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Meet our new technology services librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Cody Yantis, our new technology services librarian. Cody’s job responsibilities include being the computer guru whom staff and library users rely on for questions large and small. He is not only a tech wizard and troubleshooter but also an educator and a problem-solver. He promises to do all that he can to provide frustration-free technology and reading experiences to our library community.

One of Cody’s duties will be to take over our highly popular Technology Tuesdays sessions. He may change the name or the day, but the program will be the same. He also has a special interest in book clubs and western history, so look for some innovative programming in those areas.

Cody comes to us with impressive credentials. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. A published author, he has experience in library work relating to computers, websites, databases and many other high-tech and digital areas in the e-global library at Jones International University in Centennial, Colo., the Seattle Public Library, and Columbia University Libraries in New York. He also has educational experience in global literacy initiatives.

A Denver native, Cody has always considered southwest Colorado the most beautiful part of the state, and he loved traveling to Pagosa to enjoy the hot springs. Even more than that, though, it was our job that attracted him to move here.

“My recent jobs have been almost all technology,” he said. “I’m really a librarian and a people person first. So this position has everything I hoped for — a perfect combination.”

And speaking of combinations, it turns out that Cody’s partner, Tiffany Clendenin is also a librarian. So she, too, will be joining our staff at the end of the month, helping with community outreach and teen programming. What a wonderful two-fer we got when Cody came into our lives!

Please introduce yourself to Cody the next time you are in the library, and look for opportunities to take advantage of his expertise and enthusiasm. And a special note to the many musicians and bands in town: Cody plays the piano, guitar and saxophone, and Tiffany plays the cello, so maybe you have recruiting opportunities here!

Lego Club

“Ships” is the theme of this month’s Lego Club, a free event on the second Saturday of every moth for kids aged 6–13. Bring your imagination — Legos are provided — this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10:30–11:45 a.m.


New Advantage titles ordered just for our patrons include “Child 44,” an historical fiction thriller by Tom Rob Smith; “Golden Lies,” a romance by Barbara Freethy and “The Lucky One,” the latest novel by Nicholas Sparks. If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011, 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.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Gideon’s Corpse” by Preston and Child fights radiation and terrorism from New York to New Mexico. “The Invisible Ones” by Stef Penney is a suspense story set among the secrets of myths of the Romany. “Copper Beach” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the beginning book of the new paranormal Dark Legacy trilogy. “Scarecrow Returns” by Matthew Reilly tells of a Cold War doomsday device with the power to obliterate the planet. “The Jaguar” by T. Jefferson Parker is a crime thriller set in the world of the drug and gun cartels. “Gun Games” by Fay Kellerman is the latest in the mystery series featuring LAPD’s Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus. “Raylan” by Elmore Leonard brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to a crime story set in Kentucky. “The Look of Love” by Mary Jane Clark is a mystery set in a luxurious spa. “The Rope” by Nevada Barr is the latest in the series featuring National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon.

Other new novels

“Halo Primordium” is book two of the fantasy Forerunner Saga by Greg Bear.

“Death of Kings” by Bernard Cornwell is the sixth volume in the Saxon Tales series set in England at the end of the ninth century. “Hope: A Tragedy” by Shalom Auslander is a comic story of a man who moves his family to a rural town in New York famous for nothing.

Food-related nonfiction

“Deliciously G-Free” by Elisabeth Hasselbeck offers 100 easy-to-make and family-friendly gluten-free recipes including breakfasts, appetizers, main meals and desserts. “The Petite Advantage Diet” by Jim Karas is a specialized diet for people 5’4” or under. “Death by Supermarket” by Nancy Deville connects obesity, disease, low IQ and depression to the food, diet and pharmaceutical industries who bring us chemically loaded, nutritionally dead food.

Other nonfiction

“Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” a collection of interviews with Arthuur M. Schlesinger, Jr. in 1964, includes a book and eight CDs. “Rebuilding Justice” by Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin offers practical solutions to fix what the authors believe is an expensive, politicized and time-consuming civil justice process. “Ladies of the Brown” by Debra B. Faulkner tells of the visitors, residents and employees of Denver’s most elegant hotel.

Thanks to our donors

We are deeply grateful for generous donations from the Friends of the Library to purchase new books and from Rick and Lynne Stinchfield in support of our Summer Reading program. All other donors this week asked to remain anonymous.

Quotable quote

“It must be borne in mind that failure to reach your goal is not tragic. The tragedy lies in not having a goal.” — Benjamin Mays, 1894-1984, American minister, educator, scholar and social activist.


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