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New free download service for audio books

SUN Columnist, and the Library Staff

The Recorded Books collection of more than 3,800 audio books is now available free for Sisson Library patrons via OneClickDigital, their new platform. To access OneClick, click on its icon on the library site’s home page at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Features of the new service include:

• A wide selection of unabridged audio books from well-known publishers.

• User-friendly browsing options.

• Customized loan periods from one–21 days, plus the ability to renew titles.

• You can download and listen on your computer or laptop, or transfer the books to your iPod, MP3 player, Smartphone or other compatible device.

Titles are added to the collection every quarter. Recent new titles include “The Diary of Mattie Spenser” by Sandra Dallas, “Protector” and “Truth Seeker” by Dee Henderson, “Night Train to Memphis” by Elizabeth Peters, “Gamblers: Denver Draw” by Robert Randisi, “Maverick” by Lori Copeland, “Good Samaritan Strikes Again” by Patrick McManus, “Somewhat Saved” by Pat G’Orge-Walker, “Tempting Torment” by Jo Goodman, “Long Way Home” by Janis Reams Hudson, “Rescue” by William W. Johnstone, “Forever” by Timmothy McCann, “She Had it Coming” by Mary B. Monroe, “Wearing My Halo Tilted” by Stephanie Perry Moore and “Not Without You” by Janelle Taylor.

You will need your library barcode and PIN to use the service, and you will need to create an account and download the OneClick Media Manager software. You can do so by selecting the “Create a New Account” link in the upper right hand corner of the OneClick home page. Please note that OneClickDigital works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser.

To learn more about this new service, you can attend a workshop on Monday, Jan. 14 ,from 1-3 p.m. The first part will deal with the library’s new 3M e-book platform and the second will be about downloading audio books from OneClickDigital. You are welcome to bring your devices for hands-on help during the workshop.

Free high-tech training

Our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Jan. 10) from 3–5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m.- noon and Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3–5 p.m. We also have a formal training session that requires advance registration for space reasons. As described in the story above, you can attend a workshop on Monday, Jan. 14, from 1-3 p.m. The first part will deal with the library’s new 3M e-book platform and the second will be about downloading audio books from OneClickDigital. You are welcome to bring your devices for hands-on help during the workshop.

Conversational Spanish

Join Roberta Strickland, local high school substitute Spanish teacher, for a free, weekly, five-week conversational Spanish class that started yesterday (Wednesday, Jan. 9) and will continue for four more Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30. The signup sheet at the library allows for 30 participants.

LEGO Club

Kids ages 6-13 are invited to join the monthly LEGO Club that meets this month on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10:30–11:45 a.m. Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

Mysteries, thrillers, adventure

“Agenda 21” by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke is a fictional account of what might happen if the actual Agenda 21 documents and UN promoters were to be carried out to their fullest. “Cold Days” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files contemporary fantasy adventure series.

Other novels

“A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts” by Sebastian Faulks carries five seemingly unrelated tales about completely different characters in different places and times.

“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis, Oprah’s latest pick for her resurrected book club, is a debut novel about a struggling mother and her family in Philadelphia.

Biographies and memoirs

“Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender: A Life in Pictures” showcases rare and better known photos of the Queen singer’s life. ’“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road” is an entertaining new memoir by country music singer Willie Nelson. “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan covers the life and art of American photographer Edward Curtis, who gave up a lucrative career as a society portraitist in Seattle to travel the West taking both action pictures and formal portraits of American Indians.

Other nonfiction

“When God Talks Back” by T.M. Luhrmann helps readers understand the American evangelical relationship with God. “The Hopkins Touch” by David L. Roll describes how FDR’s confidante organized the Lend-Lease program and steered the president to prepare the American public for war with Germany. “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon tells the inspiring story of parents who successfully deal with exceptional children facing issues such as disabilities, being conceived in rape, becoming criminals or being prodigies. “Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers,” a coffee-table size book of photographs by James Balog, is the collection that inspired the award-winning film “Chasing Ice.”

Large print

“Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan tells of a Cambridge student whose love of novels makes her a perfect recruit for MI5.

“Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the latest in the Dirk Pitt adventure series. ”“On the Island” by Tracey Garvis Graves follows a young English teacher and her student after a plane crash strands them on an uninhabited island. “Victory at Yorktown” by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen is the story of Washington and his army in this important battle.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Randy Barlow, Bamma Laicure and Bonnie Stamford.

Quotable quote

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on January 10, 2013.