Stuffed animal sleepover at library tonight

SUN columnist, and the library staff

Tonight (Thursday, June 26) is one of the most fun events of the summer for our younger patrons. It’s the annual stuffed animal sleepover, when you bring your stuffed friends to the library at 6 p.m. to enjoy a fun story time with you and then you leave them behind to spend the night. If you don’t want to leave your friend behind, that’s OK, too.

We’ll see what kind of trouble the animals get into this year. In past years, they have done a lot of climbing and getting into places they shouldn’t. Sometimes they check out books to themselves. You never know what will happen until the big night.

Correction to hours

Last week’s column said that the library is open until 6 p.m. on Fridays. The correct time is 5 p.m. Sorry for any confusion. To reiterate: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. to enable our working patrons to drop by on the way home from work. Thursday we also open at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m. for your evening convenience. Friday the hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday they are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday we are closed. For future reference, you can always find out hours on our website at

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25. It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun. You can register online via a link on our website at or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.

Also, summer reading participants should mark their calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include awarding of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is iPad Basics on Wednesday, July 2, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for people who just got an iPad or haven’t used them much. Students must supply their own iPad.


Every Friday, we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon and for adults from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly activities for adults flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

“Home Sweet Home” is this week’s theme, beginning today (Thursday, June 26) for first- through third-graders from 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 2, join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room for Pokemon Gym Battle. Stay from 4:30-6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons.

Tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30-2:45, we host Tween Gaming for fourth- through sixth-graders. The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week. Snacks are provided.

Teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 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 are provided.


“Chasing Ice” documents Earth’s changing climate. “Unstoppable” featuring Denzel Washington is a thriller based on true events. “Giant” is the classic starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. “Red” is an action film featuring elderly agents who believe they still can do their jobs. “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later” are both horror films. “The Damned United” is based on the true story of one of England’s greatest soccer managers. “Deliverance” stars Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” stars James Stewart and John Wayne. “Pitch Black” is a sci-fi film. “The Wake Up Call: Anybody Listening?” and “Crop Circle Update” take you through crop circles in the U.K. “The Shift Has Hit the Fan” explores the Earth’s energetic shift.

Large print

“Dead Between the Lines” by Denise Swanson is a Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery. “The Painter” by Peter Heller is a poignant murder story set in Colorado. “Massacre Canyon” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western. “Notorious” by Allison Brennan is a Max Revere mystery. “Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans is the fifth book in the bestselling Walk series. “The Collector of Dying Breaths” by M.J. Rose is a suspense story set in Florence in 1533. “Girl Missing” by Tess Gerritsen is a mystery. “The Sayers Swindle” by Victoria Abbott is a Book Collector mystery. “Murder on the Roof” by Kathryn O’Sullivan is a mystery set in the Outer Banks.


“Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans follows a man walking across America after multiple personal losses. “Chestnut Street” by Maeve Binchy features many characters living in Dublin. “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “The Snow Queen” by Michael Cunningham begins with a vision in Central Park.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Light Gets In” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Schief Inspector Gamache mystery series set in Quebec. “The Severed Streets” by Paul Cornell features a squad of supernatural crimebusters.

Other new novels

“The Summer Wind” by Mary Alice Monroe is the second story in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. “An Independent Wife” by Linda Howard is a romantic suspense story. “The Matchmaker” by Erin Hilderbrand is a women’s fiction book set in Nantucket. “Save the Date” by Mary Kay Andrews features the adventures of a floral designer before a huge wedding.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Briles, Ron and Cindy Gustafson, Steve Merchant, Ulla Neuburger (St. Croix, V.I.), and Patricia and James Waters.

Quotable quote

“Many will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), longest serving first lady of the U.S.


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This story was posted on June 26, 2014.