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Four major free library events today and this weekend

You are cordially invited to four major free library events today and this weekend:

• The launch of our expanded Public Computer Center in the Program Room takes place this morning (Thursday, Aug. 11) from 10-11:30 a.m. We will offer a free tour of the room, light refreshments, and a demonstration of the new equipment. This new facility will allow us to provide free access to the Internet along with free training for many levels of users. For example, those seeking new computer skills, looking for a job, or researching health information can learn here. Over the next several months, many training sessions will be offered in the center.

• This evening (Thursday, Aug. 11) a free slide show presentation on outstanding international books for children and teens will be given by part-time Pagosa resident Judith Lechner from 6-7 p.m. Judy, who is a professor emerita from the College of Education at Auburn University in Alabama, served on the U.S. Board on Books for Young People committee that selected this year’s picks. This program is open to all ages.

• Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 12) at 1 p.m., join us for a free afternoon movie and enjoy some popcorn. This month’s matinee is an adventure: “First Knight” starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond.

• The annual Friends of the Library book sale takes place this weekend. Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 12) is the annual meeting, potluck supper and pre-book sale for Friends members at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 6 p.m. The book sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Here is your chance to get great bargains on books, CDs and DVDs, as well as other goodies like book bags and note cards for yourself, your family and friends — and to aid the library at the same time. This is a hugely important fund-raiser for the library. To become a member of the Friends, or to renew your membership, come to the book sale either day — or do so any time at the library. Annual dues are $15 for singles and $25 for families. Lifetime memberships are also available.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Portrait of a Spy” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the thriller series featuring Gabriel Allon. “Eyes Wide Open” by Andrew Gross is a family tragedy based on two real-life experiences from the author’s past. “The Nightmare Thief” by Meg Gardner is a thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett. “Iron Horse” by John Hart follows the lives of two young boys who started out life at the Iron Mountain Home for Boys. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion” is a new Jason Bourne thriller by Eric Van Lustbader.

Mystery for teens

“The Abduction” by John Grisham is the latest in the series for teens featuring juvenile lawyer and sleuth Theodore Boone.

Other new novels

“Happy Birthday” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of three people with the same birthday. “The Big Switch” by Harry Turtledove is an alternate history of World War II exploring what would have happened if British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler. “The Secret Mistress” by Mary Balogh is a romance set in London. “The Last Werewolf” by Glen Duncan follows the life of the last of his species. “Burnt Mountain” by Anne Rivers Siddons takes readers to Georgia with a tale of love and betrayal within a wealthy Southern family.

Nonfiction

“Nothing Daunted” by Dorothy Wickenden follows the lives of two society women who leave their New York home in the summer of 1916 for the wilds of northwestern Colorado to become teachers.

Books on CD

“Portrait of a Spy” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the thriller series featuring Gabriel Allon. “Betrayal of Trust” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the mystery series featuring Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont. This book is also available in the MP3 format.

Quotable quote

“A successful man receives a great deal from his fellow men, usually incomparably more than corresponds to his service to them. The value of a man, however, shall be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born physicist who developed the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

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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