Concert for children, Valentine crafts for teens, finance lecture for adults


    SUN Columnist, and the Library Staff

    The month of February is starting off with a wonderful variety of free special events:

    • This Saturday, Feb. 2, is “Understanding Finances and Debt,” the latest in the Lifelong Learning Lecture series from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Mike Smedley from Bank of the San Juans will discuss a range of topics to improve your financial literacy.

    • Next Saturday, Feb. 9, is a free crafts event for seventh-12th graders.  Teens will be making a craft that you can give as a Valentine’s Day gift or keep for your own use. No registration is required,  drop-ins are welcome.

    • The following Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10–11 a.m., singer-songwriter Melanie Milburn will present a musical concert for pre-K kids (3-5 years) and their families.  Back by popular demand after her highly successful concert at the library last June, Melanie is an author and teacher who offers a fun, upbeat celebration of youth.

    Teen video contest

    Teens aged 13-18 — individually or in teams — are invited to enter a nationwide video contest to promote Colorado libraries’ 2013 summer reading programs.  The winning video will net its teen creator(s) a cash prize of $275, plus prizes worth $125 for their local library.  Your video must be 30-90 seconds long, promote the 2013 summer reading theme “Beneath the Surface,” and encourage teens to read and use libraries this summer.  You can get entry forms and more information from a flyer at the library.  Or go to  The deadline for submitting videos and the required forms is Feb. 20.

    Free training

    Our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m.–noon.  Bring your devices and tech questions to Cody.   We also have more formal training sessions this month that require advance registration for space reasons:  Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1–3 p.m. is Intermediate Word 2010, picking up where Word Basics left off.  This class will cover advanced formatting, tables and more. Then, next Thursday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m.–noon is a session on our newest 3M e-book platform (first hour) and our new e-audio downloadables, OneClickDigital (second hour).

    Science Fun for kids 

    This month’s theme for the free science and technology club for kids in fourth through sixth grades is paper airplanes.  Join this free fun group tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 1) from 2–3:15 p.m.  Registration is required so that we have enough supplies for everyone.

    Games for teens

    Our monthly free game night for teens in seventh  through 12th grades is this coming Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4 5:30 p.m.  We’ll have our Xbox out along with various board games.  Snacks are provided.

    Conversational Spanish  

    Join Roberta Strickland for a free weekly five-week conversational Spanish class that started on Jan. 9 and will continue for two more Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30 p.m.  The class is full, but you are welcome to drop in because the attendance varies from week to week.

     Old English students

    For students studying Old English in school, we have “A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary” by J.R. Clark-Hall.  This classic dictionary deals with all the words which occur in Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose.

    New novels

    “Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga tells of the aftermath of a zombie plaque that unleashes its horrors on Atlanta.  “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier explores a Quaker woman’s work with the Underground Railroad.  “The Road to Cardinal Valley” by Earlene Fowler is the follow-up to the author’s “The Saddlemaker’s Wife.”  “Daddy Love” by Joyce Carol Oates is an emotional look at what happens when a child is abducted.

    Large print thrillers, mysteries

    “Fox Tracks” by Rita Mae Brown is a mystery in the foxhunting series featuring Sister Jane Arnold.  “Collateral Damage” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “Nano” is a medical thriller by Robin Cook.  “Kinsey and Me” by Sue Grafton features 22 stories that show how much detective Kinsey Millhone is based on the author’s life. “The Child’s Child” by Barbara Vine is an unusual murder mystery set in London. “Dream Eyes” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a murder mystery featuring a psychic investigator.  “Shadow Woman” by Linda Howard tells of a woman who has lost her memory.  “Cat in a White Tie and Tails” by Carole Nelson Douglas is the latest in the ex-alley cat Midnight Louie mystery series. “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Jane Clark is the latest in the mystery series featuring wedding cake decorator Piper Donovan.

    Large print adventure

    “Ironhorse” by Robert Knott is the latest in Robert B. Parker’s adventures set in the Indian Territories. “Empire and Honor” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Honor Bound adventure series. “Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy is an adventure featuring Jack Ryan Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus.

    Other large print

    “The Sleeping Night” by Barbara Samuel is a historical romance set in 1940s Texas after World War II.  “The Rancher” by Diana Palmer is a romance about the heir to the Skylance Ranch in Texas.  “Changing Trains” is a western by Cynthia Haseloff featuring a lady gambler. “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier features Quaker Honor Bright.  “Eight Girls Taking Pictures” by Whitney Otto tells of eight women crisscrossing the world and a century.

    Thanks to our donors

    For books and materials this week, we thank Mary Ann Stewart.

    Quotable quote

    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist.


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