8/17/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” launches today and eclipse live stream Monday

Today (Thursday, August 17) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the launch of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.
The concept is simple: Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.
That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.
The kickoff event at your library today features storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program. Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Eclipse live stream

Your library will be showing a broadcast of the total solar eclipse courtesy of NASA TV on Monday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This live stream event will allow everyone to watch the eclipse, even those who do not live in the path of totality, or if clouds obscure our view of the sun. The eclipse live stream can be accessed by going to: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. Or, join us and watch at the library.

Donations hiatus
We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom. Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year. It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

New book drop at City Market
We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market. As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone: First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books. Second, the book drop is not for donations. They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. We hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Teen writers group today
Join Claire today (Thursday, August 17) from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders. This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 18) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 18) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina and enjoy free snacks.

New computer/technology classes
Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books). No registration required.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, August 21 from 4-5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, August 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform plastic bottles into butterflies that can be used to decorate your home or office. No registration required.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, August 24) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer. Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction
“The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork” by Joel Monture is a study of authentic tools, materials, techniques and styles. Peterson’s 2016 “How to Get Money for College” describes how to get money from your school and state. “How to Get a Green Card” is an updated guide to qualifying for permanent U.S. residency. Plants Behaving Badly” tells of carnivorous plants and orchids.

CDs
“Devolver al Remitente” by Julia Alvarez is a story about a Vermont family and migrant Mexican workers in Spanish. “Nuevo Testamento” is part of the Spanish-language Bible series. “Creerle a Dios” is a Spanish-language guide to living with faith. “Age of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan is book two of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy. “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give” by Ada Calhoun is an exploration of modern marriage.

DVDs
“Chosin” is a documentary exploring the human side of war. “Kong Skull Island” is an adventure film. “Wolf Children” is a family story. “Tender Mercies” stars Robert Duvall. “The Sand Pebbles” stars Steve McQueen.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell turn-of-the-century adventure. “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is the start of a new thriller series.

Other novels
“The Dust That Falls from Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres follows childhood chums scattered after the outbreak of World War I. “Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta follows the life of a middle-aged woman after her son goes to college. “Dragonsworn” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book 28 in the Dark-Hunter series. “The Bedlam Stacks” by Natasha Pulley is set in 19th century Peru.

Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Quotable Quote
“To be a good reader doesn’t mean being a discriminating reader. It means being an omnivorous reader.” – Adam Gopnik, contemporary American writer and essayist.

8/10/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” and Friends Book Fair

Next Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the start of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.

The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

The kickoff event at your library will feature storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program.  Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Book fair this weekend

We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, or Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

This is a win-win event – a hugely important fundraiser for your library and an amazing opportunity for you to purchase books and other materials at bargain prices.

You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success   So bring your delicious potluck dish and shop through the great selection of books and other materials.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

New book drop at City Market

We are pleased to provide you with a book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents will be picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two requests:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library (after September 15, see item above), as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not donations.

New computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 14 is resume formatting, August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, August 10) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, August 10) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, August 11) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club Saturday

Lego Club for kids six-12 years is free from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, August 12.  We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, August 16 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join Claire next Thursday, August 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders.  This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Storytime cancellations

Please note that baby and toddler storytimes are cancelled this Saturday, August 12.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nonfiction

“The Close Encounters Man” is a biography of the astronomer who changed his mind on UFOs and inspired Steven Spielberg’s film.  “The First Tour de France” by Peter Cossins looks back at 60 cyclists and 19 days in 1903.  “Unacknowledged” by Steven M. Greer exposes secrets behind ET technologies.  “The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide” by historian Carol Anderson reframes the conversation about race.  “Be Feel Think Do” by Anne Berube explores the author’s transformation after a near fatal car accident.  “Grammar 101” by Kathleen Sears is a crash course in the rules of writing.  “Sons and Soldiers” by Bruce Henderson tells of Jews who esc aped Hitler and returned with the U.S. Army to fight him.  “93 Rolls-Royces” by Deva Peter Haykus tells of inspired designs on these cars.  “Best Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies” by Bob Seebeck is a pack-along guide.  “Making It in America” by John Bassett reveals the secrets of the success of his manufacturing company.  “Itsy Bitsy Yoga” by Helen Garabedian provides yoga poses for mothers to do with babies; her “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers” provides 8-minute routines for this age group.  “The Women Who Flew for Hitler” by Clare Mulley is the true story of two female pilots.

CDs

“Murder Games” by James Patterson introduces a bestselling author as a new leading character.  “The Child” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in London.  “Use of Force” by Brad Thor features Navy SEAL Scot Harvath.  “Beach House for Rent” by Mary Alice Monroe brings together two unlikely women.  “Regalo de Boda” by Cara Connelly is a contemporary romance in Spanish.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is a Jacqueline Malory romance.  “Everything All at Once” by Bill Nye is a memoir and guide to honing your own nerd mindset.  “The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat is a personal account and explanation of how to write about death.  “Look Behind You” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a serial killer murder mystery.

Large print

“Ol’ Slantface” by John T. Wayne is set during the Civil War.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is book 12 in the Malory-Anderson family series.  “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz features a widow seeking to learn why successful people are committing suicide.   “The Ultimatum” by Karen Robards is book one in her New Guardian series featuring a woman expert in martial arts.

DVDs

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is based on the true story of the Warsaw Zoo.  “Arguing with Myself” features comedian Jeff Dunham.  “Monarch of the Glen”  is series one of the BBC show.  “Awakenings,” starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1991.  “The Hunting Ground” is a documentary about rape on college campuses.  “The Lost City of Z” is the true story of a British explorer in the Amazon.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Late Show” by Michael Connelly starts a new series featuring LAPD Det. Renee Ballard.  “Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is a thriller set in New York City.  “Look Behind You” by Roy Johansen follows a serial killer in San Diego.   “The Painted Queen” by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess is an Amelia Peabody suspense set in Cairo.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is a Bourbon Kings mystery.  “Girl in Snow” by Danya Kukafka is a murder mystery set in a Colorado suburb.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Thomas Hanchett, Kathy Betts and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – Winston Churchill.

8/3/2017

How to help your babies and toddlers grow up loving to read

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read.

For babies:  Even newborns benefit from hearing stories.  Read out loud every day.  Any book will do – even an adult one.  What matters is not the content but the sound of your voice, the cadence of the text and the words themselves.

Research shows that the number of words an infant is exposed to has a direct impact on language development and literacy.  But note that the language has to be live – not from TV or an audio book.

For toddlers:  It’s hard to overestimate how important reading is to a toddler’s intellectual, social and emotional development.  When you read to them, they take it all in – vocabulary and language structure, numbers and math concepts, colors, shapes, animals and all kinds of useful information on how the world works.  And when you read out loud, your toddler connects books with the familiar, beloved sound of your voice, and the physical closeness that reading together brings.

Let your child turn the pages and choose the books he or she likes best.  Then try to steer them to other books as well, especially books about other children living in a variety of cultural traditions and family structures that coexist in our communities.  Exposing children to diversity in books will prepare them for life in a diverse world.

Please save the date of Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the launch of a new free reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.

Watch for articles in future Library News columns on how to keep your children loving books as they grow up.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair August 11-12

Please join us at the Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

New computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 7 is Google Drive, August 14 is resume formatting, August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, August 3) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required. 

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 4) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG action movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 7 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 8 we will discuss “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required. 

Read with a Ranger

Wednesday, August 9 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to learn about mammals in the San Juan National Forest.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, August 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours. 

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.   

Nonfiction

“Strays” by Britt Collins tells of a lost cat and a homeless man and their journey across America.  “The Range Bucket List” by James Dodson describes this golf writer’s list of things to do in the golf world.  “Guidebook to Relative Strangers” by Camille T. Dungy is a memoir about a professional black woman’s travels with her young daughter.  “Waking Energy” by wellness expert Jennifer Kries explores seven timeless practices to reboot your body.  “Dirt is Good” by Jack Gilbert and Bob Knight describes the advantage of germs for your child’s developing immune system.  “No Apparent Distress” by Dr. Rachel Pearson is a frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.  “The Art of Living” by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers a spiritual dimension to your life.

Spanish books

“Mi Mundo Adorado” is the Spanish translation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir.  “El Amante Japones” by Isabel Allende is a novel about elderly love.   

CDs

“Wired” by Julie Garwood features a topnotch hacker helping the FBI.  “Kiss Carlo” by Adriana Trigiani is the story of a multi-generational Italian-American family.  “Dangerous Minds” by Janet Evanovich is a mystery about an island 200 miles from Samoa.

DVDs

“Mankind: The Story of All of Us” is the 12-part History Channel series.  “Adventure Time” is the complete second season.  “The Layover” is season one of the Anthony Bourdain show.  “The Natural Dog Training Method” explains dog behavior expert Joe Ardis Horn’s system.

Mysteries and thrillers

“House of Spies” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon series.  “Tornado Weather” by Deborah E. Kennedy begins with the disappearance of a little girl in a wheelchair.  “Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs is a standalone thriller featuring a heroine with a dark past.  “Down a Dark Road” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder Amish mystery.

Other novels

“A Distant View of Everything” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Seven Stones to Stand or Fall” by Diana Gabaldon is a collection of short stories extending the Outlander story.  “The Duchess” by Danielle Steel features a high-born 19th century woman making her way alone in the world. “Quiet Until the Thaw” by Alexander Fuller spans generations and geography in the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sue Ellen Haning, Yuriy Kosachepich, Michelle Smith, Dana Dellmore, Ali Sinclair and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“It is good to be idealistic.  But be prepared to be misunderstood.” – Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

7/26/2017

New book drop at City Market and Summer Reading closing party tomorrow

It’s taken longer than we would like, but at last we are able to respond to one of the most frequent requests of library patrons – to provide you with a book drop at City Market.

As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks.  The box is silver with royal blue lettering saying “Library Books and Media Drop.”  It’s more than twice as large as a normal U.S. Postal Service mailbox where you mail your letters, so you should have no trouble finding it.

To start, contents will be picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Watch for more details in a separate article in next week’s SUN.

Summer Reading party

All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to join us tomorrow (Friday, July 28) from 4:30-6 p.m. for your library’s free all-ages closing party.  Prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair donations due now

We are cutting off donations for this summer’s Friends of the Library book sale on August 1.  That cutoff date will allow the library proper time to sort through your donations and get them ready to be taken to big event. We hope to see you at the book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, July 27) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we have been hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today, July 27, you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults will be held on Friday, July 28 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – now the Literary Ladies – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, July 28) they will host Steven Kohlhagen, author of contemporary terrorist thrillers, mysteries and westerns, who will speak about his novel, “Where They Bury You.”  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course on Wednesday, August 2 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session we will learn how to ask questions and get directions.  No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health next Thursday, August 3 in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, August 3 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  We will expand the PALS hours when school starts in the fall.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction Spanish books

“Guia Practica Para Una Alimentacion y Vida Anticancer” gives advice from a family doctor on the effects of food on different diseases.  “El Arte Toleca de la Vida y la Muerte” tells of the author’s spiritual journey after a heart attack.  “El Dibujo Secreto de America Latina” explores the multiple cultural, geographic and historical influences on this area of the world.  In “El Secreto de la Vida a Base de Plantas,” rock artist Draco Rosa and a nutritionist discuss a plant-based diet to combat cancer and other illnesses.  “El Lado Facil de la Gente Dificil” by Cesar Lazano describes five key qualities you need to deal with difficult people.  “Disciplina con Amor:  Como Poner  Limites sin Ahogarse en la Culpa” offers tips to parents seeking to raise respectful and responsible children with strong self-esteem.

CDs

“The Duchess” by Danielle Steel features a high-born 19th century woman making her way alone in the world.  “Payback at Big Silver” and “Comanche Trail” by Ralph Cotton plus “Kingdom Come” by William W. and J.A. Johnson are westerns.

Large print

“Beach House for Rent” by Mary Alice Monroe brings two unlikely women together.  “Secrets of the Tulip Sisters” by Susan Mallery reveal truths that change the women’s lives.  “Every Last Lie” by Mary Kubica explores an accident than may have been more than that.  “Take Out” by Margaret Maron is a mystery set in New York City.  “Lockdown” by Laurie R. King begins with career day at a school.  “The Nearness of You” by Dorothy Garlock begins with a professional photographer.  “Use of Force” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath SEAL adventure.  “Wired” by Julie Garwood tells of a hacker hired by the FBI.

DVDs

“Good Cooking: The New Basics Cookbook” provides 110 complete recipes, menus and more.  “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is the classic musical starring Catherine Deneuve.  “The Bountiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy tale.  “Growing Up Smith” tells of a young Indian boy growing up in s all-town America.  “Sully” is the riveting true story of the plane landing safely in the Hudson River.  “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is an animated family film.  “The Plainsman” is the Cecil B. DeMille classic.  “Before the Flood” is the climate change film from Leonardo DiCaprio.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank B. Jackson, Keegan Batton and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The median age for inventors in science and technology is 47.  In some fields, inventors do their best work even later.  Information technology innovators peak at age 51.  In materials science, the typical age for a breakthrough is 53.”  The average innovator is seven years older than the average worker in the U.S.  – Study in 2016 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.

7/20/2017

Paracord bracelets for teens and Summer Reading closing party for all    

Back by popular demand after its success last year, we are hosting a paracord bracelet making session for fifth-12 grades next Wednesday, July 26 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to make your own bracelet out of paracord and learn about the ways you can use paracord survival bracelets.

We hope you have this on your calendar – your library’s free all-ages Summer Reading Program closing party is next Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m.  Prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair donations due now.

We are cutting off donations for this summer’s Friends of the Library book sale on August 1.  That cutoff date will allow the library proper time to sort through your donations and get them ready to be taken to the big event. We hope to see you at the book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

Writing session for teens today

Today (Thursday, July 20 )from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free writing event including stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today July 20 you’ll build a house that can stand against the big bad wolf.  July 27 you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, July 21) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, July 21 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken and enjoy free snacks.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults is being every Friday in July from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Adult fly fishing

The “Fly-Fishing Basics” class for adults moves to the river on Saturday, July 22.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, July 26 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create abstract string  art by dipping a piece of string in ink and using it to draw irregularly placed lines to form a variety of creative designs. No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, July 27 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime   

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

How-to and self-help

“Backpacking 101” by Heather Balogh Rochfort provides tips on everything from packing light to picking a safe campsite.  “Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas” contains maps, recreation guides and information on roads and public lands.  “Quick Keto” by Martina Slajerova provides 100 low-carb recipes for meals in 30 minutes or less.

Other nonfiction

“Memory’s Last Breath” by Gerda Saunders is a memoir of a woman with dementia.  “Daring to Drive” by Manal Al-Sharif is a memoir of an educated Saudi Arabian woman.  “The Pierre Hotel Affair” by Daniel Simone is the true story of a $28 million jewel theft.  “Healing Children” by Dr. Kurt Newman contains a surgeon’s stories on the frontiers of pediatric medicine.  “The Boy Who Loved Too Much” by Jennifer Latson is the true story of pathological friendliness.

DVDs

“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is the musical biography of George M. Cohan.  “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” is the National Geographic documentary.  “An American Tail” and “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” is a two-film set of this family classic.  “RWBY Collection” is a three-disc set.

Large print

We have six new westerns: “Silver City: A Novel of the American West” by Jeff Guinn; “Buckshot,” a Ned Cody novel by L. J. Martin, “The Brutal Night of the Mountain Man” and “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Hellstsorm” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone; “Medicine Creek,” book four of the Wind River series by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn; and “The Byrds of Shywater” by Paul Joseph Lederer.  Other new large print books are “Tom Dooley: American Tragedy,” a Civil War story by Bill Brooks and “Wolf on a String” by Benjamin Black, set in the court of the Holy Roman Empire.

Other novels

“Our Little Racket” by Angelica Baker exposes problems with very rich Greenwich, CT women’s lives when an investment bank closes.  “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy takes readers on a journey across India over many years.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Carolyn Sterett, Cindi Galabota, Margaret Coleman and our many generous anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People are united by questions.  It is the answers that divide them.” – Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

7/13/2017

All-ages Summer Reading Program and closing party

Your library’s free all-ages Summer Reading Program is well underway with the theme of “Build a Better World.”  Already 137 children, 16 teens and 26 adults are participating.  Even if you’re gone for part of the summer, we hope you’ll sign up to be eligible for incentives and prizes.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

The Summer Reading Program includes special activities for all ages.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Watch for news of activities this summer in this Library News column every week.

Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when those prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  Remember that you can become a member at the door on Friday evening for the early event.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (July 13) you’ll paint your own masterpiece.  July 20 you’ll build a house that can stand against the big bad wolf.  July 27 you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, July 13) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, July 14) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults is being every Friday in July from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Adult fly fishing

“Fly Fishing Basics” classes for adults take place Monday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – noon at the library to go over basic knot tying, equipment and setup (repeat of July 10 session).  Part two takes place Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Yamaguchi Park (repeat of July 12 session) where Mark will help you practice basic casting techniques.  An optional trip to the river will take place July 22, with details to follow.  Registration is preferred.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, July 17 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, July 19 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Writing session for teens

Thursday, July 20 from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free writing event including stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

How-to and self-help

“The New American Heart Association Cookbook/ninth edition” contains 800 recipes.  “Cooking with Nonna” by Rossella Rago contains 100 classic recipes from Italian grandmothers. “Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies” is a guide by Linda Kershaw.  “Mountain Biking Colorado’s Front Range” is a Falcon guide.  “Complete Wiring” is a Stanley guide.  “Fat for Fuel” by Dr. Joseph Mercola shows how you can take control of your health  by giving your body the proper fuel.

Other nonfiction

“I’ll Push You” by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck is the story of a 500-mile trek in a wheelchair on the Camino de Santiago.    “A History of the United States in Five Crashes by longtime trader Scott Nations looks at the five stock market meltdowns that defined our country.  “The Grace of Dogs” by theologian Andrew Root explores the love between dogs and people.  “The Isis Hostage” by Puh Damsgard tells of a photographer held by ISIS for 13 months.

DVDs

“What Plants Talk About” is from the PBS Nature series.  “Landfillharmonic” is a tale of underdog musical success.  “John James Audobon” is from the PBS American Masters series.  “Flywheel” is the story of a manipulating used car dealer who finds God and changes his life.  “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under” contains two family friendly Disney movies.  “Music Man” is the Matthew Brockerick remake of this family classic.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Defectors” by Joseph Kanon is an American spy story.  “Murder Games” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan follows the case of a serial killer who leaves cards at the scenes of his murders.  “Lockdown” by Laurie R. King is a psychological suspense story.  “There and Gone” by Haylen Beck is a thriller involving a woman fleeing her abusive husband.  “The Force” by Don Winslow tells of a detective who has stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash.

Other novels

“Grief Cottage” by Gail Godwin tells of a house with ghosts and grief in its past.  “The Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand follows twin sisters who come together after a decade apart.  “The People We Hate at a Wedding” is a comedic look at families who hate the ones they love.      

CDs

“The Switch” by Joseph  Finder begins with an accidental mixup of MacBooks.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Initiative” by Eric Van Lustbader is a new Jason Bourne thriller.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our many generous anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I love ideas and stories.  I always have at least one book going and am on the lookout for the next one.  They feed the brain and fuel the imagination. I can’t imagine life without them.” – From  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

7/6/2017

Fly fishing plus tai chi for adults and writing event for tweens

Three special events highlight this coming week’s free activities at your library:

  • “A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults will be held every Friday in July starting tomorrow from 9:16 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.
  • “Fly Fishing Basics” classes for adults take place Monday, July 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. – noon at the library to go over basic knot tying, equipment and setup (repeat sessions).  Part two takes place Wednesday, July 12 and July 19 at Yamaguchi Park where Mark will help you practice basic casting techniques.  An optional trip to the river will take place July 15 and 22.  Registration is preferred.
  • “Write Your Own Story” is a special writing event for tweens on Wednesday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m. when local author Mariko Tatsumoto will teach fourth-eighth graders how to write a story and talk a little about her own books.

Summer Reading Program

Your library’s free Summer Reading Program is underway now with the theme of “Build a Better World,” special activities for all ages and prizes for participation.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when prizes will be presented and everyone will enjoy music, crafts and snacks.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (July 6) you’ll design a marble maze.  July 13 you’ll paint your own masterpiece.  July 20 you’ll build a house that can stand against the big bad wolf.  July 27 you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, July 7) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Medicare 101 tomorrow

Katy will help you understand your Medicare rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need in this free session tomorrow (Friday, July 7) from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Lego Club Saturday

Lego Club for kids six-12 years is free from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 8.  We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Book club for adults

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On July 11 we will discuss “The Muralist” by B.A. Shapiro.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Read with a Ranger

Wednesday, July 12 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to meet some heroes of the night and explore some of their superpowers for survival in the San Juan National Forest.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this basic course on Wednesday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This month we will be learning how to describe things.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, July 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction

“I Can’t Make This Up” by comedian Kevin Hart tells how he overcome a hugely difficult childhood.  “City of Light, City of Poison” by Holly Tucker is the true crime story of the first police chief of Paris.  “The Death of Money” by James Rickards explains why he believes in the imminent collapse of the international monetary system.  “A Generation of Sociopaths” by Bruce Cannon Gibney explores the author’s belief that America has been hijacked by Baby Boomers.  “Change Your Biology Diet” by Dr. Louis J. Aronne tells what you can do to break physical barriers to weight loss.  “A Crack in Creation” by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg discusses gene editing and the power to control evolution.  “Cheney One on One” by James Rosen is a candid conversation with the former vice president.

Large print

“Love Story” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter family Christian novel.  “Aunt Dimity & the Widow’s Curse” by Nancy Atherton and “Come Sundown” by Nora Roberts are mysteries.  “Matchup” edited by Lee Child is an anthology of 11 thrillers.  “Nighthawk” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a NUMA files adventure.  “A Hiss Before Dying” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “The Sunshine Sisters” by Jane Green brings three sisters together when their mother is ill.

Thrillers and mysteries

“You Will Pay” by Lisa Jackson begins with a dangerous prank at summer camp.  “A House Among the Trees” by Julia Glass follows the dictates of a will after the death of a beloved children’s book author.  “The Switch” by Joseph Finder follows the accidental switch of a laptop that throws an innocent man into a political scandal.  “Camino Island” by John Grisham starts with the theft of priceless loot from a Princeton University vault.  “Tom Clancy’s Point of Contact” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan Jr. thriller.            “Dangerous Minds” by Janet Evanovich is a Knight and Moon mystery.

Other novels

“The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara” by Terry Brooks is the first book in a four-part conclusion to the Shannara series.  “The Little French Bistro” by Nina George is a story of new beginnings set in France.  “Kiss Carlo” by Adriana is an intergenerational Italian family story told against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

CDs

“Theft by Finding: Diaries 1877-2002” by David Sedaris is the first of two volumes.  “Dragon Teeth” by Michael Crichton is a recently discovered novel by the late author.  “Come Sundown” by Nora Roberts is a mystery. “To Hell and Beyond” by Mark Henry and “Double Cross Ranch” by Ralph Compton are westerns.   “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz begins a new suspense series.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Kathryn Locke, Bob Burt, Medora Bass, Ronda Higby and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.” – Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French child prodigy, mathematician, inventor and Catholic theologian

6/29/2017

Audio books for families: Great storytelling at home and on car trips

Listening to audio books is a wonderful way for families to enjoy contemporary and classical stories together – at home and on car trips.

To be sure your kids will enjoy the books, let them help you pick which ones they want to listen to.  As you choose, consider three things – subject, length of the book and its narrator (who may be a celebrity your youngster knows from TV or films).

The popularity of audio books has skyrocketed in recent years, as evidenced by the fact that your library’s collection of books on CD is greatly used and much appreciated by our patrons.  Now a recent article in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.

There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.”

Upon reflection, the popularity of today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on July 4.

Summer Reading Program

Your library’s free Summer Reading Program is underway now with the theme of “Build a Better World,” special activities for all ages and prizes for participation.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when prizes will be presented and everyone will enjoy music, crafts and snacks.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (June 29) you’ll help in the outside garden.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, June 29) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, June 30) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Tween gaming

By popular request, we’ll host a free gaming session just for tweens from 4-5 p.m. next Monday, July 3  Fourth-eighth graders can enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note it will be July 5 because of the July 4 holiday.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, July 6 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction

“Churchill & Orwell” by Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas E. Ricks is a dual biography.  “Blitzed” by Norman Ohler explores the prevalence of drugs in the Third Reich as it preached purity.  “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies” by David Fisher is the companion book to the Fox News series on the Civil War.  “They All Love Jack” by Bruce Robinson explores a coverup that allowed Jack the Ripper to stay free.  “Called to Rise” by David O. Brown is the memoir of the Dallas police chief who inspired a nation.

DVDs

“The Premiere Frank Capra Collection” contains five of his films.  “Pokemon Indigo League” is the complete collection.  “Cowboys & Outlaws” is from the History Channel.  “The Eagle Huntress” is the true story of a 13-year-old girl.  “Stonewell Uprising” revisits a time when homosexuality was illegal in the U.S.  “What’s Wrong With People?” by Sebastian Maniscalco is a comedic look at the world.  “Gleason” is a documentary about Steve Gleason’s life after he’s diagnosed with ALS.           

Large print

“Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone” by Phaedra Patrick brings a teenage niece into the home of a man whose life is a mess.  “Not a Sound” by Heather Gudenkauf is a mystery.  “Indecent Exposure” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate exposes an adoptive organization that kidnapped children.         

Other novels

“Borne” by Jeff Vandermeer is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story.  “A Dog’s Way Home” by W. Bruce Cameron features a Denver pit bull with great love and loyalty.  “The Frozen Hours” by Jeff Shaara is an historical military novel of the Korean War.  “The Song Rising” by Samantha Shannon is book three in the Bone Season fantasy series.  “Etched in Bone” by Anne Bishop is book five in The Others urban fantasy series.  “Silence Fallen” by Patricia Briggs is a Mercy Thompson vampire novel.  “If Walls Could Talk” and “The Rose Sisters” are both by Victoria Rose.

CDs

“Same beach, next year” by Dorothea Benton Frank is the story of two couples who meet every year.  “Testimony” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller.  “Full Wolf Moon” by Lincoln Child is a mystery.  “Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane is a psychological adventure.  “Camino Island” by John Grisham is a mystery.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Jeanne Kaisen, Bruce Wilke and our anonymous donors.   For her generous monetary donation we are grateful to Dianne Van Landingham.  Special thanks to Constance Clark for donating an award-winning baby book called “Perfectly Precious Poohlicious” written by her cousin Mary Elizabeth Jackson.  The book includes lovely illustrations and 10 easy-to-sing songs.  The story is told through the eyes of a boy baby who knows he is perfect just the way he is. The author is an advocate for children with special needs.

Quotable Quote

“It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.” – Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author

6/22/2017

All-ages Summer Reading Program underway now

Your library’s free all-ages Summer Reading Program is well underway with the theme of “Build a Better World.” Already 102 children, 10 teens and 14 adults are participating. Even if you’re gone for part of the summer, we hope you’ll sign up to be eligible for incentives and great prizes.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy. For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports. For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

The Summer Reading Program includes special activities for all ages.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet. Watch for news of activities this summer in this Library News column.

Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when those prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music, crafts and snacks.  

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

Steampunk crafts today

Today (Thursday, June 22), back by popular demand, is another free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5:30 p.m. for fifth-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry, ornaments and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday in June we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (June 22) you’ll learn about construction by building a cardboard house.  June 29 you’ll help in the outside garden.

All-ages recycled crafts tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 23) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free fun crafts event when we will make new crafts from old magazines, bottles and other recyclables.

Senior Book Club tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Tomorrow (Friday, June 23) they will discuss “One Second After” by William Forstchen. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Tween gaming

By popular request, we’ll host a free gaming session just for tweens from 4-5 p.m. next Monday, June 26.  Fourth-eighth graders can enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Book art for teens

Fifth-12th graders are invited to a free book art session next Wednesday, June 28 from 4-5 p.m. when teens will make fun new decorations from old books.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, June 29 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your basic technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  In previous years such adult learning was on vacation for the summer, so we are very pleased to have money in the budget to keep it going one day a week for June, July and August.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

How-to and self-help

“Undoctored” by Dr. William Davis helps you escape poor dietary recommendations, unnecessary medications and unwarranted procedures.  “On Edge” by Andrea Petersen explores anxiety disorders and how to manage them.  “The Official SAT Study Guide/2018 edition” by College Board reviews skills and question types needed for SAT success.  “Rest in Peace” by Charles Walts and Tommye White is a pre-death planning guide for yourself or a loved one.

Other nonfiction

“Climate of Hope” by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope offers an optimistic look at the challenges of climate change.  “A Speck in the Sea” by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski is a story of survival and rescue.  “Are You Anybody?” by Jeffrey Tambor  is the actor’s memoir.  “This is Just My Face” by Gabourey Sidibe is a memoir by the Oscar-nominated star of “Precious.”

DVDs

“The Shack” is a spiritual journey.  “City Slickers” stars Billy Crystal and Jack Palance.  “Beauty and the Beast” is the current Disney film.  “House” is season five.  “Beyond the Boundary” is all 12 episodes.  “O.J.: Made in America” won best documentary at this year’s Academy Awards.          

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Hiss Before Dying” by Rita Mae Brown and her feline coauthor is a mystery set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  “High Stakes” by Fern Michaels is a Men of the Sisterhood mystery.  “Price of Duty” by Dale Brown follows a deadly cyberwarfare program.  “No Middle Name” by Lee Child is the complete collection of Jack Reacher short stories.  “Testimony” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller about the disappearance of an entire refugee camp.  “16th Seduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Lindsay Boxer mystery.  “Full Wolf Moon” by Lincoln Child begins with the discovery of a dead hiker.

Large print

“Say Nothing” by Brad Parks starts with a text to a father saying he does not have to pick up his children.

Other novels

“Secrets in Summer” by Nancy Thayer is set in Nantucket.  “Same Beach, Next Year” by Dorothea Benton Frank follows two couples who meet every summer. “Deadmen Walking” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the first in a new Deadman’s Cross paranormal series.  “Against All Odds” by Danielle Steel tells of four adult children making their own choices.

CDs

“Deadmen Walking” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the first in a new Deadman’s Cross paranormal series.  “Price of Duty” by Dale Brown follows a deadly cyberwarfare program. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins is a psychological suspense story.  “Exit Strategy” by Steve Hamilton is a Nick Mason thriller.  “Proving Ground” by Peter Blauner is a crime story.  “Saints for All Occasions” by J. Courtney Sullivan follows a large Irish Catholic family in Boston.  “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery featuring Harry Hole.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Julie Fox and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning.  Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” – Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft, author and philanthropist.

6/15/2017

What should your child read this summer?

Do you have a plan to make sure your child has lots of reading opportunities this summer?  Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation.  And the loss compounds each year.

Research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solutions:  Bring your youngsters to the library and let them choose their own books.  Even better, sign them up for the Summer Reading Program for free fun learning experiences and prizes.

In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply giving children access to books  – and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a significant effect on the summer reading gap.

Children who chose their own books and those who were given activity and puzzle books were tracked for three years.  Those who could select their own books posted significantly higher test scores than the children who received books from others.  The effect was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school.  And the difference in scores was twice as high among the poorest children in the study.

Another of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading.  That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books.

Bottom line:  What should your children read this summer?  Being them to the library and let them decide for themselves, because any books will do!

Summer Reading Program

Your library’s free Summer Reading Program is underway now with the theme of “Build a Better World,” special activities for all ages and prizes for participation.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when prizes will be presented and everyone will enjoy music, crafts and snacks.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

Summer Reading Club for kids

Every Thursday in June we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (June 15) you’ll learn about trees and you’ll plant your own seedling.  June 22 you’ll learn about construction by building a cardboard house.  June 29 you’ll help in the outside garden.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 16) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free G-related movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, June 16 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Inventor’s Secret” by Andrea Cremer and enjoy free snacks.

Special Otaku session for teens

The free Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club for fifth-12th grades meets on Monday, June 19 from 4-5 p.m.  This is a special Cosplay Tea Party event.  We’ll have several kinds of tea to sample, along with snacks.  You’re encouraged – but not required – to come in costume.

New teen writers group

Join Claire on Wednesday, June 21 from 4-5 p.m. for the first of our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders.  This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club.  If there is enough interest, this will become a recurring event.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. we’ll turn an ordinary cardboard box into a cute and practical box using natural rope.  No registration required.

Steampunk crafts

Next Thursday, June 22, back by popular demand, is the another free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5:30 p.m. for fifth-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry, ornaments and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  In previous years such adult learning was on vacation for the summer, so we are very pleased to have money in the budget to keep it going one day a week for June, July and August.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime   

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

How-to and self-help

“Designed to Move” by Dr. Joan Vernikos is a program to fight sitting disease and enjoy lifelong health.  “Wake Up to the Joy of You” by Agapi Stassinopoulos provides 52 meditations and practices for a calmer, happier life.  “Real World Mindfulness for Beginners” edited by Brenda Salgado offers advice and mindfulness exercises.  “Clear Home, Clear Heart” by Jean Haner helps you clear your energy and that of others to bring harmony to your space.  “Chair Yoga” by Kristin McGee gives you more than 100 yoga poses and exercises.  “Knock ‘Em Dead:  The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2017” by Martin Yate outlines strategies for success.  “Knock ‘Em Dead Cover Letters,” also by Martin Yate, shows how to write letters that get noticed, read and action.

Other nonfiction

“Will’s Red Coat” by Tom Ryan is the story of a broken old dog and the man who gave him a second chance.  “The Patterns Collection” by Victoria Rose features 80 digitally modified photos of patterns – nature, flowers, trash and man-made, with some proceeds from the sale of the book going to the Pagosa Springs Humane Society. “Accuplacer Math” by Barron’s helps you score well on these three standardized math tests.  “Greywater Green Landscape” by Laura Allen shows you how to reuse water from sinks, showers and laundry.

DVDs

“The Paradise” is season two.  “The Expanse” is season one.  “The Mystery of Chaco Canyon” is narrated by Robert Redford.  “How the West Was Won” is the classic starring multiple big-name actors.  “The Salesman” in Farsi with English subtitles won this year’s Academy Award for best foreign film.  “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is the classic starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.  “House” is the complete season four.

CDs

“16th Seduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the newest Murder Club mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Golden Prey” by John Stanford is a Lucas Davenport thriller.  “Brutal Night of the Mountain Men” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Reservations” by Gwen Florio begins with a bombing on Arizona’s Navajo Reservation.  “Some Rise by Sin” by Philip Caputo is set in a Mexican village menaced by a cruel, cultish drug cartel.  “Ill Will” by Dan Chaon starts when a brother is released from prison after DNA analysis overturned his conviction.

Other novels

“Red Sister” by Mark Lawrence is the first book in the new Ancestor fantasy series.  “Celestial Mechanics” by William Least Heat-Moon follows an amateur astronomer whose marriage is in trouble.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Jim Quigley, Mike Coppenger and our anonymous donors.   For his generous monetary donation, we thank Ron Tinsley.

Quotable Quote

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln