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Antsy in Salida

December 3, 2007

Dear Jeff,
What about those Arts at the Library programs?
(signed) Antsy in Salida

Dear Antsy,

Thanks for writing. It’s that time to be antsy in Salida, waiting for snow, waiting for the Christmas holiday, when come four of the nine days a year that the library is closed.

Arts at the Library” is alive and well. Next Sunday, in fact, author Susan Tweit will read from and talk about her work, over refreshments of course, at 3:00 p.m. in our meeting room.

I hope you’ll come, but you need never miss Arts at the Library because we’ve always got a show in place. If you missed last month’s show of art by Salida Middle School students, I’m sorry. It means you must come to the library more often.

Currently, artists from Salida High School have the space. When teenagers drive around downtown, dazed by that mechanical thumping from their own car stereos, it’s hard to remember how sophisticated they can be. Be sure to see the current art show at the library to find out. Plan a little extra time around Susan’s reception on Sunday.

Many of you know Susan, either personally or through her weekly column in the Mountain Mail called “The Nature of Life.”

The column ranges from fascinating descriptions and explanations of nature and science to Susan’s reflections on life with all the little live things around her plot in Salida, and sometimes with large live things, such as Isis, her Great Dane now passed away, or Richard, her husband who is still here.

Or you can read her books, ten in all, and although I thought we were missing some titles, the library in fact has ten. Her books take you to the Pacific coast, “Seasons on the Pacific Coast: a naturalist’s notebook,” and to the desert, “Barren, wild, and worthless: living in the Chihuahuan Desert” and “Seasons in the desert: a naturalist’s notebook.”

Closer to home is “The San Luis Valley: sand dunes and sandhill cranes,” with photographer Glenn Oakley. A book you might find handy if you get antsy in other seasons is “The Rocky Mountain garden survival guide.

Susan also published a children’s book called “City foxes” with the Denver Museum of Natural History. Foxes are antsy creatures, and we seem to have plenty of foxes these last few years. You might want to check this out.

Regardless, I hope to see you Sunday at 3:00 at the library for Susan’s reception. Be sure to ask Susan if her name is pronounced “Twight” or “Tweet” so we can settle this once and for all.

We’ll have other “Arts at the Library” programs, if you find yourself antsy this winter, but I thought of something else that might help. A Great Books reading group will meet at the library on the first Monday of each month beginning January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

If this interests you, you can thank Tom Price and Kekuni Minton, who have been tossing the idea around for a while. The library has most of the Britannica Great Books already, but Tom has donated another complete set to the library.

The discussion at the first meeting will be about Plato’s Apology and Crito, volume 7, pp. 200-219, of the Great Book series. (Newer editions of the Great Books may have different page numbering.)

For more information, call Tom Price, 207-1565. Thanks for writing, Antsy. Wishing you a good winter …

Sincerely,
Jeff

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