Free gaming fun for teens and a lecture on women in Islam


    PREVIEW columnist, and the Library Staff

    Staffer Trina Rivera is starting a new, free teens gaming program that will take place on the second Tuesday of every month — and the first one for 2013 is this coming Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 4–5:30 p.m.  Teens from seventh through 12th grades are invited and drop-ins are okay.  You will be gaming on an Xbox and Wii game consoles and also playing various board games.  Snacks will be provided.  If you have your own games, but want to hang with us, bring them!

    Then, this Saturday, Jan. 5, Dennis Aronson will give a free lecture on Woman in Islam from 1:30–2:30 p.m. He will discuss the challenges faced by Muslim women in the world today.  Dennis has lived in Muslim countries for eight years.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan in the mid-1960s and taught English in Saudi Arabia.

    Conversational Spanish

    Join Roberta Strickland, local high school substitute Spanish teacher, for a free, weekly, five-week conversational Spanish class starting next Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 4:30–5:30.  The signup sheet at the library allows for 30 participants.

    Science Fun for kids

    This month’s Science Fun session for fourth through sixth grades tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 4) will explore the phase changes of root beer floats from 2–3:15 p.m.  Registration is required to be sure we have enough supplies for everyone.

    LEGO Club

    Kids aged 6-13 are invited to join the monthly LEGO Club that meets this month on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10:30–11:45 a.m.  Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

    Free high-tech training

    2013 opens with a great variety of free high-tech learning sessions. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Jan. 3) from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 10-noon and Thursday, Jan. 10, from 3–5 p.m. We also have two formal training session to start the year that require advance registration for space reasons:  Tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 4) from 10 a.m. – noon you can learn how to use Microsoft Word and Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 1-3 p.m. you can see how easy it is to video chat using Skype.

    Books on CD

    “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro follows a Degas painting stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston — or his this a forgery? “Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella shows how a mother’s love translates across state lines and over personal boundaries.  “The Twelve” by Justin Cronin is the second book about an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong.

    Mysteries, thrillers and adventure

    “Shadow Creek” by Joy Fielding tells of a scary adventure in the Adirondacks that involves people dealing with their own serious issues even before the nightmare begins. “Shiver” by Karen Robards follows a woman taken hostage by a man escaping from drug runners.  “The Child’s Child” by Ruth Rendall writing as Barbara Vine is a novel-within-a-novel about brothers and sisters and the violence lurking behind our society’s taboos.  “Nano” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller about a nanotechnology institute in Colorado.  “Heroes Proved” by Oliver North is a tale of global intrigue, military action and suspense set in the year 2032 written by the man President Reagan called “an America hero.”  “Cross Roads” by Wm. Paul Young follows an egotistical self-made man as he “awakens” after being comatose from a cerebral hemorrhage.

    How-to and self-help

    “Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out” by Deborah J. Cornwall offers advice for both caregivers and patients. “The Best Care Possible” by Ira Byock, M.D. presents a physician’s agenda for compassionate end-of-life care.  “Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now” by Steven Z. Kussin, M.D. helps you gain the upper hand in your medical care.

    The Ernst & Young Tax Guide for 2013 is now available, and it includes ongoing access throughout the 2012 tax return filing season to  We also have the 2013 Private Pilot Test Prep guide that includes free online updates and a free email subscription service.

    “Mastering Comics” by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden shows you how to “draw words and write pictures.”  “Tiny Whittling” by Steve Tomashek teaches the beginner how to whittle 20 different whimsical miniature creatures.

    Large print

    “The Marseille Caper” by Peter Mayle returns to Provence, France where, this time, Sam Levitt is involved in a real estate grab.

    “Some Like It Hawk” by Donna Andrews is the latest in the Meg Langslow mystery series. “The Buzzard Table” by Margaret Maron is the latest in the Deborah Knott mystery series.

    Thanks to our donors

    We are grateful to Donald Logan and Patricia Howard for their generous gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and also to Rice Reavis for his donation.  For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Peggy Bull, Sandy Kobrock and Carol Sheets.

    Quotable Quote

    “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” — Retired basketball coach Bobby Knight, who won 902 NCAA Division men’s college basketball games, second only to his former player Mike Krzyzewski.


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