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Games Day and Bazaar bake sale this Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 3, you have two special events to enjoy — one for educational fun and the other to help raise money for your library.

Games will be available to play all day in the library as part of International Games Day. In addition to games and puzzles, you’ll be introduced to our new Xbox 360 with Kinect. We’ll also have a number of Scrabble boards out and are in the process of developing a community Scrabble Club.

International Games Day is an initiative of the American Library Association to promote the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games. Games Day is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together, so please come join us.

Also on Saturday, visit the annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center to buy delicious homemade baked goods, candy and more. All day long there will be a wide variety of cakes, cookies, pies, breads and more available.

All proceeds from this bake sale come to your library, so this is a wonderful way to fill your freezer with goodies while helping raise funds for your library.

Many thanks to Liz Schnell and her committee for organizing the bake sale, and to the Mountain View Homemakers Club for taking over production of the highly popular bazaar.

Free high-tech training

Our high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for Thursday, Nov. 1, from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3–5 p.m. No tech sessions on Nov. 6 and 8. We also have two formal training sessions that require advance registration for space reasons: Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1–3 p.m. learn how to take free courses online. Friday, Nov. 16, is a 3M e-book workshop from 10 a.m.–noon, where you will learn about the new, easier e-book platform.

Reading tonight

This evening from 6-7 p.m. editor Teresa Milbrodt will present a free reading from “Manifest West,” an anthology of writings on the eccentricities of geography in the West.

Dia de los Muertos

Join us tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 2) from 1–3 p.m. for free cookie decorating and crafts to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Lecture on birds

Next Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6–7 p.m. join Rebecca Gillette of Audubon Colorado as she presents a free lecture on birds of the San Juan Range and the Christmas Bird Count.

Books on CD

“Return to Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs is the latest in the Lakeshore Chronicles women’s series. “The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series. “Live by Night” by Dennis Lehane is an organized crime story set in Boston in the 1920s. “Mad River” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers mystery series. “The Woman Who Died A Lot” by Jasper Fforde is the latest in the series featuring Special Ops’ Thursday Next. “Dick Francis’s Bloodline” by his son Felix Francis is the latest in the horse racing mystery series. “The Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the laest in the Elm Creek Quilts series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Phantom” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the mystery series featuring Oslo police officer Harry Hole. “Fallen Masters” by John Edward is a suspense novel involving the president of the U.S., an international pop star and others making personal choices that will affect the fate of the entire world.

Large print

“The Big Open” by Stan Lynde is the latest in the Merlin Fanshaw western series. “The Last Man” by P.T. Deutermann is a thriller set in Israel. “Return to Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs is the latest in the Lakeshore Chronicles women’s series. “Love Thy Neighbor” by Debbie Macomber is a contemporary romance. “A Place in the Country” by Elizabeth Adler is a blend of romance and suspense in England’s Cotswolds. “How to Tail a Cat” by Rebecca M. Hale is the latest in the Cats and Curios mystery series. “Rattlesnake Valley: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone is a western set in West Texas.

Other fiction

“The Round House” by Louise Erdrich follows a family after a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked in 1988. “This Is How You Lose Her” by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz is a novel of love — obsessive love, illicit love, fading love and maternal love. “Peaches for Father Francis” by Joanne Harris returns to the setting and heroine that will be familiar to readers of the author’s bestselling Chocolat series. “Goldberg Variations” by Susan Isaacs follows a family after their rich grandmother brings them to Santa Fe to vie for her kingdom when she dies. “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon is a book about two couples and an unacknowledged teenage son set in the music world of Berkeley and Oakland. “In Sunlight and in Shadow” by Mark Helprin tells of a World War II hero and a young singer and heiress.


“The Secret Race” by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle takes readers inside the hidden world of the Tour de France, with its doping, cover-ups and winning-at-all costs philosophy. “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough argues that perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control are more important to success than test scores. “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is a behind-the-scenes look at JFK’s assassination. “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man” by Walter Stahr is a new biography of the Secretary of State. “I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had” by Tony Danza chronicles the sitcom actor’s attempt at teaching 10th-graders in Philadelphia. “Joseph Anton: A Memoir” by Salmon Rushdie is an autobiographical account of the author’s life under the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini. (Joseph Anton was the pseudonym the author used while he was in hiding.)

Thanks to our donors

For her generous donation, we are grateful to Sheila Rogers. For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Diane Bower, Susan Donlon, Kristal Fortune, April Holthaus, Judy Horky, Mercedes Leist, Jim Mathison, Margaret Miller and Lisa Peterson.

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