LIBRARY NEWS: Halloween Events for All Ages

We have four fun Halloween events planned over the next few days that will take advantage of the traditions of pumpkin carving, costumes and candy:

Tomorrow (Friday, October 27) from 2-3:30pm is a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars. Hint: It is an animated musical that takes you from Halloween into Christmas.

Also tomorrow (Friday, October 27) from 5-7pm is the Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17. This event begins at closing time and you must be in the library before 5pm to participate. The doors will lock at 5pm and will not reopen until the program ends. (You also must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian to participate – no exceptions.) Costumes are encouraged but not required. Pizza will be served.

Starting now you can pick up a pumpkin at your library (while supplies last) or get your own so you can turn your entry in to the pumpkin contest on Tuesday, October 31 by 2:30pm for judging. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person. Then on Halloween afternoon, hang out with some creepy crawly snacks while you await the names of the winners in five categories – pre-school, ages 5-7, ages 6-11, ages 12-17, and adult – that will be announced at 3:30pm.

Also on Halloween, storytime from 2-3pm will feature spooky stories and fun games and activities. Wear your costume!

All-ages LEGO contest
Submissions are due between November 6-9 for the all-ages LEGO contest. Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 p.m. so we encourage everyone to participate. Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source. Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”. Any questions? Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Lifelong Learning
There will be no lecture today (October 26). November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th. There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.
We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations. All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions. For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Literary Ladies
This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, October 27) they will discuss “Vienna Prelude,” the first book in the Zion Covenant series, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Stop by the library to pick up a copy. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at

Medicare prescription drug enrollment
Review and enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program online on Wednesday, November 1 from noon-3 p.m. Basic instruction will be provided. Please bring your laptop, social security card information and current prescriptions. A few computers will be available if you are not able to bring your own. Advance signup is required by calling 970-264-0501 ext. 2.


Computer/technology classes
Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. Note: No computer class October 30.


“Wild Weather” is the PBS documentary. “Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power” is the story of the man who created the Nuclear Navy. “True Crime Series volume 1” is a five-hour collection. “Lowriders” is a drama set in L.A.’s iconic car culture.

Thrillers and suspense
“Manhattan Beach” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan is a noir thriller featuring a female diver during wartime. “Origins” by Dan Brown is the latest Robert Langdon mystery.

Other novels
“The Stolen Marriage” by Diane Chamberlain follows a nurse who marries the wrong man for the wrong reasons. “Winter Solstice” by Elin Hilderbrand is the latest in the Quinn family saga. “Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover tells of a young girl in a family of secrets. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty begins when a wife reads a letter not meant for her until her husband died. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel is set in the Napa Valley wine country. “Children of the Fleet” by Orson Scott Card is the author’s first solo sci-fi novel in years. “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to the Owens family saga. “Heart Bender” is book one of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains series by local author Betty J. Slade.

How-to and self-help
“Starting a Business for Dummies” and “Starting an Online Business for Dummies” offer simple, step-by-step instructions. “Affordable Kitchen Upgrades” by Steve Cory and Diane Slavik helps you transform your kitchen on a small budget. “Social Security Handbook” is the 2017 large print overview of Social Security programs. “Hiding in the Bathroom” by Morra Aarons-Mele describes how introverts and anxious people can be successful. “Germany 2017” is a Rick Steves travel guide. “The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner” by Ann Larkin Hansen details what has to be done each season to keep your yard and property in good order.

Other nonfiction
“One Nation After Trump” by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann is a liberal look at the results of a Trump presidency. “Dangerous Ground” by M. William Phelps describes the life of a convicted serial killer.

“A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is the latest in the Pillars of the Earth saga. “The Girl Who Mistakes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagergrantz is a continuation of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series. “Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Spenser mystery. “A Legacy of Spies” by John Le Carre is the author’s first Smiley novel in 25 years.

Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.


Thanks for our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Bob LeCour and our anonymous donors. We also are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Marcia Jarvis.

Quotable Quote
“I think there have been cracks made in the glass ceiling by women who can get close enough to hit it with the weapon of their presence. But I’m mostly bolstered by folks who create their own ceilings.” – Ava DuVernay, contemporary American film director and the first black woman to direct a movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Carole Howard & Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a tax-funded special district in Archuleta County.