Library becomes a source for education opportunities

Your library is the new site of the county’s GED (General Educational Development) program now that the Archuleta County Education Center building has closed. The schedule is Monday through Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. and Thursday 2-7:30 p.m.

GED is a series of five tests in science, math, social studies, reading and writing that you take if you have not graduated from high school. If you pass, you have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The two teachers at the library are Mark Wardell, a Colorado-licensed adult education teacher who has been a GED instructor for 10 years, and Susan Lawrence, who has been a GED teacher for a year and is working on her license. The program uses a combination of online resources and one-on-one tutoring sessions, with personalized teaching, life skills instruction and sample tests.

To take advantage of this free GED program, you need to pay a onetime $15 administration fee. The five official tests administered by State of Colorado proctors are $30 each. Scholarships are available. You do not need to take the tests at the same time, but you do need to take them in person (not online).

Julie Loar, GED program director, cautions that the GED tests will change in January. She hopes this deadline will provide an incentive for Archuleta County residents to schedule their GED learning so that they can finish by the end of the year.

This free GED program is funded by a grant from the federally funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions are 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 on PowerPoint Basics takes place Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. You will learn how to create a slideshow for your organization, presentation or school needs. This class requires registration. Pick up the complete calendar at the library.

Free Spanish classes

The third of a six-week Spanish class takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for all ages taught by Roberta Strickland. The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased at the library. Registration is required. You do not have to attend all sessions to participate.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. (note new day and time) 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.

Tween science event

Science Madness for 4th-6th grades takes place tomorrow from 2-3:15 p.m. Theme is “Egg-spiriment.” What are the possibilities of using eggs for science? Registration is required. Free.

LEGO contest

Our annual LEGO contest takes place next Saturday, Oct. 12. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 8, and the contest is limited to 18 participants. Entries must be built ahead of time using your own blocks. Prizes will be awarded for each of three ages categories — 7and under, ages 8-11, and ages 12-17. An additional prize also will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice. More details and a full list of the rules are available at the library.

Large print

“The Look of Love” by Bella Andre is the latest in the Sullivans romance series. “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson is a mystery. “The Summer Girls” by Mary Alice Monroe is a Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. “Justice for Sara” by Erica Spindler is a murder mystery. “Her Last Breath” by Linda Castillo is the latest in the Amish mystery series featuring Kate Burkholder. “The Christie Curse” by Victoria Abbott is a mystery in the Book Collector series. “Can’t Stop Believing” by Jody Thomas is the latest in the Harmony romance series. “Miranda” by Grace Livingston Hill is a romance. “Dick Francis’s Refusal” by Felix Francis is the latest in the horse race mystery series featuring Sid Halley.


“The Last Kiss Goodbye” by Karen Robards is a thriller. “Compound Fractures” by Stephen White is the last book in the series featuring psychologist Alan Gregory. “Rose Harbor in Bloom” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series. “Blond Justice” by Anne Perry is a mystery set in Victorian England. “Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat is a mystery set in Haiti. “The Beast” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the mystery series featuring LAPD’s Decker and Lazarus. “The Highway” is a western by C.J. Box. “Volume 15” contains four stories by L. Ron Hubbard. “Mistress” is a thriller by James Patterson and David Ellis.

Other fiction

“The Butler: A Witness to History” by Wil Haygood, about the White House butler who served eight presidents, is the story that inspired the hit movie. “The Third Kingdom” by Terry Goodkind is the sequel to “The Omen Machine” in the Richard and Kohlan epic fantasy series. “The Sound of Things Falling” by Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia.


“Inside Rehab” by Anne M. Fletcher explores the addition treatment industry and how to get the help that works for you. “Surviving Sexual Violence” edited by Theme Bryant-Davis offers a variety of advice and resources to help victims understand and recover. “Walking on Eggshells” by grief counselor Amy Sales gives caregivers helpful, therapeutic ways to cope with the realities of caring for a critically ill loved one. “Office 2013: All-in-One” is a beginner’s guide with simple instructions for those with no experience. “Dignity” by Donna Hicks, an expert in conflict resolution, offers practical guidelines to harnessing the power of dignity to resolve conflict in our everyday lives and work.

Quotable Quote

“We all have our time machines. Those that take us back are memories. And those that carry us forward are dreams.” — H. G. Wells (1866-1946), English author best known for his science fiction books such as “War of the Worlds,” “The Time Machine” and “The Invisible Man.”


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This story was posted on October 3, 2013.