Deadline nears for returning library survey

SUN Columnist, and the library staff

Next Wednesday, April 30, is the last day we can accept your survey responses, so if you have not yet participated, we certainly hope you will do so now.

We are asking your opinion on what services you would like the library to offer in the future and how those wishes would affect an expansion of the library. We are eager to get input from our patrons — and equally eager to reach out to non-library users to get their views. You can fill out the survey online at our website at by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, or on paper at the library.

Questions in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded, and what programming and services you want added. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

Lifelong Learning
Lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, April 24) marks the second week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “Water and Wilderness” by Ivan Geroy, Pagosa District hydrologist. You will learn about the impacts of wilderness on water and air in the Four Corners. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions. Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule.

Spanish classes 

Monday, April 28, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is the last session of the free six-week class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., this month on April 26. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures and enjoy snacks.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we are showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.

Teen Gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games). Snacks provided.


“The Tropic of Serpents” by Marie Brennan is the second memoir of a woman who sets out to become the world’s premier dragon naturalist. “Life is a Wheel” by Bruce Weber tells of the author’s solo bike ride from coast to coast. “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert probes why and how humans have altered life on the planet as no species has before. “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery is the story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail. “The Horse Lover” by H. Alan Day tells of the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary. “Slavery’s Exiles” by Sylviane A. Diouf explores the lives of American maroons. “Eating Dangerously” by investigative journalists Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown explores why the government cannot keep your food safe and how you can protect yourself. “The Meat Racket” by investigative reporter Christopher Leonard tells how a handful of companies have seized control of the U.S. food supply.


“Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett mystery series. “The Counselor” by Cormac McCarthy is set in the drug world on the Texas-Mexico border. “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series.


“The 10th Kingdom” is a fantasy adventure. “Clint Eastwood Comedy” contains four Eastwood action comedies. “History of the World in Two Hours” is a History Channel documentary. “Do the Right Thing” focuses on one scorching inner-city day. “The Great Escape” stars Steve McQueen. “Escape from Alcatraz” stars Clint Eastwood. “Transformers” is a Steven Spielberg action movie. “A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden” are on one DVD. “Ripper Street” is a psychological thriller. “The Man Who Would be King” is based on a Rudyard Kipling story.

Large print westerns

We have eight new large print westerns for our many fans of this genre: “Cross of Gold” by Tim Champlin, “Flintlock” and “Sixkiller, U.S. Marshal” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, “While Angels Dance: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by Ralph Cotton, “The Man from Boot Hill” by Marcus Galloway, “Silver City Massacre” by Charles G. West, “Bladen Cole: The Fire of Greed” by Bill Yenne and “Ralph Compton: The Omaha Trail” by Jory Sharman.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Weight of Blood” by Maura McHugh is a murder mystery set in the Ozarks. “Walking the Dead” by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery featuring Cafferty and Quinn. “Destroyer Angel” by Nevada Barr is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. “B.O.Q” by N.P. Simpson is the latest in the NCIS special agent Fran Setliff mystery series. “Waiting for Wednesday” by Nicci French is the latest in the Frieda Klein mystery series.

Other novels

“Redeployment” by Phil Klay takes readers to the front lines in Iraq with soldiers who returned. “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the A Good Yarn series. “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by B.J. Novak is a collection of stories about different people. “Like a Mighty Army” by David Weber is the seventh book in the Safehold science fiction series. “Four Friends” by Robyn Carr is the story of four women who help each other face major life challenges. “The Last Bride” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish fiction love story.

Short story collections 

“High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread” by Joyce Carol Oates is a collection of eight short stories. Mystery Writers of America’s “Ice Cold,” edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, presents short stories of the Cold War by 20 mystery writers. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler is a collection of comedic travel stories.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Bette Bogard, Jamie Clark, Maud Ginguich, Jenny Iciguhi, Tim McAvoy, Gail Shepherd and several anonymous donors. For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Nancy Green.

Quotable quote

“I don’t think about being a ‘senior.’ I’m too busy doing the things I love.” — actor and director Henry Winkler, famous for his role as The Fonz, and author of several children’s books.


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This story was posted on April 24, 2014.