New books at the library

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Jane Casey

A conservative British politician turns up as one of three dead bodies in a fire at a public housing complex in London. Police inspector Maeve Kerrigan is even more perplexed when she learns that the politician was dead before the fire. The fast-paced action-packed mystery may remind readers of Laura Lippman and Lisa Scottoline.

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Jim Lynch

“Growing up on the Puget Sound, the Johannssen family has sailing in their blood, but the oldest brother, Josh, is left puzzling over what caused his siblings to flee, one to Africa, the other to points unknown as a fugitive and pirate.” -Knopf

 

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S.M. Hulse

“A former prison guard and talented fiddler returns to his Montana hometown to bury his wife and confront the inmate who, twenty years ago, held him hostage during a prison riot.” -Mariner Books

 

 

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Richard Russo

“The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life.” – Random House

 

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Helen Dunmore

In London, at the height of the Cold War, colleagues Giles and Simon discover a top-secret file has gone missing. Simon’s wife has buried the file in the backyard in an effort to protect her family from its contents. Betrayal and exposure seep through the pages of this espionage thriller.

 

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Larry Bond

India and Pakistan reach a stalemate in a war marketed as the end of terrorism. A secret posse of Indian military officials come up with a brilliant plan to shake things up by targeting China, Pakistan’s ally, with nuclear warheads. An official reaches out to Jerry Mitchell to put an end to the conspiracy.

 

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Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Plumb siblings reunite when an accident endangers their joint trust fund. They have each made important plans for their portion of the money and now face the threat of losing it. Old tensions rise to the surface as they examine their lives and the choices they have made.

 

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Pierce Brown

“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future…Darrow discovers that vast cities and sprawling parks cover the planet, and Reds are nothing more than slaves to the decadent Gold ruling caste. Now he will sacrifice everything and stop at nothing to bring down his enemies.” – Thorndike

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Leila Meacham

“In the midst of [a] transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas.” – Grand Central

 

NONFICTION

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Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution
Frederic C. Rich
Environmental Issues

 

 

 

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Janine Di Giovanni
World History

 

Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read

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La Veta Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is a great way to encourage children to read during the summer months. The program, which will run May 31-August 15, is free and open to all children between birth and age 14.

Visit the library to register for the program, which begins May 31. Participants will log the time they spend reading or doing early literacy activities. Completed logs will earn participants up to three rewards, such as sports equipment, water bottles, wallets, and lanyards.

The library has a wide collection of magazines, novels, and nonfiction books for children of all ages. Children may read anything they choose as part of this program, and library staff can assist participants in finding books that match their interests and reading levels. The library also offers a selection of children’s eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library, which can be downloaded for free to tablets, smartphones, and computers.

The library will also offer free story time sessions every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 8. The library invites you to attend story time with any of your children between birth and age five.

Contact Kelsey at 719-742-3572 or info@lvpl.org for more information.

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Cross-country cyclist Steve Garufi

If you have ever dreamed of running away, heading out to the highway, getting away from it all, you won’t want to miss the program coming up at La Veta Library.

Steve Garufi, author of Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America Story, will talk about his adventures while pedaling across America twice, in 2008 and 2011. His presentation will include maps, photos, and his bicycle. He will also answer questions about how to ride cross-country and what it is like.

The presentation will be held in the meeting room at La Veta Library beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, and the public is invited to attend. Signed copies of his book will be available to purchase after the event. This program is sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library.

For more information on this event, contact the library at 742-3572, or by email at info@lvpl.org.

The Messenger to be shown

A documentary about the struggle of songbirds and what that might mean to us all will be shown at the La Veta Library on Thursday evening, April 14.

The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard, chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans. The film argues that the demise of songbirds could signify the crash of global ecosystems, similar to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of glaciers. It is also visually stunning and extends a “bird’s-eye view” with a glimpse into their migratory journeys.

Donations will be accepted to help pay the costs of presenting this important documentary. More information on the film can be seen at http://songbirdsos.com. The dvd will also be available for checkout from the library after the April 14 screening.

The documentary will be shown in the meeting room at La Veta Library beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, and the public is invited to attend. This program is sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library.

For more information on this event, contact the library at 742-3572, or by email at info@lvpl.org.

Library to show film featuring celebrated poet Robert Bly

In honor of National Poetry Month, La Veta Library will be showing a film on world-renowned poet Robert Bly. This film, entitled Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy, will be shown at the library on Wednesday, April 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

Bly wrote, translated, and presented poetry to a broad public, introducing such poets as Rumi, Lorca, Kabir, and Transtormer. In addition, he interpreted fairy tales as a way to understand human psychology. His book Iron John, about masculine psychology, was a best seller, and he has won many poetry awards. Many of his fellow poets also appear in the film, which is directed by award-winning director Haydn Reiss.

Following the presentation of the 110-minute film, a short discussion will occur. This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Library, in conjunction with the local poetry group. Patrons may visit or call the library at 742-3572 or email at info@lvpl.org for more information.

Join La Veta Library for wrap-up of Two Peaks One Book program series

La Veta Library will finish its 2016 Two Peaks One Book series with the wrap-up program on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Library meeting room.

The wrap-up will include the screening of the 15-minute documentary All We Could Carry by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki. This documentary provides vivid accounts of daily life in Wyoming’s Heart Mountain internment camp.

Also featured will be Amache: American Rights Stolen by Fear, a documentary by Johnny Vezzani, grandson of Sharon and Max Vezzani. Filmed when Johnny was an 11-year-old sixth grader, the film won first place in the Regional and Colorado National History Day contests, sending Johnny and his film to the National Contest in Washington, D.C. Johnny’s grandmother Sharon will be on hand to introduce the 10-minute documentary and answer questions.

Wrap-up discussion around the Two Peaks One Book theme of America’s internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, including the parallels to current issues such as the migration of Muslims out of the Middle East, will be moderated by Lynne Andrews and Judy Sims-Barlow.

Two Peaks One Book is designed to create community by bringing people together around a great work of literature, and all programs are free. For more information on any part of this program series, contact La Veta Library at 742-3572 or by email at info@lvpl.org.

Two Peaks One Book program continues with movie

The 2016 Two Peaks One Book program continues on Thursday, March 31, with the screening of American Pastime at La Veta Library.

This movie, based on true events, is set at the Topaz Internment Camp, home to many Japanese Americans interned during World War II. The internees turn to baseball as a way to deal with the hardships at the camp. The film, starring, Gary Cole, Aaron Yoo, Leonardo Nam, and Sarah Drew, will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. in the Library’s meeting room.

Two Peaks One Book is designed to create community by bringing people together around a great work of literature, and all programs are free. For more information on this screening or any part of this program series, contact La Veta Library at 742-3572 or by email at info@lvpl.org.

Dr. Crowther to speak

Don’t miss out on the next installment in the 2016 Two Peaks One Book program on Sunday, March 20, at La Veta Library.

Dr. Edward R. Crowther, Professor of History and Head of the Department of History, Government and Philosophy at Adams State University, will speak on “More Bitter Than Sweet: The Japanese Internment 1942 to 1945”. This presentation will examine the context, policies, and impact of placing 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II.

Dr. Crowther previously spoke at the library on “Blue, Gray and Red” as part of the Two Peaks One Book program series on the Civil War. He has been at Adams State since 1988, and has written extensively on regional historical topics. His presentation on Sunday will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library meeting room.

Two Peaks One Book is designed to create community by bringing people together around a great work of literature, and all programs are free. For more information on this screening or any part of this program series, contact La Veta Library at 742-3572 or by email at info@lvpl.org.

Join La Veta Library for Two Peaks One Book book discussion

La Veta Library will kick off its 2016 Two Peaks One Book program, the 11th annual program series, with a book discussion featuring Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Following the series’ theme of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a bestselling historical fiction novel about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, during the World War II internment.

The book discussion, moderated by Jessica Newton, will take place at the LVPL meeting room on Thursday, March 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library in regular print, large print, audiobook on CD, as well as an eBook on 3M, the library’s eBook database. If you’d prefer to own a copy, they are available for purchase at the library for $9.80. Don’t miss out on this popular program. Stop in at the library today to pick up your book so you’re ready for the discussion on the 17th.

Other related books available at the library include Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (set in Camp Amache at Granada, the only Japanese internment camp in Colorado), The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves, Amache: The Story of Japanese Internment in Colorado during World War II by Robert Harvey, and The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell. Ancillary DVDs available at the library include Snow Falling on Cedars, Passing Poston, and Going for Broke by George Takei.

Two Peaks One Book is designed to create community by bringing people together around a great work of literature, and all programs are free. For more information on the book discussion or any part of this program series, contact La Veta Library at 742-3572 or by email at info@lvpl.org.

Book Discussion