Photography events and a film about safe food


    By Carole Howard

    PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library staff

    Well-known local photographer Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography has two fun events, the first this evening.

    At 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Sept. 13) 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.

    Two days later, on Saturday, Sept. 15, bring your camera and meet Jeff at the library at 8 a.m. for a Riverwalk 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.

    Jeff started his downtown Pagosa Photography studio in 1995 after moving here from Dallas, where he was a commercial, publicity and editorial photographer.  Here in Pagosa, he specializes in portraiture and scenic photography.  He also is greatly respected for being generous with his time and talents.

    Then, tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 14) from 2–4 p.m., come to see “Farmageddon,” which is part of the Politics of Food and Health film series.  “Farmageddon” highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely.  As always, this film showing is free at the library.

    Tech training 

    Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 1–3 p.m., Cody will demonstrate the basic skills of using web-based e-mail. And next Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5:30–6:30 p.m., he will conduct an e-book workshop.  Learn about the new 3M e-book platform and set up an account. Bring your own computer, ipad or smartphone and start downloading books.  As is true of all our high-tech classes, advance registration is required because space is limited.  Also, Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3-5 p.m., is his regular Tech Tuesday informal training time.

    Events for kids 

    Mark your calendars for two free, fun events.  Kids in the first to third grades are invited to Art Attack on Friday, Sept. 21, from 2–3:15 p.m., where you will enjoy hands-on crafts fun.  Then Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m–noon is our third annual LEGO contest.  There are categories for ages 7 and under, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and 18 years and older.  Rules and guidelines are available on our website and in printed form at the library.

    Basic Spanish

    Register at the library now for a Basic Conversational Spanish class starting Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4:30–5:30 p.m.  This will be a six-week series that anyone can sign up for.  There will be a $7 fee for the little book that participants will get, and a limit of 20 participants, so registration is required.


    “Dearie” by Bob Spitz” is the biography of iconic cook Julia Child.  “Dream Team” by sports journalist Jack McCallum tells of the greatest team ever assembled — the 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.  “Paris: A Love Story” by Kati Marton is a memoir written by this journalist after the death of her husband, American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. “Double Cross” by Ben Macintyre is the true story of the D-Day spies who helped make the Normandy landings so successful. “Red Ink” by Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel explores the people and politics behind the federal budget.

    Mysteries and suspense

    “The Devil in Silver” by Victor Lavallo takes place in a psychiatric ward where patients are terrified by a creature with the body of a man and head of a bison. “The Double Game” by Dan Fesperman takes readers back two decades to Vienna, Prague anad Budapest in a classic Cold War espionage story. “The Absent One” by Jussi Adler-Olsen is the latest in the mystery series featuring Det. Carl Merck in Copenhagen.  “Trickster’s Point” by William Kent Krueger is the latest in the suspense series featuring Cork O’Connor, set up as a primary suspect in a murder.  “The St. Zita Society” by Ruth Rendell is a tale of residents and servants on a posh London street whose lives are changed by murder. “Syndrome E” by Franck Thilliez is a thriller about a mysterious film causing terror when nearly everyone connected to it dies.

    Fantasy and sci-fi

    “The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Wards of Faerie” by Terry Brooks is the first book in new series taking place a century after the “High Druid of Shannara” trilogy.

    Other fiction

    “Hostage” by Novel laureate Elie Wiesel is a novel about the legacy of the Holocaust in today’s troubled world and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  “The Bartender’s Tale” by Ivan Doig follows the lives of a bartender and his son whose world is changed by the arrival of a woman and her beatnik daughter.  “The Roots of the Olive Tree” by Courtney Miller Santo tells of five generations of women living together in the same house in the Sacramento Valley.

    Thanks to our donors

    For books and materials this week, we thank James Paul and Eleanor Barley.

    Quotable quote

    “Always behave like a duck: Keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.” —  Contemporary author Jacob Braude.


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