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Myriad free events in June for kids, teens and adults

For kids: This Saturday, June 9, from 9:30 – 2:30 p.m., there will be a full day of LEGO fun for kids ages 6 – 13. Come when you can and stay until you have to go. Summer Reading participants will receive one raffle ticket for attending. LEGOs are provided by the library. Then, next Thursday, June 14, from 6 – 7 p.m., is a stuffed animal sleepover and storytime for kids of all ages and their families. Come in your pajamas, bring a stuffed friend who can spend the night in the library if you wish, and enjoy a few bedtime stories. Summer Reading participants will receive one raffle ticket for attending.

For teens: Today, Thursday, June 7, from 2-3 p.m., learn the basics of finding a book, locating it in the catalog, putting books on hold and ordering interlibrary loans. Tomorrow, Friday, June 8, the teen Based on the Book film series begins at 12:30 p.m. with “Blood and Chocolate.” Next week’s movie is “I Am Number Four.” Next Wednesday, June 13, from 1-2 p.m., join us for a new Victorian jewelry-making session, where you will learn to make strange and fascinating accessories with reused items such as watch pieces, ribbon, wire and bolts. Bring any bits and pieces you want to incorporate in your piece.

For adults: Today, Thursday, June 7, from 5-6 p.m., learn the basics of finding a book, locating it in the catalog, putting books on hold and ordering interlibrary loans. Tomorrow, Friday, June 8, the adult Based on the Book film series begins at 2:30 p.m. with “Adaptation.” Next week’s movie is “Lincoln Lawyer.”

For details on all June events, please pick up flyers in the library.

Reading program

Sign up now — or any time before July 11 — for this year’s Summer Reading Program. You will get a reading record to keep track of every hour you read. Each hour earns you a raffle ticket — and so does three books. You can also get raffle tickets by reading a new author and by attending any of the many summer reading programs going on throughout the June and July. Summer reading activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. Detailed schedules are available at the library. Participants will also want to mark your calendars for an all-ages closing party on Friday, July 13, from 5:30- 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include stories, refreshments and music.


The latest e-book we have bought just for our patrons is “The Columbus Affair,” a thriller by Steve Berry. 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.

Large print

“The Last Boyfriend” by Nora Roberts is book two of the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. “Unnatural Acts” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington series. “Crystal Gardens” by Amanda Quick is the latest in the Ladies of Lantern Street series. “Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. “Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny” by Garrison Keillor is a gangster story. “Deadline” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Godmothers series. “$10,000 in Small Unmarked Puzzles” by Parnell Hall is the latest Puzzle Lady mystery series. “Death Comes Silently” by Carolyn Hart is a Death on Demand mystery. “Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch” by Nancy Atherton is about a famous artist hiding her identity.

“Sundown” by Michael Zimmer is a western set in Nebraska. “The Strong Land” is a collection of six short western stories by Louis L’Amour. “Gypped” by Carol Higgins Clark is a Regan Reilly mystery. “The Duke Is Mine” by Eloisa James is an historical romance. “Just Down the Road” by Jodi Thomas is the latest in the Harmony romance series.

Books on CD

“Canada” by Richard Ford is about a boy who tries to remake his life in Canada after his parents are jailed. “Deadlocked” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire mystery series. “The Chemistry of Tears” by Peter Carey follows a woman whose work with an automaton help heals her grief. “Stolen Prey” by John Stanford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport suspense series.

Short stories

“The Best American Short Stories 2011” edited by Geraldine Brooks contains 20 tightly crafted stories.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Immortalists” by Kyle Mills follows a microbiologist focusing an curing a genetic defect that will kill his daughter. “A Simple Murder” by Eleanor Kuhns is set in the Shaker community during the Revolutionary War. “The Family Corleone” by Ed Falco is a prequel to “The Godfather.” “More Like Her” by Liza Palmer is a suspense story set in a suburban postcard neighborhood. “Waiting for Sunrise” by William Boyd follows the life of a man who escapes from Vienna in 1913 after being accused of rape. “Harbor Nocturne” by police novelist Joseph Wambaugh is a tale of crime and corruption in Los Angeles. “The Witness” by Nora Roberts tells of a woman with a new identity who lives in the Ozarks. “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Iris Johansen is a thriller set in Hong Kong and Langley. “Afterwards” by Rosamund Lupton follows a mother in the aftermath of a fire that almost destroys her family.


“The Wind Through the Keyhole” by Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga.

Other new novels

“The Red Book” by Deborah Copaken Kogan is about a once close circle of friends at their 20th college reunion. “Strangers in Paradise” by Heather Graham is a romance set on an old Florida estate. “Hard Country” by Michael McGarrity is a western novel set on the Southwestern frontier. The “Fifty Shades” trilogy by E.L. James is an erotic romance series recommended only for mature audiences. “In One Person” by John Irvingis is narrated by a bisexual man. “Strange Music” by Malcolm McDonald tells of nine families in a post-World War II experiment in communal living. “True Sisters” by Sandra Dallas tells of four Mormon woman converts enduring great hardships as they head for Salt Lake City.

Memoirs and biographies

“Imperfect” by Jim Abbott is the memoir of this major league pitcher born without a right hand. “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden tells of the only man to escape from one of North Korea’s prison camps to freedom in the West. “Giant George” by Dave Nasser introduces a Great Dane who is the tallest dog in the world. “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” by Margaret Roach is a memoir of a woman who leaves her big-city corporate life to connect with nature and her garden. “Driving Mr. Yogi” by Harvey Araton is the story of the friendship of Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra.

“Midnight in Peking” by historian Paul French explores the murder of a young Englishwoman in China in 1937. “Heaven Is Here” by Stephanie Nielson is an incredible story of hope and triumph after a horrific plane crash. “Prague Winter” by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is a personal story of remembrance of war from 1937-1948. “Against Wind and Tide” is the sixth and final collection of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries and letters. “After Camelot” by J. Randy Taraborrelli is a personal history of the Kennedy family from 1968 to the present.

How-to and self-help

“Organic Gardener’s Companion” by Jane Shellenberger is a hands-on guide to growing vegetables in the Rocky Mountains. “Guide to Medicinal Herbs” by National Geographic is an illustrated book showcasing the world’s 72 most effective healing plants. ’“No Guts, No Glory” by internist Steven Lamm, M.D. and Sidney Stevens proposes a three-step plan to gastrointestinal health. “The Feast Nearby” is a collection of essays and recipes by food journalist Robin Mather living on a limited budget. “Wheat Belly” by cardiologist William David, M.D. shows how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight and reverse many health problems. “Freedom from Pain” was written by Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips, pioneers in the fields of pain and trauma.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation in memory of Margaret Wilson, we thank Jim and Ione Adams. For books and materials this week, we thank Karen Cox, Dana Dellmore and Bamma Laizure.

Quotable quote

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” — Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor and TV producer.


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