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Friends of the Library annual meeting set for Friday

This is a very special weekend for book lovers, as the annual Friends of the Library book sale is here at last. The annual meeting, potluck and advance sale to members takes place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The public book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both events take place at the Community Center.

The ladies of the Women’s Civic Club also plan a bake sale on Saturday, with cookies, brownies and muffins available for your eating pleasure — or for freezing for future social events.

New members will be warmly welcomed Friday evening and you may pay your dues at the door. Memberships are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for a lifetime individual.

If you want to attend the annual meeting, please call the library at 264-2208 to let us know what you are bringing to the potluck. After eating and a very short meeting, you get first dibs on the books on sale. On Saturday, books go on sale to the general public.

About 5,000 books will be available from many genres including cookbooks, mysteries, children’s, collectibles, science fiction, Native American, religious/spiritual, westerns, history and home improvement. The Friends also will have the Reading Woman note cards, postcards and journals for sale, as well as book bags and bookmarks showcasing local scenery and events.

The Friends of the Library organization’s annual book sale is a bonanza for book lovers and library patrons. The library raises money for new books by selling those no longer needed and you can add books to your personal library at very low prices. A perfect win-win situation!

If you would like to join the Friends of the Library, please contact Donna Geiger at 731-4023.

Orchid class

Gardeners will want to save the date of Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free orchid care and maintenance class at the library, presented by Lake McCullough, an enthusiastic local orchid grower and owner of Earthsense Herbals and Gift Gallery.

New outdoor space

You may have noticed a fence going up on the north side of the library facing U.S. 160. Thanks to a donation from the Friends of the Library, this enclosed space will be used for outdoor programs for children and adults. If you are feeling generous, we’re looking for a donor for picnic tables and chairs.

Local author’s second book

Tess Challis, well known locally for her first cookbook and for her cooking and wellness workshops, has just published her second book and donated a copy to the library. “The Two-Week Wellness Solution: The Fast Track to Permanent Weight Loss and Vitality” details a weight-loss plan that the author promises is healthy and sustainable. Tess also provides 80 low-fat, plant-based recipes to support your new lifestyle.

Books for youngsters and teens

We have several new picture books for children, including “Don’t Worry Bear” and “Good Luck Bear.” For those a little older, try “Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown,” “Finding Lincoln” about a little African-American boy not allowed to use the public library, “Sweethearts of Rhythm” about the greatest all-girl swing band in the world, and “The Will James Cowboy Book.” Or try “The Storm in the Barn,” a graphic novel by Matt Phelan. “Razzle” by Ellen Wittlinger is a book for teens about a young girl who isn’t afraid to act differently from everyone else.

How-to and self-help

“iPad for Dummies” by Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus shows you how to keep e-mail, photos, music, books and games on your iPad. “Bleeding to Ease the Pain” by Lori G. Plante, explains the many variables and factors to consider when intervening with adolescents who self-injure. “Crash Course” by Diane Poole Heller and Laurence S. Heller is a self-healing to auto accident trauma and recovery.

Retirement guides

“How to Retire Happy/Third Edition” by Stan Hinden describes the 12 most important decisions you must make before you retire. “The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security” by Mark Miller offers practical strategies for money, work and living in a tough economy. “Retire and Start Your Own Business” by Dennis J. and Martha S. Sargent provides practical information and hands-on tools to make a new life for yourself.

Other nonfiction

“Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life” by Sean Payton is the story of a city recovering from disaster and a football team with a history of heartbreak who won the Super Bowl against great odds.

New thrillers

“Snowbound” by Blake Crouch is a thriller that explores the lives of a father and daughter after the mother disappears. “Shadow Zone” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller involving the search for a mysterious city beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

New novels

“People of the Longhouse” by archeologists Michael and Kathleen Gear is the first of four books that will tell the epic tale of Dekanawida the Peacemaker. “One Day” by David Nicholls follows a couple who had one extraordinary day together as the years go by over the next 20 years.

Thanks to donors

Thanks to our donors for books and materials this week; we thank Caitlin Adams, Diane Bower, Pat Evans, Karen Jones, Lisa Peterson and Virginia Sheets.

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/.