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Hot chocolate and holiday crafts next Thursday afternoon

We hope you will join us for “Hullaballoo!””— the first of several free holiday celebrations, coming to your library next Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4-6 p.m.

You can make simple holiday crafts while enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate. This event is for people of all ages, so why not bring your family and make it a fun start to the holiday season?

Science Slam for kids

Kids in fourth through sixth grades are invited to Science Slam, a science and technology club, on Friday, Dec. 2, from 1:45-3 p.m. “Fill the Bill” is the theme of this event.

Registration is required.

Thanksgiving thought

As America celebrates Thanksgiving, you may want to include your library among the many things that make you thankful at this time of year. Here are some thoughts from Charles Simic in The New York Review of Books about the value of libraries:

“Millions of poor people, including many who’ve lost jobs in the recent recession, depend on libraries for access to the Internet, as well as to the books, periodicals and staff they can find there. There’s nothing quite like a library, with its stacks of hidden treasures, and people of every kind, reading in silence and peace, exploring the collective wisdom of mankind. Nothing so effectively conveys to schoolchildren a sense of awe about books and reading.”

E-books

If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27 Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

E-books are hugely popular not only with our patrons, but more and more all over the world. In fact, these days Amazon is selling 105 Kindle e-books for every 100 conventional books sold, according to the Boston Globe.

Nonfiction on CD

“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson is the biography of one of America’s greatest inventors that is making headlines around the world. “The Original Argument” by Glenn Beck updates a wide selection of The Federalist Papers into modern English, with commentary to make them a valuable resource for interpreting the Constitution and understanding the intent of America’s founders.

Large print

“Bad Moon Rising” by Kathleen Eagle is a romance set in the Dakotas. “Boulder Dam” by Zane Grey is a western involving the people who created the Boulder Dam. “Coming Up For Air” by Patti Callahan Henry is a romance focusing on secrets contained in a dead woman’s diary. “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje is a novel about an 11-year-old boy on a ship bound for England.

“Lawman’s Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller is the latest in the McKettricks of Texas romance series. “Deadly Notions” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series.

“Secrets of Bella Terra” by Christina Dodd is the latest in the Scarlet Deception romantic suspense series. “Books Can Be Deceiving” by Jenn McKinlay is the first in a new Library Lover’s mystery series.

“Plugged” by Eoin Colfer is a humorous mystery set in a seedy, small-time casino. “Shock Wave” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers thriller series. “Return of the Kid” by Wayne D. Overholser is a western about a man trying to get his ranch back from his stepmother. “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta follows lives of a town’s citizens after more than a hundred people suddenly disappeared.

Quotable quote

“It is good to be reminded that each of us has a different dream.” — Crow (Apsaalooke) tribe of Native Americans, headquartered in Montana.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs, and to reserve books from the comfort of your home, please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

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