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Free evening of karaoke tonight at library

We hope you will welcome the official start of spring by singing karaoke songs with family and friends at your library. Please join us for a free evening of karaoke tonight (Thursday, March 20) from 5:30-7 p.m. We’ll have music for a wide range of audiences from children to adults for you to sing to. We’ve just received more karaoke CDs, so we have added hits for teens and tweens, as well as a multitude of songs in Spanish. Light snacks will be provided.

Also, a six-week class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages begins Monday, March 24 , from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and runs through April 28. The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased before the sessions start or at class start. Ask at the library desk.

Foreign language films

We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited. If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

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 March 22. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.

Art for fun kids

Tomorrow (Friday, March 21) from 2-3 p.m. kids in the first through third grades are invited to “Art Attack,” a free fun time with art. It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults, which this month will be films from the 1950s.

The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re 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-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 iPad Basics on Wednesday, March 26, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This class is designed for absolute beginners who have little or no experience using their iPads and want to understand the essential functions, as well as learn some useful tips. You must provide your own registered iPad.

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

“Knitted Dinosaurs” is a collection of 15 prehistoric pals to knit from scratch for children and adults. “Knit Your Own Zoo” by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne provides easy-to-follow patterns for 24 animals. “Heart 411” by Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen is a guide to heart health written by two heart doctor at Cleveland Clinic. “How to Barter for Paradise” by Michael Wigge tells of the author’s travels through 14 countries by exchanging goods.

Other nonfiction

“ADHD Does Not Exist” by Dr. Richard Saul is a controversial and landmark work about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. “Dear Abigail” by Diane Jacobs is the story of Abigail Adams and her sisters, as revealed through their letters.

DVDs

“12 years A Slave” is this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture. “Road to Utopia,” “Road to Morocco” and “Road to Zanzibar” are all Bob Hope movies. “Fargo” is a 1996 Academy Award winner. “Grapes of Wrath” is the classic film starring Henry Fonda. We have the complete first and second seasons of TV shows “Monk” and “Modern Family.” “Knight and Day” is a thriller starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. “Dragon Hunters” and “Spirit” are feature-length animated films.

Large print

“A Bullet for Billy the Kid” by Will Henry is a trio of western stories. “Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison Allen is a women’s fiction story set in Southern Georgia. “The Purity of Vengeance” by Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Department Q mystery set in Denmark.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon tells of mysteries and ghosts in a Vermont town. “Hunting Shadows” by Charles Todd is the latest in the mystery series featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge. “The Innocent Sleep” by Karen Perry follows a family after a child disappears in an earthquake. “The Chase” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the latest adventure in the series featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and FBI agent Kate O’Hare. “Blackberry Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is the latest in the Hannah Swensen mystery series with recipes.

CDs

“Ripper” by Isabel Allende is about a mother and daughter with a strong bond who are very different from one another. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is the latest in the series about this private PI company. “Moving Target” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Ali Reynolds mystery series. “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” is a novel by Anna Quindlen.

Other novels

“Red Rising” by Pierce Brown is a science fiction story set on desolate Mars. “The Undead Pool” by Kim Harrison is the penultimate book in the Hollows supernatural series featuring Rachel Morgan.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Margie Richter and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People will pay more to be entertained than educated.” — Johnny Carson (1925-2005), American TV host and comedian.

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 March 20, 2014.