New homeschooling and parenting sections in your library
By Carole Howard and the library staff
Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library

The many Archuleta County parents who homeschool their children will be pleased to learn that a new special section for homeschool materials has just been created in the children’s room at the library.  Books on parenting will be added soon, and we already have a nice selection of home-school books including the following (Click on book title for more info):

Special event for seniors

Patrons in their golden years, folks who are over the hill and still climbing, elderly people in need of enrichment or entertainment, and plain old codgers are invited to the library for an afternoon of free activities on Monday, March 15 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.  There will be more than 50 things to do—games, tours, refreshments, items to check out, computer stuff, and more.

Transportation to and from the Silver Foxes Den is available. Registration is not required.  Contact Jodi Starr at the Senior Center or Tessa Michaelson at the library for more information.

Novels on CD

“The Wrecker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is a historical thriller in the new detective Isaac Bell series.  “The Information Officer” by Mark Mills is a murder mystery set in Malta during World War II.

Nonfiction on CD

“10-10-10” by Suzy Welch offers a new approach to decision-making to help you reclaim your life at home, in love and at work.  “On the Brink” by former Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson goes behind the scenes to the decisions he made as the U.S. headed for the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley explores a secret presidential mission that would lay the groundwork for America’s Pacific engagement.

“Anne Frank Remembered” is written by Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family from the Nazis and found Anne’s now world-famous diary. “Becoming Enlightened” by the Delai Lama explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out accessible and practical approaches to age-old questions.  “Homer’s Odyssey” by Gwen Cooper is the story of a blind cat who changed the lives of his family, friends and neighbors.  “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder is an inspiring account of an immigrant from war-torn Burundi making a new life in New York City.

Self-help and cooking

“Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon” my Mark Di Vincenzo is a guide to the best times to buy things, do things and go to places.  “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great” by Dr. Terri L. Orbuch, known as The Love Doctor, helps you discover the secrets of marital happiness at every stage of your relationship.  In “The Checklist Manifesto: How To Set Things Right,” writer and surgeon Atul Gawande argues that we can manage complexity and information overload with help from the lowly checklist.   “The Full Plate Diet” by doctor-authors Stuart A. Searle, Teresa Sherard and Diana Fleming helps you fill up on good foods that our Moms said we should eat.   “The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook/second edition” by Cybele Pascal provides 200 gourmet and homestyle recipes for the food allergic family.  “My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method” by Jim Lahey, New York’s premier baker, offers step-by-step instruction to making great bread at home.

Other nonfiction

“Game Change” by political reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin goes behind-the-scenes with both Republicans and Democrats for intimate looks at what really happened in the 2008 presidential election.  “On the Brink” by former Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson is a candid look at the decisions he made as the U.S. headed for the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  “Muslim” by David Marshall, a pseudonym, tells of life inside a  secret underworld that’s conspiring to Islamize America. “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin is an account of a woman’s year off to immerse herself in the principles of experts including Epicurus, Thoreau, Oprah, Martin Seligman and the Dalai Lama.  “George Lucas’s Blockbusting,” edited by Alex Ben Block, is a decade-by-decade survey of timeless movies including untold secrets of their financial and cultural success.

New novels

“Wake Up Dead” by Roger Smith is a thriller set in Cape Town.  “The Information Officer” by Mark Mills is a murder mystery set in Malta during World War II.  “Secrets of Eden” by Chris Bohjalian is a thriller about a man who shoots his wife and then himself … or did he?  “A Dark Matter” by Peter Straub, known as the master of horror, is a psychological and supernatural thriller.  “The Midnight House” by Alex Berenson is a modern espionage thriller set in Cairo and featuring CIA agent John Wells.  “Black Hills” by Dan Simmons is an historical and supernatural suspense drama set on the American frontier after the Little Big Horn battle.

Quotable quote

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them.”  — Ray Douglas Bradbury, contemporary American writer of science fiction.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Jeanette Pike for her donation to be used for children’s programming.  For books and materials this week we thank Bamma Laizure as well as Ed and Karen Robinson.

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