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Help celebrate National Black History Month

PREVIEW Columnist and library staff

We hope you will join us to celebrate Black History Month. We’ll have a book display for all ages featuring African American authors and historical events. In addition, the free Friday morning movies for adults at 10 a.m. will feature African American actors and actresses (more information below).

The idea began as a week-long celebration in Chicago in 1915. It became Black History Week in 1926. Since the mid 1970s, every American president, Republican or Democrat, has issued a proclamation endorsing Black History Month in February. Today it is celebrated not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

The theme for Black History Month in 2014 is “Civil Rights in America,” chronicling important milestones by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law.

Free movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with African-American actresses and actors. 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 flyer of activities for adults at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Book club for adults

Join our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction. February’s book is “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, to be discussed Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 2-3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you still need a copy of the book.

Technology classes

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

A more formal session requiring registration is Intermediate Microsoft Word on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., where you will learn about tables, sorting data, adding screen shots and web images, and how to edit images.

Free 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 — this month on Feb. 8, from 3-4:30 p.m. All ages welcome.

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

“Soul Healing Miracles” by Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha offers tips to empower you to transform your physical life and spiritual journey. “Seedswap” by Josie Jeffery is a step-by-step guide to building your own seed bank and starting your own seed swapping event. “Age to Perfection” by Mark Anderson, Walter Gaman and Judith K. Gaman offers strategies and preventive tools to help you thrive as you age. “U.S. National Parks West” is a new Insight Guides book to help you plan your trip. “Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law” answers your most frequently asked legal questions.

Memoirs

“The Kid” by Ben Bradlee, Jr. is a biography of baseball great Ted Williams. “Duty” is the memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates that has been getting significant media coverage because of its candid account of his experience serving Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

DVDs

“Spartacus” is the Academy Award-winning classic, this version with extra footage and music. “I Confess” is the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Montgomery Cleft and Anne Baxter. “The Whole Wide World” is a love story starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Renee Zellweger. “City Island” is a comedy starring Andy Garcia. “Queen Margot” is a tale of intrigue and forbidden love about a woman in a political marriage of convenience. “Aeonflux” stars Charlize Theron fighting totalitarian rule in 25th century Earth’s last living city.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Execution” by Dick Wolf is the latest in the thriller series featuring NYPD Det. Jeremy Fisk. “Shovel Ready” by Adam Sternbergh is a sci-fi thriller set in near-future New York City. “The Forever Engine” by Frank Chadwick is a military sci-fi adventure set in 1888 London.

Other new novels

“The Legend of the Black Rose” by New Mexico author Marie Avery is a romance among two young people from sheep ranching families. “On Such a Full Sea” by Chang-Rae Lee is the story of one girl struggling to comprehend life in a long-declining future America. “Radiance of Tomorrow” by Ishmael Beah is a parable of postwar life in war-torn Africa.

Large print

“Hostage” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit mystery series. “Promise Me Texas” by Jodi Thomas is the latest in the Whispering Mountain romance series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Val Fulco, Veronica Johnson, Jenny Lguchi and Sara Wilson.

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 February 6, 2014.