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New special books program for seniors at Senior Center

Next Monday, May 10, adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson begins a special once-a-month information session at the Senior Center which she is calling “Readers Digest(ing).”

Because it is hard for some seniors to come to the library regularly, Tessa will be going to them. The second Monday of every month she will offer a short presentation right after lunch, highlighting new books and resources at the library and even providing checkout services if folks want to take something she brought along.

With tongue in cheek, Tessa chose the “Readers Digest(ing)” name for her talk because seniors will be digesting their lunch while she speaks to them.

We hope this new service helps bring the joy of reading to even more people.

Free lecture

The fifth of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place this Saturday, May 8. Cheryl and Chuck Carson will look at ways humans perceive, assess, deal with and ignore risks in a talk titled “The Beast Under The Bed Or In My Head.” All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday offerings

The highly popular “Tech Tuesdays with Tessa” program to help you with computer issues continues every Tuesday, alternating between 3-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-noon. Meanwhile, the helpful “Ayuda en Espanol” is available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday to supply our Spanish patrons with translation services.

New novels

“The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans tells what happens to a Seattle ad executive who loses his job, home and love of his life all at the same time. “Beatrice and Virgil,” about a writer and a taxidermist collaborating on a play about a donkey and a howler monkey, is written by Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi.” “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese is a family saga set in Africa about twin brothers, both doctors. “The Lotus Eaters” by Tatjana Soli explores the lives of two people, an American photojournalist and her Vietnamese lover, forced to leave Vietnam in 1975. “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” by Cathleen Shine is about a 75-year-old woman who has just been dumped by her husband of 48 years, and their two daughters.

Fantasy

“Backlash” is the latest by Aaron Allston in the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series. “Silver Borne” by Patricia Briggs, about a book with a secret and a man fighting his werewolf side, is book five in the Mercy Thompson series.

Suspense and thrillers

“The Bride Collector” by Ted Bekker is about the search for a virtuoso killer whose victims all are beautiful women living in the west. “The Executor” by Jesse Kellerman is a thriller about a young grad student who moves in with an elderly woman seeking a conversationalist as a roommate. “Deep Shadow” by Randy Wayne White is a mystery that starts with an accident during what should have been an easy dive in a remote Florida lake. “The Book of Spies” by Gayle Lynds is an espionage thriller that begins when one of the books of Ivan the Terrible’s lost works surfaces.

Large print

“Hell Gate” by Linda Fairstein is a mystery that looks at human trafficking and seems to involve a sex scandal of a promising New York Congressman. “Her Mother’s Hope” by Francine Rivers is the first part of a two-book saga exploring the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.

“The Sheen on the Silk” by Anne Perry is a mystery set in Constantinople in 1273.

Nonfiction

“The Pacific” by historian Hugh Ambrose, focusing on the real-life experiences of four years of servicemen in combat, expands on the stories told in the HBO miniseries. “Wild Horse Annie” by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths is the biography of the woman who was responsible for spurring Congress to pass legislation that protected wild horses. “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” exploring the collapse of the real estate market, is by Michael Lewis, stock market expert and author of the bestselling “Liar’s Poker.” “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath explores the reasons why it is so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, and shows how everyday people like employees, managers, parents and nurses can make change happen.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Donna Elliott, Kathy Golden, Biz Greene, Robert Hogrefe, Sam Mathews, Robert McClatchie, Joan Miertz, and Tim and Gwen Taylor.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.