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Multiple free tech sessions to hone digital and e-book skills

Your library is offering a wide variety of free tech teaching sessions to help you hone your digital and e-book skills. Note that it is urgent that you sign up in advance for all tech classes. When signups are ignored, too many people show up and we do not have enough space for everyone, so please help avoid that problem.

• Next Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, you can learn the basics of getting your digital photos from your camera to your computer, and how to use them on social media and networking sites.

• On Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tiffany and Cody will conduct a 3M e-book workshop to teach you the new e-book platform and provide the information you need to get started. For more information on this new faster, easier system to download free e-books, see the July 26 Library News column.

• On Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon, Cody will go into the basics of communicating on Skype. Learn how to set up an account and begin video chatting with friends and family on the Internet.

• Tech Tuesdays, informal one-on-one sessions to help you with whatever problems you are having, take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 14 and 28, and 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21. The times are staggered to better serve our patrons’ different schedules.

Book sale

This weekend is the library’s annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer. Everyone wins by participating in this sale. You get hard cover and paperback books, videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and your library benefits from this hugely important fund-raising event for us.

The two-day event at the Ross Aragon Community Center opens tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 10) with the Friends of the Library annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6-9 p.m. Then the sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends of the Library, which you can do at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Free film

Join us at 2 p.m. tomorrow for the second of our free Friday afternoon historical fiction films when we will show “The New World,” the 2005 movie telling of the Jonestown settlement. Note the earlier starting time because this film is longer than usual.

Mysteries and thrillers

“I, Michael Bennett” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest thriller in the series featuring Detective Michael Bennett. “Some Kind of Peace” by sisters Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff follows the life of a Swedish psychologist whose life is troubled by danger and death. “Potboiler” by Jesse Kellerman is a thriller that offers both humor and a surreal chain of events. “A Room Full of Bones” by Elly Griffiths is the latest in the series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. “Ransom River” by Meg Gardiner is a crime novel telling of juror number seven on a high-profile murder case. “The Prisoner of Heaven” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is set in Barcelona where a mysterious stranger threatens to divulge a terrible secret. “Size 12 and Ready to Rock” by Meg Cabot is thet latest in the Heather Wells mystery series. “Proof” by Jordyn Redwood is the debut of the Bloodline Trilogy. “Some Like It Hawk” by Donna Andrews is the latest in the humorous mystery series featuring Meg Langslow.


“Marilyn” by Lois Banner is a biography of the actress 50 years after her death. “The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving” shows you more than 300 recipes that take the work out of home preserving and make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables as they become available throughout the year. “Presumed Guilty” by Jose Baez goes behind the scenes to tell the inside story of the trial and not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony.

Books on CD and MP3

“Back Fire” by Catherine Coulter is the latest mystery featuring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. “Courageous” by Diana Palmer features a Special Forces Officer in a tiny South American nation. “The Nightmare” by Lars Kepler is a Swedish thriller”featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna. “Home Again” by Kristin Hannah focuses on a cardiologist who is a loving mother and her confused and angry daughter. “The Great Escape” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells of a privileged woman who runs away from her wedding on the back of a beat-up motorcycle. “Summerland” by Elin Hilderbrand showcases the families as they attempt to recover after a horrific car accident involving their children. “Broken Harbor” by Tana French is the fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, in the MP3 format.

Other new novels

“When We Were the Kennedys” by Monica Wood follows a close-knit Catholic family trying to recover financially and emotionally after the death of the father. “The Great Escape” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells of a privileged woman who runs away from her wedding on the back of a beat-up motorcycle. “Sky Dragons” by Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd is the final installment in the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy saga. “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian is a love story that spans 1915 in Syria and 2012 in Bronxville, N.Y. “Rainshadow Road” by Lisa Kleypas is a love story set in Friday Harbor, Wash.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation, we thank Ed and Carolyn Moerbe. For books and materials this week, we thank Jim and Barbara Corboy, April Holthaus, Glenn Houle, Margie Lucero, A. Martin and Rick Sibley.

Quotable quote

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet.


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