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2013 Academy Award and other films available free on DVD

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

We now have seven 2013 Academy Award best picture nominees — “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” — plus the winner, “Argo.”

As well, thanks to library purchases and generous donors we have many other Academy Award winners and nominees from recent years, including “Kinsey,” “Amelie,” “Frost Nixon,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Capote,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Walk the Line,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Born Free” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

If you love musicals, we have two sets of the Turner Classic Movies collections. One includes “Show Boat,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and the second includes “The Gay Divorcee,” “Swing Time,” “Top Hat” and “Shall We Dance.” We also have “Dancing Pirate,” a musical by Rogers and Hart.

Other recent classics recently added to our DVD collection include “Atlas Shrugged,” Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit trilogy.

If you have gently used DVDs you no longer need, we would love to have them to share with our patrons. We are very grateful for these additions to our DVD collection because our annual DVD budget is only $1,000. We no longer are accepting video tapes for space reasons. As our highly popular DVD collection grows, we have to reduce the size of our VHS collection. Over the past few years, we have slowly been weeding the VHS tapes to make room for more DVDs.

Denali program 

Join us this evening (Thursday, May 16) from 6–7:15 p.m. for a slide show about a hang gliding expedition from North America’s highest mountain, Denali, by Jim Hale, the exhibition’s co-leader. See pictures and ask questions about other Alaska adventures as well. Jim will have copies of his book “An Alaskan Life of High Adventure” for purchase and signing.

Free books for 4-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

“Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon is available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs. Come by your library from May 6-20 or attend any program and pick up this free book for your youngster. Better yet, bring your 4-year-old to pick up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at the library almost any day of the week.

Free tech programs

Our new Adult Services Librarian Meg Wempe has restarted the Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions — 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. Next Wednesday, May 22 she will teach Excel basics from 1–3 p.m. Registration is required for space reasons. Next Thursday, May 23 she will teach the basics of digital photos from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Again, registration required.

Creative fun for teens

Teens in grades seven-12 are welcome to get creative tomorrow (Friday, May 17) from 2-3:30 p.m. at a free “Make It!” session.

Books on CD

“Sleight of Hand” by Phillip Margolin is a thriller featuring PI Dana Cutler. “The Perfect Ghost” by Linda Barnes follows a shy writer working alone on a celebrity biography after her partner dies. “The Burgess Boys” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout follows three adult siblings drawn back home by a family emergency. “Starting Now” by Debbie Macomber from the Blossom Street series takes readers back to Seattle and the local knitting store. “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou is the story of her strong-willed mother. “Robert Ludlum’s The Utopia Experiment” by Kyle Mills is the latest in the Covert One intelligence series. “Z” by Therese Anne Fowler is a novel about Zelda, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Help fighting drugs

“Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” by David Sheff offers counsel and specific ideas for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. “Carrie and Me” by Carol Burnett is a tribute to the comedian’s daughter who overcame drugs to die of cancer at age 38.

How-to

“Mean Moms Rule” by Denise Schipani outlines how and why doing the hard stuff now creates good kids later. “Blueprint Crochet Sweaters” by Robyn Chachula offers techniques for custom construction to make your garment suit you and fit well.

“Crochet a Zoo” by Megan Kewiner shows you how to stitch fun toys for your children.

Other nonfiction

“Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death” by Erica Brown explores our attitudes toward death by helping us identify what it means to be alive. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg is the book by Facebook’s COO that generated so much media attention. “The Borgias” by G. J. Meyer is the biography of this infamous Renaissance family from Spain. “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou is the story of her strong-willed mother.

Large print

“The Wanderer” by Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point story series. “Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble” by Ann B. Ross is the latest in the Miss Julia series, but the author says you do not have to read them in order. “Let the Dead Sleep” by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery. “Six Years” by Harlan Coben is a mystery about a man whose wife marries somebody else … or does she?

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Golden Egg” by Donna Leon is the latest in the mystery series set in Venice featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross tells of two strong women banding together to fight powerful, lethal forces. “Sidney Sheldon’s The Tides of Memory” by Tilly Bagshawe exposes the ugly secrets behind the façade of a powerful female politician. “Sleight of Hand” by Phillip Margolin is a thriller featuring PI Dana Cutler. “Widow’s Tears” by Susan Wittig Albert is a mystery featuring herbalist, ex-lawyer sleuth China Bayles. “Dangerous Refuge” by Elizabeth Lowell is a story of murder, mystery and romance. “Unintended Consequences” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington thriller series.   Other new novels

“Secrets from the Past” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is about one woman’s quest to discover long-buried family secrets. “Starting Now” by Debbie Macomber from the Blossom Street series takes readers back to Seattle and the local knitting store. “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson is a darkly comic story of a baby who dies and then comes to life in 1910 in England.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Bob Clinkenbeard, Bamma Leizure, Carol Schneider, Nettie Trenk, Carole Walters and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“Embrace the value of the book culture even as you embrace the new possibilities of the digital culture.” — James H. Billington, head of the Library of Congress since 1987.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on May 16, 2013.