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Summer Reading closing party tomorrow

Summer Reading Program participants are invited to the all-ages closing party tomorrow (Friday, July 13) from 5:30–7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include stories, refreshments and music. Special guests will be two storytellers from Albuquerque, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee.

After the program, we will draw the raffle tickets to find out who the grand prize winners are. Winners do not have to be present.

Scott and Johanna will perform stories set to music, offering us a perfect ending to a highly successful Summer Reading program. We hope to see you there.

Electricity workshop

This evening (Thursday, July 12) we hope you will join us for a free electricity workshop from 6–7 p.m. when LPEA will cover innovations in energy efficient commercial lighting including the latest in LEDs, plus the energy savings and rebates currently available for lighting retrofits. This program is aimed at electricians, lighting designers, businesses and anyone interested in learning more about this important topic.

Films for teens

The free film series for teens at 12:30 p.m. Fridays features “The Ring” tomorrow (July 13).

Films for adults

The free film series for adults at 2:30 p.m. Fridays features “3:10 to Yuma” (2007 version) tomorrow (July 13).

Large print westerns

“Legacy of a Lawman” by Johnny D. Boggs follows a black deputy U.S. Marshal as he has to arrest his son for murder. “Lost River” by six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Jane Candia Coleman starts with the find of an important site for artifacts of an ancient tribe. “Incident at Gunn Point” by Ralph Cotton features a horse trader who stops a bank robbery led by the son of Gunn Point’s most powerful man. “The Lightning Runner” by Max Brand features the search for a man hiding in Mexico by a notorious outlaw. “Promise of Revenge” by Lauran Paine tells of a man, now rich, who returns to a small cow town seeking revenge. “The Raptors” by Ray Hogan follows Deputy Ben Houston chasing a gang of murderous outlaws shooting up Kansas. “Desert Drive” is a collection of five westerns by Peter Dawson. “The Man from Yesterday” by Wayne D. Overholser explores the aftermath of a man killing several bank robbers.


“Barack Obama: The Story” by historian David Maraniss is a generational biography that chronicles the forces that shaped the country’s first black president and helps explain why he thinks and acts like he does. “Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys, the Epic Story of Murder & Vengeance” by Lisa Alther takes readers back to America’s most notorious family feud that began in 1865. “John Huston: Courage and Art” by Jeffrey Meyers is the biography of an extraordinary film director, writer and actor.

Political books

“The Real Crash” by Peter D. Schiff provides the author’s views on why the economy is on such a dangerous path, and what we can do about it. “Screwed!” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann outlines the authors’ concerns about how America is being ripped off by friends and enemies alike, with help from former politicians who now are lobbyists. “It’s Even Worse than It Looks” by congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress and the U.S. to the brink of institutional collapse.

Other nonfiction

“Earth before the Dinosaurs” uses words and illustrations to introduce us to the incredible animals that populated the planet before the dinosaurs. “Cemetery John” by Robert Zorn unveils what the author believes is a criminal partnership masterminded by Cemetery John to kidnap and murder the infant son of Charles Lindbergh. “A Mah Jong Handbook” by Eleanor Noss Whitney explains how to play, score and win this game.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Bad Faith” by Rubert K. Tanenbaum is about a couple and a church after the death by cancer of a little boy. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Imperative” is a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader. “Counterfeit Road” by Kirk Russell starts with a video tape of an unsolved 1989 murder of a former Secret Service agent. “Niceville” by Carsten Stroud is a thriller about a robbery and a boy who literally disappears from Main Street. “The Third Gate” by Lincoln Child introduces a new investigator, Prof. Jeremy Logan, in a story about the discovery of an astonishing Egyptian antiquity. “The Last Minute” by Jeff Abbott is the second in the Sam Capra thriller series.

Other new novels

“Beach Season” by Lisa Jackson and three other authors is a collection of four love stories. “The Queen’s Lover” by Francine du Plessix Gray is an historical novel about the love story between a Swedish aristocrat and Marie Antoinette. “XO” by Jeffery Deaver is about a contry-pop star being stalked by a fan. “The Forever Marriage” by Ann Bauer follows the decisions made by a widow relating to her lover, her children and her health. “Let Love Find You” by Johanna Lindsey is the tale of a desperate debutante in London whose family hires a matchmaker to ensure a proper London society marriage. “Porch Lights” by Dorothea Benton Frank is about a widow and her son who return to her childhood home and her mother, the family matriarch.

Quotable quote

“A smile is nature’s facelift … now that everything is sliding south.” — contemporary author and columnist Anna Quindlen in her new memoir, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,” reflecting on her 60th birthday, July 8.


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