PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff
When Houston-based artist John Ross Palmer came to Pagosa earlier this month for an art exhibition and fund-raiser for the Mountain Meadows Waldorf Education Initiative for toddlers, he took advantage of his time here to visit our high school art classes for some face-to-face teaching. And your library also benefited from his generosity.
John has donated a copy of his latest book, “The Art of Meaningful Living,” to the library. Written by psychotherapist Christopher F. Brown with John’s impressive art on virtually every page, the book’s sections take you through various concepts like hope, commitment, wisdom, awareness, control problems, mind management, change, passions, resilience and effective decision making.
John, 39, is a leading contemporary abstract artist who paints in a style he calls Escapism. His preferred medium is a mix of oils, pastels, graphite and oil sticks. He also likes to paint using the old masters egg tempera techniques he learned in Florence. He paints with vibrant hues and likes to experiment with bold colors.
His first show took place in 1997 at a bar where the manager, Jim McDermaid, now manager of the Alley House, asked John to display some of his paintings — and he sold three off the wall. A fifth-generation Texan with his own gallery in Houston, John has had many one-man shows and also participated in larger exhibitions. He has studied and painted around the world in major cities including Berlin, Florence, Vienna, Cape Town, Paris and Cadaques, Spain, home of Salvador Dali. One critic said, “If he continues on this path, he will be one of the most dynamic artists of the 21st century.”
Video contest for teens
Teens ages 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 www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/TeenVidContest.htm. The deadline for submitting videos and the required forms is Feb. 20.
Sports gaming for teens
Seventh- to 12th-graders are invited to join us for free fun electronic sports gaming and snacks from 2–3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and the fourth Friday of every month.
Free high-tech training
We are coming to the end of our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions with Cody, as he and his equally talented wife, Tiffany, are leaving Pagosa to return to librarian jobs in the Denver area. Cody’s last day is Feb. 24. Catch the last two of his informal sessions Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursday, Feb. 21, from 3–5 p.m. He also has two more formal training sessions that require advance registration for space reasons: Today (Thursday, Feb. 14) from 10 a.m.–noon is training on our newest 3M e-book platform (first hour) and our new e-audio downloadables, OneClickDigital (second hour). Then, Wednesday, Feb. 20, is Introduction to Skype from 1–3 p.m., when you will learn how easy it is to video chat over the Internet. We are currently recruiting for Cody’s and Tiffany’s replacements.
“The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War” by Fred Kaplan is the inside story of trying to change one of the largest, oldest and most hidebound institutions— the U.S. military. “My Share of the Task” by Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a memoir of the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Mysteries and thrillers
“The Bughouse Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is an historical mystery set in 1890s San Francisco. “Great North Road” by Peter F. Hamilton is a thriller set a century from now. “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer follows an assassin recreating the crimes of the men who successfully killed four U.S. presidents.
Other new novels
“Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse” by Robert Knott is a western featuring two newly appointed territorial marshals. “A Memory of Light” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the final volume in the Wheel of Time fantasy series. “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini follows the almost 100-year life of a slave who became friends with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. “Habits of the House” features the London Season of 1899 by Fay Weldone, award-winning writer of the pilot for the original “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank several donors, all of whom wanted to remain anonymous.
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.