New Books at the Library

Kings, Killers & Kinks in the Cosmos, by Robert Egby

Kings, Killers & Kinks in the Cosmos, by Robert Egby

Robert Egby, who was a guest author last month has sent us his books. The titles are: Kings, Killers and Kinks in the Cosmos (an autobiography), Pentadaktylos (an historical novel), Insights, The Healing Paths of the Radical Spiritualist (which was a Best Books Award Finalist in USA Book News), and Cracking the Glass Darkly, The Ancient Path to Lasting Happiness (which was also a Best Books Award Finalist in USA Book News.

Robert writes that he is finishing another historical novel, a thriller set in Canada and various parts of the world. He plans to write a book on the healing and magnetic energies of northern New Mexico. We will receive both books when they are published. We’re hoping that he returns next summer.

It’s a Party!

Musical Stylings of Michael Rael

Musical Stylings of Michael Rael

On Sunday, November 20, from 12 to 4, the Friends of Questa Public Library is hosting a party for our friends, patrons and volunteers.

Michael Rael will provide the entertainment.
Refreshments will be served.

Come and bring a friend! Learn what we’ve been doing at the library this year.

November’s Book Club

Do you love The Maltese Falcon film? You will love the book!  Join Questa Public Library’s Book Club in November (Monday the 28th at 3:30) to discuss this classic by Dashiell Hammett.

Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett’s archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett’s Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.

Spade’s partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can’t provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade’s solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman “Angel” and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy’s perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you’re riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker’s Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master.

Author Visit on Saturday, October 29, at 1:00

Robert Egby believes each one of us is on a life quest. He has been a teacher of self-empowerment, spiritual development and mysticism for over thirty years. His style is informative, personal, sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, but always ready to help anyone in their Quest for the True Self and the Universal Mind.

Now he has turned to a teenage ambition of becoming a novelist. His first book, an historical novel “Pentadaktylos: Love, Promises and Patriotism in the Last Days of Colonial Cyprus,” came out this year, and is being followed early in 2012 by “The Guardians of Stafka” another historical novel set in the last days of Tsarist Russia and Western Canada.

Robert has passed through many doors in his own quest. Accredited British war correspondent, award winning news photographer and broadcaster, public relations director, hypnoanalyst, dowser, sound healer, medium, and ordained minister. His autobiography “Kings, Killers and Kinks in the Cosmos: Treading Softly with Angels Among Minefields” — with over seventy photographs was published in March 2011.

Robert lives with his partner, Betty Lou and two chihuahuas, Satchmo and Bubba, on Chaumont Bay, Lake Ontario where they conduct workshops on self-publishing and higher consciousness. They are currently staying in Taos.

Dropped Stitch


Dropped Stitch meets at the library every Thursday from 2:30 to ?.

Share your projects!

Picture this.  Patrons are gathering at a library table, unloading tote bags and setting out refreshments.  They are excited…but subdued, quiet.  After all, this IS a library. Right?  NOT! Right, it is a library, quiet…NOT AT ALL!

Share skills, information, and FUN!

This group is here to share skills, information, and FUN!  For the next hour or more these ladies work on their individual projects and share new handwork skills and patterns.   They chat, they eat, they work, and they laugh.

What better way to spend a Thursday afternoon!  They welcome all to join them.  What are you doing next Thursday???

Poetry Reading: Albert Starr


Albert Starr will be reading his poetry Monday, August 29, from 3:00 to 4:00 at the library.

Albert was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  Raised in Florida, he attended Florida Technological University.  After his service in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, he earned both Master’s and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Florida, where he was an Otto M. Stanfield Legal Scholar.  After  a 25 year career in government, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he has resumed writing poetry.

He says that “living in Portland has reminded me of growing up in Baltimore, a seaport similar to Portland, and my years sailing on boats both large and small.  These reminders occurred as I found myself drawn back to writing poetry.  In some of the poems I write now, the sea has sometimes swept into my expressions of events and situations in my life and what meanings I have found in them.”

One of his poems begins with the lines:

“Libraries are
A wealthy bequest;
The poor man’s university;
The scholar’s retreat.”

Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear poetry read in Questa by a lover of libraries!


The Book Club is reading The Color of Water

The Color of Water

The Color of Water, by James McBride

The next Book Club meeting is Monday, August 22, at 3:30.  We are all reading The Color of Water.  If you would like to join us, ask for the book the next time you’re in the library.

 Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother.

The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in “orchestrated chaos” with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. “Mommy,” a fiercely protective woman with “dark eyes full of pep and fire,” herded her brood to Manhattan’s free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion–and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain.

Pottery by Sandra Harrington

Pottery by Sandra Harrington

Pottery by Sandra Harrington





On display now in the Adult section of Questa Library is a sample of the work of Questa artisan Sandra Harrington.

Hand-crafted on the potter’s wheel and/or from clay slabs, Sandra’s wares are fired to temperatures ranging between 2100 and 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, in electric, gas, and wood kilns.

Visit her gallery next to the Movies rental in Questa or visit her web site.

Book Sale & BBQ HotDogs!

book stack

All Kinds of Books!!!

BBQ Hotdogs!

BBQ Hotdogs!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

from 10am – 4pm
(food from 11 – 3)
in front of Questa Library

Only $5 for

Paperbacks 50¢
Hardbacks $1.00

Summer Reading Program

The library’s summer reading program will be meeting every Wednesday in July from 1 to 3. This program is designed for early readers.