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Calling kids and teens for a free Lego contest!

Here’s good news for the many Lego fans among the kids and teens in our community — on Saturday, Sept. 17, your library is hosting a free Lego contest to give you a chance to display your creativity and building skills.

Your completed structure must be set up between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Judging will take place at 11. Everyone is welcome to view the entries between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You need to take your structure home between 2 and 3 p.m.

This contest is limited to 18 participants and you must pre-register by Wednesday, Sept. 14. Your entry must be built ahead of time — the library does not provide blocks. Your entry must be your own creation — not a Lego kit or a project found online or in a magazine. You must be able to carry your design in to and out of the library building without the assistance of the library staff. Your creation cannot be bigger than 18x18x18”.

Prizes will be awarded for each of three age categories: age 7 and under, ages 8-11 and ages 12-17. There will also be a Judges’ Choice prize. Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction and degree of difficulty.

For more information, more details on the rules or to register, contact Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, at the library or at 264-2209.

Bazaar needs volunteers

One of the most popular events of the year — the Women’s Civic Club holiday bazaar — is in great need of volunteers to help make this annual event the success it always has been.

The bazaar takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ross Aragon Community Center. For many folks in Archuleta County, this event marks the beginning of the holiday season — and a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping because of the wide variety of goodies on sale from about 80 different vendors.

But it is the hard, behind-the-scenes work you don’t see that makes the bazaar such a success, and the Civic Club women are asking for help.

Bazaar chairman Jennifer Hedrick says they need volunteers with strong arms and backs to set up and take down the heavy pegboards that are the walls of the vendor booths. They also need people to put up tables and chairs on site. And they need help with the Café kitchen, the raffle and the bake sale.

All proceeds from the bazaar go to the library. In fact, the bazaar, now in its 37th year, is the Civic Club’s largest fundraiser of the year for the library. We are deeply grateful for all the time and effort the Civic Club ladies put into this event. And we hope you will step forward to help share the workload.

To volunteer to help, please contact Barb Draper at 731-9979.

Books on CD

“Flash and Bones” by Kathy Reich is the latest in the series featuring Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist. “Victory and Honor” by W.E.B. Griffin and William F. Butterworth IV is the newest book in the Honor Bound saga of World War II espionage. “Dick Francis’ Gamble” by his son Felix Francis is a new mystery set in the horseracing world.


“A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard is the story in her own words of a youngster who was an abused prisoner for 18 years.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Accident” by Linwood Barclay is a thriller following a tragic car accident in a typical American community that tears families apart and opens windows to corruption and illegal activity. “Acceptable Loss” by Anne Perry is the latest in the William Monk murder series set in Victorian London. “Stealing Mona Lisa” by Carson Morton is a fictional mystery based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa. “Darkness, My Old Friend” by Lisa Unger is a mystery set in The Hollows, the backdrop for her earlier popular mystery. “Cold Vengeance” by Preston and Child follows the layers of mystery surrounding the death of Special Agent Pendergast’s wife.

How to and self help

“Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times” offers 250 ways to buy smarter, spend smarter and save money from this talk radio and TV program host. “Prime Time” by Jane Fonda, covering sex, love, food, fitness, self-understanding and spiritual growth, provides a blueprint for living well in the second half of your life.

New novels

“Girls in White Dresses” by Jennifer Close is a humorous yet sensitive look at three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, all the while going through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

“The Harvest of Grace” by Cindy Woodsmall is a novel set in the Amish community. “The Woodcutter” by Reginald Hill follows the life of a hugely successful, happily married entrepreneur whose life is overturned by a knock on the door one morning.


For books and materials this week we thank Ann Graves and Carol Martin.

Quotable quote

“What you make of life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. Your answers lie inside of you.” — Denis Waitley, contemporary American motivational speaker, writer and productivity consultant.


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