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More bestselling e-books to download free from your library

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

We have received word from the new Cloud Library from 3M that there are eight current bestselling e-books available for you to download free from your library — all current bestsellers: “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, “Bunker Hill” by Nathaniel Philbrick, “Calculated in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Dead Ever After” by Charlaine Harris, “Inferno” by Dan Brown in both English and Spanish, “Silken Prey” by John Sandford and “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts.

In addition, we have a new set of 50 e-books now available with a wide-ranging selection of authors including Carl Hiaasen, Salman Rushdie, Anne Tyler, E.L. Doctorow, Tracy Kidder and Fern Michaels.

Unlike the previous OneClick e-book system, the 3M member libraries actually select titles for our patrons, many requested by our patrons.

To access the new 3M system, go to the home page on the library’s website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ where you will see an e-book box with a red 3M logo and a cloud. Click on this box and you’ll see a collection of book cover photos of a wide variety of books under the headings Most Popular, New Titles This Month, Featured Novels, Featured Nonfiction and Featured Children’s Books. You also can browse by genre.

If you want some help, go to https://sites.google.com/site/aspencatebooks/ or ask Meg Wempe at one of her Tech Tuesday or Tech Thursday sessions.

The new 3M Cloud Library system works on all models of Nook, older models of Sony, and Kobo. You also can download directly onto iPads, iPhones, tablets and cell phones with access to the Android market. 3M is trying to work with Amazon on a solution to allow Kindles to work with this library system as well. It is compatible with the Kindle Fire if you download a rather clunky support app.

Summer Reading Program

You still can sign up any time before July 11 for this year’s free Summer Reading Program. The activities are open to babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. You’ll be eligible for ongoing prizes including the grand prizes — a Nook table, one each for kids, teens and adults. Detailed schedules are available at the library.

Summer Reading key dates

Don’t forget that next Wednesday, July 10, is the deadline to turn in your summer reading records and raffle tickets. The free all-ages closing party takes place on Friday, July 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes). It will include refreshments, activities, music and the grand prize drawing at 6:45 p.m.

Kids’ programs

Examples of free programs for kids this coming week are special storytime sessions throughout the week, and films every Friday at 10 a.m. featuring “The Adventures of Brer Rabbit” on July 5 and “Around the World in 80 Days” on July 12.

Teen programs

Examples of free programs for teens this coming week are a teen gaming tournament on Saturday, July 6, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (registration required), Teens and Duct Tape (What’s inside your wallet?) on Monday, July 8, from 1:30-2:45 p.m., and Teen Techies (11 a.m.-noon) and Teen Gaming (12:30-2 p.m.) on Wednesday, July 10. The film at noon on Friday, July 5, is “Beautiful Creatures.”

Adult programs

Examples of free programs for adults include films based on books every Friday at 2:30 p.m., with “I am Number Four” on Friday, July 5.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session requiring advance registration is Universal Class on Wednesday, July 10, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. when you will learn how to use this free online database to explore a variety of topics at your own pace.

DVD movies

“The Scrambling Guide to New York City” by Mur Lafferty is the first volume in a new series of books featuring Zoe Norris, a book editor. “Street Kings” is an action-packed crime thriller. “Wooly Boys” is a comedy starring Peter Fonda and Kris Kristofferson. “Outlaw Justice” is a western featuring Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Truitt and Waylon Jennings. “The Denzel Washington Collection” features four of his films: “Training Day,” “John Q.,” “The Pelican Brief” and “Fallen.” “BarberShop2” is a comedy sequel. “Young Land” stars Dennis Hopper and was an Academy Award nominee for the song “Strange Are the Ways of Love.” “Changing Lanes” is a thriller starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson.

DVD nonfiction

“An Alaskan Life of High Adventure” by Jim Hale tells of his adventures as a mountain guide and explorer. “Soul Surfer” is the true story of a teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. “American Meat” is a pro-farmer documentary about chicken, cattle and hog production in America.

Nonfiction books

“Engineers of Victory” by historian Paul Kennedy is a new look at how World War II was won. “Mastering Mountain Bike Skills/second edition” by Brian Lopes and Lee McCormack provides instruction on trail, downhill, cross-country, racing and other biking experiences. “Rumsfeld’s Rules” by Donald Rumsfeld provides lessons in business, politics, war and life from the former Secretary of Defense. “The Unwinding” by George Packer reviews the history of the U.S. over the past three decades through the lives of several Americans. “Keep It Pithy” by Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly is a collection of his most memorable writings from his bestselling books. “Impossible Odds” by Jessica Buchanan tells of her kidnapping and dramatic rescue by SEAL Team Six.

Epic poem

“The Fall of Arthur” by J.R.R. Tolkien is an almost-finished epic narrative poem by this great author.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Revenge Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger is the sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada.” “A Serpent’s Tooth” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Walt Longmire mystery series. “Dead, White, and Blue” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand mystery series.

“Time to Kill” by Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin is a thriller about Islamic terrorists featuring sniper Kyle Swanson.

Books and CD

“The Great Degeneration” by Niall Ferguson outlines how our institutions are decaying and economies dying. “The Searchers” by Alan Le May is the novel that inspired a movie named the greatest western of all time.

Large print

“Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah is a woman’s fiction story. “Perfect Timing” by Catherine Anderson is the latest in the Harringan Family romance series. “The Perfect Ghost” by Linda Barnes and “Seduction” by M.J. Rose are mysteries. “The Seventh Victim” by Mary Burton is a romantic suspense story.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation, we thank W.C. and Clareve Enmon. We also are deeply grateful to the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation for a grant to add to and replace titles in our collection. For books and materials this week, we thank Joe Bauman, the Condons, Kerry Dermody, Scottie Gibson, Richard Haines, Joan Jesser, Dale Johnson, Don Porterfield, Jim Pruitt and Valerie Sparrow.

Quotable Quote

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” — Voltaire (1694-1778), French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher.

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 — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on July 3, 2013.