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Free tech training, films and garden talk

There are no August doldrums at your library.

Look at the wide variety of helpful and interesting programs available to you for the rest of this month

• This evening (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 Newscolumn.

• Next 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

• On Tech Tuesdays, informal one-on-one sessions help you with whatever problems you are having. There’s one more this month: from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 28.

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 us avoid that problem.

Free Friday films

Join us at 2 p.m., tomorrow (Aug. 24), for the fourth of our free Friday afternoon historical fiction films when we will show “Gladiator,” the 2000 action movie starring Russell Crowe. Then next Friday, Aug. 31, will be “The Untouchables” from 1987 starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. Note the earlier starting times because these film are longer than usual.

Gardening workshop

Save the date of Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., for a Fall Gardening Workshop. Bonnie Sprague of High Plains Nursery will teach you what to do with your shrubs and perennials in the fall.

Books on CD

“Midnight Promises” by Sherryl Woods is the story of a marriage in trouble but worth saving. “Tuesday’s Child” by Fern Michaels is a mystery involving the release from prison of a woman after another man admits to the murder. “Afraid to Die” by Lisa Jackson follows a string of murders in a small town, with the latest victims wearing a piece of a detective’s jewelry. “The Violent Land” by William W. And J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Family Jensen western series. “Lime Creek” by Joe Henry is a short story about a cattle-ranch family in Wyoming. “A Searing Wind” by W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is book three of “The Contact: The Battle for America” saga.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Gone Missing” by Linda Castillo is a thriller set in Amish country. “Criminal” by Karin Slaughter is a mystery involving a Georgia agent’s birth and parentage. “Bonefire of the Vanities” by Carolyn Haines is the latest in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. “Walled Flower” by Lorraine Bartlett is the latest in the Victoria Square mystery series. “Line of Fire” by Stephen White is about the reopening of the investigation into a woman’s suicide. “Sweet Talk” by Julie Garwood pairs a male FBI and female IRS agent investigating a Ponzi scheme. “Creole Belle” by James Lee Burke is the latest in the Dave Robicheaux series. “The Last Victim” by Karen Robards features criminal pathologist Dr. Charlotte Stone. “Sneaky Pie for President” by Rita Mae Brown features a feline mystery writer who decides to run for President of the U.S.

Large print romance

“The Way Back Home” by Barbara Freethy is a contemporary romance. “Summer Breeze” by Nancy Thayer is a contemporary romance set at a New England lake. ”Undercover Dreamer” by Debbie Macomber is a romance set in Portland, Ore. “Sierra Falls” by Veronica Wolff is a romantic suspense story set in a sleepy California town.

Other large print

“The Next Best Thing” by Jennifer Weiner is the story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood. “Ute Peak Country” by Lauran Paine is a western set in Wyoming. “The After Wife” by Gigi Levangie Grazer follows a woman who learns it’s hard to be a young widow in L.A. “Slaughter Canyon” by Joseph A. West is a western in the Ralph Compton series. “Where We Belong” by Emily Griffin tells of a TV producer living her dream in New York until an 18-year-old girl knocks on her door. “The Spymasters” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the “Men at War” series. “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker is a debut novel about the radical slowing of the earth.

Thanks to our donors

For her generous donation in memory of Kent Davis, we thank Pam Kircher. For books and materials this week, we thank Joan Jessen, Bob and Susan Kanyur and Anna O’Reilly.

Quotable quote

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author and humorist.

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