Power of the Dog by Don Winslow

powerofdog_new2Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
Book Discussion
Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:30 pm

Exceptional books illuminate, allowing us to see the world or ourselves in a way previously obscured. Sometimes, this new light reveals something awe-inspiring, beautiful, and mysterious. Other times, it reveals something brutal and horrifying, and maybe the lights should have just stayed off, because what is seen can never be unseen. The “Power of the Dog” is one of those books.

Unofficially America’s longest war, the Drug War is a failure. The bodies pile up, but the drugs continue to flow into people’s lungs, up their noses and through their veins. Meanwhile, the cartels that peddle them amass wealth, power, and influence. Winslow dramatizes this brutal reality in “The Power of the Dog.” We view it through the perspectives of Art Keller, a rogue DEA agent, and Adan Barrera, Keller’s former friend who consolidated power to become the Drug Kingpin of all of Mexico, el patron. Through the eyes of these rivals, we witness 25 years of brutal violence, heartbreaking betrayals, and empty victories in a game that nobody ever wins.

The seriousness of the issue and the depth of the characters separate “The Power of the Dog” from the average crime fiction. The Drug War and Cold War intertwine, alliances tangle, and Faustian bargains are the only options available. Keller knows the battle against the cartels will cost him everything, but his addiction to this dogfight is as powerful as any drug. Barrera would like to run the cartel with the banality of a corporation, but the cost of being the king is paid in blood.

Wars aren’t fought by two people alone. Reluctant killers, left-wing priests, perspicacious prostitutes, Mexican cowboys and an alphabet soup of government organizations on both sides of the border have agendas of their own, and nobody comes out of this combat unscathed. Some pay in dollars. Some pay with their lives, and some pay with their souls.

The Spirit of Christmas Essential Oils

doterra-christmasGet into the Christmas Spirit
Essential Oils Make & Take
Monday, December 5
~ 5:30 PM ~
Cost is $10
Register here or at the library

Take home
Cinna-mint Lip Balm,
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Christmas Scented Room Spray
Holiday Joy Body Spray

Necklace Building Craft

Aitkin Library Craft Nightnecklace
Mondays from 3-5

On Monday, December 5th, join us for a special craft night where you can learn to make these homemade necklaces. You’ll just need to bring a few materials: 1/4 yard of a material of your choice and 11 beads approximately 1/2 to 1″ long. We will have a sewing machine there to use and instructions Wear them yourselves or give them for gifts!

Fancy Gift Wrap

fancy-giftNovember 7th and 14th from 3-5 pm.

Presentation is half the fun when giving your loved ones a gift, so why not learn to wrap like a pro? All you’ll need is a spool of fancy wrapping ribbon and your creativity!

Impressionist Watercolor Class

watercolorDecember 3rd at 10am

For the low cost of $15 you can join us and Suzanne Boeck, an internationally known artist, on a watercolor journey. Suzanne will guide us step by step through completing a 16×20 watercolor on 100% rag paper!

Fall in Love with Oils

doterrra-pumpkinNovember 21st at 6pm.

For only $10 you can attend the Make-&-Take and create a lovely fall candle, a pumpkin spice lip balm, scented pine cones, and a pumpkin spice room spray!

Halloween Costume Contest

halloween-costume-2015It’s that spooky time of year again! A time when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls wander the streets extorting treats by threatening tricks to ever suspecting households. Every year, Aitkin Library has a contest to choose which ghost or ghoul, or cowboy or princess… most honors the Halloween spirit. On Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 we’ll be having our Halloween party. It’ll start with a bag of treats and a spooky Halloween special. Afterwards, kids will decorate their own pumpkins with paint and/or stickers. At the end of the party, awards will be given for best costumes.

 

Intro to Henna Class

Henna DesignsIntro to Henna
Thursday, July 14 @ 5:30

This class will teach teens and young adults some intricate henna designs, so they can make their own temporary tattoos.

Recurring Summer Programs

_DSC9349_editSilly Summer Adventures with Alyssa
Every Wednesday @ 10:15
Stories, games, & activities

Story Time with Margaret
Every Saturday @ 10:15
Stories and crafts

Beginner’s Guitar
Every Wednesday @ 4
Learn guitar basics

Adult Computer Classes

computer classAdult Computer Classes
Tuesdays @ 5 pm through July

These classes are for adults with little to no experience with computers who are looking to know how to get started doing basic tasks. Feel free to bring your own device, or you can use one of ours. This will be a guided class, but you can also ask specific questions afterwards.