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LIBRARY Magazine & Program Brochure

December 2020



A Promised Land By Barack Obama

I've spent way too much time

November 17, 2020

in front of a screen for the past

It hasn't even dropped yet, and already this book is a bestseller. Because, duh! If you're a fan of former first lady Michelle Obama's published memoir Becoming, it might be worth checking out A Promised Land. In this memoir, Barack Obama talks about his journey from childhood to becoming 44.

year. Alternating between Zoom and Netflix isn't exactly the best thing for your skin, your eyes, or your overall physical and/or mental health. We could all use a break from social media and the Internet to disconnect for a bit. And to be honest, I can't think of anything better to do during the winter than snuggling


I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

under a cozy blanket, making

By Rachel Bloom

a cup of hot chocolate, and

November 17, 2020

reading a good book—pandemic

This book is a collection of essays designed to make you laugh, by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator, comedian Rachel Bloom. In this very personal and relatable book, she opens up about feeling weird her whole life, and how now she's realized that people she thought were "normal" are struggling with the same thing.

or no pandemic. It's one of the quickest ways to take a break from the world around you. Here are the best new books you should probably add to your reading list this winter.


One Life By Megan Rapinoe November 10, 2020 Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe talks about her journey from a kid raised in a conservative small town in Northern California, to the athlete/activist she is now. She uses her own personal stories to talk about how we can all be a force of change in the world.


Some Other Now By Sarah Everett February 23, 2021 17 year-old Jessi grew up with the Cohen boys, Rowan and Luke. They were like family, and their mom Mel was like the mom she's always wanted. Everything changed when she kissed one of the boys. Almost a year later, she's stopped going to their house, and the Cohen family is falling apart. Luke blames her, and things get weird when he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend.


The Awakening of Malcolm X By Ilyasah Shabazz with Tiffany D. Jackson January 5, 2021 People often hear about the legendary human rights activist Malcolm X and his involvement in the civil rights movement. This book takes readers all the way back to his young adult years, and what inspired him to become the hero he was. Written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, along with award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson, this gives a very intimate look into his past.


Fat Chance, Charlie Vega By Crystal Maldonado February 2, 2021 Charlie Vega is trying to have a healthy relationship with her body, but it's hard when her mom puts weight loss shakes on her dresser. Good thing she's got her best friend Amelia, who loves her just the way she is. And there's her cute classmate, who asks her out. But she learns that he asked Amelia out first, and can't help feel like the rug's been pulled out from under her.

The Echo Wife By Sarah Gailey February 16, 2021 The Echo Wife puts a fresh sci-fi twist to a well-worn dramatic story about the cheating husband. Evelyn Caldwell is a famous scientist, whose awardwinning research resulted in the creation of her clone. But problems arise when her husband Nathan ends up having an affair with the clone. She encounters even more problems when Nathan winds up dead. Concrete Rose By Angie Thomas January 12, 2021 From the author of The Hate U Give comes a story about 17-year-old Maverick Carter, who is the son of a former gang legend. While his dad's in jail, his mom's working two jobs to support their family. So Maverick decides to help out by dealing drugs for the gang. Things get even more complicated when he finds out he's a dad. How to Fail at Flirting By Denise Williams December 1, 2020 This feel-good romantic comedy follows Professor Naya Turner, whose entire department gets cut by the university. After losing her job, her friends convince her to go on a night out, loosen up, and maybe end up hooking up with a handsome stranger. But things get complicated when Jake ends up becoming a potential serious relationship, especially since he might be getting in the way of her career. Continues on page 6

Adult Programs Arts & Crafts Take & Create: Adult Craft Kits Swing by the library to pick up an adult take & create craft kit! Show your creative side with these crafty

Games Virtual Game Night: Colonist * Log on to join the library as we try to colonize a forbidden land. Watch out for other builders that might want the same tile as you and trade resources with other players to grow your settlement. Are the dice in your favor? Email Laura@ basaltlibrary.org to join. Mon, Dec. 14, 6:30-8PM

decorations and gift kits, which include everything you need to complete your



Virtual Author Talk: "Colorado's Highest"

Dec. 1 - Paper Clay

Have you ever wondered just how Colorado's tallest mountains


received their names? Find out during this virtual author

Dec. 8 - Watercolors

talk, featuring Jeri Norgren and John Fielder, author and

Dec. 15 - Dreamcatchers Dec. 22 - Holiday Knits Tues, 11AM-6PM

photographer, of the book "Colorado's Highest". A Q&A session will follow the presentation. This presentation will take place on zoom. For more info, visit basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar Tues, Dec. 8, 5:30-7PM

Community Free Legal Clinic From Home * Volunteer attorneys will assist you with your legal matters, one-on-one via a phone call. Meetings are a maximum of 15 minutes. Please sign-up by calling 970-927-4311 or emailing info@basaltlibrary.org before the day of the clinic. Thurs, Dec. 10, 4-5PM

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Basalt Regional Library Book Club - Holiday Special A virtual get-together and story reading in celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah and a Colorado winter wonderland! Bring a traditional story or poem to share (10 minutes or less), or just tune in to hear the readings and carols! We'll have some old favorites - Clement C. Moore, Hans Christian Andersen & Dylan Thomas - as well as some more recent writers, along with virtual carolers, and special surprises! Wed, Dec. 16, 12-2PM

Library Business Finance Committee Meeting Monthly meeting of the Library’s finance committee. Wed, Dec. 9, 5:15-7PM

BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting Monthly meeting of the Library’s board of trustees. @BasaltLibrary


Mon, Dec. 14, 4-6PM


* Advance registration required

Movies Kanopy Movie Club *

Looking for a place to discuss cutting edge films and documentaries? Look no further - it's the Basalt LIbrary Kanopy Movie Club! With just your library card, thousands of incredible and educational films are available to watch instantly. Every Friday we will be discussing a fun and informative film in our Zoom meeting. The featured film will be "Midsommar". Fri, Dec. 4, 2-3PM

Music Music From the Library: Music for the Joyous Season

Select members of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will be joined by their teachers and mentors in a concert of holiday music specially tailored for the 'Covid year'. Conductor Bill Capps, has selected music associated with many traditions to bring joy to your hearts during this season. The holiday chamber group concert will be televised by Grass Roots on December 17 @ 5:30 pm. Can't watch it at this time? The concert will be made available for viewing anytime on YouTube and Facebook after the listed televised date. Thurs, Dec. 17, 5:30-6:30PM

Technology Classes Looking for vrtual tech help? Set up a half hour appointment to walk through your questions on zoom. Email cbaumgarten@basaltlibrary.org.

En Español Crea Tu Cuento Navideño

¡Acompáñanos a una celebración navideña! Crea Tu Cuento en español está diseñado para bebés y niños pequeños. En esta edición navideña, en un lapso de tiempo de 5 a 10 minutos le introduciremos al mundo de villancicos, así como también inventamos un cuento navideño utilizando imágenes de nuestro alrededor. Tues, Dec. 15, 10AM



Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi November 24, 2020.

Single and Forced to Mingle By Melissa Croce January 5, 2021 This tongue-in-cheek guidebook is full of hilarious, but also very helpful, advice for all singles out there. It gives some sage wisdom when it comes to different awkward scenarios, talks about how to make the most out of being single, and has some fun activities like quizzes inside. The Gilded Ones By Namina Forna February 9, 2021 Sixteen-year-old Deka becomes an outcast in her village because of her unusual intuition, and even more so after the blood ceremony revealed that her blood is gold, and not red like the rest of the villagers. She decides to leave and join an army of gifted girls just like her to fight for the emperor, and to stop their world's greatest threat. Black Futures Edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham December 1, 2020 This masterpiece is a collection of art and media in multiple forms—photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to celebrate the talent of Black creators today, and get a peek into the Black community's future through their work. To Be a Man: Stories By Nicole Krauss November 3, 2020 In this series of fictional stories, New York Times bestselling author Nicole Strauss explores what it means to be a man, and therefore what it means to be a woman—and ultimately what it means to be human. We follow the stories of men of different ages who play different roles in life, and in different countries.

In Tokyo, there's a hundred-year-old café that offers more than just excellent coffee. It offers guests the chance to travel back in time. We meet four customers who take the offer—each with their own purpose. One wants to confront the man who left them, while another wants to retrieve a letter from their husband with Alzheimer's. One wants to see their sister one last time, while another wants to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. Crosshairs: A Novel By Catherine Hernandez December 8, 2020 Massive floods have swept the earth, leading to devastation and the rise of homelessness. And while the world's fallen apart, a governmentsanctioned regime called The Boots uses this as a chance to round up POC, LGBTQ+ community members, and the disabled into labor camps. Now, it's up to former drag queen Kay and the resistance to lead an uprising. The Good Girls By Claire Eliza Bartlett December 1, 2020 Emma Baines was murdered, and three of her classmates are the primary suspects. There's party girl Claude, head cheerleader Avery, and expected valedictorian Gwen. But no one really knows the truth of what happened to Emma. Some buried secrets need to be dug up if they're going to catch the real culprit before another girl dies. Read This for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life By Ashly Perez December 1, 2020 No, this is not a heavy self-help book. It's perfect for when you want an easy picker-upper, bite-sized inspiring stories, and just something to make your day. Former BuzzFeed video personality Ashly Perez takes a simple yet charming approach to sparking joy through words of encouragement and enlightenment. We could all use a little bit of that right now.

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America By Ijeoma Oluo December 1, 2020 In this book by Ijeoma Oluo, the author of New York Times bestseller, So You Want to Talk About Race, looks into the history of the white male identity. She dives into all the consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. And by doing this, Oluo also redefines the idea of "American greatness." Badass Habits By Jen Sincero December 1, 2020 This book is all about transforming your habits to transform your life into the most badass it can be. New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero talks about the habits you need to make, break, keep, and understand to be your best self. The book includes helpful interviews with people who've successfully done so. Tasty Adulting From Buzzfeed November 10, 2020 This cookbook is perfect for home cooks who are trying to graduate from the basics, and try recipes that are a little more grown up. It's specifically made for adults who are still trying to figure out how exactly to adult. And, let's be real, that's all of us. Reprinted from https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/books/ g34526545/best-new-books-winter-2020/

Virtual Author Talk: Colorado's Highest Tues, Dec. 8, 5:30-7PM

WINTER STAFF PICKS Midnight Library By Matt Haig While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one: following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. Shuggie Bain By Douglas Stuart Hugh "Shuggie" Bain spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's war on heavy industry has put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. His mother Agnes is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for his siblings. Dreaming of a house with its own front door, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good but finds solace in drink. As she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety, Agnes's addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her, especially her beloved Shuggie. JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 By Fredrik Logevall A sweeping biography that, for the first time, properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. Beginning with the three generations of Kennedy men and women who transformed the clan from working-class Irish immigrants to members of Boston's political elite, this spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK's life, from sickly second son to restless Harvard undergraduate and World War II hero, through his ascendance on Capitol Hill and, finally, his decision to run for president.



One-On-One College Essay Help

Children and Teen Programs Grab and Go Activities Pick up a different craft or activity every week! Pick up will be during the Grab and Go Lunch hour on the Eastern entrance to the library. December 16th will be the special Gingerbread House Competition edtion. Each family can pick up one kit, and enter our competition by emailing a picture to youthservices@ basaltlibrary.org Wednesdays, 12-1PM

Free Grab & Go Lunch for Kids and Teens Stop by the library on Wednesday afternoons for a free graband go-lunch! These shelf-stable snack lunches are for kids and teens 18 years old and younger but may also be picked up by a parent or caregiver. Take them home for later, or enjoy your lunch while responsibly social distanced in the park behind the library - just make sure to pick up after yourself. Facemasks and social distancing are required at pick up. This program is provided in partnership with the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. Wednesdays, 1-2PM

Online Storytime Welcome to Online Storytime, taking place live on our Facebook Page! We are excited to invite families to our early literacy storytimes. Designed for 3-5 year olds, we will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes. Thurs, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 10:30-11AM

Available in 50-minute appointments, students can meet with our essay coach, Leila Milanfar, online via video chat. Appointments are available at 4:00 and 5:00 PM. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up early! Wed, Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 4-5:50PM

4th Annual (Take Home) Tea Party While this year looks a little different, you are cordially invited to Basalt Regional Library's fourth annual (take home) tea party! Come to the library to pick up your tea party kits and return home to watch our virtual tea party and storytime with Miss Caroline! One kit per family. Mon, Dec. 21, 11AM-6PM

Make Your Own Calm Down Kit Make your own calm down kit! During this 3 session class, your child will make their own calm down kit! Each session your child will learn about a new tool, practice it, and add it to their calm down kit! Children will learn about their brain and how these tools will help their brain feel calm, focused, and less reactive. Sign up is required by December 16th. Please contact Caroline Cares at ccares@basaltlibrary.org if you have any questions. Mon, Dec. 21 & 28, Jan. 4, 4-5PM





Are you stuck at home this holiday? Do you need an activity? If so, build a snowman outside the library or at home, take a picture, and send it to youthservices@basaltlibrary.org to win a prize! Submit your photos by Jan 3rd.



Teen Books TANGERINE By: Edward Bloor

Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bugeyed alien. But he's not so blind that he can't see there are some very unusual things about his family's new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Where else does a sinkhole swallow the local school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day? LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE By: Shane Burcaw With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eyeopening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease. THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE By: Betty Culley Five months ago, Liv's big brother, Jonah, shot himself in the head. It was an accident, but the damage was done. Jonah can't speak, walk, or take care of himself at all. Liv's mom is struggling to cope with the aftermath, so Liv ends up being the one to soothe Jonah when he gets agitated, to lie with him when he can't sleep, and to see the carefree brother she's sure is still inside him somewhere. Liv hasn't spoken to Clay, Jonah's best friend, since the accident. The gun belonged to Clay's father, and Clay was with Jonah that terrible day. Liv knows that Clay is nearly as broken as Jonah. She knows his life also changed forever the same moment as Jonah's. And she refuses to turn away from Clay, just as she refuses to give up on Jonah.

Find more titles at basaltlibrary.org/teens

Chapter Books

EL DEAFO By: Cece Bell Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear— sometimes things she shouldn't—but also isolates her from her classmates. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS By: Dusti Bowling Aven loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute-she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan-and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?





Events are subject to change. For the most up to date info, visit basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar










11AM-6PM Take & Create: Paper Clay Ornaments

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

2-3PM Kanopy Movie Club




1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens 4-5:50PM One-On-One College Essay Help






11AM-6PM Take & Create: Watercolor

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

4-5PM Free Legal Clinic From Home

5:30-7PM Virtual Author Talk: "Colorado's Highest"

4-5:50PM One-On-One College Essay Help 5:15-7PM Finance Committee Meeting







4-6PM BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting

10AM Crea Tu Cuento Navideño

12-2PM Book Club: Holiday Edition

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

5:30-6:30PM Music From the Library: Music for the Joyous Season on Grass Roots TV

Winter Break Snowman Building Competition

6:30-8PM Virtual Game Night: Colonist

11AM-6PM Take & Create: Dreamcatchers

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens 4-5:50PM One-On-One College Essay Help




11AM-6PM 4th 11AM-6PM Annual (Take Take & Create: Home) Tea Holiday Knits Party 4-5PM Make Your Own Calm Down Kit 27


4-5PM Make Your Own Calm Down Kit





12-6PM Grab and Go Activities






12-6PM Grab and Go Activities



1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens


EVENTS, DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check basaltlibrary.org/event-calendar for up to date info.

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