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April adult programs: technology classes, movies and lectures

There are myriad free events for adults at the library this month, and we hope you can find at least one that entices you:

• “Tech Tuesday” resumes this month, 10 a.m.–noon on April 10 and 24, and 3-5 p.m. on April 17. (The times are staggered to better meet our patrons’ busy schedules). Cody Yantis, our new technology services librarian, will teach these sessions.

• There are three more computer sessions to hone your technology skills, also taught by Cody. “Computer Basics” is tomorrow (Friday, April 6) from 10–11:30 a.m. “Microsoft Word Basics” is Thursday, April 19 from 5–7 p.m. “Email Basics” is Thursday. April 26 from 1–3 p.m.

• There are three Lifelong Learning lectures. “Canyon Characters and Storytellers” is Thursday, April 12, from 6–7:15 p.m. when Marty Borges will share some of her adventures as a Colorado River guide in the Grand Canyon for the past 28 years. “What is a Healthy Diet?’ is a two-part session Thursday, April 26, and Thursday, May 3, from 4–7 p.m. when local nutritionist Zoe Groulx shows you how to improve your diet by the food you eat and its preparation.

• There are two movies — “High Noon,” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, on April 13 and “North by Northwest,” starring Gary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason, on April 27, both at 1 p.m.


Kids ages 6 through 13 are invited to join us for LEGO Club next Saturday, April 14, from 10:30–11:45 a.m. Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.


If you are not aware of how to access the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please go to or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

Books on CD

“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels and eerie spy chambers of North Korea. “The Innocent” by Taylor Stevens tells of the life of a little girl who was spirited out of school and into the world of a cult. “Agent 6” by Tom Rob Smith is a thriller set in Russia and New York. “Lone Wolf” by Jody Picoult is about a man better qualified to study wolves than to meet the needs of his family.

How-to and self-help

“Dog Training: Retrievers and Pointing Dogs” by Jason Smith tells you how to train the hunting dog that you want.

“Step-by-Step Cover Letters” by career coach Evelyn U. Salvador offers simple instructions to create a cover letter that works for you. “The Science of Yoga” by William J. Broad looks at the risks and rewards of this 1,000-year-old practice. “Living with Sheep” by Chuck Wooster and Geoff Hansen is a guide for the would-be farmer and experienced shepherd about raising a flock of sheep. “Daily Dose of Knowledge” gives you 365 days worth of articles on topics like music, science, nature, visual arts, literature, history and biography along with full-color photography.

Memoirs and biographies

“How to be Black” by Baratunde Thurston is a memoir and guidebook offering practical advice on everything from how to be a black friend and how to celebrate Black History Month. “That Woman” by Anne Sebba is the biography of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. “Mob Daughter” by Karen Gravano is a memoir of a Mafia childhood. “The Man Without a Face” by Masha Gessen chronicles the unlikely rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Other nonfiction

“Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo follows the lives of the poorest of the poor who live in a makeshift settlement in the shadow of a luxury hotel near the Mumbai airport. “The World America Made” by Robert Kagan shows us what the world might look like if the U.S. were to let our influence wane. “Enemies: A History of the FBI” by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Next Right Thing” by Dan Barden is a suspense story about the death of an AA sponsor. “Children of Wrath” by Paul Grossman features the celebrated World War II hero who becomes Germany’s most famous German detective. “Coral Glynn” by Peter Cameron is a mystery set in an isolated mansion in the English countryside in 1950. “The Last Good Man” by A.J. Kazinski is a thriller relating to the Jewish legend that there are 36 righteous people on earth to protect us. “Unwanted” by Kristina Ohlsson is the story of a little girl who vanishes from a crowded Swedish train. “Agony of the Leaves” by Laura Childs is a Tea Shop mystery that includes recipes and tea time tips. “Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command” by Paul Garrison is a thriller featuring a character first seen in Robert Ludlum’s “The Janson Directive.”

Other new novels

“The Crossing” and “The Sword” by Gilbert Morris are the first and second books in the Last Cavaliers series set at the time of the War Between the States. “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson is book one in the Land of the Lone Star series about the ownership of a Texas ranch. “The Coward’s Tale” by Vanessa Gebbie tells of the friendship between a nine-year-old boy and the Welsh town’s beggar-storyteller. “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller is set in Ancient Greece at the time of the Trojan War. “The Variations” by John Donatich follows a priest who has lost his church, his mentor and even his ability to pray. “The Starboard Sea” by Amber Dermont is a novel examining the abuses of class privilege and the adult cost of teenage recklessness. “The House I Loved” by Tatiana de Rosnay follows a woman trying to save her Paris home from the destruction of entire neighborhoods by order of Emperor Napoleon III.

Large print westerns

“Massacre Mountain” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Cotton Pickens series. “Lawman from Nogales” by Ralph Cotton features Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack. “Silver Trail” by Max brand follows a young man unfairly charged with murder.

Other large print

“The Summer Garden” by Sherryl Woods is the latest in the Chesapeake Shores romance series. “I’ve Got Your Number” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a lady who finds a phone after hers is lost, and the two owners’ lives are suddenly intertwined. “Oath of Office” by Michael Palmer explores the causes and results of a doctor’s shooting spree at his office. “Celebrity in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the mystery series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Carlos, Susan Crane, Cecilia Haviland, Bob and Susan Kanyur, Leona Merola, Ahuva Novak, Tozi Rubin and Barbara Stakol.

Quotable quote

“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” — Abraham Linceoln.


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