Library News
Carole Howard and the Library Staff | 3/9/07
John Huft’s airplane hangar at the Pagosa Springs Airport was transformed into a beach party scene complete with a tropical blue sky, palm trees and sand on the floor on Saturday evening, March 3, with almost 100 guests dressed in shorts, aloha shirts, sundresses and other summer attire donating an entrance fee and participating in a silent auction to raise almost $2,900 for the Sisson Library. Continued...
Almost 100 Pagosa pilots and friends gathered Saturday evening, March 3, for a beach party and silent auction that raised almost $2,900 for the Sisson Library.  The event was sponsored by  (left to right) John and Teresa Huft, Ralph and Sam Goulds, and Bob Goubitz of Avjet Corp.  Another pilot, Harry Young, also hosted but was out of town and thus unable to attend. Photo courtesy: Carole Howard.
The event was sponsored by Huft and his wife Teresa, Ralph and Sam Goulds, Harry Young, and Bob Goubitz of Avjet Corp., who hosted the tropical bar.  The Hufts and Goulds came up with the idea of a fundraiser when the library’s mill levy failed by 350 votes last November.  “We wanted to show everyone that many people in Archuleta County love their library and are very willing to contribute to support it,” Sam Goulds said.

More than 30 items for the silent auction were donated by pilots, library supporters and local businesses, including the Hufts, Goulds, Scottie and Ralph Gibson, Carole and Bob Howard, Marilyn and Frank Hutchins, Marti and Bill Gallo, Jo Sanders, Peter Welch, Maria MacNamee of Happy Trails Lady’s Boutique, Dr. Gerlinde Ehni and Alice Laurent from Dental Arts, The Spa at Pagosa Springs, Holly Langford and Touch of the Tropics, and the Wolf Creek Ski Area.  Auction items included food baskets, a pilot’s flight review, music CD collections, computer training and repair, a handmade quilt, portable power source, home decorations, massage and hot soak, manicure, velvet shawl, teeth cleaning and whitening, and ski tickets at Wolf Creek. 

Additionally,  cash donations were received from Larry Bartlett, Lenore Bright, Jim and Jean Carson, J. R. Ford, Valerie Goulds, Bob and Dahrl Henley, Bob and Carole Howard, Bryant and Peggy Lemon, Ray and Joann Laird, Gerard and Sharon Pearson, and Harry Young.

“This was an incredibly fun and successful event,” said Teresa Huft.  “We are delighted to have this opportunity for Pagosa pilots and friends to demonstrate our support for the library.” 

Library director Jackie Welch and children’s librarian Barb Draper accepted the funds gratefully, telling the pilots and others at the beach party that their donation will benefit all the children in Archuleta County.  The money will purchase beginning reader chapter books for youngsters in kindergarten through second grade, plus a new series of 50 books called America the Beautiful which focuses on each of the U.S. states and a World Geography series on other countries.  Both series are aimed at children ages nine to 14. 
Fiction: a thriller and a modern classic
In “True Evil,” New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns to his trademark Southern milieu in a thriller about a divorce attorney who may be orchestrating the deaths of his clients’ spouses.  The 10th anniversary edition of the international bestseller “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho – a book that has sold 21 million copies worldwide – has just be published with a new introduction by the author.  

New fiction on CDs
Four New York Times bestsellers are now available on CD.  They include “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham, “Cross,” by James Patterson, “Next” by Michael Crichton and “Plum Lovin’” by Janet Evanovich.  Also available on CD in an abridged version is “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.

Helpful guides for health and diet
Two doctors have co-authored a “You” series of books with practical tips to motivate you to keep your body healthy, safe and young.  One is called “You, The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger.”  The second is called “You on a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management.”  Both are written by the doctor team of Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz.  One reviewer called this series “the next best thing to attending medical school, plus you save on tuition.”

Another diet book is called “The Best Life Diet.”  Written by Bob Greene, who helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, it includes easy-to-follow meal plans that make it simple to meet your daily energy and nutrient requirements whether you’re in a hurry or taking time to make something special.

Advice about dogs and party hostessing
 “Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems” is written by Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel’s hit show “Dog Whisperer.”  “I Like You” by Amy Sedaris is a light-hearted look at hospitality by a young woman who loves parties. 

Lifelong Learning lectures underway
The second in our spring series of Lifelong Learning lectures takes place this Saturday, March 10, when Dr. Duane Smith speaks on “Women to the Rescue: Creating Mesa Verde National Park” about the determined, dedicated women who aroused the public and Congress in the 1890s to preserve these incredible ruins.   Please visit the library’s web site at and click on the Lifelong Learning Program page for details of the full Spring 2007 lecture series.  All are free to the public.  They take place in the library at 3 pm on Saturdays.

Thanks to our donors
 Special thanks to Genevieve and Ralph Phelps for their donation in memory of Allie May Jackson.  Also, our thanks this week for gifts of books and materials from Carol Ellis, Addie Greer, Karen Hoch, Bob Howard, Pat Jolliff, Jess Ketchum, Kate Lister, Virginia Pichon, Codie Wilson and Lynne Wooldridge.

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