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Help us buy new books for children and teens

Thanks to your generosity, we are currently at 75 percent of our goal of raising $2,000 for this year’s special holiday fund-raiser at the library.

Called Funds4Books, it is a book drive for new youth materials for the library, replacing the Giving Tree promotion of previous years.

You can find more information by the decorated spruce tree inside the library. You can donate online or by writing a check. We’ll use every penny to replace worn-out favorites and buy classics that we don’t own.

We’re hoping your generosity will help us avoid having to say, “Sorry, we don’t have it” when one of our young patrons asks for a book.

Since Operation Helping Hand isn’t running their holiday program any more, this is your library’s way of making sure that quality books are available for Archuleta County children and teens at the library. It may also give you a lovely opportunity to teach your children the value of “giving back” if they take advantage of our books and youth programs at the library.

You can make your gift for any amount. A $25 donation buys one or two new picture books or novels. A $50 donation replaces missing books from a popular series or buys quality hardcover classics.

All donations are tax-deductible. Starting now, you can make your gift by going to our Sisson Library website. Or, go to www.Funds4Books.com and enter the code 535b. Click on the red “DONATE NOW” button on the right above the donation meter. The website is encrypted so your transaction is secure. Or, if you prefer to write a check, make it out to Funds4Books.com and put “Ruby Sisson Library” on the memo line. We have pre-addressed stamped envelopes at the library for sending in your checks.

This special program runs until Friday, Dec. 17. If you would like to make a donation after the deadline, please see the library staff.

We thank you, on behalf of all the youngsters in Archuleta County.

Astronomy

“The Universe and Beyond” is a new edition of this highly popular book with extraordinary photos that showcase modern astronomy.

Books on CD

“Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward takes you behind the scenes for a sweeping portrait of the young president as commander in chief. “The Power” by Rhonda Byrne is a self-help book read by the author.

Biographies and memoirs of authors

“Ayn Rand and the World She Made” by Anne C. Heller is a biography of one of the most controversial and widely read writers of the 20th century. “Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography” by Susan Cheever explores the life of this great American author. In “My Reading Life,” popular American storyteller Pat Conroy describes his passion for reading and collecting great quotes that started when he was a child. “At Home” by Bill Bryson takes you on a tour of his Victorian home in England where each room has its own story and lessons. “I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections” by Nora Ephron looks at her life in her uniquely clear and hilarious way.

George Bush’s biography

“Decision Points” by George W. Bush is the former president’s look at the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

Comedy

“Mary Ann in Autumn” by Armistead Maupin is a hilarious and touching installment of the author’s “Tales of the City” series. “I Still Dream About You” by Fannie Flagg is a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present and future.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“Towers of Midnight” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is book 13 of The Wheel of Time fantasy series. “Palimpsest” by Catherynne M. Valente takes you to a kingdom of ghost trains, lion priests, living kanji and cream-filled canals. “WWW: Wake” by Robert J. Sawyer is a science fiction novel about a blind woman who is a genius at math and at surfing the Web. “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest takes you behind the wall in downtown Seattle 16 years after a great machine destroyed several blocks of the city, leaving it devastated and toxic. “Julian Comstock” by Robert Charles Wilson takes you into 22nd century America where a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity.

Mysteries and suspense

“Edge” by Jeffery Deaver features a hero who applies gaming theory to his role as a senior federal protection officer in Washington, D.C. “The Huckleberry Murders” by Patrick F. McManus features Sheriff Bo Tully, a western lawman who uses as much cunning on the ladies as he does solving his cases. “Moonlight Mile” by Dennis Lehane involves two investigators in a case where a 16-year-old girl disappears for the second time. “Hollywood Hills” by Joseph Wambaugh is a police story about a circle of teenage burglars pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebrities. “A Dead Man’s Tale” by James D. Doss is the 15th in his popular series featuring Charlie Moon, Ute rancher and investigator.

Large print

“Promise Me” by Richard Paul Evans tells of a woman with a secret who meets a mysterious stranger on Christmas Day. “Chasing The Night” by Iris Johansen is the latest in the forensics thriller series featuring Eve Duncan.

Quotable quote

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.” — Contemporary American playwright and author William Saroyan.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation in memory of Meagan Bigelow we thank Scott and Gayle Bigelow. For their generous donations in memory of Joan Seielstad, we thank Gil and Lenore Bright, Joyce Hersch, Bonnie Hoover, Jacquelyn Schick, as well as Tom, Jan and Megan Westervelt. For books and materials this week we thank Jerry Dermody; Justin, Ryder and Craig Dermody; John Egan, Julie Gurule, Barbara Jacobs, Mark Kircher, Bamma Laizure, Merritt Moselle, Anna O’Reilly, Glen Raby, Cate Smock, Jeff Versaw and Cindy Wilemon.

Website

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