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Free holiday events continue at the library

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

• Today (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. He will help you address postural misalignment and stabilization, flexibility issues, muscular balance, and individual strategies to avoid injury, pain, health degeneration and loss of functionality.

• Tomorrow (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 into Kitchen Stadium so teens can create awesome no-bake desserts using the secret ingredient.

• 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.

Christian fiction

We have four new books by bestselling Christian fiction writer Tamera Alexander — “Within My Heart,” “From a Distance,” “Beyond This Moment” and “Seek Me With All Your Heart.” We also have “Longing,” the latest in the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury featuring members of the popular Baxter family.

E-books

We have nine new Advantage e-books ordered exclusively for our Sisson Library patrons. The fiction titles are “The Door to December,” a suspense novel by Dean Koontz; “Explosive Eighteen,” a mystery by Janet Evanovich; “If I Should Die,” a thriller by Allison Brennan; “A Lone Star Christmas,” a western by William W. and J.A. Johnson; “Making Spirits Bright,” a collection featuring Fern Michaels, Elizabeth Bass, Rosalind Noonan and Nan Rossiter; “Water for Elephants,” a novel by Sara Gruen; and “Trading Christmas,” a romance by Debbie Macomber. The nonfiction titles are “Back to Work,” a business and politics book by Bill Clinton, and “Heaven is for Real,” a book of religion and spirituality by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

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.

Books on MP3

Stephen King’s “11/22/63” and Michael Crichton’s “Micro” have been added to our MP3 audio book collection.

Christmas novels

“An O’Brien Family Christmas” by Sheryl Woods takes the O’Briens to Ireland for a family Christmas they’ll never forget. “Darn Good Cowboy Christmas” by Carolyn Brown is a romance. “Somethin’ Warm for Christmas” by Sharon Criters follows a family who brings someone less fortunate home for the holidays. “His Mistress by Christmas” by Victoria Alexander features Lady Veronica Smithson. “Unwrapped” presents three short stories by Erin McCarthy, Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell.

Other new novels

“Devil’s Gate” by Clive Cussler is the ninth book in the Kurt Austin NUMA adventure series. “Mercury’s Rise” by Ann Parker is a Silver Rush mystery set in Colorado. “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about. “Sand Creek” by Kevin Cahill looks at the Sand Creek Massacre during the Civil War. “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami is about a young woman who enters a parallel existence in Tokyo in 1984. “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson follows the detective as he works two cases — the kidnapping of the president’s two children and the poisoning of the Washington, D.C. water supply. “The Ticket” by Karen Schutte is an historical novel about a family based on the author’s great grandparents in rural Wyoming at the turn of the century.

Biographies

“How I Got This Way” by Regis Philbin is the memoir by this popular talk show host, man-about-town, loving husband and father, and obsessive sports fan. “Then Again” by Diane Keaton is the actress’ memoir about her mother and herself.

“Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek” by Louis Kraft is a biography of a man who came to the Colorado Territory during the 1858 gold rush.

Thanks to our donors

For the donation books, this week we thank Anna O’Reilly and Hunter Woods.

Quotable quote

“The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.” — Alvin Toffler, contemporary American writers and futurist.

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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