brand brings together two of the author’s westerns for the first time in book form. ’“A Turn in the Road” by Debbie Macomber tells of three women — a mother, her daughter and former mother-in-law –– traveling across the country by car. “The Alpine Vengeance” by Mary Daheim is the latest in the Emma Lord mystery series.

Books on CD

“In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson is the story of America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime and his family’s experiences in Berlin. “A Turn in the Road” by Debbie Macomber tells of three women — a mother, her daughter and former mother-in-law — traveling across the country by car. “Southern Comfort” by Fern Michaels is an adventure that brings together a homicide detective who lost his family to murder and a former DEA special agent. “10th Anniversary” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “The Final Storm” by Jeff Shaara is the final installment of his World War II trilogy, this book set in the Pacific.

Other new novels

“Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See continues the story of Pearl and May from “Shanghai Girls,” and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter. “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett is the tale of a missing scientist and a researcher sent to find her in the Amazon jungle. “Hit List” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the series featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake.

Quotable quote

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only men and women who have grown hopeless about them.” — Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), French military leader during World War I.


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