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1 Off the Shelf The newsletter of the Montrose Regional Library District Winter/Spring 2012 Whatever plans you have for the new year, the library can help you realize them. We have loads of materials: books (of course!), magazines and databases, DVDs and audio resources on almost anything you might be looking for. And if we don't have what you want here, our InterLibrary Loan staff can find and order it for you from another library. V Do you learn better person-to-person? Our programs connect you to skilled and knowledgeable people in the community who share your interests. What s more, our librarians are here to help you find the resources that will support your dreams. Just ask! You can even Book-a-Librarian for an hour of her time working exclusively with you. (see page 5) What are your hopes and ambitions for this coming year? To learn Spanish To read good novels To learn the computer To improve my finances To spend the winter in the Caribbean! We have classes! (see page 4) And check out the free-through-the-library Mango online language learning resource. See page 12. Join the Library Book Club. Improve your own book club (page 5). Ask us for recommendations anytime. We have free classes for this, too (page 8). Or sign up with Universal Class (page 5). We ve got lots of books that will help! Universal Class has classes on Money Making Strategies and How to Save Your Money (page 5). We can t get you there, but we can help you dream. See the books above (there are more) Make good on your resolutions! We ll help. To eat more chocolate! It may even be good for you! There s lots more inside this issue, and unending resources at the library! 320 South Second Street Montrose, CO ECR WSS Residential Customer REQUESTED IN HOME JANUARY 12, 2012 NONPROFIT ORG ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID OLATHE, CO PERMIT NO. 15 Sección en Español en las paginas 9-11

2 2 Winter/Spring 2012 Off the Shelf Montrose Regional Library District Scott Shine, President Anne Gulliksen, Sec. Zilla May Brown Tim Garvey Board of Trustees Bruce Grigsby Robb Ruyle Bobbie Sneed Libraries, Staff and Hours Staff celebrates Paul Paladino s 20 years as Library District Director by Tania Hajjar On November 7, the staff celebrated Paul Paladino's 20th anniversary as the Director of the Montrose Regional Library District. We reminisced about all the changes here over the past two decades. When Paul arrived in Montrose in 1991 the library was in the building the Police Department occupies now. We had definitely outgrown that space. ere was a tiny Children s area carved out of space near the circulation desk. e furnishings were old and worn, and the most decorative feature was the psychedelic mural of the Dewey Decimal system, in harvest gold and avocado green. e office space was cramped: staff desks were nearly side by side, shelving overflowed, and our staff break room was the size of a closet. Our storage facility for books and equipment was the musty old ramshackle house next door. It was so crowded that not only did the children s librarian and I share an office, we shared a desk and a chair (good thing we were both skinny!) Even though it meant relocating his desk into the general staff area, one of the first things Paul did was move out of the director s office to free up space for a public meeting room. Jana Ackerman retires by Janet Oslund Paul likes to tell the story of how he and then-city Manager Ted Barkley were drinking beer and sketched out the idea for a new library on the back of a cocktail napkin. With the help of an enthusiastic library Board, a great team from Patrik Davis architects, and a lot of public support, our new library opened in June e whole community participated from the children who decorated tiles to be placed in the children s room, to the folks who pushed the shopping carts that transported books from the old building to the new. e new main library is perhaps the most visible sign of Paul s work in Montrose. He s also invested a lot in improving library service to other areas of the county. Several years ago he decided to bring back the bookmobile that was part of our library service back in the 1960s. e Bookmobile functions as a branch library on wheels, making weekly stops in both Olathe and Montrose. e new Naturita branch library, which opened in 2009, was another innovative project. It dramatically improved library service to the West End, with a beautiful big new building, lots of books and computers, and a dedicated staff. It s also only the second straw-bale library to be built in the nation. And last year was recognized nationally as the Best Small Library in America by the magazine Library Journal. Paul has made a difference in less obvious ways as well: in technological improvements in our buildings; his leadership role in the statewide library community; his partnership with Bulgarian libraries; and his active participation in the community, such as with Kiwanis and Empowering Dads. Paul has probably accomplished more in his 20 years in Montrose than many directors do in their entire careers. We enjoy the fruits of his vision every day in the library, and so do many of you. Stop by and congratulate him next time you re in. Jana Ackerman recently retired from the Montrose Regional Library District after nearly ten years of service as the library's Outreach Coordinator for Children and Families. During her tenure, Jana helped develop many aspects of the library's early literacy programming. She has lately been driving the bookmobile to Passage Charter School and to the school district's afterschool and summer school programs. She has spearheaded the Montrose summer reading programs for several years, and was active in the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy initiatives, conducting workshops last fall to help children's librarians learn more about the components of emergent literacy and how to enrich story times with this knowledge. Jana recently received the Rotary Club's prestigious "Pride in Workmanship" award. Montrose Regional Library 320 S. 2nd St., Montrose, CO voice 970/ ; fax 970/ Hours Mon- urs 10:00-8:00 Friday 10:00-6:00 Saturday 10:00-5:00 Sunday 1:00-5:00 Administration Paul Paladino, Director 970/ Amy McBride, Development 970/ Meg Nagel, Volunteers & Adult Programs 970/ Tom Struble Ruth Sullivan Children s Department 970/ ext 2 Janet Oslund, Supervisor Mary Parr Sandra Smagala Ann Sturgeon Reference Department 970/ ext 3 Tania Hajjar, Supervisor Sara Anders Claudia Bishop Jeri Gilham Joan Light-Kraft InterLibrary Loan 970/ Gayle Alvarado Joanne Hanna Naturita Community Library 107 W. 1st Ave., Box 466, Naturita, CO voice 970/ ; fax 970/ Hours Monday 10:00-8:00 Tues-Fri 10:00-6:00 Saturday 10:00-3:00 Staff Susan Rice, Branch Supervisor Kelli Flint Betty Stephens Dallas Holmes Paradox Community Library Circulation Department 970/ ext 1 Pam Hollier, Supervisor Anita Becherl Brown Jackie Benziger Mary Burgner Carla Cabrera Emily Casedy Kathleen Chambers Mackensey Hansen Elizabeth Martensen Gretchen Pinkston Rhonda Saling Kirsten Seger Maureen Sherkanowski Liz Wobeter Technical Services Sharon Beshoar Amy Flowers Susan Hartman Mary Paladino Building & Grounds Janet Oslund, Supervisor Joe Costello Bob Ray Sharon Stotts Paradox Valley School, Mile Road, Box 420, Paradox, CO voice 970/ Hours Monday 1:00-6:00 Wed & Fri 1:00-4:30 Staff Lori Hampton Newsletter Editor: Meg Nagel Translations by Maria Gonzalez & Duber Mayer

3 Off the Shelf Winter/Spring Library prepares for budgetary downturn by Paul Paladino, Library District Director In the last newsletter I wrote a bit about how the District had planned for budgetary tight times. Now I would like to give you an update and more specifics on how a 10% reduction in our budget will affect you, the library patron. As I mentioned last time, we don't foresee a budget crisis looming over us at this point, yet we are still being cautious and as fiscally conservative as the Board believes is prudent. Planning really does ease any tendencies to panic. Looking into our crystal ball, we see a distinct possibility the downturn in our revenues will continue for more than two years and likely may get worse. Currently we are anticipating a further 10% reduction in revenue in is is because of the way the assessment process works as explained in the past issue of the newsletter. So, revenue for the District's fiscal year 2014 will be based on an assessment period ending in June of We really don't see the local housing market picking up a whole lot of steam before June. So what does that mean in terms of service? e Board of Trustees directed me to put together a budget preserving service hours and services to patrons. e good news is since the District recognized and prepared for the downturn, we were able to build up our reserves to some extent. Initially the thought was we would have to weather a two year downturn, but now it looks as if four years is more likely. Even so, in putting together the budget, the District was able to cover half of the shortfall from 2011 to 2012 with reserves. Next we looked at projects, programs and other expense areas where we might shave a bit more money from the budget. e good news is that we were historically so conservative there really wasn't a lot to trim, but we found a bit here and there. We cut back on a maintenance contract, shaved fifty dollars here and there and found another percent and a half. If the District is going to preserve services to patrons and service hours, the District team needs to stay intact as much as possible. e only other discretionary funding we have is in materials books, magazines, databases,dvds, etc. As Library Director, it makes sense to me to cut the collection before the team. I'm not saying it wasn't painful, but it makes sense to me. Here's why. e staff has done an excellent job over the past fourteen years building up a really good collection of materials. Such a strong collection can withstand a couple of years of benign neglect. I'm not saying it will be good for the collection, but it will weather it and most importantly, the staff will know just which areas are in most need of attention when we are able to put more money back into the collection. So how bad will it be? We cut nearly 30% of the materials budget. Patrons will probably see it most in the areas of magazines and databases. We based which magazines and databases to cut on usage numbers. We will be cutting 19 of our 105 adult newspaper and magazine titles. We will cut eight of the nineteen databases to which we currently subscribe. If you would like to help out and not see a title you would like cut, we would love to have you sponsor a subscription or a database. Another way to help out would be to join the Friends of the Library or become a permanent book fund donor with the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation. As always, the Montrose Regional Library District will continue to provide you with the very best library service we can, with the resources we have on hand. I appreciate the interest and enthusiasm the community has always shown for their libraries and promise to continue to work with you to be the best library we can be. Library District offers new payment plan by Pam Hollier Montrose Regional Library District has created a simple, easy program to assist patrons that have fines or fees of $5.00 or more on their library accounts. If you have lost or damaged materials or returned materials late, anything that has caused your fees to extend to $5.00 or over, then this is the option for you. You may choose to make low, easy installment payments without stretching the budget and have continued, full access to the library. e payment plan works like this: You must owe $5.00 or over to be eligible. You must agree to make a payment at each library checkout. e payment required at each check-out is 10% of the balance owed on your library account. If you are interested in the payment plan, please ask about it at the Customer Service Desk near the new materials area. Or contact the Circulation Supervisor, Pam Hollier, or the Circulation Billing Clerk, Maureen Sherkanowski, at ext.1, to enroll in this program. Clockwise from top left: Shelley Warren, at the library in 2010; Cool Jazz performing at a Grand Junction elementary school; Elise Helmke performing at the Montrose library in 2011; Javier de los Santos; Mary Lindsey Bailey; Deb TenNapel; Sharon Clark. Sunday Serenades to begin January 22 e third season of Sunday Serenades, the library's popular winter classical music series, will add a new flavor with its first offering. e first concert, scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 22, features Cool Jazz, a quartet out of Grand Junction. Cool Jazz, consisting of flute, piano, bass, and drums, started playing together about 15 years ago as one of the ensembles going into the elementary schools in Grand Junction as part of the Grand Junction Symphony's Springfest program. e personnel have changed over the years, but the inspirational music has remained the same, that of French jazz composer Claude Bolling, who is known for a series of "crossover" compositions and collaborations with classical musicians. Montrose residents who have been coming to Sunday Serenades will recognize Shelley Warren who is the flutist in the group -- and the founder and organizer of this musical series at the library. Her fellow musicians in Cool Jazz are Amy Long Markakis, piano; Ron Jordan, bass; and Rob Labig, drums. e series will continue with concerts at noon on the fourth Sunday of each month through April. A number of past favorites will be returning this year. Deb TenNapel on violin and Sharon Clark on piano (perhaps with a cellist) will play on February 26. Javier de los Santos, classical guitarist, will return on March 25, this time with oboist Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey. Harpist Elise Helmke will return on April 22. is promises to be a very enjoyable spring of great music. All concerts are free and refreshments, provided by Sandy Brown, of DadS Patchwork Farm, will be served.

4 4 Winter/Spring 2012 Off the Shelf Bienvenidos a la biblioteca! declares Director Paul Paladino MRLD awarded grant to improve services to Spanish speakers by Amy McBride The Montrose Regional Library District recently received a $15,000 grant from the Colorado State Library and Institute for Museum and Library Services to improve library service for Spanish speakers in Montrose and Olathe. The grant seeks to increase the Spanish speaking community s awareness of library services, improve the District s Spanish language collection, and implement activities to enhance computer, English, and literacy skills for Spanish speakers. The grant will benefit both the Montrose Library and the Bookmobile, which serves Olathe and outlying areas. We are excited to offer better service to a growing and vital part of our community, said Paul Paladino, Director of the Montrose Regional Library District. We seek nothing less than the enrichment of lives through improved literacy, enhanced employment opportunities, and greater community participation. Bienvenidos a la biblioteca! Join the Book Club for English Language Learners If English is not your first language and you are trying to improve both speaking and reading English, the library is starting a new book club just for you. The group will meet every two months on the third Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning, before the library opens. The books are in English but they are not too long, with vocabulary that isn't too difficult. We hope you will find them interesting to read and fun to talk about. The library is buying ten of each of these books. If you plan to come to the book club discussion, please call Meg at the library at You can borrow one of these books. The group will have its first meeting in March, but the first book will be ready for you to pick up any time after January 15. Here are the first two books we plan to read: Saturday, March 17, 9:00 am The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (These books should be ready for you to pick up at the library by January 15.) -- This is the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. For Esperanza, Mango Street is a sad landscape of concrete and run-down apartments, where she discovers the hard realities of life -- the restrictions of class and gender, the threat of racial enmity, the mysteries of sexuality, and more. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness, and create for herself "a house all my own, quiet as snow, a space for myself to go." (from the book cover) Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am The River Between Us by Richard Peck The year is 1861 in a small town on the Mississippi River in Illinois. The US Civil War is about to begin and Tilly Pruitt's brother, Noah, is eager to go and fight on the side of the North. With her father gone, Tilly, her sister, and their mother struggle to make ends meet and hold the family together. Then one night a mysterious girl arrives on a steamboat. Mrs. Pruitt agrees to take Delphine and her dark, silent traveling companion in as boarders. No one in town knows what to make of the two strangers, and so the rumors fly. Is Delphine's companion a slave? Could they be spies for the South? Are the Pruitts traitors? This is a masterful tale of mystery and war. (from Some of the dialog in this book uses slang and dialect, so be sure to get an explanation sheet from Meg when you get the book. Twenty eight Colorado libraries and agencies competed for ten grants totaling nearly $200,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered through the Colorado State Library. Items funded by the grant include: $8,000 in new books, movies, audiobooks, and children s educational games; a new Spanish Language Family Computer Station in the children s area (complete with a Spanish operating system, software, and keyboard); an instructor for Spanish computer classes and training for Adult Basic Education tutors; Spanish classes for library staff; and programming, including Talk about it! Almost two years ago now, we decided to volunteer through the library to be conversation partners for adult persons studying English in the Montrose School District s ESL (English Second Language) program. This was something that neither of us had ever done before and we did not know what to expect. We attended the four 3-hour classes that gave us some understanding of the process and some tips and materials to utilize with our partners. Soon after the classes, we were introduced to Mariano and Ruby Meza, our conversation partners. Both are originally from Mexico and their English skills were quite rudimentary. Without a clue how to proceed, we began meeting once a week in two study rooms at For the third year the Montrose Regional Library and Montrose Adult Basic Education are working together to find and train volunteers who will become literacy tutors for adults who are learning to read or conversation partners for adults who are learning English. Imagine what it must be like to be an adult and not be able to read in this wordy world of ours, or to be new to this country and unable to communicate with most of the people here. ink of all the things that you miss out on and how hard it muct be to find your way around. e people who have found Montrose Adult Basic Education and signed up to get help have already overcome big barriers. ey deserve our congratulations. ey deserve our support. ey still need our help. You can help. e library and bilingual storyteller Joe Hayes and a Día de la Comunidad, or a Community Day at the Library. We have set some lofty objectives for this grant, said Paladino. We hope to double the number of Spanish language items that we check out in the next year, and we d like 200 people to take our Spanish computer classes and obtain library cards. the Montrose Library that we reserved in advance. The two husbands in one and the wives in the other. Armed with Spanish/English dictionaries, we dove into the process. Sometimes we would study simple vocabulary lists; once we went to an American restaurant and learned menu words. Other times we would go to Main in Motion. When we started, Mariano was particularly hesitant and shy about speaking English, because of the 100 employees at his work only one, the truck driver, speaks English. However, as time passed, his confidence grew; he now goes to the bank without freezing up and makes calls on the telephone, which he never used to do. Later in our times together, Mariano and Jim studied the 100 questions in the Are you dreaming of taking a trip south to Mexico? Or flying off to Spain? Or maybe you would like to be able to read Pablo Neruda's poetry in the original language. Maybe you would simply like to be able to have a conversation with some of our Spanish speaking neighbors. Whatever Community partners are vital to the project s success, including Adult Basic Education, with whom the Library District collaborates to recruit volunteer tutors and conversation partners to help teach English and reading to Spanish speakers. The District also will work with the area s Spanish language newspaper, La Voz del Pueblo, Colorado Workforce Center, and the Montrose County School District to increase awareness of library services. study guide for the U.S. citizenship test. Mariano has just submitted the application to take the exam and become a U.S. citizen. This will be the achievement of a long-time goal of his and we are proud to have been some help. However, it is not clear who has helped the other the most, them or us. They are now good friends and we meet at one of our houses each week. They have taught us some Spanish and revealed a great deal about their Mexican heritage. We've shared dinners and cuisine and celebrations. We have a great deal to learn from them about work ethic, family loyalty, and community togetherness. This has been a cherished opportunity during the last two years, Jim & Vicki Douras Become a Literacy Tutor or Conversation Partner Learn Spanish Montrose Basic Education, are offering a five-week training program for volunteers who are interested in helping someone else learn to read or interested in becoming a conversation partner. e training class will be taught by Anne Ventrello, from Montrose Adult Basic Education, and held in the library meeting room on consecutive Tuesdays, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon, starting January 17. Call to sign up with Meg Nagel at the library, your motivation, the library invites you to participate in free Spanish language classes. e classes will be taught by Rosendo Pacheco and Maria Gonzalez and be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, starting on March 5. Please call Meg at to sign up.

5 Off the Shelf Winter/Spring Learn something new today! bytania Hajjar A collaboration between the Montrose Library and the Colorado Workforce Center has brought a new learning opportunity to Montrose County residents. With initial funding from the Workforce Center, the Library has subscribed to a continuing education program called Universal Class. Universal Class is an online educational site that offers over 500 classes in the following subject areas: Accounting & Bookkeeping Alternative Medicine Arts & Photography Business Career Training Computers & Technology Mathematics Medical Billing New Age & Alternative Beliefs Office Skills Parenting & Family Performing Arts Cooking Crafts & Hobbies Legal Studies GED Training General Education Psychology Real Estate Religious Studies Science Self-Help Health & Medicine History Home & Garden Homeschooling Pet & Animal Care Social Work New books come from Spain by Sara Anders The Spanish language collections at the Montrose Library and on the Bookmobile are about to get a burst of new materials that are coming all the way from Spain! Thanks to a generous grant from America Reads Spanish (ARS), I travelled to Madrid, Spain to attend the Liber book fair in early October. What a wonderful experience! Madrid is a city bursting with life and culture. The Prado Museum, with room after room of Spanish Masterpieces and the Museo Reina Sofia, which houses great works by Picasso, including Guernica were two highlights of my trip that I will never forget. Walking through the Plaza Santa Ana, stopping for tapas at a sidewalk café, or marveling at the fountain of Special Education Spiritual Studies Teacher Tools Test Preparation Web Development Writing Help These are online classes that are available 24 hours a day over the Internet. You can start a class at any time and enroll in up to 5 classes at a time. You have up to 6 months to finish each course. These are more than just selfpaced classes: each one is taught by a real instructor who gives feedback via . There are lessons, tests, writing assignments, and hands-on practice. Although these are non-credit courses, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing a course. With Universal Class, employees can participate in online training such as Microsoft Office computer classes, Dealing with Difficult People, and Customer Service 101. Brush up on professional skills with Business Math, Crisis Management, and Effective Presentations. Expand your horizons and take a personal enrichment course such as Reflexology, Genealogy 101, or Assertiveness Training. Or try something completely different, like Soap Making, Dream Interpretation, or Feng Shui. There s something for everyone! Poseidon situated in the middle of the busy Calle del Prado, Madrid never left me with a dull moment. But! Back to the reason I was there the books! I spent a great deal of time at Liber with 30 other librarians from all over the United States and the world, discussing libraries and literature and comparing ideas about how to improve the experience for our library members starting with the books on the shelves. There were about 150 individual publishers at Liber each with their own focus. Some published only children s books many of which you can see on the Bookmobile s shelves. Others published novels in translation, or cookbooks, or guides to help with Library supporter Muffett van Beethoven shared her experience with the service: I just wanted you to know that I'm absolutely loving the Universal Class opportunity! I've also been sharing it with my friends and coworkers. It's a golden opportunity and I'm trying to take full advantage of it. It s so much fun! Thank you so much for providing this! You can access a complete list of classes by connecting to Universal Class through the Montrose Library website at You ll be prompted to register for a free account before you can continue. Then by clicking on the individual title you re interested in, you can read a complete description of the class and each lesson, view the syllabus and recommended reading, and learn about the instructor. The site also outlines the technical requirements. Universal Class courses are available free of charge to all Montrose Library District cardholders. This service is made possible through a grant from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Virtual Workforce the Library Project. parenting or finding a job. Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, I was able to choose many new titles from a wide variety of publishers. There are lots of new books for every reader making their way onto the shelves at the Montrose Library and the Bookmobile. Some of my favorites for Children are El Increíble Viaje de la Abuela and A qué sabe la luna? Teen readers can look for Snowboard: Trucas y Tecnicas, and a new series called El club de las princesas. Adult library members should look for Fotografia Digital, El Gran Libro de Pediatria, Diseno y usabilidad de aplicaciones iphone, and many new novels by Spanish and Latin American authors. Book-A-Librarian by Tania Hajjar As a librarian, I have the special privilege of answering interesting and thought provoking questions from our community members on a daily basis. The questions that come across our reference desk are sometimes slow-pitch, and other times curveballs. They are often stumpers, and are always important. However, often I find myself with a question that is just too big to be resolved with a quick answer. When this happens, I suggest Book-A-Librarian. If you have a research question, or want to set up an or Facebook account, if you want to start a genealogy project, or need help finding a law or statute, you can now Book an hour with an experienced, professional Reference Librarian. This means you Experiencing Spain was a magical experience, and one that I will never forget. But what made it worthwhile was being able to bring Spain back to Montrose, in the form of these can make an appointment for a one-on-one session with an information professional, and we will do our best to help you find all the information you need. Colorado Mesa University students use this service to learn about searching for books and articles for their class research projects. New computer users book time with us to explore and social networking. If you have a question, and would benefit from the experience and knowledge of one of our librarians, give us a call! You can contact the Reference desk at , extension 3. If you would like more information about the Book-A-Librarian program at the Montrose Library, feel free to call Sara Anders at the same number. We hope to see you soon! New resources for book clubs by Meg Nagel Do you belong to a book club? The library has some new resources for book clubs. With support from the Friends of the Library, and the volunteer work of Mikaylla Brown, we are assembling new Book Club Kits. These are bags that contain ten copies of the same title, and one audio version of it, along with some background information about the author and subject of the book. One person in your book club checks out the bag - - it checks out for five weeks and no renewals are allowed -- and distributes the books to the group members. No more scrambling to find a copy of the book in time or waiting for it to arrive from Amazon! With these kits, everyone in your book club can concentrate on the fun parts: reading the book and considering your reactions to it. But the library does need your help. We need to know what titles your group is planning to read in the next year. We are making kits for these titles: Half-Broke Horse by Jeanette Walls, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We have been saving donated books of titles that have been popular with book clubs in the past -- books like Memoir of a Geisha and The Time Traveler's Wife -- and we can make up kits for those books if your club is interested in them. If your group would like to see a list of the books we've been saving, or reserve one of the Book Club Kits, please ask at the library. Please, also bring us your list for upcoming meetings and we'll see which ones are shared by a number of groups and should be used in Book Club Kits. We're also trying out a new idea: bringing together representatives of all the book clubs in town to share information about titles that lead to good discussions and ways to make their book clubs more dynamic. The first meeting is scheduled for 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, in the library meeting room. Bring lists from your group's past meetings, or your personal reading, along with comments to share with others. If you can't come, but you think this is a good idea, let us know. For further information or to comment on these ideas, please call Meg at the library, beautiful new books. Please come explore them I m sure you will find something to whisk you away on an adventure of your own!

6 6 Winter/Spring 2012 Winter/Spring Bookmobile Schedule Olathe, every Thursday 8:30-9:15 am -- Olathe Town Park 9:30-10:15 am -- Step-A-Head Learning, 22 Hap Court 10:30-11:15 am -- North 1st and Roberts near Olathe Elementary 11:30-12:15 pm - Lion's Park across from OHS/OMS Montrose, alternating Thursdays, call for specific days 2:00-2:45 pm -- Centennial Towers (430 S. 12th) and Anciano Towers (227 N. Ute) 3:15-4:30 pm -- Sunshine Peak Apartments (748 Cedar Creek Avenue) and Northbrook Villas at the Pavilion on Aspen Drive We look forward to meeting you! e Bookmobile mirrors the main library with its collections and services. In our library on wheels patrons will find DVDs, adult, young adult, and children s fiction and non-fiction along with a Spanish language collection. Don t have a card? No problem! If you are 18 or over we can make you one while you wait. Patrons younger than 18 will need to have the signature of a parent or guardian. e public is welcome to return all materials to the Bookmobile, where we are happy to ensure that your items make their way home to the main branch. Come aboard for story times at our Step-A-Head stop. Don t see that book you were hoping to find? Let us know and we ll locate it for you and bring it out the next week. e Bookmobile is also accessible for our patrons with wheelchairs, walkers, or other assistive devices. Our ramp is always out. For your convenience, book drops are located in the lobby of the Montrose Library at 320 S. 2nd or at the Bookmobile. Materials checked out from the Bookmobile may be returned at either location. Fines are charged for lost or damaged items. Your card can be used at the Bookmobile or at any branch of the Montrose Regional Library District. Bookmobile staff will take requests and place holds at the Bookmobile. You also can put items on hold at Call to contact Bookmobile staff or leave a voic message. New Books for the New the Library by Amy McBride Christmas came early to the Montrose Regional Library District, as the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation held a party on December 4th to unveil 153 new titles that it purchased for Montrose County libraries. The revenue for these new books and audiobooks came from Permanent Book Funds that donors have established through the Foundation. There are now 21 Permanent Book Funds, totaling nearly $100,000. They are invested with the Montrose Community Foundation, and this year s 4% return allowed the Foundation to purchase $2,166 in new titles for libraries in Montrose, Naturita, Nucla, and Paradox, as well as the District s bookmobile. Donors can choose to have their book funds support their interests. The folks at Alpine Archaeological Consultants have a Fund to provide books on anthropology, archaeology, and history. The Elizabeth E. Chismire Permanent Book Fund buys mysteries, in honor of the namesake s reading passion. The Father John Kiernan Permanent Book Fund supports Spanish language and peace and justice titles. And many funds are to be used where they re needed most. All of these titles are now available for you to check out. Here are just a few of them: The Lester and Ruth Sendecki Permanent Book Fund purchases travel and animal books for the Montrose Regional Library. Two of this year s books are especially enticing. The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada will keep you occupied for nearly three years with a delicious array of itineraries, from the great urban centers on everyone s travel list to surprising locales with undiscovered character and charm. As the publisher writes, The paths lead to fashionable clubs in Manhattan, blues joints in the Mississippi Delta, architectural treasures tucked in the Pennsylvania hills, the French America of Quebec, the seaside cliffs and Hollywood cool of California, and well beyond. It has nearly 1,000 photos, 600 restaurant recommendations, and 450 hotel picks. The other book that caught my eye is DK s Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide. Over 2,000 species are profiled in this book, which was produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution and more than 70 expert zoologists. Its 632 pages (weighing in at more than 7 pounds) are filled with fantastic illustrations and descriptions. If you want to know nearly everything about the animal world, look no further. Another great addition to the Montrose Regional Library s collection is In Search of Greetings from Paradox Community & School Library! by Lori Hampton Paradox Library was busy as usual with all the Holiday show preparation for Paradox School's annual Christmas play and cookie auction but before that came the performance of the Paradox Strings performance at the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation's Donor' Party. Paradox Strings (Paradox School's bluegrass band) was asked to perform on December 4th for the annual Libraries of Montrose County Foundation's Donor Party. Sarah Henry, director of the strings and band traveled to Montrose to perform at the party. The performers were excited to show their playing skills to an expectant audience. No one was disappointed! It was a great performance enjoyed by all. Great job Paradox Strings! Paradox then went into daily play practices for an original play written by Kristen Hauger, PVS's 5th through 8th grade teacher, A Year in Paradise. The actors played to a packed audience and the school had another very successful cookie auction and raffle again this year. What an awesome job the students and play director did! January brings the school and library preparing for Pie Palooza. This has turned into an annual fund raiser for the Paradox School and Community Library. The funds raised at this event through the generosity of community members and friends from far and wide, have enabled the library to purchase books and technology to support the teachers, students, and community in their learning endeavors! The Palooza will happen at the end of January and includes an original skit performed by the students and a pie contest and auction. Anyone wanting to enter our pie contest bakes two pies. One pie will be available for tasting and voting by the public. The Paradox Players will perform a skit written by, once again, Kristen Hauger and after that our personal auctioneer, Jon Orrris, director of PVS, will auction off the pies. The school and staff have been greatly humbled in the generosity of the community who open their hearts and pockets to all the great work and talent the staff and students do here at Paradox School! If you would like more information on this event please call Paradox Valley School for the date and time at Dominguez & Escalante: Photographing the 1776 Spanish Expedition Through the Southwest by Greg Mac Gregor and Siegried Halus, purchased through the James and Sharen Branscome Permanent Book Fund. As many of you know, Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestro Velez de Escalante embarked in 1776 on an expedition to chart a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Spanish missions in southern California. Guided by Escalante's journal, Mac Gregor and Halus followed the path through New Mexico, Colorado (including our backyard), Utah, and Arizona, and provide stunning pictures alongside Escalante s entries. Finally, a pick for the young ones. An anonymous Permanent Book Fund provided $400 for new children s picture books this year, and one of my favorites is Mr. Elephanter, a debut book by Lark Pien. In charming watercolor illustrations, Pien tells the story of Mr. Elephanter, who arrives each day at the Elephantery to take care of the little elephanties who live there. The story is sublime, and the pictures are both simple and full of detail. If you would like to learn more about creating a Permanent Book Fund, or contributing to one of the existing Funds, please contact me at I hope that the coming year brings you lots of time to spend with great books. Photos: Left, Paradox Strings, the bluegrass band from Paradox School, performs at the Foundation donor party. Above, Zilla May Brown, MRLD Trustee, accepts a check of $2,086 from Doug Kiesewetter, President of the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation. The funds paid for the purchase of 153 titles for Montrose, Naturita, and the bookmobile. The Foundation also provided funds to Nucla and Paradox libraries. I would like to thank everyone that supports our school and library here in Paradox. Without this continued support, we would be hard pressed in trying to meet the ever changing demands in providing quality and current publications for our community! Thank you for your continued support Montrose Library District, Patrons, Community members, School Staff, Paradox School students, West End School District, Naturita Library, and all friends far and wide for supporting our wonderful community! If space allowed I would name each of you by name because you are all so very wonderful indeed.

7 Montrose Writing Year begins! by Meg Nagel MoWriMo, Montrose Writing Month, is a chance to focus on your writing and break out of the bonds that have kept you from writing that novel/memoir/screenplay or those short stories and poems you can feel welling up inside you. The first step is to make a pledge about the amount of writing you promise to do. The National Novel Writing Month, the event MoWriMo is modeled after, expects people to write a 70,000 word novel in 30 days. We're more Off the Shelf flexible. You get to choose how many words you're going to write. However, your pledge should be enough of a challenge so that inner critic doesn't have time to torture you and your writing. The idea here is quantity rather than quality. Get the creative juices revved up and keep that niggling critic out of the way. Later, in February, and during the year, you can rewrite and polish the piece you have created during January. We are also more flexible about what your product will be. You can write a novel, if Naturita library keeps everyone busy by Betty Stephens Naturita Community Library is rolling into 2012 with a full calendar. Our weekly events include Music Lingua with Missy Taucher on Tuesdays from 11:25-noon, Storytime on Wednesdays at 11:30 am, and No Child Left Indoors on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm. Our monthly events include Women's Book Club the first Monday of each month at 2:00 pm, Stitch and Read the first and third Mondays of each month, Community Cinema on the third Wednesday at 6:00 pm, Crafty Teens on the second Thursday from 4-6, and Teen Night the last Friday of each month. A journaling workshop will be offered onthursday, January 26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Other offerings will include Friday symposium activities when students are out of school, The Colorado Master Gardener Progam which will run January 26-March 29, basic computer classes and UCSM Word and Excel classes. Music Lingua with Missy Taucher is an 11 week program teaching Spanish through music for families with children from toddler to age five. This program has a $32 fee to cover the book used in class. Call to register. The Master Gardner program is offered through the Colorado State Extention office. For more information on that program call Introduction to MS Word offered by University Center of San Miguel and taught by dallas Holmes will begin January 12 at 7:00 pm. For more information or to register for this class call Basic Computer classes will begin on Tuesday January 10 from 1-3 pm. This is a four week class, for more information or to register call that's what is burning inside, or a chap book of poems, a how-to book, or a children's book. You decide. All you have to do is come to the library and fill out a pledge form any time before the end of January. The forms and a folder for completed forms are in the plastic wall pocket just inside the hall to the staff office. Ask at the front desk if you have trouble finding it. After you fill out your form, you get a Rhinoceros. You can put your name, or your nom de plume, on your WriMo Rhino, or you can decorate it. Then you place it on the path on the bulletin board. MoWriMo started on January 2 but you can jump in any time. As your writing progresses, you move your Rhino down the path toward the goal you set up in your pledge. Your Rhino is the thermometer that tells you, and the rest of us, how you are getting along. (Public pressure will help push you to make your writing month productive.) During the month we'll be having Write-Ins at the library. Bring your laptop, or your flash drive to use with one of our laptops, and write with other people who are also trying to herd their Rhino down the path. We'll supply coffee Winter/Spring and tea and sometimes goodies. Come whenever you can - - you don't have to be there for the entire Write-In time. During the last fifteen minutes of each Write-In we'll get together and share sentences or paragraphs we came up with, or inspirational cheer-leading thoughts to keep us all working. MoWriMo ends at midnight on January 31, so you have 30 days to meet your goal. The next day we party. On February 1, starting at 6:30 pm in the library meeting room, we'll celebrate "For the Love of Words" and for simply making it through the month. There will be prizes for everyone who accomplished their pledged goal, and food and music, and then an Open Mic where you can read your poems or short excerpts of prose, or perform acoustic music. And thus the "Montrose Writing" year begins. Through the year the library will offer workshops, meetings and presentations about writing. Stay in touch -- and keep writing! Call Meg Nagel at the library, , for more information. Picture Book picks Winter Favorites by Sandra Smagala Frankie Works the Night Shift written by Lisa Westberg Peters illustrated by Jennifer Taylor While everyone else is busy dreaming, Frankie, the cat, is hard at work cleaning and scheming. There is no time for rest but Frankie really seems to enjoy the night shift. Is he working hard or hardly working? In this clever counting book Frankie's prowling causes quiet a ruckus. Watch him chase a mouse from its hiding place through the hardware store until morning arrives. Straight to the Pole by Kevin O'Malley In the freezing wind, battling bonechilling ice, and knee-deep snowdrifts, a lone figure fights for every step in a terrible storm. He is determined to reach the distant Pole. Nothing is going to stop him except his overactive imagination. Won't somebody save him? You will have to read this book to find out the answer. No Two Alike by Keith Baker The author of LMNO Peas has written a delightful book about birds and winter time. Join a pair of curious red birds as they explore how everything everywhere is unique from the leaves and trees to forest friends of all shapes. This is a snowy affirmation of how we're all one of a kind. Are we just alike? Almost-- almost but not quite. The Winter Season of Story Times Jingles: Tuesdays at 10:00-10:30 am, January 10-March 13. Designed to accommodate childcare groups comprising a range of ages. The focus is on stories, rhymes, and music. Families are also welcome. Presenter: Janet. Gems: Thursdays at 10:00-11:00 am and 1:30-2:30 pm, January 12-March 15. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this story time includes puppetry and crafts as well as stories, rhymes, and music. Siblings are welcome. Presenter: Ann. Rhyme Time: Fridays at 10:00-10:30 am, January 13- March16. Designed for children birth to age 3. The focus is on short stories in flannel board and print format; music; and scarf and other movement activities. Presenter: Sandra. Reading to Rover: Saturdays from January 14- March 17. Designed to help beginning readers gain more confidence as they read to specially trained helper dogs. Children are usually in 1st through 3rd grade. Each child reads alone to the dog and the dog s handler. 15-minute appointments, made in advance if possible, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Presenter: Various guest canines! Note: Our story times are developed around Every Child Ready to Read, an early literacy initiative of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Services to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association. We try to demonstrate how librarians, parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and preschool teachers can use five simple practices talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to develop language and pre-reading skills in children from birth to age 5. All story times are held in the Marguerite H. Gill Children's Room Option 2, Children s Room

8 8 Winter/Spring 2012 Off the Shelf Computer & Tech Information classes in Montrose in Olathe Download E-Books Tuesday, January 10 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Did you get an E-Reader from Santa? Or maybe you have an old one that you haven't figured out how to use. Our reference librarians will explain how to use Overdrive, the library's source for digital books. If you bring your own E-Reader we'll help you learn how to use it. It's easy once you get started. Computer Maintenance Tuesday, January 17 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Learn how to keep your computer going strong. Dan Baer, of Affordable Computer Solutions and Michelle LeFree will teach you essential maintenance techniques. Introduction to Word Processing Wednesdays, January 18 & 25 6:30-8:00 pm, Olathe Community Center Starting very basically with an introduction to your computer, this class will give you the tools you need to write and format documents in Microsoft Word, including inserting pictures. This is a two-session class. Preregistration required. Call or come into the library to register. Stay Safe on the Internet Tuesday, January 24 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Saturdays, February 18 & 25 9:00-10:30 am, Library Meeting Room Don t invite malicious and unwanted software in on your computer. Learn how to use the Internet safely. Taught by Dan Baer, of Affordable Computer Solutions, and Michelle LeFree. Introduction to Word Processing Starting very basically with an introduction to your computer, this class will give you the tools you need to write and format documents in Microsoft Word, including inserting pictures. This is a two-session class. Preregistration required. Call or come into the library to register. Introduction to the Internet Wednesdays, May 9 & 16 6:30-8:00 pm, Olathe Community Center This class will tell you what the Internet is, how to navigate, and some of what you can find there. We ll cover safety, good searching techniques, and how to bookmark sites you want to remember. This is a two-session class. Preregistration required. Call or come into the library to register. Intro to the Computer for Beginning Seniors: How Do Computers Work? Saturday, March 3 9:00-10:30 am, Library Meeting Room This is a basic conceptual and functional introduction to the computer. What can a computer do for you? What s a Hard Drive, RAM? We ll talk about how to organize work on a computer. Taught by Bill Kledas. Preregistration required. Call or come into the library to register. Introduction to Using Tuesdays, May 1 & 8 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Learn how to exchange s with family and friends, how to organize your mailboxes. You must have an e- mail account before coming to the class. Call Meg at the library for help in setting one up. Pre-registration required. Call or come into the library to register. Using Library Databases Tuesday, March 27 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Learn how the library can help with your business research questions. The library's reference librarians will demonstrate online databases for industry information, corporation directories, legal forms, grantwriting, and professional development. Introduction to the Internet Tuesdays, May 15 & 22 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room This class will tell you what the Internet is, how to navigate, and some of what you can find there. We ll cover safety, good searching techniques, and how to bookmark sites you want to remember. This is a two-session class. Preregistration required. Call or come into the library to register. One-on-One Project Tutoring If you have a project or specific questions on how to use your computer, you can get one-on-one help at the Montrose Regional Library. Just call Meg Nagel at the library, , and set up an appointment. You can work on your project in her office and when a problem or a question comes up, she ll be right there to help you work through it. These are not classes but more like an open lab. If you want to follow exercises to practise using a mouse, or if you have a resumé to write or some research you need to do, this may be a good option. Call, and give it a try. All classes are free! Coming in June: Accounts on the Internet, Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Settings: Personalize Your Computer, Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Introduction to Using , Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-8:00 pm, Olathe Community Center Working with Digital Pictures, Tuesdays, June 19 & 26, 6:30-8:00 pm, Library Meeting Room Accounts on the Internet, Wednesday, June 20, 6:30-8:00 pm, Olathe Community Center The Montrose Regional Library District s computer classes are supported through two grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of New equipment is funded through a grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to the Colorado State Library. Development of computer class curricula is funded in part through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Telluride Foundation. Call to register

9 Fuera del Anaquel Invierno/Primavera Bienvenidos a la biblioteca! anuncia el director Paul Paladino Sabias que. No hay costo por la tarjeta de la biblioteca, y todos pueden obtener una? Para obtener una tarjeta: Tienes que tener al menos 4 años de edad. Tienes que presentar una prueba de tu actual dirección(como una licencia de manejo, tarjeta de aseguranza, un cheque personal, recibo de renta, algún recibo de algún pago, como por ejemple de luz, o una carta de correo). Aun si no tienes uno de estos requisitos, podemos darte una tarjeta temporal por tres meses. Menores de 18 años necesitan la firma de uno de los padres o guardianes en su aplicación. Sabias que prestamo de libros y peliculas es gratis. Solo tienes que pagar si traes algo tarde($.10 por articulo por dia) o si algun articulo se pierde o se daña? La Biblioteca Regional de Montrose ofrece un Nuevo plan de pago por Pam Hollier La Biblioteca Regional de Montrose ha creado una programa sencillo y fácil para asistir a las personas que tengan multas o cargos de $5.00 o mas en sus cuentas. Si tienes materiales perdidos o dañados o regresaste algún material tarde, algo que halla causado que tu cargo se extendiera a $5.00 o mas; entonces esta es una opción para ti. Puedes escoger que baje, con fáciles arreglos de pago sin necesidad Visita la biblioteca movil por Claudia Bishop de estirar tu presupuesto y continuar con el acceso completo a la biblioteca. El plan de pagos trabaja asi: Tienes que deber $5.00 o más para ser elegible. Tienes que aceptar hacer pagos en cada salida de materiales. El pago requiere en cada salida de materiales un 10% del balance que se debe en tu cuenta de la biblioteca. Si estás interesado en el plan Bienvenidos! La Biblioteca Regional de Montrose esta sumamente emocionada de traer nuestra Biblioteca sobre ruedas también conocida como Biblioteca Mobil en la Comunidad! Nos puedes encontrar cada jueves en algún lugar cerca de ti en Olathe y Montrose. Biblioteca recibió $15,000 para mejorar el servicio para las personas de habla hispana por Amy McBride La biblioteca Regional del Distrito de Montrose recientemente recibió una donación de $15,000 de (La Libreria del Estado de Colorado y El Instituto del Museo y Servicios de Biblioteca ) Para mejorar el servicio de la biblioteca para las personas del habla hispana en Montrose y Olathe. Las donaciones buscan incrementar la conciencia de la comunidad de habla hispana de los servicios de la biblioteca, mejorar la colección del lenguaje Español del distrito, e implementar actividades para mejorar las habilidades en computación, ingles y literatura para la gente de habla hispana. La donación beneficiará tanto a la Biblioteca de Montrose como a la biblioteca móvil, la cual sirve en Olathe y de pagos, por favor pregunta por el en el escritorio de Servicio al Cliente cerca del área de los nuevos materiales. O póngase en contacto con el Supervisor de Circulación, Pam Hollier o el empleado de Facturación de Circulación Maureen Sherkanowski, al (970) extención,1, para inscribirse en este programa. áreas de la periferia. Estamos muy emocionados de ofrecer mejor servicio a una vital y creciente parte de nuestra comunidad, dijo Paul Paladino, Director de La Biblioteca Regional del Distrito de Montrose. Buscamos nada menos que el enriquecimiento de vidas por medio de mejorar la lectura, mejorar las oportunidades de empleo, y una mayor participación de la comunidad. Bienvenidos a la Biblioteca! Veintiocho bibliotecas de Colorado y agencias compitieron por 10 donaciones en total cerca de $200,000 del Instituto del Museo y Servicios de Biblioteca administrado por la Biblioteca del Estado de Colorado. Los articulos encontrados por las donaciones incluye: $8,000 en nuevos libros, películas, audiolibros, y juegos educacionales para niños; una nueva Estación de computadoras para familias de habla hispana en el área de niños(completa con un sistema operativo en español, programas y teclado); un instructor para clases de computación en español y capacitación de tutores para Educacion Basica de Adultos; Clases de español para el personal de la biblioteca; y programación, incluyendo un cuentacuentos bilingue Joe Hayes y un Día de la Comunidad en la Libreria, o un Community Day at the Library. Nos hemos fijado unos objetivos altos por estas donaciones, dijo Paladino. Esperamos duplicar el numero de artículos en español que entrarán el próximo año, y deseamos que 200 personas tomen nuestras clases de computación y obtengan su tarjeta de la biblioteca. La gente de la comunidad es vital para el éxito del proyecto, incluyendo Educación Básica para Adultos, con quien la Biblioteca colabora para reclutar tutores voluntarios y conversación de pareja para ayudar a enseñar ingles y lectura a personas de habla hispana. El Distrito también trabajara con el área de español en el periodico, La Voz del Pueblo, Colorado Workforce Center, y Las Escuelas del Condado de Montrose para incrementar conciencia de los servicios de la biblioteca. Olathe todos los jueves 8:30-9:15 am -- en Olathe en el parque municipal 9:30-10:15 am -- en Step-A-Head Learning por 22 Hap Court 10:30-11:15 am -- en la calle Primera Norte y Roberts cerca de la escuela primaria de Olathe 11:30-12:15 pm - en el parque de Los Leones en frente de OHS/OMS Montrose, alternado los jueves, llama o :00-2:45 pm -- Centennial Towers (430 calle 12 Sur) y Anciano Towers (227 Ute Norte) 3:15-4:30 pm -- Sunshine Peak Apartamentos (748 por la calle Cedar Creek) and Northbrook Villas a el Pavilion on Aspen Drive Esperamos verte ahi! Siempre hay alguien a bordo que habla espanol y puede asistirte con las necesidades de nuestros clients que hablan espanol. La biblioteca movil representa a la biblioteca principal con sus colecciones y servicios. En las secciones de nuestra Libreria Sobre Ruedas encontraras dvd s, adultos y adolescente ficcion/no ficcion, y muchos libros para ninos. Tambien tenemos un colecion de libros en espanol de todos los edades. No tienes una tarjeta? No hay problema! Si eres mayor de 18 anos podemos hacerte una mientras esperas. Para personas menores de 18 anos necesitaremos la firma de umo de sus padres o tutor. Ven a bordo a Tiempo de Lectura de Historias a nuestro Step-A-Head parada. No ves el libro que buscas? Haznoslo saber y te ayudaremos a localizarlo y te lo tendremos la siguiente semana. La biblioteca movil es también accesible para nuestra gente en silla de ruedas, caminadoras u otros dispositivos auxiliares. Nuestra rampa esta siempre afuera. Aquí esta una probadita de solo algunos de tantos libros que pueden ser encontrados en nuestra biblioteca móvil. Tú y tus pequeños pueden compartir un tiempo especial con Adivina Cuanto te Quiero escrito por sam McBraten. En esta conmovedora historia el pequeño Nutbrown Hare y su papa compiten a ver quien ama más al otro. Si necesitas algún apoyo cuando tu hijo llega a la adolescencia, Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez ofrece consejos para padres exponiendo tales temas como pubertad, disciplina, sexualidad, depresión y otros temas relacionados en su libro La Adolescencia: Edad Critica. Necesitas algo romántico? Tal vez es el momento de algún tiempo con Nicholas Sparks y su novela En Nombre del Amor. Ve que las estrellas tienen guardado para un veterinario de Carolina del Norte Travis Parker y su irritable vecino, Gabby Parker. Cansado de las mismas viejas comidas? Ver nuestras no ficción y La Cocina Paso a Paso: Mas de 650 Tecnicas y 400 Recetas. Seguro encontrarás algo entre estas páginas de los editores de Good Housekeeping (Buena Ama de Casa) Todos pueden encontrarnos en la Biblioteca Móvil llamando al (970)

10 10 Invierno/Primavera 2012 Fuera del Anaquel Quiere practicar más su inglés? por Anne Ventrello La educación de adultos de Montrose le puede ayudar. Tenemos clases de ESL (inglés como segundo idioma) en Montrose y Olathe. Estas clases pueden ayudarle a mejorar sus habilidades de hablar, escuchar, leer y escribir en inglés. Las clases son los lunes y miércoles por la noche en Hable de eso! Hace casi dos años, decidimos ser voluntarios para la biblioteca como "compañeros de conversación" para personas adultas que estudian inglés en el programa de ESL (inglés como segundo idioma) del Distrito Escolar de Montrose. Esto es algo que ninguno de nosotros había hecho antes, por lo tanto no sabíamos qué anticipar. Asistimos a las 4 clases de 3 horas que nos ayudaron a entender un poco el proceso y nos dieron algunos puntos y materiales para utilizar con nuestros compañeros. Un poquito después de empezar las clases, nos presentaron a Mariano y a Ruby Meza, nuestros compañeros de conversación. Los dos originalmente son de México y sus habilidades en inglés estaban un poco rudimentarias. Sin saber cómo proceder, comenzamos a reunirnos una vez por semana Olathe. En Montrose, las clases son los martes y jueves por las mañanas o por las noches. Si sabe un poco de inglés, pero no se siente cómodo al hablarlo ni al escucharlo por la falta de práctica, tenemos otra opción. Hay gente que habla buen inglés y que quiere conocer nuevas amistades. Ellos se en dos cuartos de estudio que habíamos reservado con anticipación en la biblioteca de Montrose. Los dos esposos estaban en un salón y las dos esposas en el otro. Armados con diccionarios de español/inglés nos sumergimos en el proceso. A veces simplemente estudiábamos listas de vocabulario. Una vez fuimos a un restaurante estadounidense y aprendimos palabras del menú. Otras veces íbamos a "Main in Motion". Cuando comenzamos, Mariano estaba particularmente inseguro y tímido de hablar inglés, ya que de 100 trabajadores en su empleo, sólamente uno (el chofer del camión) habla inglés. Sin embargo, a medida que el tiempo pasó, su confianza aumentó. Ahora va al banco sin quedarse pasmado y hace llamadas por teléfono, algo que nunca antes hacía. Después en nuestros encuentros, Mariano y Jim estudiaron las 100 preguntas de la guía de estudio reunirán con usted una o dos veces por semana. Usted puede reunirse con ellos en el parque, en la biblioteca o en "Main in Motion"- en el lugar que ustedes decidan. Si usted desea conocer nuevos amigos y practicar su inglés, ésta es una buena manera de hacerlo! Para más información, llame al para el exámen de ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos. Mariano acaba de entregar la solicitud para tomar el exámen y hacerse cuidadano de los Estados Unidos. Este será el logro de una meta planeada por mucho tiempo, y nosotros nos orgullecemos en haber ayudado en esto. Sin embargo, no está claro quién es el que le ha ayudado a quién: nosotros a ellos, o ellos a nosotros. Ahora son buenos amigos y nos reunimos semanalmente en una de nuestras casas. Nos han enseñado algo de español y mucho sobre su herencia mexicana. Hemos compartido cenas, comidas y celebraciones. Tenemos mucho que aprender de ellos sobre su ética de trabajo, lealtad a la familia y la unión comunitaria. Esta ha sido una oportunidad maravillosa en los últimos dos años. Jim y Vicki Douras Clases de computacion en español La biblioteca de la ciudad de la ciudad de Montrose iniciara un programa para ayudar a la comunidad hispana de Montrose y de Olathe. El programa consiste en un curso de computacion basico. En el cual se enseñara el manejo de la computadora en el ambiente de windows 7. El uso de un procesador de palabras (Microsoft word). El cual te permitira realizer un documento en la computadora. Una introduccion a la internet asi como el uso del correo electronico ( ). Que le permite al usuario enviar y recibir correo por internet. El programa sera impartido por Rosendo Pacheco. Quien fue maestro de computacion e impartio clases de la misma en una escuela privada por mas de 6 años en Mexico. Actualmente se dedica a impartir cursos, dar asesoria tecnica, y tambien a la reparacion de computadoras desde el año 2001 hasta la fecha. Nuevo club del libro para personas que están aprendiendo el idioma Ingles Si Ingles no es tu primer idioma y estás tratando de mejorar al hablarlo y escribirlo, la biblioteca está empezando un club del libro solo para tí. El grupo se reunirá cada dos meses en el tercer sábado del mes de 9:00 a 10:00 de la mañana antes que la biblioteca abra. Los libros son en Ingles pero no son muy gruesos, con vocabulario que no es muy difícil. Esperamos que los encuentres interesantes al leerlos y te diviertas al hablar de ellos. La biblioteca está comprando 10 de cada uno de estos libros. Si deseas leer uno y planeas venir a la discusión del club del libro, por favor llama a Meg a la biblioteca al(970) El grupo tendrá su primera reunión en marzo, pero el primer libro estará listo para llevarse a cualquier hora después de enero 15. Aquí están los primeros 2 libros que planeamos leer: Sábado, marzo 17, 9:00 am The House on Mango Street Durante el desarrollo del curso contara con el apoyo de Maria C. Pacheco quien es su esposa y que tambien fue maestra de computacion. Las clases en Montrose seran los Martes. En el salon de reunions de la biblioteca. Iniciando el dia Martes 7 de Febrero de 6:30pm a 8:00pm. Las clases en Olathe seran los Miercoles. En el Centro Comunitario de Olathe. Iniciando el dia 8 de Febrero de 6:30pm a 8:00pm. Para registrarse al curso, deberan llamar a Sara o Claudia al telefono (970) El curso es completamente gratuito. Solo se admitiran 10 personas por curso. Las personas que no alcancen se mantendran en la lista para el siguiente curso que sera en el mes de Julio o Agosto. Esperamos contar con su presencia y que aprovechen esta gran oportunidad. escrito por Sandra Cisneros (Estos libros deberan estar listos para llevarse en la biblioteca a partir del 15 de enero.) The House on Mango Street, es la historia de Esperanza Cordero, una joven niña en el Hispanic quarter de Chicago. Para Esperanza, Mango Street es un triste paisaje de concreto and apartamentos deteriorados, donde ella descubre la dura realidad de vida las restricciones de clases y generos, la amenaza de enemistad racial, los misterios de sexualidad, y mas. Capturando sus pensamientos y oraciones en poemas e historias, Esperanza es capaz de levantarse por encima de la desesperanza, y crear para ella misma "Una casa toda mia, silenciosa como la nieve, un espacio para mi a donde ir." (De la portada del libro) Sábado, mayo 19, 9:00 am The River Between Us escrito por Richard Peck El año es 1861 en un pequeño pueblo en el Rio Mississippi en Illinois. La guerra civil de EU esta a punto de empezar y el hemano de Tilly Pruitt, Noah, esta ansioso por ir a pelear en el lado del norte. Su padre se ha ido, Tilly, su hermana, y su madre se esfuerzan para que esto termine y mantener la familia unida. Entonces una noche una misteriosa niña llega en un barco de vapor. La señora Pruitt acepta adoptar Delphine y su obscuro, silencioso compañero de viaje como huespedes. Nadie en el pueblo sabe que hacer con dos extraños, y entonces los rumores vuelan. Es el compañero de Delphine un esclavo? Podrían ser espias para el sur? Son los Pruitts traidores? Este es un magisterial cuento de misterio y guerra. (De algunos de los diálogos en este libro usan dichos y dialectos, entonces asegurate de obtener una hoja de explicación de Meg cuando te lleves el libro. Las clases son gratis!

11 Fuera del Anaquel Invierno/Primavera Los nuevos libros vienen desde España por Sara Anders La colección del lenguaje en español en la Biblioteca de Montrose y en la biblioteca móvil están a punto de recibir un sinnúmero de material nuevo que viene directo desde España! Gracias a una generosa donación de America Reads Spanish (ARS) (America lee español). Viajé a Madrid, España para asistir a la feria del libro Liber a inicio de octubre. Que maravillosa experiencia! Madrid es una ciudad llena de vida y cultura. El Museo del Prado con habitación tras habitación de obras maestras en español y el Museo Reina Sofia que alberga grandes obras de Picasso, incluyendo Guernica fueron dos cosas que sobresalieron en mi viaje y que núnca olvidaré. Caminando por la Plaza Santa Ana, parando por tapas en un café de acera, o maravillarse de la fuente de Poseidon situada en medio de la ocupada Calle del Prado. Madrid núnca me dejó con un momento aburrido. Pero! Regresando a la razón por cual estaba ahí, los libros! Pasé mucho tiempo en Liber con otros 30 bibliotecarios de todo Estados Unidos y de otras partes del mundo hablando sobre bibliotecas y literatura y comparando ideas de como mejorar la experiencia para los miembros de nuestra biblioteca - Empezando por los libros en los anaqueles. Estuvieron alrededor de 150 editores individuales en el Liber-cada uno con su propio enfoque. Algunos publicaron solo libros de niños los cuales puedes ver en los anaqueles de la biblioteca móvil. Otros publicaron novelas en traducción o libros de cocina o guias para ayudar a padres o como encontrar trabajo. Gracias a una donación generosa del Instituto de Museos y Servicios Bibliotecarios. Yo podía escoger muchos títulos nuevos de una amplia variedad de editores. Había muchos libros nuevos para cada lector haciendo su camino en los anaqueles de la Biblioteca de Montrose y la Biblioteca Movil. Algunos de mis favoritos para niños son: El increíble Viaje de La Abuela y A que sabe la luna? Lectores adolescentes pueden ver a Snowboard: Trucos y Tecnicas y una nueva serie llamada El club de Las Princesas. Adultos miembros de la biblioteca deberían buscar a Fotografia Digital, El Gran Libro de Pediatria, Diseño y usabilidad de aplicaciones iphone, y muchas novelas escritas por Españoles y Latinoamericanos. Visitar españa fue una experiencia mágica y una de las que nunca olvidaré. Pero lo que hizo que valiera la pena ha sido traer España de regreso a Montrose, en la forma de estos preciosos libros. Por favor ven a explorarlos estoy segura que encontrarás algo que te llevará lejos en tu propia aventura. Esta carta de noticias y muchos de estas programas fueron patrocinados en parte por una donacion del Institute of Museum and Library Services )(Instituto del Museo y Servicios de la Libreria. El cual administra the Library Services and Technology Act. En el sentido de las agujas del reloj desde la parte superior izquierda: Shelley Warren, en la biblioteca en el 2010; Cool Jazz en su presentacion en la Escuela Primaria de Grand Junction; Elise Helmke en su presentación en la biblioteca de Montrose en el 2011; Javier de los Santos; Mary Lindsey Bailey; Deb TenNapel; Sharon Clark. Domingos de Serenata para empezar en enero 22 La tercer sesión de Domingos de Serenata, las populares series de música clásica de invierno de la biblioteca, añadirá un nuevo sabor con su primer ofrecimiento. El primer concierto, planeado para las 12:00 del mediodía domingo enero 22, Cool Jazz, un cuarteto de Grand Junction. Cool Jazz, consiste en una flauta, piano, bajo y batería, empezaron a tocar juntos aproximadamente hace 15 años como uno de los conjuntos que van a las escuelas primarias de Grand Junction como parte del programa de primavera de la sinfónica de Grand Junction. El personal ha cambiado atravéz de los años, pero la inspiración musical ha permanecido la misma, del Frances Claude Bolling compositor de jazz Frances, quien es conocido por una serie de crossover composiciones y colaboraciones con músicos clásicos. Los residentes de Montrose quienes han venido a Domingos de Serenata reconocerán a Shelley Warren quien es la flautista del grupo y el fundador y organizador de las series musicales en la biblioteca. Sus compañeros músicos en Cool Jazz son Amy Long Markakis, piano; Ron Jordan, bajo; y Rob Labig, batería. Las series continuarán con conciertos al mediodía en el cuarto domingo de cada mes hasta abril. Un número de favoritas pasadas regresarán este año Deb TenNapel en violin y Sharon Clark en piano (y quizás con un violonchelista) tocarán en febrero 26. Javier de los Santos, guitarrista clásico regresará en marzo 25, esta vez con la oboísta Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey. Harpist Elise Helmke también regresará en abril 22. Esto promete ser una muy agradable primavera de magnífica música. Todos los conciertos son gratis y las bebidas proveidas por Sandy Brown, de DadS Patchwork Farm, serán servidas.

12 12 Winter/Spring 2012 Off the Shelf Title page. Bible. English. Authorized. London, Folger Shakespeare Library. by Meg Nagel We are very excited that the Montrose Regional Library is one of forty libraries across the country that have been chosen to receive a traveling exhibition that tells the story of the origins, creation, and impact of the King James Bible. Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James e next used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held January 12, 13 and 14. e book sales have been growing, so there is a huge collection of books even larger than before! FOL volunteers work in the library s storage room almost every day to King James Bible exhibit coming here Bible in 1611 and examines its fascinating and complex history. process the donated books. ey go through thousands of items, culling out items in poor condition and identifying those that are in good enough shape to be added to the library s collection. e library staff then goes through those and chooses items to be put on the library shelves. In 2010, nearly 2,200 donated items were placed in the library s permanent collection. Volunteers sort through the remaining books, CDs, DVDs and other items and make them available for you to purchase periodically. Donors have once again given a large selection of some interesting categories: 1. Books related to WWII, especially, but also other recent wars history, airplanes, ships, weapons. Many of these books are unique or no longer easily available in bookstores. The traveling exhibit, which consists of high-quality photos of rare and historic books, manuscripts, and works of art from the Folger and Bodleian collections, combined with interpretive text and related images, was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Shop the January FOL Used Book Sale January 12, 13 & 14 The exhibition will come to Montrose next November and will be here until mid-january Evan Howard helped prepare the proposal that secured the exhibit for Montrose. Through him we have also arranged to have two nationally known scholars -- Dr. Leland Ryken from Wheaton College in Illinois, and Dr. Kevin Seidel from Eastern Mennonite College in Virginia -- to come to Montrose and share their insights into the effect this book has had on our lives and culture. We are looking for people who would like to help plan additional programming we will offer in conjunction with this extraordinary exhibit. Contact Meg Nagel at if you would like to be involved. 2. Car repair manuals a wide variety of kinds of cars are included. 3. Other categories with many selections art, poetry, gardening, crafts, travel, cooking, and also audio books. In addition to these special categories will be the usual large selection of general fiction, mysteries, westerns, sci-fi and romance, in both hardback and paperback. ese sales are a great opportunity to buy gifts, increase your own collection and, at the same time, benefit the Montrose Regional Library with your generous donations. Many thanks to the volunteers who work in the back room: Nancy Bruschke, Dora Cornman (who is also the President of the Friends), Sam Cornman, John d'aquin, Shirley Jentsch, Paul Janzen, Becky Jones, Kathleen Kearney, and Patsy Schurz. If you would like to help and for additional questions please call the Library at Photos from top left; Kathleen Kearney and Dora Cornman sort through donations; Shirley Jentsch and Patsy Schurz do the same; Shoppers check out selection at past used book sale. Staff picks Good reads Looking for something good to read? Ask us anytime for ideas. Here are some recommendations from the staff: Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn Recommended by Pam Hollie Are you looking for an adventure? If sword fights, secret sects, assassinations, feuding warlords, samurai, handmaidens who perform martial arts and ninjas with super-powers peak your interest than Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn is the book for you. Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book of in the historical fantasy series Tales of the Otori. The series began with the trilogy: Across the Nightingale Floor (2002), Grass for His Pillow (2003) and Brilliance of the Moon (2004). Then continues on with a sequel in 2006, The Harsh Cry of the Heron, and a prequel in 2007, Heaven s Net is Wide. Ms. Hearn also wrote other editions of the story retold in a young adult series. Tales of the Otori is set in an imaginary, mythical world of feudal Japan. Across the Nightingale Floor is a world where both beauty and cruelty abound and collide. It s the story of the political feuding of two clans: the Tohan and the Otori. Our hero, 16-year-old Takeo, is caught in the middle The Observations by Jane Harris Recommended by Tania Hajjar This book was recommended as a read-alike for Sarah Waters, my new favorite writer. I was not disappointed. Like Waters novels, The Observations is an atmospheric story of psychological suspense. It's Scotland, Bessy Buckley, a young Irish girl, has left a life of prostitution and stumbled into the position of housekeeper at a rundown country estate in Scotland. Her new mistress is the beautiful but eccentric Arabella Reid. While the master of the house is away the two women become friends. But as Bessy discovers, Arabella's affection is calculated; she looks on Bessy as a subject for her secret book, The Observations, a study of the habits and nature of the Domestic Class. Her feelings hurt, Bessy decides to have her revenge. 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Bessy narrates the story through the daily journal missus asks her to keep when she learns that Bessy can read and write, and through a later memoir. Bessy's distinctive voice makes this novel a standout though poor and mostly uneducated, she's smart, spunky and bawdy. It's Bessy's own observations of the people and situations around her that pull the story forward. Suspense builds as through her discoveries we learn Arabella's secret, which is centered on the mysterious fate of Bessy's predecessor, another Irish maid. The Observations appealed to me with its elements of Dickens and gothic mysteries, but it s the unique voice of Bessy Buckley that kept me reading.

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