Michael Nivison Public Library Feb. Newsletter

Winter, Volume 1 #2

Barb Hansen for the Friends of the Michael Nivison Library

Ah, February; thanks to the legend of St. Valentine, this is the month of love. It is also, thanks to our attraction to chocolate in all its forms, the month devoted to shiny or velvety red heart-shaped boxes of rich chocolate treats given as symbols of love.
Picture our library in the village as a giant red box of candy. It is, after all, made of red brick constructed in an earlier, more romantic time. A box of chocolate has a variety of flavors. We love most of them and leave the other ones in their pleated brown paper nests, often with a thumb-punched hole in the bottom where we’ve sampled them and judged them unappealing. At the library we can go inside the box, pull a book or CD from the shelf, and sample it by opening the cover, reading the blurb, and judging it tasty enough to take home or unappealing enough to leave on the brown shelf for someone else.
Okay, okay! I am a ridiculous romantic. I love our library. I love the books. I love the ease with which our librarians manage to acquire the loan of books we don’t own through the inter-library loan system. I am old enough to remember a time when voices lowered upon entering the library as if entering a cathedral. I still regard books as sacred objects. Going to the Michael Nivison Library is always a joy for me, a bit like opening a big, red box of fancy chocolates, indeed, fewer calories and just as rich and tasty.
Let’s untie the white satin ribbon and lift the bright red lid. There they are, the ornately formed candies; some creamy milk chocolate and some deep, dark brown. The square one should be caramel inside, I think, soft and gooey like a book of love poems. You try a cleverly dipped round of pink mushy stuff from the children’s section and put it back. Too sweet for your tastes! Then you pick a flat, crunchy toffee from the books on CD section, covered with a deep cocoa glaze, the toffee hard and long-lasting like the story on the CDs which will entertain you in your car all the way to El Paso and back.
My next choice is an oval medallion with chocolate sprinkles on top of light green frosting. It is a refreshing surprise of mint, not at all what I had imagined; a bit like the surprise at the end of the mysteries lined up on the shelves.
Before we place the cover back on the box, we could share just one more treat. Hm….maybe one more a piece? How could we say “No” to a visit to the library on a monthly BookFace Day, a busy Tom Sawyer Day, or any day we happen to be in the village? It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s waiting for you.

Featured Author Anna Maxted
“Hilarious” (Cosmopolitan)

Running In Heels
“To say that Babs has been my closest friend for sixteen years is rather like saying that Einstein was good at sums. We were blood sisters from the age of eleven (before my mother pried the razor out of Babs’s buy nexium 20 mg hand).”
But now Babs, noisy and as fun as a day at the beach, is getting married. And Natalie Miller, twenty-seven, senior press officer for the London Ballet, panics. What happens when your best friend pledges everlasting love to someone else?

Being Committed
A hopeless unromantic gets a crash course in love.

High Noon Book Club
meets the first Wednesday of each month at high noon! at the Methodist Church.
Book lists and a collection of selections @ the library. Ask!
March 2, 2011
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Friday, February 25, 2011 Noon – 1:30 PM @ the library
Refreshments served all day!
Music, mirth, poetry, prose performed by local artists.
“Open mike” for you budding authors!

WHAT are patrons reading?
Biographies/Memoirs of or by Mark Twain, George W Bush, Ronald Reagan, Patti LaBelle, Artist Sophie Crumb, Lawrence of Arabia, Crazy Horse, and Louisa May Alcott
New titles by
Fern Michaels
WEB Griffin
T Jefferson Parker
Jeffrey Deaver
Anita Shreve
Joseph Wambaugh
J D Robb

Recommendations of Readers
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Book One of the Century Trilogy
“985 pages following the fates of five interrelated families from the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. “Wow – worth every kilowatt of light.” (may be renewed)

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore – A journey that hurtles from New York to London and from the present day into the historical milieu of Conan Doyle that delves perilously into the history of Sherlock Holmes and his creator – discovering a secret that proves to be anything but “elementary.” Great read.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Soon to be released as a movie

The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
“Give it a hundred pages and you’re hooked”

Helpful links
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Phone: 505-476-9770 or 1-800-456-5515 (in New Mexico)
E-mail Address: lbph@state.nm.us
The LBPH is responsible for meeting the reading and information needs of nearly 4000 New Mexico citizens who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. These needs are met by providing books, magazines, and other material in alternate format (digital cartridge, cassette, Braille, and electronic text), playback equipment, and some production of print materials in alternative media. The collection contains more than 60,000 titles and 300,000 volumes on a wide variety of subjects

Welcome to the World’s Library!

find books, share books, and meet fellow book lovers.  Social networking for books and those who love them.

Have you ever wanted a better way to:

  • Get great book recommendations from people you know?
  • Keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read?
  • Form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favorite quotes?

KIWANIS, CLOC and MNPL Joint Venture


“I can’t think of a better way to start a small child on the way to reading than by reading to them from these books.” Joyce Komraus, Director
By registering for this free program (forms available at the library) “a brand new, age appropriate book is sent each month to every child from age one month to age 5 years.  Every child’s first book is the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, and in the very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”

Michael Nivison Public Library
90 Swallow Place – Cloudcroft, New Mexico 88317 – 575-682-1111

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