International Game Day for all ages Saturday

We hope you and your families will join us this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. for International Game Day, an event for all ages.

International Game Day takes place around the world and is spearheaded by the American Library Association. This is the seventh annual event, planned to demonstrate that libraries are about much more than books. Last year, more than 1,000 libraries participated in 43 countries.

At your Sisson Library, we will have games for all ages — table-top games, board games and card games — as well as floor puzzles and puppets for young children. In addition, we will also have an Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii out for video gaming. Please join us for this day of family fun.

Lifelong Learning Lecture

This evening, Thursday, Nov. 13, marks the fifth of the library’s free, six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.

Tonight’s topic is “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Goebel. She will look at ancient and contemporary images of the divine created by men and women around the world and across time.

The last lecture in this series will be “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.

Family Fridays

Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 14, and every Friday at your library from 2 to 3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.

This 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 features a different activity. Tomorrow is a film day.

Math club

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a free math club where youngsters build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess — a new kind of club that makes math fun.

Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. The group is limited to 10 kids. Each session builds on the week before, so it’s best if your child comes to all eight events.

Teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 18, 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, Nov. 17, and every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. for 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.

The Facebook session scheduled for today (Thursday, Nov. 13) has been cancelled due to a conflict in Wempe’s schedule.


“Diary of a Mad Diva” by Joan Rivers reveals the views and experiences of this creative comedian. “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff is the personal account of six men involved in the Benghazi disaster. “Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics” provides 64 patterns organized by the cut of fabric. “Special Deluxe” by Neil Young is a memoir of the life and cars of this Canadian singer. “Easy Street (the Hard Way)” by Ron Perlman is a memoir of this actor. “Cannabis Pharmacy” by Michael Backes as a guide to medical marijuana. “My Perfect Pantry” by Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian offers 150 easy recipes from 50 ingredients in your pantry. “Waking Up” by Sam Harris is a guide to spirituality without religion. “Your Life is a Book” by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freyman explains how to write and publish your memoir. “Smuggler Nation” by Peter Andreas traces our long history of illicit imports. “Frontier Fare” by Sherry Monahan celebrates the history, culture and food of the Wild West with recipes and lore. “Coffee for Roses: …and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening” by C.L. Fornan reveals the truth behind common gardening practices.


“The War of the Roses” by Dan Jones explores the fall of the Plantagenets and rise of the Tudors in England. “Dick Francis’s Damage” by Felix Francis is a horse racing thriller. “Undead and Unwary” by MaryJanice Davidson is a vampire novel. “Rose Gold” by Walter Mosley is an Easy Rawlins mystery.


“The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” is a collection of short stories by Hilary Mantel. “Mystery Stories of the 19th Century” is a collection of 33 short stories edited by Otto Penzler. “National Geographic Stunning Photographs” by Annie Griffiths is a collection of the best photographs from the magazine.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Wolf in Winter” by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker thriller. “The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man” by W. Bruce Cameron is a humorous murder mystery. “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch mystery series.

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“Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Bloom and Doom” by Beverly Allen is a Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery. “The Lazarus Curse” by Tessa Harris is a Dr. Thomas Silkstone mystery. “The Blood of an Englishman” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. “Murder at Westminster Abbey” by Amanda Carmack is an Elizabethan mystery. “Her Kind of Cowboy” by Charlotte Douglas is a romance. “Frontier Fury” by Will Henry, “Mojave” by Johnny D. Boggs and “Dakota Man” by Frank Bonham are westerns.

Other new novels

“Desert God” by Wilbur Smith is a novel of ancient Egypt. “Prince Lestat” is the newest Vampire Chronicles novel by Anne Rice. “Us” by David Nicholls follows a man trying to repair his relationship with his wife and build one with his son. “The Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes is a post-World War II story of war brides. “Pegasus” by Danielle Steel is a historical novel of family and World War II. “A.D. 30: A Novel” by Ted Dekker is set in Arabia and ancient Persia. “Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth” by V.C. Andrews unveils the story of four children locked away in an attic. “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is a fantasy mystery novella. “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michel Faber is a science fiction story. “Coming Home” by Jack McDevitt is the latest in the Alex Benedict sci-fi series. “Citizens Creek” by Lalita Tademy is a historical fictional story of the first black chief of the Creek Indian nation. “Wyoming Strong” by Diana Palmer is a western romance.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Shannon Smith, Charles Rogers, Sara Wilson, Jim Mathison and Cindi Galabota.

Quotable Quote 

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.” — John Wooden (1910-2010), basketball player and coach.


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This story was posted on November 13, 2014.