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Lectures, classes and a film for adults; science and LEGOs for kids

Tonight (Thursday, Aug. 30), from 6 to 7:15 p.m., join us for a timely free Fall Gardening Workshop.

Bonnie Sprague of High Plains Nursery will teach you what to do with your shrubs and perennials in the fall.

Then join us at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 31) for the fifth of our free Friday afternoon historical fiction films when we will show “The Untouchables” from 1987, starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. Note the earlier starting time because this film is longer than usual.

A week from today (Thursday, Sept. 6) from 6–7:15 p.m. our free fall Lifelong Learning series will open with Colorado musician and author Daniel Blegen speaking on the life and music of Woody Guthrie. Blegen is the author of two biographies for young readers about Bob Sakata and Ken Salazar, and co-author of a book on Bent’s Fort. He is a poet, playwright and writer on the arts. This year is Woody Guthrie’s centennial year.

On Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-noon, Cody will be teaching the basics of working in Microsoft Word. As is true of all our high-tech classes, advance registration is required because space is limited.

Meanwhile, kids in the fourth-sixth grades should mark their calendars for Friday, Sept. 7, from 2–3:15 p.m. for Science Fun, a free science and technology club. You must sign up by the day before, Sept. 6.

Then Saturday, Sept. 8, is the free LEGO club for kids ages 6-13, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Just bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

Photo events

Well-known local photographer Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography has two fun events coming up. On Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m., he will give a free lecture and slide show to help you improve your picture-taking abilities as the second talk in the library’s free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 15, bring your camera and meet Jeff at the library at 8 a.m. for a river walk tour to find photo opportunities. There is a $10 fee for the tour and refreshments, with funds split between the library and the Pagosa Photo Club.

Books on CD

“Haven” by Kay Hooper revolves around nightmares and unresolved issues between two sisters. “Friends Forever” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of five children who meet in kindergarten.

Mysteries and thrillers

“You Don’t Want to Know” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story about a mother and her missing son. “Thy Neighbor” by Norah Vincent tells of a man obsessed with understanding his parents’ deaths and deranged by his sorrow. “Off the Grid” by P.J. Tracy features the Monkeywrench crew trying to link multiple crime scenes across the U.S. “The Fallen Angel” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the series featuring Gabriel Allon of Israeli intelligence and art restorer fame. “Sentinel” by Matthew Dunn is the second in the Spycatcher thriller series featuring master spy Will Cochrane. “Kill You Twice” by Chelsea Cain is a serial murder mystery set in Portland featuring detective Archie Sheridan.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“Earth Unaware” by Orson Scott Card is the first of three science fiction novels that will tell the story of the First Formic War. “Odd Apocalypse” by Dean Koontz is set in an opulent mansion in Hollywood. “Devil’s Wake” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due follows what happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world. “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller is about a small plane pilot and his dog living in a post-apocalyptic world.

Biographies and memoirs

“Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue” is the biography of the Super Bowl-winning and multiple record breaking NFL wide receiver. “A Good Man” by Mark K. Shriver is a personal profile of the author’s father, the founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. “Diaries” by George Orwell introduces the inner life of the writer who defined 20th century political thought via his 11 diaries. “American Icon” by Bryce G. Hoffman is the inside story of the epic turnaround of Ford Motor Company under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally.

Large print

“Burning Midnight” by Loren D. Estleman is part of the Amos Walker series set in the Mexicantown gangs’ area of Detroit. “Broken Harbor” by Tana French is the second in the series featuring the brash cop Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy.

Other fiction

“Battleborn” by Claire Vaye Watkins is a collection of 10 short stories. “The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns” by Margaret Dilloway follows a 36-year-old whose regimented life changes dramatically with her teenage niece arrives. “Silver Lies” by Ann Parker is a novel set in Leadville as 1879 draws to a close. “The Light between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman tells of a husband and wife who decide to keep a baby that washes up in a boat near their lighthouse. “City of Women” by David R. Gillham is set in Berlin in the height of World War II.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation in memory of Kent Davis, we thank Pam Kircher as well as Terry and Johnny Pickett. For books and materials this week we thank Ron Barley and Lisa Hauger.

Quotable quote

“We all choke. Winners know how to handle choking better than losers.” — John McEnroe, American former world No.1 professional tennis player.


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