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Diabetes lectures can help answer questions

PREVIEW columnist, and the library staff

Whether you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living with diabetes for years, the three sessions in a new free diabetic education series of lectures can help answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support.

The sessions take place at the library on three consecutive Mondays — May 5, 12 and 19 — from 4:30-6 p.m. The sessions are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center. You need to register by calling 731-1533. You can attend all sessions or just one, as you choose.

Construction update

If you have been wondering what’s going on with the bulldozers and other equipment on the library property, here’s an update. The project contains two parts: the expansion of the parking lot and the replacement of the culvert. They are working on the parking lot now. As soon as we receive a permit from the Colorado Department of Transportation, they will start work on replacing a culvert. West McCabe Creek flows through a culvert that runs beneath the front of the library and connects to the culvert that goes under U.S. 160. The culvert is rusting through, so we are going to replace it while we are doing the parking lot. We’re hoping both projects will be finished by August.

Lifelong Learning
Lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, May 1) marks the third 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 “Neuronal Plasticity: Its Importance in Memory and Brain Repair” by Jean Strahlendorf, Ph.D. She will discuss some of the newer approaches to address memory issues and dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as we age.

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. No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free Friday morning movies for adults are taking a summer vacation. They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again. Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

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. A more formal session requiring registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.

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.

How-to and self-help

“The Diabetes Break-through” by Osama Hamdy and Sheri Colberg details how to lose weight and cut medications. “The End of Dieting” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman provides dietary and nutritional advice for a healthy life. “You Can Date Boys When You Are 40” by Dave Barry offers humorous advice on parenting and other topics. “Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions” helps you get the most out of your benefits and comes with a website. “The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects” has 76 plans for building a self-sufficient life. “Fluent in Three Months” by Benny Lewis is an unconventional guide to learning a new language. “World’s Smartest Traveler” by Christopher Elliott is a consumer guide to smart travel. “The Grow Your Own Food Handbook” by Monte Burch is a basic guide to planting, growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables. “The Chopped Cookbook” from the Food Network helps you use pantry ingredients to make good meals.

Other nonfiction

“Things I Should Have Told My Daughter” by Pearl Cleage is a memoir of her journey from columnist to Hollywood scriptwriter. “Under Magnolia” by Frances Mayes is a memoir of her early years in Georgia. “Shining Star” by lead singer Philip Bailey is the story of the Earth, Wind and Fire band. “Living with a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich is a memoir of an activist searching for “the truth” about the universe. “Stronger” by Jeff Bauman is the memoir of one of those severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

DVDs

“The Pirate Fairy” is a Disney animated adventure. We have four Gary Cooper classics: “Sergeant York,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Dallas” and “The Wreck of the Mary Deare.” “The Story of Jacob and Joseph” is the biblical story. “Marmaduke” is a comedy featuring the world’s favorite Great Dane. “Chasing Mavericks” is based on a true story of surfing. “A Thousand Words” is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. “Act of Valor” features active duty Navy Seals. “Of Mice and Men” and “The Caine Mutiny” are classics. “Brothers” stars Tobey Maguire. “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” is an Academy Award winner. “Doc Hollywood” stars Michael J. Fox. “American Gangster” stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

CDs

“Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Option” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the Paul Janson adventure series. “Trouble in Mind” by Jeffery Deaver is a new collection of short stories. “The Lost Sisterhood” by Anne Fortier follows two women on parallel journeys separated by time. “Be Careful What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest chapter in the Clifton Chronicles. “The Cairo Affair” by Olen Steinhauer is a mystery. “Wildfire” by Ralph Cotton, “The Ghosts of Apache Creek” by Ralph Compton and “Butchery of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns. “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon is a Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice.

Large print

“The Daring Ladies of Lowell” by Kate Alcott is a historical romance. “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross tells of the challenge of a rude granddaughter. “Death Come Quickly” by Susan Wittig Albert is a murder mystery. “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman is a love story set in New York City. “Matchless” by Jane Candia Coleman is a western set in the Colorado mining camps. “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine is a Jaine Austen mystery. “Reflections of Yesterday” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “Bad Wolf” by Nele Neuhaus is the sixth in the German Inspectors Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein thriller series, the second published in the U.S.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Children of the Revolution” by Peter Robinson is a mystery set in the turbulent 1970s. “The Collector” by Nora Roberts involves an apparent murder-suicide. “Warriors” by Ted Bell is the latest in the British counterspy Alex Hawke thriller series.

Other novels

“The Other Story” by Tatiana de Rosnay tells of a writer who can’t escape his family’s secrets. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson is book two of the Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series. “The Auschwitz Escape” by Joel C. Rosenberg is set in Poland in World War II at the height of the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews. “William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher is the fifth book in this Star Wars series. “Mentats of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is the latest in the Dune sci-fi series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Anonda Stein, Wanda Duffin, Kristal Fortune, Patsy Harvey and Margie Richter. We also received a stack of new books from Colorado Country Life magazine and La Plata Electric Association. These books are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including books by Colorado authors, which Colorado County Life has used as reference material for stories, reviewed in the magazine or considered for review. They will soon be available for checkout at the library.

Quotable quote

“All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” — Helen Hayes (1900-1993), American actress and one of only 12 people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on May 1, 2014.