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Let us help you learn to use your new high-tech toys

One of our most popular learning experiences at the library is Technology Tuesdays with Tessa — free, informal, one-on-one computer help from Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, our assistant director, who is not only a computer whiz, but also a very good teacher.

The next four of these sessions are Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. If those times don’t work for you, call Tessa at 264-2209 to set up an appointment.

This is a perfect opportunity for you to get help in becoming familiar with those high-tech toys that Santa brought you!

More high-tech help

“My iPhone/fifth edition” is a step-by-step, full-color guide to help you get the most from your iPhone.


And speaking of high-tech … 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.

Science Slam for kids

Science Slam is a science and technology club for curious kids in fourth through sixth grades. The next session is tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 6) from 2-3:15 p.m., with “Hold It” the theme. Registration is required.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Best American Mysteries Stories,” edited by Harlan Coben, features the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction for 2011. “Murder in Lascaux” by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden focuses on a murder in the famous cave in France. “The Thirteen Hallows” by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman concentrates on murders related to ancient artifacts.

Books on CD

“The Forgotten Affairs of Youth” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest installment in the Isabel Dalhousie series set in Edinburgh.


“Green Housekeeping” by Ellen Sandbeck offers tips to live in a clean, healthy, more economic and environmentally friendly way in your home. “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony” by prosecutor Jeff Ashton provides a behind-the-scenes story of the investigation, the trial and the now infamous verdict that surprised so many. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, takes readers on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” by Cathie Beck is a memoir by a former teenage mother who creates a woman’s group to find adult women friends after her children go to college.

New novels

“The Leopard” by Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery written by an author some reviewers consider the best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. “The Prague Cemetery” by Umberto Eco takes readers through the many conspiracies in 19th century Europe.

Large print westerns

We have eight new westerns in the large print format: “The Amarillo Trail” from the Ralph Compton series by Jory Sherman, “Savage Vengeance” by Jory Sherman, “Left Hand of the Law” by Charles G. West, “Death of a Cattle King” by Wayne D. Overholser, “Payback at Morning Peak” by Gene Hackman, “Gun Law” by Ralph Cotton, “Solitude’s Lawman” by Ray Hogan, and “Outcast Breed,” a trio of western stories by Max Brand.

Thanks to our donors

We thank William C. Anderson for his generous donation in memory of Ethel Jean Rasnic, and Jim and Margaret Wilson for their generous donation in memory of Robert Wilson and in memory of Dirk and Colt Ross.

Quotable quote

“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.” — Doug Floyd, contemporary American writer and reporter.


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