Library book club reads ‘Look Again’

This month, the Hood River Library Book Club is discussing “Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline, the thrilling tale of a journalist who discovers that the child she adopted may have been stolen before he came into her life.

Join the discussion on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book may be checked out at any Hood River County Library District location.

Library offers free e-reader classes

Did you get a shiny new Nook, Kindle, Kobo or iPad as a gift? Are you wondering what the big deal is about e-books? Have you heard that you can download e-books to your phone or tablet and want to know how?

No matter your interest, you’ll want to come to a free class on e-books and e-readers with the Hood River County Library District. Two classes will be held: Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., both at Hood River Library.

The classes will explain about e-books, where you can get them, the devices on which you can read them, and more. It will also discuss how you can check out free e-books through the Library District’s Library2Go downloadable media service or buy them from Waucoma Bookstore’s e-book store.

Interested in more personal attention? Hood River County Library District is happy to help people with their e-readers and other mobile devices, especially on how to use the downloadable media service Library2Go. To schedule an appointment, contact them at 541-386-2535.

This class is free and open to the public.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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