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Free energy seminar coming to library next week

If you are worried about controlling your energy costs this winter, please join us on Thursday, Oct. 8, from -7 p.m. for a free Energy Smarts seminar that will give you incentives to weatherize and insulate your home.

4CORE staff Teresa Steely and Gregg Dubit will explain how you can save money and energy by participating in community activities and improving your home. 4CORE, the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, is an organization dedicated to promoting resource conservation, energy efficiency and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy to decrease the emission of pollutants, protect public health and strengthen the economy.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated. Phone the library at 264-2209 or e-mail tessa@pagosalibrary.org.

Survey deadline

October 8 is the last day for you to fill out a new survey created by the library staff to get your opinions on all things relating to the library, from your favorite library services to the print items you like best and use most. There also are questions about the library’s computer and new media services as well as our special programs.

To take the survey on line, go to the library’s Web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ and click on the square icon “Got a minute? Take a survey.”

We also will have three laptop computers set up in the library at a survey station table. If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick one up at the library.

In addition to surveying regular patrons, the staff hopes this survey will be filled out by people who use the library rarely or not at all. The goal here is to find out what would make non-users take advantage of the library’s resources more often.

A special bonus: People who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a City Market gift card courtesy of the library.

Please take five minutes of your time to give us your input, become eligible for a prize and help make your library even more valuable to everyone in our community.

Lifelong Learning

The first of six free Lifelong Learning lectures takes place at the library on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Bridget Irish, assistant dean of writing and first year experience at Fort Lewis College, speaks about the common reading experience at Fort Lewis College, with special tips for people in book clubs.

Dan Brown’s blockbuster

“The Lost Symbol” sold more than one million copies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on the first day it was published in mid-September, shattering sales records in adult fiction books and forcing the publisher to print an addition 600,000 copies to meet demand. If you’re eager to read this sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” you’ll be glad to know we have it in three media — regular print, large print and CD.

Fantasy

“Muse of Fire” by Dan Simmons takes place in a remote future age when Earth is little more than a distant memory. In “Dreamfever” by Karen Marie Moning the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down.

Other new novels

“Blame” by Michelle Huneven explores the aftermath of a car accident that kills two people.

“A Twisted Ladder” by Rhodi Hawk tells of a psychologist trying to determine the cause of her father’s schizophrenia. “Wounded” by Percival Everett is about a black horse trainer in Wyoming. “Prospect Park West” by Amy Sohn is a satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.

Political books

“Catastrophe” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann explores the authors’ beliefs that President Obama, Congress and the special interests are transforming a slump into a crash and freedom into socialism. “End the Fed” by Ron Paul tells why the author believes we should abolish the Federal Reserve.

“In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic” by David Wessel tells how the Federal Reserve became the fourth branch of government. “Hitler’s War” by Harry Turtledove asks if Neville Chamberlain hadn’t appeased the Nazis, would the Allies still have won World War II?

More nonfiction

“The Third Chapter” by sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot looks at the changing lives and expectations of Americans aged 50-75. “Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea” describes and pictures this concept created by Berkeley’s Alice Waters. “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall explores the amazing running skills of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s Copper Canyon. “Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” is one of the most famous science books of our time by Vrichard P Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics. “Shake the Devil Off” by journalist Ethan Brown is the true story of the murder that rocked New Orleans. “Million Dollar Website” by Lori Culwell offers simple steps to help you compete with the Big Boys, even on a small business budget. “The Island of Seven Cities” by architect Paul Chiasson tells where the Chinese settled when they discovered America.

Nonfiction on CD

“Game Plan for Life” shares the principles for success of three-time Super Bowl and NASCAR champion Joe Gibbs. “My Life in France” by Julia Child is the famed chef’s autobiography.

Fiction on CD

“The Hour I First Believed” by Wally Lamb is a novel inspired by the Columbine tragedy. “Rules of Vengeance” by Christopher Reich about the disappearance of the wife of a Doctors Without Borders physician. “The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory” is historical fiction in the time of the War of the Roses. “Grave Goods” by Ariana Franklin is a royal mystery set in England in 1176.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Girl in Times Square” and “Tatiana and Alexander” are two new mysteries by Paullina Simons. “Cherry Bomb” by J. A. Kunrath is the sixth in the Jacqueline Daniel’s mystery series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Barbara Corboy, Carmen Ferguson, Kathleen Golden, Bob Howard, Joan Jessen, Pat Mitchell, Annie Montano, Tasha Murphy, Janet Parks, Dearle Ricker, Mary-Ellen Saltsman, Dan Shepherd, Sandy Sinclair, Marcia Starford, Lynn Stichfield, Tina Vallgs, Jeff Versaw, Ericka Vincent, Sue Werth, and Adrienne Panter in memory of Dale Haskamp.

Quotable quote

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” — John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and writer.

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 http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.