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Ornaments needed for Friends’ Christmas tree

Even though it’s August, Friends of the Library members are already making plans for their entry in Pagosa’s annual Festival of Trees fundraiser in December, and they are asking for your help.

Their Christmas tree will have a “candyland” theme, so they are looking for ornaments that relate in some way to candy. If you have such ornaments that you no longer need or use, the Friends would love to have them donated to their cause. Also, any related donations such as a large gum ball or cotton candy machine would be appreciated.

The Friends’ tree last year netted more than $200 for your library. Any donated decorations will increase their profit for your library this year. Please bring your donations to the library if you can help.

GED classes

GED orientation takes place at the library on Sept. 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, Sept. 15. GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you can take if you have not graduated from high school. If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango. Cost is $40 a test and scholarship funds are available. You do not need to take the tests at the same time. For more information, contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208, or visit the Education Center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376. The Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.

Their new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.

Self-defense class

Next Tuesday, Sept. 2, join us from 9 to 11 a.m. to learn the skills to defend yourself. This class is for males and females and no registration is required.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Computer and Internet Basics from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 28). You will learn the basics of a computer, including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and more. You’ll also learn how to connect to the Internet, use an Internet browser, navigate safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

No movie tomorrow

Sorry, there will be no Friday movie tomorrow, Aug. 29.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., 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.

Nonfiction

“Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke is the tale of war and bravery of a man and his elephants in World War II. “Scalia: A Court of One” by Bruce Allen Murphy is a biography of the nation’s most outspoken and polarizing Supreme Court judge. “Clash of the Financial Pundits” by Joshua M. Brown and Jeff Macke includes interviews with some of the world’s most influential investors to help you separate financial facts from outspoken opinion. “Getting Life” by Michael Morton is a memoir of an innocent man set free after 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. “Backyard Building” by Jeanie and David Stiles describes how to build benches, picnic tables, a tree house and more.

CDs

“Slaughter Canyon” by Joseph A. West is a western.

Large print

“Tom Clancy Support and Defend” by Mark Greaney is the latest in the Jack Ryan thriller series. “Top Secret” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Clandestine Operations series. “Summer People” by Elin Hilderbrand is set on Nantucket. “Fast Track” by Julie Garwood is a family drama set in Sydney, Australia. “The Cursed” by Heather Graham is a romantic suspense story. “Destiny’s Embrace” by Beverly Jenkins is a historical romance set in California. “Texas True” by Janet Dailey is the latest in the Tylers of Texas series.

Mysteries, suspense
and thrillers

“The Heist” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series. “The Devil Takes Half” by Leta Serafim is a murder mystery set in an archaeological dig in Greece. “Visions” by Kelley Armstrong is the second in the series featuring the unlikely pair of the daughter of a notorious serial killer and a self-serving lawyer. “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown follows a woman who disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. “The Frozen Dead” by Bernard Minier is set in a small town in the French Pyrenees. “One of Us” by Tawni O’Dell is a psychological thriller set in Pennsylvania coal country. “One Kick” by Chelsea Cain is the first in a new thriller series featuring a woman who was kidnapped and rescued as a child.

Other new novels

“Sunshine on Scotland Street” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series. “Adultery” by Paulo Coelho tells of a woman whose perfect life is changed by a routine interview with a famous writer.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Jan Clinkenbeard, Jim Frandsen and Linda Thomson, Suellen Loher, Melinda Lutz, Kay McKinney, Linda Reed and Joy Schweng.

Quotable quote 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

— William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and author, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the U.S.

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 — please visit our website at pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on August 28, 2014.