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Free WiFi service available at your library

We want to be sure everyone knows that the library has free WiFi (wireless) service available 24/7 inside and outside the library. That means you can use your WiFi-enabled laptop, video game console, smartphone or digital audio player to connect to the Internet not only inside the building, but also outside on the benches and picnic tables on the library property. Just log on and look for RMSPatron.

Now, some caveats: We can’t be responsible for any changes you make to your computer and we cannot guarantee that your hardware will work with our wireless connection. No library staff members are available to assist with setting up wireless internet access on your computer — you are responsible for setting up your own computer. Also, printers are not available via the wireless connection, so to print you will need to save your document to a CD or flash drive. You’ll also want to remember that wireless Internet connections are not secure connections — anyone can connect to the network if they are in range. It might be possible for someone to monitor your wireless internet communication from inside or outside the library. So you should take appropriate precautions when sending or receiving confidential information.

Lifelong Learning

This Sunday, April 3, is the fourth of the six free Spring Lifelong Learning lectures from 3 to 4:15 p.m. — and yes, you read that right: The lectures have been moved from Saturdays to Sundays. Since the library is closed Sundays, doors will open to lecture guests at 2:45 p.m. Fourth in this new series is “That Wilder Image: Stanton Englehart’s Western Landscape Paintings in Context” by Judith Reynolds, a journalist and art historian who is one of our most popular Lifelong Learning lecturers. She will teach us about the Four Corners artist’s passion for the West, illuminating his long career and highlighting his place in the spectacular history of landscape painting.

We hope you also will mark your calendars for the last two lectures in the Sunday spring series:

• April 10: “Thriving in the Rapids of Change” by Charly Heavenrich.

• April 17: “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization” by Dennis Aronson.

Watch for more details on these presentations in upcoming Library News columns.

New novels

“Heartwood” by Belva Plain is this popular author’s final novel, and she comes full circle with the themes she took up in her first work, “Evergreen.” “She-Wolves” by Helen Castor is a historical novel about the four exceptional women who almost became Queen of England hundreds of years before Elizabeth I. “Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult is the story of a music therapist in the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies; a CD of original songs is also included. “The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown is the story of three eccentric sisters unlucky in work, love and life. “Solomon’s Oak” by Jo-Ann Mapson tells of three people — a young widow, a homeless teen and a former police officer — in California. “The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss is Day Two in the Kingkiller Chronicle series.

Suspense and mystery

“Now You See Her” by Joy Fielding tells of a 50-year-old mother who has never accepted her daughter’s death and continues to see her face in crowds. “Night Vision” by Randy Wayne White follows the residents of a trailer park whose manager wants to sell to a developer. “Gideon’s Sword” by Preston and Child is book one in a new series featuring Gideon Crew, who at age 12 witnessed the assassination of his father and now must avenge him. “Bury Your Dead” by Louise Penny is a murder mystery set in Quebec City. “The Dead Path” by Stephen M. Irwin is about a man who becomes a widower surrounded by startling hallucinations.

Books for teens on CD

We have six new CD audio books for teens: “Mocking Jay,” “Catching Fire” and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins; “Graceling” and “Fire” by Kristin Cashore; and “Looking For Alaska” by John Green.

Nonfiction

“Cinderella Ate My Daughter” by Peggy Orenstein explores the potential negative impact of our girlie-girl culture on the health, development and futures of our young girls. “Deep Nutrition” by Dr. Catherine Shanahan and Luke Shanahan tells why your genes need traditional food to keep you healthy. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel is the story of a group of mostly middle-aged family men charged with saving the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics. “Moral Ground,” edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, is a collection of pieces by theologians, religious leaders, naturalists, scientists, elected officials, business leaders and others concerned about the ethical actions needed to do the right thing for our planet. “The Monks of Tibhirine” by John W. Kiser is the tragic yet uplifting story of modern martyrs in Algeria.

Quotable quote

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” — Dr. Joyce Brothers, contemporary American psychologist and advice columnist.

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/.

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