New year brings new library programs

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By Special to the Monitor

Library patrons might be familiar with all the books, DVDs, CDs and other materials available to check out, but both county libraries also offer a full slate of programs for all ages.
Starting in January, a new round of the AuthorSpeaks Series and Mesa Public Library Free Film series kick off and other series continue with new lineups.
The film series has a new theme for the new year: movies about music. The first in the series of six films, airing at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Mesa Public Library, is “Immortal Beloved,” an intriguing biopic focusing on Ludwig von Beethoven’s mysterious romance.
Starring Isabella Rosselini and Gary Oldman, the film is a feast for the eyes with period costumes and palaces.
The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series continues its program of latest releases on DVD for the younger crowd with “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole” showing at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the White Rock Town Hall.
Patrons of all ages are welcome and kids can come already in pj’s.
The AuthorSpeak Series hosts two science writers, George Johnson and Sandra Blakeslee, at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at MPL.
Both have published numerous books on a wide range of scientific topics and both are veteran contributors to the New York Times.
The authors also teach science writing and will offer insights and tips about this specialized field.
The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa will host the impressionist oil and watercolor paintings by Mi Ra Won, entitled, “New Mexico Journey.” Won, originally from South Korea, moved to Los Alamos three years ago and began a series of paintings in response to the Southwest environment.
The show will be on view Jan. 5-Jan. 28 with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and a gallery talk by the artist from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Jan. 14.
For children and teens, patrons and visitors alike are invited to drop in for story times, M & Ms (music, movement, and stories program) Home Pages book club for homeschoolers, anime club,  TAG (teen advisory group) and live online author chats for teens.
The Youth Services staff offers programs for all ages, even newborns.
More information is available about these and other library programs and services at www.losalamos