Free holiday events for all ages start today at the library

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Starting this afternoon, your library is hosting several free holiday events for all ages. Mark your calendars.

• Today (Thursday, Dec. 12) from 4–6 p.m. is a holiday crafts event for the whole family. At Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo you’ll make ornaments and other holiday goodies while you enjoy a hot chocolate bar. This is a great way for you and your family to get a head start on the holiday season and enjoy some together-time.

• There will be three special holiday gaming and card battles for teens over the school break — from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, on Friday, Dec. 27, and on Monday, Dec. 30. Enjoy X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

• Next Thursday, Dec. 19, is a scrabble contest from noon–2:30 p.m., with fervent competitors, casual players and newbies all welcome. Please register, so we know how many to expect.

Tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you. Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 13) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “No More Dead Dogs” and you’ll get your new books to read.


This is a LEGO group for kids aged 6–13 this Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10:30–11:45 a.m. Bring your creativity — the LEGOS are provided.

Free movies

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from the 1950s or 1960s. The movie for tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 13) is “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month — for December, on the 14th — from 3-4:30 p.m. All ages welcome.

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 — except for today (Thursday, Dec. 12). Join her for one-on-one, informal help with your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session on Skype photos requiring registration takes place next Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 12:30–2 p.m.

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.


“A Clockwork Orange” is Stanley Kubrick’s classic film. “Eagle Eye” is a race-against-time thriller. “Treasure Planet” is a Walt Disney animated feature for the entire family. “Joyful Noise” is inspirational story starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson swept all five major Academy Awards in 1975. “Due Date” is a comedy featuring Robert Downey Jr. “The Sacred Science” is a documentary about eight seriously ill westerners seeking healing help in Peru. “Shoot ‘em Up” is a comedy action film. “Suspicion” is the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.


“Mirage” by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul is the latest adventure in the Oregon Files series. “The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon” by Alexander McCall Smith is the 14th book in the No. l Ladies’ Detective Agency series. “Dust” by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta mystery series.

Large print Christmas

“Christmas Carol Murder” by Leslie Meier is the latest in the Lucy Stone mystery series. “Duck the Halls” by Donna Andrews is the latest in the Meg Langslow mystery series. “Silent Night” by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. “Christmas Bliss” by Mary Kay Andrews is the latest in the Savannah series.

Other large print

“Critical Mass” by Sara Paretsky is the latest in the V.I. Warsgawski mystery series. “Fifteen Minutes” by Karen Kinsbury is the latest by this popular Christian fiction writer. “Mirage” by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series. “Bridge to Happiness” by Jill Barnett is the story of a family facing tragic change. “The Guest House” is a story of love on Cape Cod. “Stitches” by Anne Lamott is a handbook to help you find meaning and peace in these frantic times.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Outlaw” by Ted Dekker is an epic and often violent adventure of two worlds. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham takes readers back to the courthouse where Jake Brigance is once again embroiled in a controversial trial. “The Circle” by Dave Eggers is a suspense story about a woman working for an Internet company. “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg is a new comic mystery spanning decades and generations. “No Man’s Nightingale” by Ruth Rendall is the latest in the Inspector Wexford series, which will soon mark its 50th anniversary. “Doing Hard Time” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Black House” by Peter May is a thriller set in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

Other new fiction

“Dark Witch” by Nora Roberts is book one of a new Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy set in Ireland.

“Esrever Doom” by Piers Anthony is a new fantasy adventure set in the magical world of Xanth. “Winners” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of family and friends impacted when an aspiring ski champion has a tragic accident. “The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan is her latest novel about Chinese women, this one set in Shanghai. “Doomed” by Chuck Palahnluk is the latest adventure of Madison Spencer in the afterlife. “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastian Faulks is the latest in the Jeeves and Wooster series. “Ghost Gone Wild” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Bailey Ruth Ghost series.

Memoirs and biographies

“Days of Fire” by New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker takes readers through the eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration, drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before-released documents. “The Bully Pulpit” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin tells of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. “The Death of Santini” by Pat Conroy is an account of the heart-wrenching struggles of this popular author’s family. “The Most of Nora Ephron” is a collection of some of the works of this late comedy writer.

Other nonfiction

“Vanished” by Wil S. Hylton tells of the 60-year-search for ll men who disappeared mysteriously in 1944. “Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule is the true crime story of the Christmas murder of a man in Washington State. “The Map and the Territory” by Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, questions basic assumptions about risk management and economic forecasting after the financial crisis of 2008. “At Home” by Bill Bryson uses words and more than 300 illustrations to chronicle domestic history. “Civilian Warriors” by Erik Prince is the inside story of Blackwater, the highly efficient private military contractor.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Pochy Roundtree and several anonymous donors. For a major financial donation, we are deeply grateful to Jim and Barbara Corboy of Pagosa Springs and Dallas, Texas.

Quotable Quote

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.” — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher and author.


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This story was posted on December 12, 2013.