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Christmas displays and free holiday events for all ages

We hope you will come to the library over the holidays to enjoy several special displays. Susan McAdam’s “Collection Highlight” exhibition in the display case just inside the front doors will feature holiday collectibles. We’ll also have a display on “Holiday Traditions” featuring mostly nonfiction books about the history of holiday traditions, as well as books about making and creating your own traditions for your family and friends.

The genre of the month is “Holiday Stories” for adults, teens and children.

Throughout the month of December, you are invited to a multitude of free holiday events for all ages at your library. Mark your calendars for the following:

• Today (Thursday, Dec. 8), author, wellness coach and vegan chef Tess Challis offers practical tips at 6 p.m. to help you make 2012 your healthiest, happiest year ever. Tess will illustrate her step-by-step program for success and give practical solutions for the common pitfalls that we all face. She also will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her books.

• Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 9) is “Art Attack,” when youngsters in grades 1-3 will make crafts to take home from 1:45-3 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 10, is LEGO Club for kids 6-13 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. LEGOs are provided. This month’s theme is Flying Machines.

• Next Thursday, Dec. 15, brings a session showing you why and how to be proactive with your health with physical therapist and exercise physiologist Joe Shuksteris from 6-7 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 16, is a Holiday Movie Trio — “It’s A Wonderful Life” at 10 a.m., “A Christmas Story” at 12:30 p.m. and “Elf” at 3 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec.17, is the Teen Iron Chief Contest for seventh-12th grades from 1-2:30 p.m., when the library’s meeting room will be transformed so teens can create awesome no-bake desserts. Registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 14.

• Monday, Dec. 19 is Cookie Day. Our staff members are as good cooks as they are librarians, so come and enjoy delicious homemade cookies and holiday treats as a special thank you to our patrons as long as supplies last.

Christmas crafts

“Best of Christmas Ideas” is a Better Homes and Gardens book showing you how to make wreaths, garlands, ornaments, stockings, tabletop décor, food and gifts. “Christmas Crafting in No Time” by Clare Youngs covers 50 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas. “The Farm Chicks Christmas” by Serena Thompson is a guide to hand-crafted decorations, vintage collectibles and homemade treats.

E-books

We have five new Advantage e-books ordered exclusively for our Sisson Library patrons: “1Q84,” a novel by Haruki Murakami; “Blood of Eden,” a fantasy romance by Tami Dane; “The Bookmakers,” a novel by Zev Chafets; “Bring Me Home For Christmas,” a romance by Robyn Carr; and “The Bronzed Hawk,” a romance suspense story by Iris Johansen.

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.

New novels

“Out of Oz” by Gregory Maguire is the final installment in his fantasy Wicked Years series. “The House of Silk” by Anthony Horowitz is a new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate.

“A Dark and Lonely Place” by Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan is the story of star-crossed lovers who were the most notorious figures in Florida’s violent outlaw history.

“Echo of Love” by Mary Hagen is an Avalon romance.

Nonfiction

“Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie is the biography of the empress of Russia. “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America” by Tom Brokaw is a collection of inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference. “Spontaneous Happiness” by Dr. Andrew Weil draws on both conventional and alternative medicine to help you sustain optimal emotional health. “My iPad2/third edition” by Gary Rosenzweig offers full-color step-by-step instructions with callouts to iPad2 photos that show you what to do. “The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook” by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius describes more than 200 fibers from around the world and how to use them in spinning, knitting and weaving projects.

CDs

“Ed King” by David Guterson follows the life of an orphaned child who grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon. “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson is a thriller about the abduction of the president’s son and daughter. “Hotel Vendome” by Danielle Steel invites listeners into the world of a five-star New York hotel. “The Litigators” by John Grisham tells of a small law firm always in search of a big case. “Zero Day” by David Baldacci introduces a new hero, a lone special agent, called out on a case in remote, rural West Virginia. “The Affair” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Betsy Cotton, Mary Lou Dixon, Debbie Hannegan, Kristen Hopkins, Bamma Laizure and Lyn Rogers. The staff also would like to shout out a special thank you to Cynthia Montanez for the wonderful basket of goodies, and to Zhena for the delicious holiday cake. Yummy!

Quotable quote

“Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money.” — American breakfast cereal pioneer W. K. Kellogg.

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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