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Library News: March

By Amy Garoutte
Northern Saguache County Library District

We will continue bringing library services to the Town of Crestone at the Little Shepherd Church on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Patrons can stop by to order books and pick up books (contact the Baca Grande Library at 719-256-4100 if you would like to have a book delivered). Laptops will be available during the in-town hours and more services will be provided in the future.

Have you checked out our website lately? You can reserve books and other materials as well as check out library district staff recommendations. We recently added a feature that allows visitors to translate our site into multiple languages.

Saturday Hours — The Baca Grande Library will now be open from 10 a.m-2 p.m on Saturdays. 

Telehealth — We will be installing privacy room telephone booths in each branch in March. These booths will provide a space for private telehealth appointments. Each branch has a telehealth kit, laptop, and now private space for virtual conversations with medical providers. These booths can also be used for conducting other virtual meetings. Call the branch for more information or to make reservations.

Friends of the Library — Are you interested in supporting our library as part of a Friends of the Library group? Please contact Amy Garoutte at either branch for more information.

Our “milk carton campaign” continues to raise funds used to re-purchase books that have gone missing from our shelves. This month we’re bringing back The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Grounded in both a New Age spiritual sensibility and hard science, this book will appeal to anyone interested in plant medicine, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

New books — 50 Hikes with Kids Colorado by Wendy Gorton & Kristin Tillack:  Discover the 50 most kid-friendly hikes in Colorado with this book featuring maps and scavenger hunts of items to find along each trail—plus fun extras that will foster a curiosity about the region’s flora, fauna, and geology!

Alexandria — The City that Changed the World  by Islam Issa: Combining rigorous research with myth and folklore, Alexandria is an authoritative history of a city that has shaped our modern world. Soon after being founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria became the crucible of cultural exchange between East and West for millennia and the undisputed global capital of knowledge. It was at the forefront of human progress, but it also witnessed brutal natural disasters, plagues, crusades and violence.

The Age of Deer — Trouble and Kinship with our Wild Neighbors. In this newly released non-fiction (Jan 2024, Catapult) author Erika Howsare investigates our connection with deer from mythology to biology, from forests to cities, from coexistence to control and extermination and asks, “Why do we look at deer in the ways we do, and what do these animals reveal about human involvement in the natural world?” 

The Book of Fire — A novel by Christy Lefteri is a story of a family and village in present-day Greece whose homes and lives are consumed in a wildfire, People magazine calls it “a tender depiction of loss and healing that raises questions about guilt and blame in the age of climate change.” 

The Madman’s LibraryThe Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History by Edward Brooke-Hitching is a unique and beautifully illustrated journey through the history of literature. The Madman’s Library delves into its darkest territories to hunt down the oddest books and manuscripts ever written, uncovering the intriguing stories behind their creation.

A New Science of Heaven — How the new science of plasma physics is shedding light on spiritual experience by Robert K. G. Temple. Plasma is the fourth state of matter and the other three — gas, liquid and solids — emerge out of plasma. This book will reveal how over 99% of the universe is made of plasma and how there are two gigantic clouds of plasma, called the Kordylewski Clouds, hovering between the Earth and the Moon, only recently discovered by astronomers in Hungary. Other revelations not previously known outside narrow academic disciplines include the evidence that in certain circumstances plasma exhibits features that suggest they may be in some sense alive: clouds of plasma have evolved double helixes, banks of cells and crystals, filaments and junctions which could control the flow of electric currents, thus generating an intelligence similar to machine intelligence. We may, in fact, have been looking for signs of extraterrestrial life in the wrong place.

New audio book — Known for both his successful seven-decade career in theater, film, television and video games, and his mellifluous voice, who better to read Making It So: A Memoir, than Sir Patrick Stewart himself? This month his best-selling memoir will join our audiobook collection for your listening pleasure.

Our new DVDs — Rififi A reissue of a classic French caper thriller in which Tony, fresh out of prison, teams with three cohorts to pull off a major jewel heist which goes awry. The film’s title is slang for “rough stuff,” and its robbery sequence is famous for its exciting, completely silent robbery scene.

Spector — A chance encounter between charismatic actress Lana Clarkson and legendary music producer Phil Spector ended in a fatal shooting that forever warped his legacy. How could one of the most important figures in 20th century pop music also be a monster? This four-part docuseries peels back the layers of one of Hollywood’s most tragic crimes to paint a more human portrait of Lana Clarkson and the deeply disturbed man convicted of her murder.

The Holdovers — from acclaimed director Alexander Payne, The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).

Recurring programs

Storytime — (ages preK – 3rd grade) every Tuesday at the Saguache Public Library at 10 am. 

Tech Help — every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Baca Grande Library and every Tuesday at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Saguache Public Library

Tax Help — every Thursday (March 7 – 21) from 10 a.m.-noon at the Baca Grande Library and every Tuesday at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Saguache Public Library

Crestone In Town Hours — Every Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Little Shepherd Church

Wellness Wednesdays — educational classes by Lisa Anne Emery on the third Wednesday of the month from noon-1 p.m. at the Saguache Public Library. Call the Saguache Public Library to sign up. 

Free Food Friday every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Baca Grande Library and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.at the Saguache Public Library. 

Special events

First Friday Art Reception — featuring Dudley Pace Art, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Baca Grande Library. 

Time Traveler’s Soul Reading — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturday, March 23. Make an appointment by calling the Baca Grande Library at 719-256-4100.

For questions concerning programming, please call the Baca Grande Library at 719-256-4100

Library hours

Baca Grande Library hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saguache Public Library hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

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