Free crafts fun and LEGO contest for kids this weekend


    By Carole Howard

    PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library staff

    Kids in first–third grades are invited to Art Attack tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 21) from 2–3:15 p.m. where they will enjoy hands-on crafts fun.

    Then Saturday, Sept. 22, is our third annual LEGO contest. There are categories for ages seven and under, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and 18 years and older. Entries must be built ahead of time. Your completed structure should be set up any time between 9–10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the judging at 11 a.m. and viewing from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rules and detailed guidelines are available on our website and in printed form at the library. The event is limited to 18 participants.

    Wedding bells

    We are thrilled to tell you of the wedding of two of our staffers — Tiffany Clendenin, community relations librarian, and Cody Yantis, technology services librarian.  They were married last weekend in a small ceremony in the middle of the Rio Grande National Forest.  They will honeymoon in Thailand.  But that won’t be for awhile, so you can see them in the library and wish them a long and happy marriage.  Tiffany and Cody were a couple when they were hired last February and already both of them have made great contributions to our library programs and activities, especially in the area of high-tech education.

    Tech training 

    This evening (Thursday, Sept. 20) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cody 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. Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 21) from 10 a.m.–noon Cody focuses on digital photos. You will learn the basics of getting your digital photos from your cameras to your computers, and how to use them on social media and networking sites. On Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1–3 p.m. the library will host a session called Introduction to Skype where you will learn how to use the Skype computer conferencing tool. As is true of all our high-tech classes, advance registration is required because space is limited. Also, Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-noon is Cody’s regular Tech Tuesday informal training time.

    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.


    “Paterno” by Joe Posnanski is the biography of the famous football coach both before and after the scandal. “Why Does the World Exist” by Jim Holt explores the mystery of the origins of the universe. “Bailout” by Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general in charge of oversight of the TARP bailout fund, is a shocking indictment by an insider of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP money that did much more to help Wall Street than Main Street.

    Large print

    “Big Sky Mountain” by Linda Lael Miller is a western romance set in the Montana. “Afraid to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller involving a serial killer at Christmas. “Close Your Eyes” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller featuring a music therapist who formerly was blind. “Haven” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit romantic suspense series.

    Mysteries and suspense

    “A Killing in the Hills” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Julia Keller follows a teenaged girl who witnesses three murders and wants to help her prosecuting attorney mother solve the crime. “Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen is the latest in the mystery series featuring Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli. “Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides” by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the latest in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish mystery series.

    Other new novels

    “The Importance of Being Seven” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series set in Edinburgh. “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison follows the life and clients of a private chef in D.C.

    Thanks to our donors

    For books and materials this week we thank several donors, all of whom wish to remain anonymous.

    Quotable quote

    “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), leading American politician from the 1890s until his death.


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