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Language Learning Night set for Jan. 14

A powerful new online language learning system designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries is now available on the Sisson Library Web site.

Called BYKI, short for “Before You Know It,” it is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. The BYKI method takes you through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meaning and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

BYKI is available to help you learn more than 70 languages and you can access the system from inside or outside the library via the Web browser on Windows and Mac computers. If you want some help, please join us for a “Language Learning Night with BYKI” demo on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Other high-tech events this month include:

• Every Tuesday, adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson leads “Tech Tuesday with Tessa” to answer your computer questions. Microsoft will be the emphasis in January. To ensure people with different schedules can attend, the sessions will be 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19, and then switch to 3-5 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26.

• Starting Jan. 8 and every Friday in January from 9-10:30 a.m., Tess and Kristine MacNeill will conduct “Wii Winter Workout” for adults. They’ll pull out the Nintendo Wii gaming system and feature a different sport or fitness program each week.?? Programs include bowling, tennis, log rolling, golf, skiing and more. ?As your kids no doubt know, Wii is pronounced “wee” and it is a virtual program — you are physically moving your body, but not really on the tennis court, ski slope or wherever you’re “playing.” The Wii Winter Workout is an intimidation-free series — no worries about what to wear or how to move — it’s just a fun opportunity for grownups to try gaming.

All library events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated.

Local cookie recipes

Everyone knows there are huge numbers of excellent cooks living in Archuleta County. So it should be no surprise that cookbooks featuring favorite recipes of local cooks are real gems, because every recipe is a tried and true favorite of your friends and neighbors.

The latest local cookbook donated to the library comes from Lisa Scott, who hosts a Girls Night Out and Holiday Cookie Exchange each Christmas. She commemorates each cookie party by printing a booklet containing the recipes from the previous year, the current one being Volume 8 from 2008. All eight of the annual cookie booklets are available in the red file cabinet at the library. You’re welcome to review them but not take them out of the library, to ensure these booklets remain available for all patrons. If you want to copy any of the recipes, you may do so free on the library’s copy machine.

All of the other 181 cookbooks on the library’s shelves are available to be borrowed. The variety is impressive — and we are grateful for people’s generosity, because about half of these cookbooks have been donated.

Books on CD

“The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister is the story of eight students who learn much more than new recipes at their monthly cooking classes at Lillian’s restaurant. “Super Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the sequel to “Freakonomics,” is subtitled, “Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance.”

New novels

“Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem is a portrait of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires and lies in New York City.

Quotable quote

“Nothing, it appears to me, is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.” — Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), Italian poet, writer and dramatist.

Thanks to our donors

We are deeply grateful for many generous donations this week. They came from Jack and Katy Threet; Dr. Donald Logan and Patricia Howard in honor of Bob and Carole Howard; from Jim and Ione Adams, Robert and Claire Bayze, and Steven and Anna Weybrew in memory of Don Geiger; and from Jim and Margaret Wilson in memory of Robert Wilson, Colt and Dirk Ross and Kirk Zellner.

For books and materials this week we thank Betsy Chavez, Evelyn Kantas, Bamma Laizure, Sara Wilson, Vicki Wood and Gary Woods.

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/.