Lifelong Learning lectures begin next week

Next Thursday, Oct. 17, marks the start of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

• Oct. 17 — Nutritious Holidays: Joan Ward from the Wellness Center at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center will teach you tips and recipe modifications for healthful holiday eating.

• Oct. 24 — Recent Research at Chimney Rock National Monument: Archeologist Dr. Wendy Sutton will update you on the latest news from this ancient Pueblo community.

• Oct. 31 — West Nile Virus: Dr. Donald Bruning reviews the history and growth of this disease.

• Nov. 7 — African Safari: Susan McAdams takes you on a photo safari showcasing the birds and animals of the Dark Continent.

• Nov. 14 — Women in Islam: A World of Contradictions: Dr. Dennis Aronson covers the lives of Muslim women in different parts of the world.

• Nov. 21 — Stress Reduction: Wellness manager Carol Anderson from the Pagosa Media Center provides techniques to reduce stress in your life.

Tweens Book Club 

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 11) the new free Tween Book Club will discuss “Frindle” by Andrew Clements from 2–3:15 p.m.  It is the story of a fifth-grader named Nick Allen who is known as a troublemaker at school. He is not keen about his teacher, a disciplinarian with x-ray vision who loves the dictionary, which Nick finds boring. Then suddenly he becomes fascinated by words, and his enthusiasm spreads beyond his school and town. This is a fun book about creative thought and the power of words. The book club meets on the second Friday of every month at the library. Registration is required.

Find new authors

Join us tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 11) for an introduction to NoveList from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Learn how to find author read-alikes, book discussion guides, recommended reading for all ages and more from this free online resource.

LEGO contest 

Our annual LEGO contest takes place this Saturday, Oct. 12. Pre-registration is required, 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 – seven and 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.

Wise Traditions 

Join us this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3–4:30 p.m. for lectures and lively discussions on dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more. No registration necessary.

Free technology class 

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 Excel Basics takes place Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 12:30–2:30 p.m. This class requires registration. Pick up the complete adult programs calendar at the library.

Free Spanish classes

The fourth of a six-week Spanish class takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles. You are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.


“Cadfael” is the PBS mystery series set in war-torn medieval England. “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” is a historical thriller starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.

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“Compound Fractures” by Stephen White is the conclusion to the decades-long saga featuring Alan Gregory. “The Hero” by Robyn Carr is a romance in the Thunder Point series.  “Bones of the Lost” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the mystery series featuring forensic scientist Temperance Brennan. “Under the Texas Sky” is a romance by Dorothy Garlock. “Gunlock” is a western by Wayne D. Overholser. “Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones” by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the latest in the Liss MacCrimmon mystery series. “Protector” by Diana Palmer is a romance. “W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton is the latest in the mystery series featuring Kinsey Millhone.


“Paris” by Edward Rutherfurd is a 30-CD disc saga following the lives of several families in Paris over the centuries. “Dick Francis’s Refusal” is the latest in the horce racing mystery series. “The Whole Enchilada” by Diane Mott Davudson is the laest in the mystery series featuring caterer Goldy Schulz. “Never Go Back” is the latest in the Jack Reacher mystery series. “Damned If You Do” is the latest in Robert B. Parker’s mystery series featuring Jesse Stone. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith is a debut mystery series featuring Det. Cormoran.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Second Watch” by J.A. Jance is a thriller featuring Seattle Det. J.P. Beaumont. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher mystery series. “Killing Custer” by Margaret Coel is a suspense story showcasing Native American culture and history.


“A Lifetime of Dissent” is a collection of articles on the critical issues of our times.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Mark Brown, Donna Elliott, Ali Evans, Cindi Galabota, Scottie Gibson, Carole Howard, Mark Kimmel, Kay McKinnon, Kristine MacNeill, Sepp Ramsperger, Darien Roseen, Sara Wilson, Bruce Young, Sheila Lane, Dick Robbins and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, find another room.” — Michael Dell, American business leader, investor, philanthropist and author.


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This story was posted on October 10, 2013.