This blog represents most of the newspaper columns (appearing in various Colorado Community Newspapers and Yourhub.com) written by me, James LaRue, during the time in which I was the director of the Douglas County Libraries in Douglas County, Colorado. (Some columns are missing, due to my own filing errors.) This blog covers the time period from April 11, 1990 to January 12, 2012.

Unless I say so, the views expressed here are mine and mine alone. They may be quoted elsewhere, so long as you give attribution. The dates are (at least according my records) the dates of publication in one of the above print newspapers.

The blog archive (web view) is in chronological order. The display of entries, below, seems to be in reverse order, new to old.

All of the mistakes are of course my own responsibility.

Wednesday, March 1, 2000

March 1, 2000 - Meetings and programs

Readers of this paper have probably noted the weekly listing of library events elsewhere. But I thought I'd call out some of the notable events coming up this month.
In addition to our weekly story times, we have a number of reading groups. Here's a gander at March literary gatherings:

March 1 - the Mother-Daughter Book Club at Highlands Ranch will be reviewing "Julie of the Wolves" at 7 p.m.

March 2 - at 9 a.m. the reading club at Lone Tree will be discussing Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." The Highlands Ranch Chapter Book club meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each week.

March 9 - Louviers will hold its Chapter Book Club from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

March 13 - at 1 p.m., the Senior Book Discussion group in Castle Rock will talk about "Three Men in a Boat," by Jerome K. Jerome; later (at 7 p.m.), the Highlands Ranch Book Club will discuss "Their Eyes are Watching God," by Laura Huston

March 14 - Philip S. Miller Library's Night Readers will review Barbara Kingsolver's "High Tide in Tucson" at 7 p.m.

March 16 - Highlands Ranch Chapter Book group meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

March 27 - Lone Tree hosts its Juvenile Chapter Book Club at 4 p.m., which will focus on historical fiction.

In addition to the reading groups, we've got some programs worth putting on your calendar:

March 5 - Celeste Hodges Art Reception at Parker Library, 1-5 p.m.

March 7 - How to Use Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy at Highlands Ranch Library, 7 p.m.

March 9 - also at Highlands Ranch, 7 p.m., is our Advanced Internet Class.

March 12 - our Local History Collection will sponsor the "Tales from the Public Records," at the county's Philip S. Miller Administration Building in Castle Rock

March 14 - the Parker Library will host one of its introductory classes on the Internet at 7 p.m.

March 15 - our Spring Reading program, "Climb to New Heights with Books!" begins at all our libraries

March 18 - Mountain Adventures with Julie Davis at the Highlands Ranch Library, 2 p.m. (repeats at Lone Tree the same time on March 25, at Philip S. Miller at 4:15 p.m. on March 27, and at Parker on 4:15 p.m. March 30)

March 21 - the Philip S. Miller Library's Lunch and Learn program (12:10 to 12:50 p.m.) is the intriguingly titled "UFO's in Douglas County."

March 25 - Parker Library will host the Parents and Kids Internet Class at 10 a.m.; Highlands Ranch Library will sponsor "Bonsai for Beginners" from 1 to 3 p.m.

The above is, by no means, the total of program offerings during the month. (We're up to about 50 a week these days.) But it does underscore some of the rich activities going on in libraries aside from the checking in and out of books.

Our meeting rooms, which are free and open to the public, themselves constitute an important library service. For far too many of us, our lives rush from event to event. What's even worse is that we often drive miles and miles to get to these events, and shell out far too much money.

Here's hoping that you'll find something right down the road at your neighborhood library that can delight or divert you, and won't compromise your children's college education (or your own retirement) fund.

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