New club makes math fun

We all know that parents need to read to kids at night — but what about math?

In the U.S., lots of kids (and their caregivers) dread math. Your library wants to help you raise your kids to love numbers. So we are partnering with a nonprofit foundation called Bedtime Math and launching a new math club that is free and fun.

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a new, free math club where youngsters will build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess — a totally new kind of math club. Examples of the fun include activities like Toilet Paper Olympics and Bouncy Dice Explosion.

Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues with week two this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon. The group is limited to 10 kids.

Lifelong Learning Lecture 

This evening, Thursday, Oct. 23, marks the second of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.

Tonight’s topic is “A Brainy Talk” by Dr. Jean Strahlendorf. She will explain basic brain function and consequences to behavior, personality, memory and identity when brain chemistry misfires.

The other four lectures in this series are “Halloween Traditions Around the World” by Julie Loar on Oct. 30, “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford on Nov. 6, “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Goebel on Nov. 13, and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on Nov. 20.

All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions. Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, or look for it on our website.

Family Fridays

Join us for a new, free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24, at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.

This new program will take place every Friday. It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.

Now there is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together — parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week will feature a different activity. Tomorrow is a Makers Lab day.

Teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox, as well as board games.

Card battles

Join us Monday, Oct. 27, from 4-5 p.m. We will host card battles for kids in the fifth through 12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on iPad Intermediate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 23. Students need to have proficiency with basic iPad functions (downloading apps, checking email, adjusting settings) as this class moves at a faster pace. You will learn to organize apps, change an email signature, cut/copy/paste text and more. Students must provide your own registered iPad.

Nonfiction

“Kate: The Future Queen” by Katie Nicholl is a biography of the much-loved future queen of England. “How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman overhauls hundreds of classic recipes, taking advantage of fresh ingredients and time management skills. “The Glass Cage” by Nicholas Carr explores the impact of automation — and especially computers — on our lives.

DVDs 

“Haven” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are the complete first seasons. “After Earth” stars Jaden Smith and Will Smith. “Gone Baby Gone” is a mystery starring Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. “The Mighty Macs” is based on a true story of a women’s basketball team coach. “The Witches” is a family movie that is a collaboration of Jim Henson and Roald Dahl.

Story collections

Two notable new collections: “The Best American Mystery Stories 2014” with guest editor Laura Lippman and “The Best American Short Stories 2014” with guest editor Jennifer Egan.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Deadline” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers mystery series. “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “The Girl Next Door” by Ruth Rendall is a psychological thriller set in London. “Nine Days” by Minerva Koenig features a former female criminal trying to save a man accused of murder. “Hold the Dark” by William Giraldi is a thriller set on the Alaskan tundra. “Close to the Bone” by Lisa Black features forensic scientist Theresa MacLean. “The Monogram Murders” by Sophie Hannah is the first time the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have allowed a new story featuring Hercule Peirot. “The Lewis Man” by Peter May is a mystery set in the rugged Outer Hebrides. “Ghost Wanted” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Bailey Ruth Ghost mystery. “Gossamer Ghost” by Laura Childs is a mystery set in New Orleans that includes scrapbooking tips.

Large print

“Beneath the Patchwork Moon” by Alison Kent is the latest in the Hope Springs, Texas, romance series. “Haunted” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit mystery series.

Other new novels

“Full Measure” by T. Jefferson follows a young Marine returned home from war in Afghanistan. “A Cry from the Dust” by forensic artist Carrie Stuart Parks is a novel about the Mormon Mountain Meadows massacre. “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell is an epic story told by a chorus of diverse narrators. “Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Jan Aarvold, Maria Gallegos, Alex Grinager, Mike Johnson and Don Porterfield. We also are grateful to Lenore and David Bright for their generous gift in memory of Ruth Marquez.

Quotable quote 

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” — E.F. Schumacher (1911-1977), British statistician and economist.

Website

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

This story was posted on October 23, 2014.