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Giving Tree and free family party highlight Christmas at library

Now that December is here, we wanted you to be aware of two special holiday events at the library.

• The first is our annual Giving Tree. Please stop by and sponsor an ornament, thereby donating a book to a child or teen. Your contribution — a book or money for the purchase of a book — can be an important factor in the literacy and reading pleasure of our local youngsters and young adults.

• The second treat is our annual free Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon — a wonderful party for youngsters 12 and under and their families. You’ll enjoy stories, crafts, games and other entertainment. There also will be a Santa Mailbox so kids can write letters to Santa. Everyone who attends receives a goodie bag which includes a ticket to a special G-rated holiday movie at 1 p.m. that afternoon at Pagosa’s own Liberty Theatre. Last year almost 100 kids came to this party, so don’t miss this special event of the season.

Inspirational

“Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul” by Deepak Chopra offers 10 steps to wholeness, with tips to create a new you. “A Christmas Blizzard” by Garrison Keillor is a large-print novella centered on the transformation of a lapsed Midwesterner.

New novels

“Wolf” by Hilary Mantel focuses on the influence of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VII’s English court. “Anaximander’s Annex” by Edward Fotheringill is the story of five scholars in Ancient Greek philosophy with a secret that could forever change the intellectual landscape of Western civilization. “Last Night in the Twisted River” by John Irving is about the aftermath when a 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear.

Mysteries

“Heatwave” by Richard Castle is a mystery set in Manhattan that introduces his newest character, NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat. “The Ninth Daughter” by Barbara Hamilton is the first in a new mystery series set in revolutionary Boston. “What Remains of Heaven” by C.S. Harris is a mystery set in 1812 London.

Christian fiction

We have two new books by the ever-popular Christian fiction writer Robin Lee Hatcher — “A Vote of Confidence” and “Fit to be Tied” from the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series.

Fiction on CD

“Dry Ice” and “Dead Time” are thrillers by Stephen White featuring Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory. “The Lovers” by John Connolly is a mystery focusing on a man deprived of his PI’s license. “Ford County” is a collection of short stories by John Grisham, read by the author.

Biographies on CD

“Paul McCartney: A Life” is a biography of the famous Beatle by Peter Ames Carlin. “The Time of My Life” by Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi, read by the authors, is the biography of this popular stage, screen and TV actor who died so tragically of pancreatic cancer.

Non-fiction

“Open” is an autobiography by tennis star Andre Agassi. “Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War” by English military scholar Terry Brighton is a study of the land war in the North Africa and European theaters. “Too Big To Fail” by New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin is the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system” — and themselves. “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan chronicles America’s worst inferno and Theodore Roosevelt’s struggle to save American forests.

Fantasy and supernatural

“The Gathering Storm” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the 12th book in the Wheel of Time series. “Under the Dome” by Stephen King is a rewrite of a novel King attempted writing twice in the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the titles “The Cannibals” and “Under the Dome.”

DVDs for youngsters

We’ve added more than 20 DVDs for kids to our collection. Examples include “Diggers & Dozers Mighty Machines,” “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure,” National Geographic’s “Totally Tropical Rain Forest” from the Really Wild Animals series and the family adventure “Hoot.”

How-to

“Handmade Home” by Amanda Blake Soule offers simple ways to repurpose old materials into new family treasures. “Sew What! Bags” by Lexie Barnes provides 18 pattern-free projects you can customize for your needs.

“Fly-fishing Secrets of the Ancients” by historian naturalist Paul Schullery is a celebration of five centuries of lore and wisdom aimed at fly fishing fans from novice to expert.

Quotable quote

“Do give books — religious or otherwise — for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful and permanently personal.” — Lenore Hershey, former editor of McCall’s magazine and the Ladies Home Journal.

Thanks to our donors

For generous donations in memory of John Dahm we thank Ed and Lynn Funk as well as Roland Ray. For generous donations to our Giving Tree we thank Kathy Hamilton plus Bob and Carole Howard.

For books and materials this week we thank Teri Frazier, Cindy Galabota, Kay Grams, Bob Hite, John Koenig, Bamma Laizure, Vicky McDonald, Cynthia Quigley, Lori Sofer, Lynn Stinchfield and Ron Taylor.

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/.