American West as Living Space – a Conversation

lvpl1A three-part reading and conversation series – The American West as Living Space – will be begin Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at Francisco Crossing, 300 South Main in La Veta. Books with all the relevant Pulitzer Prize-winning literature have been provided by Colorado Humanities and are available for checkout at La Veta Library.

Our first conversation will be based on excerpts from two Pulitzer Prize winning pieces of non-fiction: 16 pages from Wallace Stegner’s “Marking the Sparrow’s Fall: The Making of the American West” and 29 pages from Elizabeth Fenn’s “Encounters at the Heart of The World: A History of the Mandan People.”

Our conversations will be facilitated by Maria Melendez Kelson, author of the poetry collections “Flexible Bones” and “How Long She’ll Last in This World,” who teaches literature and writing at Pueblo Community College.

This program focuses on Pulitzer Prize-winning literature specifically about the American West. It was developed by Colorado Humanities to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize centennial. Francisco Fort History Museum, Francisco Crossing, and La Veta Library joined together to bring this fascinating reading and conversation series to our community.

For more information contact the La Veta Library at 742-3572 or Participation is free and you are welcome to join the discussion even if you have not had time to enjoy the readings.

Bubble Soccer bounces into La Veta

2016-10-15-bubble-soccer-posterJoin us for a rousing game of Bubble Soccer at the baseball field just north of town this Saturday, October 15, starting at 1:30. We have bubbles for adults and teens. Teams will be formed at the field. No special shoes or clothing are required. Students must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact the library at 742-3572 or Sponsored by Friends of La Veta Library and Two Peaks Fitness.

It’s time to enter library’s annual Scary Story Contest

Attention writers – middle school, high school and adults!  It is time to enter the La Veta Library’s annual Scary Story Contest.

The emphasis this year will be on description, characterization, plot, setting, and suspense.  There is no word limit although we hope you have mercy on the judges and try to keep your stories within a five page range.  Mechanics like spelling, paragraphing and typing are a must.

The stories must have a title page complete with name, grade and phone number. We know that students from middle and high school in La Veta and Walsenburg will be submitting stories.  We want to remind all students in Huerfano County who are home-schooled, go to alternative school or are schooling online that this contest is open to them also.

Not only is this an opportunity to hone your short story writing skills, it is an opportunity to win a cash prize for first and second place at both the high school and middle school level. Adult prizes for first and second place will be publication on the LVPL website.

Stories must be turned into the library by MONDAY, OCTOBER 24. For more information contact the Library at 742-3572 or  Best of luck to all who enter.  WRITERS, we look forward to reading your stories.



New books at the library

KatherineKatherine of Aragon, The True Queen
Alison Weir

In this dramatic work of historical fiction, Weir examines the life of King Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon. This richly detailed novel is the first in a series of six books, in which each volume will explore the life of one of King Henry VIII’s wives.




MeadowlandsMeadowlands: A World War I Family Saga
Elizabeth Jeffrey

Compelling characters, rich detail and attention to history dominate this novel that follows an aristocratic British family through World War I and the subsequent decline of the manor. Fans of Downton Abbey may want to check this one out.




BrightTo The Bright Edge of the World
Eowyn Ivey

In this engaging work of historical fiction, Ivey brings us to the Alaskan wilderness in 1885 as Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester set out on an expedition to map the new territory and document its native inhabitants.




UnseenThe Unseen World
Liz Moore

In this moving, lyrical work of literary fiction, Ada struggles to develop a healthy relationship with her father, a world-renowned scientist that may have a mysterious dark side. When her father begins to develop Alzheimer’s, custody of this sheltered home-schooled only child falls to her father’s lab partner. In this coming-of-age tale, Ada works through adolescence as she discovers strange clues to her father’s identity.



HourThe Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
Terry Tempest Williams







Social Fibering at the Library

If you enjoy creating things made of fiber, you might be interested in attending a Social Fibering event at the Library. The next meeting will be Thursday, August 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the meeting room.

Formed in the winter months of 2016, the Social Fibering group meets about every three weeks at the Library. Participants are people who like to do ‘fiber things’. Knitters, weavers and quilters meet to create and visit.

For more information on Social Fibering at the Library, call 742-3572 or email

Summer Storytime continues

reading-friendsLa Veta Library is hosting storytime every Wednesday throughout the summer from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s family room.

Storytime includes books, music and dancing to help young children develop literacy skills. Storytime is designed for children five years old and younger. An older caretaker should attend storytime with children because adult participation makes this learning opportunity even more beneficial.

For more information about this free program sponsored by the Friends of the Library, call 742-3572 or email


New books at the library

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Stephen Coonts

In the days before a presidential election, the president is assassinated during a public speech. The country devolves into chaos and the government declares martial law. Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini are tasked with uncovering the huge conspiracy behind the assassination.



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Mary Kay Andrews

Riley Griggs looks forward to a relaxing vacation on Belle Island with her family. Her plans are thrown awry when her husband disappears and she is served with papers. As she looks to her friends for comfort, she learns that they all have their own secrets, some of which involve murder.



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Brad Taylor

Political machinations litter the pages of the latest Pike Logan thriller. Logan and Cahill set off for Poland to identify artifacts hidden in a Nazi gold train, but during their trip they learn about a secret plot to force a showdown between Russia and NATO. And the consequences could bring about World War III.



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John Hickenlooper





State Park kits available for checkout

#CheckOutColorado with a state park pass and backpack this summer! As part of a partnership between the Colorado State Library and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, La Veta Library patrons can now check out a kit that includes a state park pass to hang in your car, a set of binoculars, and wildlife guides.

Use the kit to get into state parks for free and explore them using the other items in the kit. Two kits are available. Each kit may be checked out for seven days. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore Colorado’s state parks and consider purchasing your own pass for more fun throughout the summer.

Don’t have a library card? No worries! All Colorado residents, seasonal residents, and visitors can apply for a library card. For more information, call 719-742-3572 or email

New books at the library

theafterpartyThe After Party
Anton DiSclafani

Cece and Joan have always been best friends and partners in crime. When Joan starts to drift away from Houston’s 1957 social scene, Cece sets out on a mission to bring her back to her old life.





beforethefallBefore the Fall
Noah Hawley

Ten rich people and one impoverished painter depart on a private jet headed for Martha’s Vineyard. Only the painter and a four-year-old boy set to inherit his family’s immense wealth survive when the plane goes down.




flightofdreamsFlight of Dreams
Ariel Lawhon

Emilie Imhof is the only female crew member on the Hindenburg on May 3, 1937. She has access to entire airship and hears all of the rumors about bomb threats circulating on the ship. As Emilie struggles to maintain her professional demeanor, she misses the secrets that everyone else on board is hiding.



agameforallA Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah

“Pulled into a deadly game of deception, secrets, and lies, a woman must find the truth in order to defeat a mysterious opponent, protect her daughter, and save her own life in this dazzling standalone psychological thriller with an unforgettable ending…” – William Morrow and Company



iletyougoI Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh

Jenna Gray moves to the Welsh Coast after her little boy is killed in a hit-and-run. The police are trying to track down the driver, which makes it harder for Jenna to heal. The unexpected twist in this thriller might appeal to you if you enjoyed Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.




inkandboneInk and Bone
Lisa Unger

“In this explosive psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance.” – Touchstone Books




propertyofProperty of a Noblewoman
Danielle Steel
Large Print

“A young woman discovers a delicious cache of heirlooms in an abandoned safe deposit box…Drawn to the mysterious woman in the photographs, Jane digs deeper into the woman’s luxurious, golden life and the older, dashing man who occupies her pictures and letters.” – Random House


qualityofsilenceThe Quality of Silence
Rosamund Lupton

“Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, arrive in a remote part of Alaska to be told that Ruby’s father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Unable to accept his death as truth, Yasmin and Ruby set out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra in search of answers.” -Brilliance



sevendaysSeven Days Dead: A Thriller
John Farrow

A terrrific storm devastates the Gulf of Maine. The storm drags many characters, including a detective, into its wake and reveals a mounting murder toll that puzzles the detective. He soon discovers a murder many years ago may be a key clue in his new case.




dishonorableDishonorable Intentions
Stuart Woods

“Stone Barrington’s latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and ill. A sensual woman with unexpected desires, Stone finds her revelations in the boudoir extremely agreeable. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is an intolerable obstacle in the way of his goals.” – G.P. Putnam’s Sons


endofwatchEnd of the Watch
Stephen King

“Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes killer Stephen King introduced in his Edgar Award-winning first book in [this] trilogy, returns to diabolically drive his victims to suicide in this last … installment starring the evermore winning Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney.” -Scribner




cavendonluckThe Cavendon Luck
Barbara Taylor Bradford

“It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have lead the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II, Cavendon Hall will face its biggest challenge yet. It is a challenge that will push the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other and the villagers, and reveal their true capacity for survival and rebirth.” – St. Martin’s Press


houseofsecretsThe House of Secrets
Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg

“When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel’s father is Jack Nash, the host of America’s favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets. Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name…” – Grand Central

New movies at the library

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2015, PG 13
“Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts star in this intense thriller about an obsessive search over 13 years for the killer of an investigator’s daughter.” – Amazon






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2015, PG-13
“In their attempts to aid humanity, Dr. Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) create a monster that holds unimaginable terror for anyone in its path!” – Amazon






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2016, PG-13
“In ‘The Intern’ Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” – Amazon






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2016, R
“Three best friends set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties – and enter a night of debauchery and hilarity.”-Amazon






2015, PG
“When monsters are unleashed from their manuscripts & terrorize a town, it’s up to R.L. Stine, Zach & Hannah to get them back in their books.” – Amazon