LIBRARY NEWS: Non-fiction in Large Print

Nonfiction always has been one of the most popular book genres at your library, so Meg Wempe, library director, has begun a new program of purchasing them in large print and CD audio book formats.

The first large print version added to the collection is “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery,” a memoir by astronaut Scott Kelly. He is the veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space.

Other new additions to the nonfiction large print section include “The Jersey Brothers” by Sally Mott Freeman about a missing Naval officer in the Pacific and his family’s quest to bring him home, “Ageproof” by Today Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and Cleveland Clinic chief wellness officer Michael F. Roisen explaining the vital connection between health and wealth, “Enduring Vietnam” by James Wright about an American generation and its war, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson about the nature of space and time, and “Aging Well with Diabetes” offering 146 secrets to prevent and control diabetes.

The first nonfiction CD audio book added is “The Lost Founding Father” by award-winning historian William J. Cooper, which is a biography of John Quincy Adams.

Watch for more examples in future Library News columns. “We have a lot of patrons who specifically like nonfiction books, so we want to have them available in a range of mediums,” Meg said.

Library closure
Your library will be closed next Thursday, December 7 for staff training. We will partner with the Ignacio Public Library to share ideas and activities relating to community engagement and teambuilding. So while the building is closed, our staff will be working and learning things to make the library even better for you, our patrons.

Avalanche awareness
Mark Mueller speaks Tuesday, December 5 from 5:45-7 p.m. in this free session on avalanche safety. He is the avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Last Lifelong Learning lecture today
The last talk in the fall Lifelong Learning series features Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation today (Thursday, November 30) from 5-6:30pm.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 1) from 2-3:15pm for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen advisory board tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, December 1) the teen advisory board meets from 3:30-4:30pm. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Book hedgehogs fun for tweens and teens
Fourth-12th graders are invited to participate in creative destruction and make decorations by folding old books at a free fun session on Monday, December 4 from 4-5pm.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, December 6 from 4-5pm to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. This session will cover conjugating irregular verbs. No registration required.

Christmas books
“A Christmas Return” by Anne Perry is a holiday mystery. “The Noel Diary” by Richard Paul Evans is a romance. “How the Finch Stole Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large print Meg Langslow mystery.

Spanish bestseller
“Origen” is the Spanish translation of the bestselling Dan Brown thriller “Origin” featuring Harvard professor Robert Langdon.

“Moonraker” and “For Your Eyes Only” feature Roger Moore as Agent 007. “The Roman Empire in the First Century” is a PBS documentary. “Hooligan Sparrow” is a documentary about a Chinese activist. “Churchill” is a movie about the days leading up to the Normandy invasion. “House of Cards” is the complete fifth season. “The Crown” is the complete season one.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Hardcore Twenty-four” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. “Artemis” by Andy Weir is set in humanity’s first and only lunar colony. “End Game” by David Baldacci features two people the government calls in for secret jobs. “Future Home of the Living God” by Louise Erdrich is a dystopian thriller. “American Drifter” by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray is set in Brazil. “Sleep No More” is a collection of six previously unpublished murder mysteries.

Other novels
“Oathbringer” By Brandon Sanderson is book three of the Stormlight Archive fantasy series. “Heather, the Totality” by Matthew Weiner features a loving young girl in luxury in New York who starts attracting more dark interest.

How-to and self help
“The Official Guide to the HiSET Exam” is an ETS guide which includes practice tests. “The Big Book of Jewelry Making” features 75 projects to create. “Fast Food Genocide” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman describes how processed food is killing us and what we can do about it.

Memoirs and biographies
“Never Look at the Empty Seats” is a memoir by Charlie Daniels. “Pink Floyd All the Songs” by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin is the story of every track of his music in words and photos.

“The House of Unexpected Sisters” by Alexander McCall Smith is a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery. “The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg features three people who meet in a cemetery.

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.

Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Thanks for our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Scott Galloway and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“A true Mediterranean ‘diet’ goes beyond what is on your plate. TVs aren’t on. Phones are tucked away. Attention is divided only among food, wine and company. All of this makes for a pleasant, more mindful experience – and a healthier one. For instance, people who never watch TV while eating are 37 percent less likely to be obese than those who always did.” – 2017 study in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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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.