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Summer Reading raffle tickets due soon

By this coming Wednesday, July 11, you will need to have all your raffle tickets in to the library for the drawing at the Summer Reading closing party on Friday, July 13.

Summer reading participants are earning raffle tickets for every hour you read, reading three books, reading a new author, and by attending any of the many summer reading programs during June and July.

The raffle tickets not only reward you for lots of fun reading experiences — they also make you eligible for terrific prizes including a sturdy and colorful Kidzoom digital camera for the winning child, a Nikon digital camera for a lucky teen, and a Kindle Fire tablet computer for the winning adult!

Participants will also want to mark your calendars for the all-ages closing party on Friday, July 13, from 5:30–7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include stories, refreshments and music. Special guests will be two storytellers from Albuquerque, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee. After the program, we will draw the raffle tickets to find out who the grand prize winners are.

Films for teens

The free film series for teens at 12:30 p.m. Fridays features “Red Riding Hood” from the director of “Twilight” tomorrow (July 6) and “The Ring” on July 13.

Films for adults

The free film series for adults at 2:30 p.m. Fridays features “The Manchurian Candidate” tomorrow (July 6) and “3:10 to Yuma” (2007 version) on July 13.

LPEA workshop

Save the date of Thursday, July 12, from 6–7 p.m. for a free electricity workshop from 6–7 p.m. when LPEA will cover innovations in energy efficient commercial lighting including the latest in LEDs, plus the energy savings and rebates currently available for lighting retrofits.

Mysteries and thrillers

“You Came Back” by Christopher Coake follows a man after the accidental death of his son. “The 500” by Matthew Quirk is a political thriller about the elite men and women who really run Washington. “Midwinter Blood” by Mons Kallentoft is a murder mystery set in Sweden. “A Fool and His Honey” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. “The Sun and Stars” by Elizabeth Adair is a mystery set in Tudor England. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn is a mystery about a couple’s marriage going wrong. “Into the Darkest Corner” by Elizabeth Haynes is a psychological thriller about a woman in an abusive relationship.

Homelife and health

“Boomerang Nation” by Elina Furman is a guide to 18- to 35-year-old Americans moving back home with Mom and Dad. “When Your Parent Moves In” by David Horgan and Shira Block is a child’s guide to living with an aging parent. “Coming of Age on Zoloft” by Katherine Sharpe explores how antidepressants cheered us up, let us down and changed who we are. “The Whole Life Prostate Book” by Dr. H. Ballentine Carter shows how diet, exercise and health maintenance can significantly lower your odds of getting prostate cancer. “The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds explains the science behind her hints on how to exercise better, train smarter and live longer.


“The Art of Intelligence” by Henry A. Crumpton is the story of a 24-year veteran at the CIA and the lessons he learned from the agency’s clandestine service. “Rather Outspoken” by Dan Rather looks back on his career from his boyhood in Houston to his life as a CBS newsman and beyond.

Books on CD

“Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake” is a memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen. “Home” by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison follows a Korean War vet returning to a racist America. “A Conspiracy of Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is the third book in the Corduroy Mansions series. It also is available in the MP3 format.

Other new novels

“Bringing up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel is an historical novel about Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. “A Blaze of Glory” by Jeff Shaara is the first novel in a new Civil War trilogy. “Alif the Unseen” is about an Arab-Indian hacker and his clients in an unnamed Middle Eastern security state. “The Color of Tea” by Hannah Tunnicliffe tells of a young woman who escapes personal unhappiness by opening a tea shop for the women of Macau. “The Cutting Edge” by Linda Howard is a love story that is ruined by a solved embezzlement case. “Big Sky Country” by Linda Lael Miller is the start of a new western series about Parable, Montana.

Books for dog lovers

“A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron is the sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose,” which spent more than 11 months on the New York Times bestseller list and is soon to be a major motion picture. “A Conspiracy of Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a Corduroy Mansions novel in the MP3 audio book format.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we thank Billie White (in memory of Margaret Wilson) and W. C. Enmon from Austin, Texas, in appreciation of the services we provide. For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Christine LePore and Scott Rubin.

Quotable quote

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time and half as much money.” — Abigail Van Buren, better known as advice columnist Dear Abby.


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