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GED orientation starts Sept. 9

GED (General Education Development) orientation takes place Sept. 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, Sept. 15.

With a vision toward enhancing literacy, your library has been the site of the county’s free GED program since the Archuleta County Education Center building was sold last year.

GED and ELS (English as a Second Language) are still administered by the education center. ESL is taught at the Methodist Church.

GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school. If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango. The cost is $40 per test and scholarship funds are available. You do not need to take the tests at the same time.

Ten Pagosa Springs residents earned their GED during the 2013-14 school year and three students received certificates of completion in a graduation ceremony at the library on May 30.

For more information on the GED program, please contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208. You can also visit the education center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.

Unfortunately, the program has changed, and all previous sign-up information has been purged. The new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.

Family karaoke

This evening (Thursday, Aug, 21) at 6 p.m., please join us to sing karaoke songs with family and friends at your library. We’ll have CDs for all ages — kids, tweens, teens and adults — and Spanish speakers. Light snacks will be provided.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on computer and Internet basics from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 28. You will learn the basics of a computer, including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and more. You’ll also learn how to connect to the Internet, use an Internet browser, navigate safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

Change in movies 

Every Friday in August, except Aug. 29, at 12:30 p.m. we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration is required. 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. Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library or go to our website to learn the movie names.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 to 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

“Scale” by Jeff Hoffman and David Finkel shows you how to grow your business while also gaining more personal freedom. “Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis” by James W. Russell explores the problems faced by people who lost traditional pensions. “You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think” by Wes Moss identifies the five best practices of the happiest retirees. “Food Preservation Made Simple” by Teresa Marrone explains various food-drying techniques. “The Quilter’s Palette” by Katy Denny provides color and pattern ideas for quilts. “iRules” by Janell Burley Hofmann reveals the contract between a mother and her son getting his first cellphone that went viral on the Internet.

Other nonfiction

“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is said to be an insider’s view of the animosity between these two Democratic families. “Haatchi and Little B” by Wendy Holden is the true story of one little boy and his very big dog, both disabled. “The Mission of Remission” by basketball hall of famer Pat Williams is a memoir about his battle with cancer. “Emilie Davis’s Civil War” showcases the diaries of a free black woman in Philadelphia during the Civil War.

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“Lie” by Hesh Kestin is a mystery featuring a female Israeli attorney. “Talk” by Michael Smerconish is a mystery about a talk radio host with the influence to elect a president. “A Catered Fourth of July” by Isis Crawford is the latest in the Cozy mystery series. “The Trail Beyond” by Max Brand and “Black Ransom” by Stone Wallace are westerns. “A Perfect Romance” by J.M. Bronston stars two pampered Park Avenue felines. “The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs is the latest in the Bella Vista Chronicles. “Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter follows two Atlanta PD women officers. “Books, Cooks, and Crooks” by Lucy Arlington is the latest in the Novel Idea mystery series. “Wild Iris Ridge” by RaeAnne Thayne is a romance. “Murder at the Hatfield House” by Amanda Carmack is the first book in a new Elizabethan mystery series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Haunted” by Randy Wayne White is a crime story set on Florida’s Gulf Coast. “The Sixth Extinction” by James Rollins is a thriller involving cutting-edge science and technology. “Fatal Conceit”by Robert K. Tanenbaum is a legal suspense story about the suspicious death of a CIA chief. “The Lost Island” by Preston and Child revolves around a plan to steal the Book of Kells. “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie is a fantasy set on a remote, icy planet.

Other new novels

“Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber is the latest romance set in Rose Harbor Inn. “Channel” by Stephen L. Carter is an adventure about the Cuban Missile Crisis. “Traitor’s Storm” by M.J. Trow is an historical novel set in Elizabethan England. “The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances” by Ellen Cooney is about a place where humans save dogs and vice versa.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Nancy Crowe, Cheryl Freeman, Carmen Ferguson, Cindy Galabota, Jeanne Hewitt, Veronica Johnson and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable quote 

“All ideas are secondhand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.”

— Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author and humorist.

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 pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on August 21, 2014.