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11/9/06: Library offers more than 80 magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure

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One of the lesser known benefits of your free library card is access to more than 80 different magazines on a wide variety of subjects, plus selected local and national newspapers.

All are located in a comfortable reading area to the left of the front door at the south end of the building. Here is just a sample of the wealth of topics and titles available at the library:
Arts: Art & Antiques plus Southwest Art. Business: Chief Executive Officer plus Fortune and Forbes. Computers: PC Magazine, Wired and MacWorld. Crafts: American Patchwork & Quilting plus Vogue knitting magazine. Do-It-Yourself: Fine Homebuilding and Handyman. Family: Baby Talk plus Parenting. Finance: Smart Money plus Chief Financial Officer. Gardening: Organizing Gardening and Sunset. General interest: Reader’s Digest (regular and large-type) plus Utne Reader. Health: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine plus Johns Hopkins Medical Letter. Home: Architectural Digest plus Martha Stewart Living. Lifestyle: Country Living plus Oprah and Vanity Fair. Pets: Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy.

Then there are Spanish-language magazines like Latina and Selectiones (Spanish-language Reader’s Digest). There are lots of cooking magazines including Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Food and Wine, Gourmet and Taste of Home. There are several current events magazines like The Economist, Time, Newsweek and The Week. There are magazines relating to outdoor activities like Audubon, Colorado Outdoors, Field & Stream plus Horse and Rider. And there are all sorts of other special interest magazines including Air & Space, American Heritage, Atlantic, Consumer Reports, Discover, Mother Jones, National Geographic, People, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and Wine Spectator.

Newspapers available are The Pagosa Springs Sun, Durango Herald, Denver Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Current issues of magazines and newspapers must be read in the library. Previous issues can be checked out for three weeks, the same timeframe as a book. We hope you’ll come in and take advantage of these and other subscriptions too numerous to list to keep up to date on topics that interest you.

Lifelong learning
Mark your calendars for Dr. Chuck Carson’s light and informative look at gadgets and systems on November 18. All Lifelong Learning events are free. They take place at 3 p.m. on selected Saturdays in the library. This is the last Lifelong Learning event of 2006, but they have been so popular that organizer Biz Greene promises a new series in 2007, probably in March and April.

In Memoriam: Kate Terry and Robert Wilson
The library has received additional generous monetary donations in honor of Kate Terry from Joyce Aronson, Lenore & Gil Bright, Nancy Cole & Will Dunbar, Ron & Cindy Gustafson, Merilyn Moorhead, William Moran and Eugene & Patsy Zesch. As well, Lenore & Gil Bright made a contribution in the name of Robert Wilson, son of long-time library volunteers Margaret and Jim Wilson.

New non-fiction: Politics and terrorism
A well-known conservative and liberal each have published controversial books that, given their strong views and depending on your opinions, may make you nod in agreement or become angry. John W. Dean of Watergate fame has written “Conservatives without Conscience” about what he calls a radical shift in the programs and politics of the Republican Party. Ann Coulter’s “The Church of Liberalism” examines the ramifications of what she says is liberal hostility to traditional religion and a cause that has become in effect a religion itself. A new edition of “The Power Elite” by C. Wright Mills analyzes the key sources of power in the U.S. -- the military, the corporate world and politicians.

“The One Percent Doctrine” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind takes you deep inside America’s battles with violent, unrelenting terrorists. Lawrence Wright’s “The Looming Tower” is a detailed, heart-stopping and thoughtful account of events leading up to 9/11.

More non-fiction: Sewing machines, color and design
Expert sewing author Elizabeth Dubick offers “101 ways to use your first sewing machine,” a must-have reference guide to the basics. “Color Theory Made Easy” by graphic designer Jim Ames gives artists clear information and a new theory of primary colors to aid in paint selection. “Color Mixing Bible” by artist Ian Sidway contains practical advice on choosing a palette of colors. “Color: A course in mastering the art of mixing colors” by Dr. Betty Edwards is written for the novice in color as well as more experienced artists and designers.

“Living Homes” by Suzi Moore McGregor and Nora Burba Trulsson is a lavishly illustrated book featuring more than 20 different houses and the stories and pictures of their owners and architects.

Fiction: Science-fiction, angels and crime
New to our shelves is the latest Dune novel, a vast and fascinating series beloved by science fiction lovers. “Angel’s Rest” is an engrossing first novel by Charles Davis about a boy living through the horror and mystery of his father’s death who discovers that angels do exist. “Thief of Souls” by Ann Benson tells of two crime waves separated by nearly 600 years, both involving children and both solved by women.

Juvenile fiction:
“The End,” the last in “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicker, concludes the history of the Baudelaire orphans. “Lion Boy: The Truth” is book three in this best-selling trilogy by Zizou Corder. “Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society” is the latest by best-selling author Adeline Yen Mah. “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis tells of the highly restricted lives of young girls and women in Afghanistan where the Taliban run most of the country.