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Free LawDepot data base can save you legal fees

Lawyers can charge you hundreds of dollars per hour to assist you in creating documents. Why not save your money for actual legal advice and instead create the documents yourself, using a new database called LawDepot that is free to Sisson Library patrons? Lawyers use this service, so you may want to do the same.

LawDepot is the leading publisher of do-it-yourself legal documents and templates. They have drafted more than one million contracts and helped their clients save half a billion dollars in legal fees.

LawDepot provides products and services that allow you to create legally binding documents by just answering a few questions in plain language. They will walk you through the process in an easy, step-by-step way as you create your document and check your input for common errors. Their documents can be easily customized for your specific needs.

All of LawDepot’s documents are monitored and revised for accuracy and legal validity, because laws change over time. All of your personal and payment information is kept safe and secure. You can also choose to have a completed document stored in their archives.

“We hope this new database will be a tremendous resource for the community,” said library director Jackie Welch.

To access this free legal service, click on the LawDepot button on the library’s home page. You will need an active library account number and a four-digit PIN. Once you are authenticated as a Ruby Sisson library user, you will need to set up a LawDepot account using your e-mail address and a password.

Tribute to Tessa today

It is with great regret that we announce that today is the last day that Tessa Michaelson Schmidt will be working at our library. Since her arrival in July 2009, Tessa’s enthusiasm, expertise and energy have been wonderful assets to our patrons and our staff — especially in the area of high-tech.

Now she is moving to Wisconsin to become the Youth Services and Special Needs Librarian for the Wisconsin State Library, a great opportunity and a post that takes her and her husband closer to their families.

“Tessa has been such a wonderful addition to our library,” said Jackie Welch, Sisson Library director. “While I am so sad to see her leave, I am also so proud of her. When I first met Tessa, I knew she would become a ‘mover and shaker’ in the library world. She’s on her way!”

Please join us this afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 19) from 1–4 p.m. to say goodbye to Tessa and wish her well. Light refreshments will be provided.

Teens event today

This afternoon from 4:30–5:45 p.m. teens are invited to a special free Marble Magnets event for those in the seventh through 12th grades. Here’s your opportunity to show off your craft skills and make cool marble magnets to decorate your fridge or locker. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

Art for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 20), from 2–3:15 p.m., will be hands-on craft fun for kids in the first through third grades called Art Attack. As always, this event is free.

E-books

If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011, Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

Mysteries and suspense

“Sleepwalker” by Karen Robards is a thriller that features a policewoman and a robber who escape together with a suitcase full of money from her gangster uncle. “Down the Darkest Road” by Tami Hoag follows the life of a woman and her younger daughter after the unsolved disappearance of her 16-year-old daughter. “Death Benefit” by Robin Cook is the latest medical thriller from this highly popular author. “D.C. Dead” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury is the latest in the Templar series, this one about a lost drug from the jungles of Central America.

Other new novels

“77 Shadow Street” by Dean Koontz follows the residents of a tycoon’s dream home that has been turned into a luxury apartment building, but cannot escape the building’s terrifying past. “Covert Warriors” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Presidential Agent adventure series.

Large print westerns

“The Richest Hill on Earth” by Richard S. Wheeler is set in Butte, Montana in mining country. “Murder at Thumb Butte” by James D. Best is part of the Steve Dancy mystery series set in Prescott, AZ.

Thanks to our donors

For his generous donation, we thank Rice Reavis. For books and materials this week, we thank a number of anonymous donors.

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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