Chimney Rock’s Southwest collection donated to library

Thanks to the generosity of the Chimney Rock board of directors, your library now has a collection of 234 books plus 10 non-fiction binders, 64 folders and numerous magazines focusing on various Southwest topics.

Now known as the Chimney Rock Collection in the library, the materials are located in the Turner Reading Room adjacent to the Hershey Collection. Previously they were in the library at Chimney Rock, but the directors there were concerned that they were not getting the attention and use they should because of their remote location.

The books focus on the Southwest, especially Chimney Rock, Bandelier, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Subjects include archeology, antiquities, history, astronomy, anthropology, flora, wildlife and field guides.

Here are just a few of the book titles from A-Z, with more than 200 in between: “American Indian Fairy Tales,” “Anasazi and Pueblo Painting,” “Ancient Colorado: An Archeological Perspective,” “Canyon de Chelly: The Story Behind the Scenery,” “Chaco & Hohokam: Prehistoric Regional Systems in the American Southwest,” “Easy Field Guide to Southwestern Petroglyphs,” “Frequently Asked Questions About Coyotes,” “Indian Basketry Artists of the Southwest,” “Native American Crafts and Skills,” “The Peopling of Bandelier,” “100 Roadside Wildflowers of Southwest Woodlands,” “Scats and Tracks of the Desert Southwest,” “Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni,” “Timelines of Native American History” and “A Zuni Atlas.”

What a great collection to teach us all about our fascinating local history!

For more information about Chimney Rock and to investigate volunteer opportunities at this wonderful local archeological site, please go to www.chimneyrockco.org.

Bilingual story time series

The next bilingual story time series at the library begins Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. in the children’s room in a session led by Rosalind Marshall.

“With My Brother” and “Con Mi Hermano” will be read in English and Spanish, followed by a snack and craft activity. Bilingual story times will continue through the summer at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Large print

“Vision in White” by Nora Roberts is book one in the new Bride Quartet. “At Last Comes Love” by Mary Balogh is a regency romance set in London. “Wicked Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova is the story of a happy and talented woman finding herself facing Alzheimer’s disease. “The Last Child” by John Hart is a thriller about a missing child. “Evil in Carnations” by Kate Collins is a Flower Shop mystery. “Cassandra & Jane” by Jill Pitkeathley is historical fiction about Jane Austen and her sister.

New novels

“Love Mercy” by Earlene Fowler is a story of family ties set in California. “Madewell Brown” by Rick Collignon, set in New Mexico, tells what happens when an old letter finds its way to a granddaughter. “Prayers For Sale” by Sandra Dallas tells of an unlikely friendship between two women in a rugged Colorado mining town. “The Secret” by Beverly Lewis is the story of a mother’s long-kept secrets.

Christian mysteries

We have four books from the highly popular Cape Refuge Christian mystery series by Terri Blackstock — “Cape Refuge,” “Breaker’s Reef,” “River’s Edge” and “Southern Storm.” We also have “Blood Bayou” by Karen Young, a murder mystery.

More mysteries and thrillers

“Talk Talk” by T.C. Boyle is a thriller focusing on a deaf woman accused of many crimes. “Shadows Still Remain” by Peter de Jonge is a thriller set in New York City. “Cursed” by Carol Higgins Clark is another in the Regan Reilly mystery series. “Cecilian Vespers” by Anne Emery is a murder mystery set in Halifax. “Final Finesse” by Karna Small Bodman is a mystery centering around natural gas pipeline explosions in Alaska. “Even” by Andrew Grant is a thriller about a British Intelligence survivor set up for a murder.

Books for youngsters to teens

“Kiss the Cow” by Phyllis Root contains wonderful illustrations by Will Hillenbrand and is meant for parents to read to children. “Seekers” by Erin Hunter from the Smoke Mountain series and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” by Rick Riordan from the Last Olympian series are books aimed at third-seventh grade readers. “Pendragon” by D.J. MacHale is book 10 in the Soldiers of Halla fantasy series for teens.

Spiritual inspiration

“Will I See My Dog in Heaven?” by Father Jack Wintz lines up evidence from the Scriptures, Christian tradition and liturgy showing what he believes to be God’s desires for all creatures in the afterlife. “Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine” by Huston Smith is an autobiography of the man who brought the world’s religions to the West, writing two bestselling books and serving as the focus of the PBS-TV series by Bill Moyers. “Faith Under Fire” by Roger Benimoff of Fort Carson, Colo., is a memoir of this Army chaplain in Iraq.

Outdoor Life

“Kayaking” is a detailed how-to book/DVD package produced by the American Canoe Association. “Guide to the National Parks of the United States/sixth edition” is an updated version of this popular National Geographic guide. “Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide” by Buck Tilton is a quick-reading, picture-driven guide. “For Love of Insects” by Thomas Eisner is a fascinating look at the insect world.

Biographies and memoirs

“The Lives of the Great Composers/third edition” by Harold C. Schonberg is an updated version of this successful book which looks at well-known composers from Bach, Handal, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner and Mahler to the tonalists of the 1990s. “Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life” by Gerald Martin is the first full and authorized biography of the 1982 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous donation in memory of William Seielstad. For books and materials this week we thank Claire Alley, Don and Helen Bartlett, Richard Clare, Derry Curran, Jane Ellsworth, Pat Evans, Paul Farrah, Carol Fulenwider, Evelyn Kantas, Bonnita Lynne, Anna O’Reilly, Judy Reilly, Lynn Richert, Bill and Linda Runkle, and Codie Wilson.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.


PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
Part-time Sisson Library staffer Kathy Hamilton displays three of more than 200 books and other materials donated to the library by the Chimney Rock board of directors.  Now known as the Chimney Rock Collection in the library, the materials are located in the Turner Reading Room adjacent to the Hershey Collection.  Previously they were in the library at Chimney Rock, but the directors there were concerned that they were not getting the attention and use they should because of their remote location.  The books focus on the Southwest, especially Chimney Rock, Bandelier, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.  Subjects include archeology, antiquities, history, astronomy, anthropology, flora, wildlife and field guides.  For more information about Chimney Rock and to investigate volunteer opportunities at this local archeological site, please go to www.chimneyrockco.org.