Library News: Teen mask event today and family-friendly fundraiser games on Sunday

By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff
Today, Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks. Masks come in all styles, from carnival to steampunk to superhero. Just bring your imagination — we’ll provide the supplies.
Then this Sunday, Feb. 23, a fun Lanes and Links family-friendly community event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Delayed opening
Your library will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, due to our regular monthly staff meeting.

Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit for more details and useful links.
As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire. Households will begin receiving an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

Teen book club tomorrow
Friday, Feb. 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will be talking about “This Song Will Save Your Life” by Leila Sales and enjoying snacks. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

After-school club
The after-school club for first- through fifth-graders will take place tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. It takes place on the second, third and fourth Friday of every month.
Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session. Registration is required by calling us at 264-2209 or dropping by the library.

LEGO Club Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is next Monday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Computer classes
These free classes twice a month will help you learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration is required. On Monday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., you will learn how to effectively create a simple resume using Microsoft Word and learn useful tips that will help you in your next job search. Contact Brad at the library if you would like to request a class about any computer topic.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation
Next Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m., practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance is not necessary. No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 p.m. y los viernes de 12-2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio/avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
Next Wednesday, Feb. 26 Cindi Galabota will take kids on a worldwide tour through artifacts and toys from different cultures.

Books on CD
“Spy” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman caught up in a double life in World War II. “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” by Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies and decomposition. “Lost” by James Patterson and James O. Born follows the FBI, DEA and Miami police looking for one woman. “Deep State” by Chris Hauty is a thriller that begins with a death in the White House. “Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller featuring a formerly blind investigator with unique observational skills.

How-to and self-help
“Brain Wash” by Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explores how modern culture threatens to damage our health and offers a plan for healing. “Successful Aging” by neuroscientist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin offers a practical plan to make the most of your 70s, 80s and 90s. “Your Body in Balance” by Dr. Neal D. Barnard is a guide to the new science of food, hormones and health. “Maximize Your Medicare” by certified financial planner Jae W. Oh explains how to qualify for benefits, protect your health and minimize your costs.

Other nonfiction
“A Very Stable Genius” by Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig is a look at Donald Trump’s presidency. “Sovietistan” by Erika Fatland documents a journey through Central Asia to “the stans.” “Start by Believing” by ESPN investigative reporters John Barr and Dan Murphy is a new look at the largest sex abuse scandal in American history. “Arguing with Zombies” by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman tackles many misunderstandings in the areas of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security and more. “Half Broke” by Ginger Gaffney is a memoir of a top-ranked horse trainer who trains troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico. “You Never Forget Your First” by Alexis Coe is a new biography of George Washington.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Last Day” by Luanne Rice follows a detective trying to solve the murder of a woman whose mother was taken. “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge. “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis mystery. “Dead to Her” by Sarah Pinborough is a suspense story focusing on a woman who married into old money.

“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley tells of a traveling green notebook that brings six strangers together.

Thanks to our donors
For their generous donations, we are grateful to Carole and Bob Howard, Law Offices of Gayle Dixon, Bank of Colorado, Kelly Law Firm, First Southwest Bank, and Vic and Joanne Lucariello. For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable quote
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues … are created, strengthened and maintained.” — Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British politician, WWII leader and author.

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This story was posted on February 20, 2020.