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Two meeting rooms now available for your use at the library

For years, your feedback and responses to surveys indicated a great desire for meeting room space in the library. Thanks to our recent rearranging of our interior spaces, we are delighted to make two meeting rooms available for community use whenever they are not being used for library programs. Here are the guidelines:

• The big meeting room has a capacity of nine to 35 people for meetings one to nine hours in length (except for Fridays and Saturdays). A maximum of one meeting reservation is allowed per month per group. Eight small tables and multiple chairs are available, and they can be arranged as one big meeting table.

• The small meeting room has a capacity of one to eight people for meetings one to three hours in length. A maximum of two meeting reservations are allowed per month per group. Two rectangular tables and eight chairs are available in this room. Due to high demand, your reservations may be given to another group if you are more than 15 minutes late.

• A meeting room may be reserved up to 30 days or 30 minutes in advance.

• Drop-in use is fine if the room has not been reserved.

• Donations to offset overhead costs, especially from repeat users, are appreciated. Suggested donation is $15 per use of the big meeting room and $5 per use of the small meeting room.

• Reservation preference will be given to established not-for-profit organizations and noncommercial groups based in Archuleta County.

• In accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, the library does not limit use of the meeting rooms based on the content of the meeting, or on the beliefs or affiliations of the meeting’s sponsors. Permission to use facilities does not constitute endorsement of the group’s goals and beliefs by the library.

• Meeting room programs must not disrupt use of the library by others.

• Groups are responsible for setup and cleanup. A fee will be charged for excessive damage.

• Light refreshments supplied by the group may be served, but private parties or receptions are not permitted.

• A-V and computer equipment are available for use in the big meeting room with prior arrangement, but you are responsible for its use. We will attempt to supply an easel or podium for either room if requested in advance, but cannot guarantee availability. Consumable supplies like pens and paper are your responsibility.

• The library director must grant specific permission for any group wanting to charge a fee for supplies, services or fund-raising.

• No admission fees may be charged for programs held in the meeting rooms.

• More details, and copies of the required written application forms for the rooms, are available at the library or online on our website by clicking on “Using Your Library” on the life side of the home page.

E-books

If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the October 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 from Europe

“1222” is a murder mystery set in an isolated hotel in Norway in the midst of a monstrous snowstorm featuring retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen; the book is written by Norway’s bestselling female crime writer who is that country’s former minister of justice. “The Whisperer” by Donato Carrisi follows the clues after six severed arms are discovered buried and arranged in a mysterious circle; this book is said to be as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels.

Large print romance

“Revenge at Bella Terra” by Christina Dodd is a romantic suspense story in the Scarlet Deception series. “Dead by Nightfall” by Beverly Barton is a romantic suspense story focusing on a sadistic monster. “Ellis Island” by Kate Kerrigan is an historical romance set in rustic Ireland and 20th century New York. “The Trembling Hills” by Phyllis A. Whitney is a romantic suspense story set in San Francisco.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Dangerous Alterations” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series. “Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause” by Mignon F. Ballard, the latest in the Miss Dimple series, is set in a small Georgia town during World War II. “Soft Target” by Stephen Hunter is a thriller about a group of murderous terrorists who have laid siege to the Mall of America. “Vigilante” by Stephen J. Cannell is the latest in the Shane Scully thriller series.

Other large print novels

“Chango’s Beads and Two-tone Shoes” by Pulitzer prize-winning author William Kennedy carries readers from Cuba to Albany, N.Y. “The Kingdom of Childhood” by Rebecca Coleman is the story of a 16-year-old boy and a kindergarten teacher thrown together to organize a fund-raiser for their failing private school.

Quotable quote

“When one door of opportunity closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968), the first deaf-blind person to earn a B.A. degree.

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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