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Free fall Lifelong Learning series opens tonight

Since 2012 is Woody Guthrie’s centennial year, this evening (Thursday, Sept. 6), from 6–7:15 p.m., our free fall Lifelong Learning series will open with Colorado musician and author Daniel Blegen speaking on the life and music of Woody Guthrie. Blegen is the author of two biographies for young readers about Bob Sakata and Ken Salazar, and co-author of a book on Bent’s Fort. He is a poet, playwright and writer on the arts.

Then well-known local photographer Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography has two fun events coming up. Next Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. he will give a free lecture and slide show to help you improve your picture-taking abilities as the second talk in the library’s free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series. And on Saturday, Sept. 15, bring your camera and meet Jeff at the library at 8 a.m. for a river walk tour to find photo opportunities. There is a $10 fee for the tour and refreshments, with funds split between the library and the Pagosa Photo Club.

Tech training sessions

Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 7), from 10 a.m. - noon, Cody Yantis will be teaching the basics of working in Microsoft Word. Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 1–3 p.m. Cody will demonstrate the basic skills of using web-based email. As is true of all our high-tech classes, advance registration is required because space is limited. Also, Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.–noon is his regular Tech Tuesday informal training time.

Fun events for youngsters

Kids in the fourth to sixth grades should come tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 7) from 2–3:15 p.m. for Science Fun, a free science and technology club led by Trina Rivera, our new employee who has a science background. You must sign up by today (Sept. 6). Then Saturday, Sept. 8, is the free LEGO club for kids aged 613 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Just bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

Books on CD

“Bones are Forever” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the mystery series forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan. “Trickster’s Point” by William Kent Krueger is the second in the mystery series featuring Cork O’Connor. “Where We Belong” by Emily Giffin tells of how the arrival of a teenage girl on her doorstep changes the life of a TV producer. “Sweet Talk” by Julie Garwood is a contemporary romance featuring a detective and a lawyer. “Dream Lake” by Lisa Kleypas tells the story of Alex and his new love in another romance set in Friday Harbor, Wa. “Odd Apocalypse” by Dean Koontz is book five in the Odd Thomas series.

“The Spymaster” by W.E.B. Griffin is book seven in the Men of War series. “You Don’t Want to Know” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story about a missing child. “Close Your Eyes” by Iris and Roy Johansen features a formerly blind woman who becomes a secret weapon for the FBI. “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber tracks the life of guests at a B&B. “Double Cross” by Ben Macintyre is the story of D-Day from the point of view of the individuals in the Double Cross system. “X-Wing: Mercer Kill” by Aaron Allston is the latest in the Star Wars series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Vengeance” by Benjamin Black is a crime story that starts with a bizarre suicide. “Dream Lake” by Lisa Kleypas tells the story of Alex and his new love in another romance set in Friday Harbor, Wash. “Shunning Sarah” by Julie Kramer is a mystery set in an insular Amish town. “And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman is the story of a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself. “Haven” by Kay Hooper is a thriller about a young woman with horrible nightmares who returns to her hometown.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“Time Untime” by Sherrilyn Kenyon features a woman who comes face-to-face with a warrior who has haunted her entire life.

Other fiction

“Goodbye for Now” by Laurie Frankel is a love story featuring a software engineer working for a dating company in Seattle. “Silver: Return to Treasure Island” by Andrew Motion is a sequel to the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel about two powerful sisters in the court of England’s Edward IV.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Carmen Ferguson and Susan Kanyer.

Quotable quote

“If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.” — Neil Simon, contemporary American playwright and screenwriter who specializes in comedy.


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