06/01/2017

Summer Reading Program begins next week

Your library’s free Summer Reading Program begins on Monday, June 5 with the theme of “Build a Better World.” The program includes special activities for all ages and prizes for participation.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Please see below for information on the early events, and watch for news of more 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 prizes will be presented and everyone will enjoy music, crafts and snacks.  This summer’s prizes are still being finalized, but previous year’s rewards have included bicycles, VISA gift cards, tablets and river raft trips – plus great reading and fun events through June and July, of course.

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.

Two new full-time staff

With Brad Glover, our new adult services librarian, on the job, we now look forward to welcoming Paige Shook, who will become our new early literacy librarian in early June.  You’ll learn more about her in next week’s Library News column.  As soon as Brad and Paige get their feet on the ground, our regular programming will resume – with some new creative and fun ideas they will bring to your library.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discusses options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, June 1) and next Thursday, June 8 in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, June 1) 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Tween gaming

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

 Summer Reading Club for kids

Every Thursday in June we’ll host different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  June 8 you’ll hear about birds and build a birdhouse.  June 15 you’ll learn about trees and 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.

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 9:05-9:25 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.

Travel nonfiction

“Lonely Planet Washington, D.C.” helps you plan and enjoy your trip to the nation’s capital.  “The Complete Guide to Alaska Cruises” is a Fodor’s book with detailed ship reviews, planning tips and information on more than 20 of the most popular ports.  “The Bucket List” is a collection of 1,000 adventures on every continent from outdoor adventures to closer-to-home activities.

Spanish CDs

The following five audiobooks have been added to our Spanish language collection:  “Una Buena Chica” (“The Good Girl”), a thriller by Mary Kubica; “Arte en la Sangre” (“Art in the Blood”), a Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird and Julius Esquadra; “En Busca de la Felycidad” (“Pursuit of Happiness”), a novel about a single father by Chris Gardner; “Talentos Ocultas” (“Hidden Figures”), the true story of the brilliant black women at NASA by Margot Lee Shetterly that became the Academy Award-nominated film; and “Flores Cortadas” (“Pretty Girls”), a mystery by Karin Slaughter.

Other CDs

“One Lie” by Lisa Scottoline is a thriller about a teacher and coach whose whole life is a lie.  ”Beartown” by Fredrik Backman follows a junior hockey team with the town’s future in its hands.  “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” by Amanda Quick is a mystery about Hollywood moguls and stars.  “Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Change Agent” by Daniel Suarez is a sci-fi thriller set in 2045.  “Six Four” by Hideo Yokoyama is a million seller in Japan that was the winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year award.

 Other novels

“No Knives in the Kitchens of This City” by Khaled Khalifa traces the destructive impact of Syria’s dictatorship on the lives of an Aleppo family.  “The Chosen” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance.  “American War” by Omar El Akkad is a near future story of American in a second Civil War.  “Fill the Sky” by Katherine A. Sherbrooke takes two friends on a spiritual trip to Ecuador.  “Death’s End” is the third book in the sci-fi series by Chinese writer Cixin Liu.  “The Stars are Legion” by Kameron Hurley is a sci-fi story.

 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 these e-books 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 anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Acting is telling the truth under imaginary circumstances.” – Emma Watson, British actress, model and activist who came to the world’s attention as Hermione in all eight Harry Potter films.

           

05/25/2017

Meet Brad, your new adult services and tech librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Brad Glover, who has been hired as your new adult services and technology librarian.  He was on the job last week. Now he has returned to Montana to pick up his wife, Whitney, two young sons aged almost two and three, and their possessions for the move to Pagosa.  He starts work full time next Tuesday, May 30.

Brad comes to us with impressive credentials.  He is proficient in Spanish after living in Puerto Rico for four years on active duty in the Coast Guard, and in Peru on a church mission.  He’s highly qualified in high-tech hardware and software, including social media.  His experience includes six years as a library assistant with the Boise Public Library’s adult services division, presenting library programs and classes in computer literacy, genealogy, book clubs, author visits and e-book training.  He also served for two years as a backup interlibrary loan specialist, and collaborated with educators, other community partners and volunteers on workshops, programs and databases.

He has a master of library and information science degree from San Jose State, and a BS in political science from Boise State.

Having grown up in Idaho and now living in Montana, Brad said he immediately fell in love with our town when he came here for his job interview.  “I love mountains, trees and lakes,” he said.  “For me, home is where the mountains are.”

As a librarian, Brad says he believes in working with all segments of the community including nonprofits, small businesses, veterans and Spanish outreach.  He’s also eager to entice people who don’t use the library to come in to see what’s here to help them.  “If you need a resource, let us know and we will find a way to get it for you,” he promised.

“We are excited to have Brad join our team,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “We know that his experience and talents will greatly benefit our library and, in turn, our community.”

Please stop by to meet Brad and welcome him and his family to Pagosa.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

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.

Two new full-time staff

With Brad Glover, our new adult services librarian, on the job, we now look forward to welcoming Paige Shook, who will become our new early literacy librarian in early June.  As soon as Brad and Paige get their feet on the ground, our regular programming will resume – with some new creative and fun ideas they will bring to your library.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, May 25) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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, May 26) they will discuss “Girl Underwater” by Claire Kells.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Adult learning

Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program takes place every Monday (except Memorial Day and other holidays) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in May.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until our new early literacy librarian is on the job in June.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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.

DVDs

“La La Land” won the best actress Academy Award.  “Lion” was nominated for six Academy Awards.  “House” is the complete season three.   “Enemy of the State” stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman.  “Man in the Middle” is a wartime drama.  “The Odyssey” is the Homer epic mini-series.  “The Paradise” is a rags to riche story in Victorian England.  “And Still I Rise” celebrates the life of Maya Angelou.  “A Dog’s Purpose” is a family story.  “Heart of the World” features Colorado’s National Parks.

Learning DVDs 

We have three Great Courses DVDs – “Buddhism,” “Fundamentals of Photography” and “Nutrition Made Clear.”  We also have “Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language.”     

Large print

“The Last Chance Olive Ranch” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery.  “Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig features an autistic child.  “Walking on My Grave” by Carolyn Hart is a Death on Demand mystery.  “The Broken Road” by Richard Paul Evans grants a man a second chance.  “The Delight of Being Ordinary” by Roland Merullo imagines a road trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama.  “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman follows two isolated people coming together to do good.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Amberlough” by Lara Elena Donnelly is a clandestine espionage story.  “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry is a suspense tale set in Salem.

Other novels

“One of the Boys” by Daniel Magariel is the story of young brothers and their abusive father.  “The Mermaid’s Daughter” by Ann Claycomb features a soprano with phantom pains and an obsession with the sea.  “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts follows an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.  “Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich exposes the mysterious and shocking act that fractured a family.

How-to and self-help

“Scholarship Handbook 2017” by College Board explains 2,400 programs offering private, federal and state money.  “The Whole30 Cookbook” by Melissa Hartwig provides 150 recipes for people in her Whole30 program.  “The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook” by Roxanne Swentzell and Patricia M. Perea takes you back to the food of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico.

Other nonfiction

“Last Hope Island” by historian Lynne Olson tells how Britain became the base for exiled leaders of Europe to reclaim their continent from Hitler.  “Lonely Planet China” helps you plan and enjoy your trip.  “The Perfect Pass” by S.C. Gwynne tells how two unknown coaches revolutionized American football.  “Stealing Fire” by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal shows how Silicon Valley, Navy SEALS and maverick scientists are revolutionizing the way we live and work.

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 these e-books 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 Carol and Roger Sheets, Lisa Pilgrim and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is why so few engage in it.” – Henry  Ford, (1863-1947), American industrialist and sponsor of the assembly line technique of mass production.

           

 

05/18/2017

Springtime at your library:  Borrowing backpacks and creating bouquets

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, for the second year we have two backpacks for free checkout.  They contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.   We think this is a very appropriate service for our patrons, as we all work hard to stay healthy and active.

Still focusing on springtime, please join us today (Thursday, May 18) from 5:30 -7 p.m. for the last spring Lifelong Learning lecture featuring Stephanie Morrow helping you to create a bouquet to bring home and nurture your creative self.  No registration  required.  Stephanie is a floral design expert and life coach.

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.

Two new full-time staff

As loyal readers and patrons know, your library has been actively working to fill the two vacant librarian positions, and we have very good news.  Brad Glover, our new adult services librarian, is on the job this week, and then will return to Montana to pick up his wife, two young children and their possessions for the move to Pagosa.  He starts full time on Tuesday, May 30, and we’ll tell you more about him in next week’s Library News column.  Then Paige Shook will become our new early literacy librarian in early June.  As soon as Brad and Paige get their feet on the ground, our regular programming will resume – with some new creative and fun ideas they will bring to your library.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 19) 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, May 19 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Court of Fives” by Kate Elliott and enjoy free snacks.

Adult learning

Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program takes place on Monday, May 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and continues every Monday thereafter at the same time, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

 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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in May.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. we’ll create a set of coasters with a book or map theme.   No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, May 25 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until our  new early literacy librarian is on the job in June.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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.

CDs

“If Not For You” by Debbie Macomber looks at all the “If Nots” in a woman’s life.  “Against All Odds” by Danielle Steel follows a mother and her four grown children.  “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” by Amanda Quick explores the hidden dangers of Hollywood.  “Earthly Remains” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.   “No Easy Target” by Iris Johansen features a woman who can communicate with animals.  “Buriel Hour” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “The Lost Order” by Steve Berry tracks a lost treasure with connections to the Smithsonian.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Song of the Lion” by Anne Hillerman is a Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito mystery set in Shiprock.  “The Dark Room” by Jonathan Moore begins when the mayor of San Francisco is being blackmailed.  “Little Deaths” by Emma Flint starts with the disappearance of two young children.   “Fallout” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Warshawski mystery.  “The Red Hunter” by Lisa Unger is a thriller exploring the difference between justice and revenge.  “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins is a psychological suspense story by the author of “The Girl on the Train.”

Other novels

“Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry is set during the American Indian and Civil Wars.  “The Deep End” by Kristen Ashley is book one in The Honey series.  “A Conjuring of Light” by V.E. Schwab is a fantasy set in London.  “Gather Her Round” by Alex Bledsoe is a Tufa fantasy.  “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout follows a cast of small town characters coping with love and loss.

Short stories

“The Refugees” by Pulitzer Prize winner Vet Thanh Nguyen is a collection of stories set in both Vietnam and America.  The characters in the 13 stories in “The Dark and Other Love Stories” by Deborah Willis exist on the edge of danger.

How-to and self-help

“Drop the Ball” by leadership expert Tiffany Dufu is a memoir showing women how to reevaluate expectations and shrink to-do lists.  “The Mystery of Sleep” by Dr. Meir Kryger is a guide to the mysteries and advantages of proper sleep. “Lonely Planet China” helps you plan and enjoy your trip.

Other nonfiction

“Phenomena” by Annie Jacobsen describes the U.S. government’s investigations into extrasensory perception and psychokinesis.  “Dodge City” by Tom Clavin reveals how Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson established frontier justice and the rule of law in the west.   “A Rabble of Dead Money” by Charles R. Morris explores the great crash of 1929 and the uncanny echoes for the present.  “Perfect Strangers” by Jennifer Jordan tells of the bravery and caring after the Boston Marathon bombings.  “A Really Big Lunch” by Jim Harrison is a collection of essays by the Roving Gourmand on food and life. “The Not-Quite States of America” by Doug Mack takes you on a tour of the American territories.  “Icefall” by John All documents the author’s adventures and travels to the extremes of our planet.

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 these e-books 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 J. Hannigan, Barbara Moore, Jenny Iguchi and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation in memory of Barney Storm, we are grateful to Judith and Edward Wood of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Quotable Quote

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir (1838-1914), American naturalist, author, environmentalist and early advocate for preserving wilderness areas in America.

           

05/11/2017

Local author publishes a novel set in Pagosa

Pagosa Springs veterinarian and author Patty Latham has just published a new book, the second for this talented woman.  It is different from her first, which was a memoir titled “Napa Valley Vets – the Balance of Lives” about the being a vet with her husband and partner in California.

This one is a novel titled “Colorado Blood” and it is set in Pagosa Springs.  It takes advantage of Patty’s expertise by featuring a vet who moves to Pagosa after becoming disillusioned with the impersonal relationships of her work on the Front Range.  She meets a widowed professor and ranch owner.  But he has some serious personal issues and she is still recovering from her divorce from a man who saw her as eye candy rather than a professional woman. So she is not sure she is ready for a long-term relationship.  As the story unfolds, both learn a lot about each other – and themselves.

It sometimes is difficult for a writer to move from non-fiction to fiction, but Patty has accomplished that well. She is a good storyteller, and yet another reminder of the multitude of skilled residents in our little mountain community.

“This book almost wrote itself,” she said.  “It’s definitely fiction – but many of the animal sections came from true stories.”  She’s now working on two more books – a sequel to “Colorado Blood” and a second memoir centered on the equine practice she and her husband had in Pagosa.

As always when authors set their work in Pagosa, it’s fun for local readers to recognize familiar scenic areas and other venues.  Among them is the following in the dedication to Patty’s book:  “To the Bear Creek Saloon, R.I.P. October 2016.  We will miss those burgers and curly fries.”

Patty has donated both of her books to your library for your reading pleasure.

Another local author in our collection

Katie West’s “Draft with the Wind” is the sequel to “Cedar Hill,” her popular first book written in 1982.  That story was a tale of romance, chivalry, prejudice and pioneer justice on the western frontier in the early 20th century.  The second book features a killer who has been paid by a Durango man to murder the husband of a gentle Quaker lady.

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.

Update on search for two full-time staff

Your library is actively working to fill the two vacant librarian positions. We will have our adult services and tech librarian on board very shortly, and our early literacy librarian here not long after that.  While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs.  Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to this Library News column, the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The fifth in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, May 11) featuring Cimarrona Kelley offering advice on what you need to know as a first-time homeowner.  These lectures take place every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.   The last talk next week will cover spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information.  No registration  required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, May 11) 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, May 12) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Adult learning

Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program takes place on Monday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and continues every Monday thereafter at the same time, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, May 15 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.

Fan fiction for teens

Next Wednesday, May 17 from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free fan fiction writing event when you’ll be coming up with stories about some of your favorite characters.

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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in May.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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.

DVDs

“House” is season two.  “The Blacklist” is season two.  “The League” is season two.  “Forging the West” is a documentary about Colorado’s largest steel mill and employer.  “Broken Bridges” is the story of a country music singer.  “The League” is the complete season three.

CDs

“Lincoln’s Lieutenants” by Stephen W. Sears is a biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac.  “My Italian Bulldozer” by Alexander McCall Smith features a food writer’s adventures in Tuscany.  “A Perfect Obsession” by Heather Graham is a New York Confidential mystery.  “Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles is the conclusion of the trilogy set in Natchez.  “The Chosen” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Brother Daggerhood series.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“War Cry” by Wilbur Smith is a Courtney Family espionage story set in Africa.  “The Sisters of Blue Mountain” by Karen Katchur begins with the death of hundreds of dead geese.  “Fix” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “Earthly Remains” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “Fall of Lisa Bellow” by Susan Perabo follows a young girl left behind when her classmate is kidnapped.  “Every Wild Heart” by Meg Donohue is a mother-daughter tale featuring a single-mother radio host.

Other novels

“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin tells of a man who returns home to Colorado searching for answers about his father and his faith.  “The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is an Invisible Library fantasy.   “Miramar Bay” by Davis Bunn is the story of two strangers in a small, coastal town.  “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck features resistance widows after Nazi Germany’s defeat.  “Red Clover Inn” by Carla Neggers is a Swift River Valley novel.  “Border Child” by Michel Stone tells of a young family facing U.S.-Mexico border issues.  “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve is based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history.  “Feversong” by Karen Marie Morning is the last book in the Fever fantasy series.  “Two from the Heart” by James Patterson features a woman interviewing people about their best stories.

Nonfiction

“Phenomena” by Annie Jacobsen describes the U.S. government’s investigations into extrasensory perception and psychokinesis.  “4 Minute Fit” by trucker Siphiwe Baleka is a 13-week program for the time-crunched, deskbound and stressed out.  “Wired to Eat” by Robb offers customized weight loss programs plus 60 recipes and meal plans.  “Dodge City” by Tom Clavin reveals how Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson established frontier justice and the rule of law in the west.

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 these e-books 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 Cindi Galabota, Ruth Carson, Marci Thomas and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the U.S.A.

05/04/2017

Honoring our volunteers for their many contributions

Author Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.”  We agree.  Volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on your library.  On April 28, during National Volunteer Week, library staff hosted an ice cream social to say thank you.  As Minnesota spiritual director Elizabeth Andrew said,  “Volunteers do not necessarily have more time; they just have more heart.”

In 2016, our volunteers contributed 999 hours, about half of a full-time position.  We also are hugely grateful to the Friends of the Library.  Ever since 1963 when this organization was formed, these caring, energetic and talented people have been tireless in raising money for the library.  And we greatly appreciate the wisdom and expertise of our Board of Trustees.

“Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Volunteers make important contributions to our small, rural library with our limited budget.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Meg or phone her at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.  And there will be many benefits to you.  Research continues to show that people who volunteer – especially seniors – have a dramatically increased ability to maintain cognitive function. The findings invariably show that interacting with others through work, social events or volunteerism keeps seniors engaged – emotionally and neurologically – and also helps you live longer.

Ruby Sisson Library staff honored their volunteers with an ice cream social April 28 in celebration of National Volunteer Week.  Meg Wempe, director of the library, standing second from right, poses with some of the volunteers and the ice cream cones, sundae makings, cupcakes and cookies that were enjoyed at the event.  In 2016, library volunteers contributed 999 hours, about half of a full-time position.     

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.

Update on search for two full-time staff

Your library is actively working to fill the two vacant librarian positions. We expect to have our adult services and tech librarian on board in mid-May, and our early literacy librarian here not long after that.  While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs.  Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to this Library News column, the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Lifelong Learning Lectures

The fourth in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, May 4) featuring the San Juan Shootists, a community organization teaching safe and responsible firearms handling.  They will wear period costumes and demonstrate their .45 caliber single action Colts (minus the bullets!).  These lectures continue every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.   Future talks will cover homebuying tips and spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information.  No registration  required.

Teen advisory board

Today (Thursday, May 4) 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.

Adult Learning

Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program takes place on Monday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and continues every Monday thereafter at the same time, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, May 4) and next Thursday, May 11 in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 5) from 2-3:45 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.

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 May 9 we will discuss “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, May 10 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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in May, and no Tech Time on May 4.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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.

DVDs

“In Plain Sight” is season five.  “House” is season one.  “Swiss Family Robinson” is the Disney film.  “El Jeremias,”  the story of a gifted eight-year-old living in Mexico, is in Spanish with English subtitles.  “Bone Tomahawk” is a western.  “Beyond the Boundary” is the complete collection.  “White House Down” is a thriller.  “The Hornet’s Nest” is a war story of U.S. soldiers and Marines.

Large print

“The Lost Order” by Steve Berry follows the search for a lost treasure with Smithsonian connections.  “Forever a Hero” by Linda Lael Miller is a Carsons of Mustang Creek mystery.  “All by Myself Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery.

CDs

“The Confessions of Young Nero” by Margaret George is an historical novel of the Roman Empire.  “The Roanoke Girls” by Amy Engel explores secrets that families keep.  “Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert” by Patricia Cornwall exposes the life of a Victorian London serial killer.  “Any Day Now” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing story.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Never Let You Go” by Chevy Stevens follows a mother and daughter being tracked by someone after her ex-husband gets out of jail.  “The Night Ocean” by Paul La Farge tells of a woman following her husband’s trail across decades.  “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda is a missing girls story told backwards.  “Oath of Honor” by Mathew Betley is a political thriller.  “White Tears” by Hari Kunzru is a ghost story about  blues song.  “I See You” by Clare Mackintosh begins with a classified ad featuring a surprising photo.

 Other novels

“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin tells of a man who returns home to Colorado searching for answers about his father and his faith.  “The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is an Invisible Library fantasy.   “Miramar Bay” by Davis Bunn is the story of two strangers in a small, coastal town.  “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck features resistance widows after Nazi Germany’s defeat.  “Red Clover Inn” by Carla Neggers is a Swift River Valley novel.

Nonfiction

“No One Cares About Crazy People” by Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers is a social and personal history of mental illness.  “Lenin on the Train” by Catherine Merridale is a history of Lenin’s rail journey across Europe to ignite the Russian revolution.  “Ike and McCarthy” by David A. Nichols tells how President Eisenhower worked behind the scenes to destroy Joseph McCarthy.

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 these e-books 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 Wendy Mirr and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.” – Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher and writer.

 

04/27/2017

Free books for 4-year-olds and inspiration for us all

You have three more days, until April 29, to pick up a free book for your four-year-old, as libraries across Colorado are giving them away as part of a special family literacy project.  Some 75,000 copies of “Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley about a mouse who raids the kitchen for a snack after the family is in bed are being distributed in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Inspirational commencement speech

A commencement address in Austin by Admiral William McRaven, former Navy SEAL and current chancellor of the University of Texas System, to the UT class of 2014 offers inspirational common sense advice.  Here are two of his 10 Life Lessons:

  1. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another…. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.  If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle. You can’t change the world alone — you will need some help — and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. 

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.

Search progressing for two full-time staff

Your library is actively working to fill the vacant early literacy librarian and adult services librarian positions, and we expect to have some good news for you soon.  While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs.  Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to this column, the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The third in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, April 27) when Dr. Dean Sanna and Amanda Beasley present an interactive lecture and hands-on activity using The Wellness Game they have developed.  You will learn how to develop a daily health practice with exercise, breathing, meditation and more.  These lectures continue every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.   Future talks will cover firearm safety, homebuying tips and spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information.  No registration  required.

Senior Book Club tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, April 28) from 10:30 a.m. – noon the free senior book club meets to discuss “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.  For more information about this book lovers group, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

 All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, April 28) from 2-3 p.m.

Adult Learning starts Monday

Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program begins on Monday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and continues every Monday thereafter at the same time, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Medicare 101 session

Next Thursday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. you can learn free important information about Medicare.  Understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.  No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health session

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health next Thursday, May 4 in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, May 4 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.

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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April or May, or on Thursday, May 4.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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

“Healing Spiritual Wounds” by conservative Christian minister Carol Howard Merritt shows how to reconnect with God if you have had a bad experience with religious institutions.  “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves” by conflict resolution experts Myra Warren Isenhart and Michael Spangle explores the dimensions and advantages of forgiveness.  “Deep Under Cover” by Jack Barsky is the memoir of a KGB spy who wanted to stay in the U.S.  “Small Homes” by Lloyd Kahn offers instructions and more than 1,000 photos to help you build a small home.  “Cheech is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong!” is a memoir by comedian Cheech Marin.  “The Allergy Solution” by Dr. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland is an in-depth look at hidden allergies and how to reverse them without drugs.  “Making It” by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen describes how to build a comfortable camp in the wilderness with just a Swiss Army knife.  “Physicians’ Desk Reference”  is the 2017 edition.

DVDs

“Patriots Day” is an action thriller about the Boston marathon bombings in 2013.  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the fantasy spinoff of the Harry Potter films that won an Academy Award.  “The League” is the complete season one.  “Sling Blade” stars Billy Bob Thorton, who was a best actor Academy Award nominee in 1996.  “The Walking Dead” is the complete fifth season.  “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” stars Harrison Ford.  “Renaissance Man” is a comedy starring Danny DeVito.

Large print westerns

“Kill Town” by Cotton Smith is a Corrigan Brothers western.  “Eight Hours to Die” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Sixkiller, U.S. Marshall western.  Wolf Shadow” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn is book three in the Wind River series.

Other new westerns include “Bill Doolin: American Outlaw” by Bill Brooks, “Flintlock: A Time for Vultures” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, “Good Water” by John D. Nesbitt, “Storm’s Thunder” by Brandon Boye and “The Kid” by Ron Hanen.

Other large print

 “Miss Julia Weathers the Storm” by Ann B. Ross begins with a family reunion at the beach.  “A Perfect Obsession” by Heather Graham is a mystery featuring a forensic psychologist.    “Murder on the Serpentine” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

The Burial Hour” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “Dead Man Switch” by Matthew Quirk explores assassinations of victims living undercover.  “Mangrove Lightning” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “City of the Lost” by Kelley Armstrong is about a town in Canada where you can disappear.

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 these e-books 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 your 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 the Lombardi family and our anonymous donors.  As well, we express a hearty thank you to all the people who donated to the library through the Round Up for Reading event that Terry’s Ace held during National Library Week.  We are very grateful.

Quotable Quote

“There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of  “The Age of Innocence” and other acclaimed novels and short stories.

 

04/20/2017

New partnership for adult learning and free books for 4-year-olds

If you are interested in adult learning opportunities, please join us for a special free community event on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. when we will describe our new partnership with the Pine River Community Learning Center, a nonprofit educational organization based in Ignacio.

This collaboration will expand our Internet-based adult education offerings under a new banner – Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS).  One of the many new programs will allow you to study for your High School Equivalence (HSE) from the comfort of your home or anywhere you can connect to the Internet.

At this informative event, you can enjoy appetizers and refreshments, hear about new adult learning programs to benefit our community and meet some of the people connected with the PALS program.   We hope to see you there.

Free books for 4-year-olds

For the sixth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 17-29 as part of a special family literacy project.

Some 75,000 copies of “Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley about a mouse who raids the kitchen for a snack after the family is in bed will be distributed to children statewide at local library events, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness. Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library.

Tribute to our volunteers

 As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 23-29, we say a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers who in 2016 contributed 699 hours, about one third of a fulltime position.

Library searching for two full-time staff

Your library is actively working to fill the vacant early literacy librarian and adult services librarian positions.  While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs.  Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lectures

The second in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, April 20) when lifelong Pagosa resident Holly Metzler will discuss “Climate Reality: Meeting the Challenge Head On,” focusing on the causes and effects of climate change, and what we can do about it.  She is currently working on her Masters in Environmental Policy at the University of Denver.  These lectures continue every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.   Future talks will cover wellness, firearm safety, homebuying tips and spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information.  No registration  required.

National Poetry Month contest

During the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re hosting an ongoing free “found poetry” contest.  Anyone can participate, so we hope you will put together a poem and enter to win prizes.

Found poetry refers to a poem that takes words and phrases from another source and puts them together in creative ways to produce a new poem. Examples include bookspine poems, where you stack books and use the book titles to create a poem; remixing, where you rearrange the words from another source to create something new; and blackout poetry, demonstrated at an event today (Thursday, April 20) when teens will make a poem by finding words in a page from a book or newspaper.

Just take a picture of your poem and email it to claire@pagosalibrary.org or drop off a hard copy at the library before the end of April.  Winners will be announced in early May.  No entry fee required.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 21) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free 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, April 21 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Epic” by Conor Kostick and enjoy free snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Monday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.  Note move to Monday because of Lifelong Leaning.

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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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.

New Spanish books

“Ingles para Latinos, Level 1” by William Harvey includes three audio CDs.  “Un Seductor sin Corazon” and “Casarse con El” by Lisa Kleypas are historical romances set in London.  “La Quimica” by Stephenie Meyer is a thriller.

 Large print

 “Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin documents a critical air battle against the Japanese.  “Why Time Flies” by Alan Burdick helps us understand the power of time in our lives.  “Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away” by Ben Utech with Mark Tabb is a love letter to his family by this NFL player after five concussions.  “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See follows a Chinese mother and her child born out of wedlock.

 Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles is the final book in the Natchez Burning trilogy.  “The Extraordinary Union” by Alyssa Cole features two spies in the Civil War era, one a former female slave.  “Rush of Blood” by Mark Billingham is a suspense story featuring three British couples who meet in Florida.  “Dancing with the Tiger” by Lili Wright starts with the discovery of Montezuma’s funerary mask.  “The Cutaway” by Christina Kovac follows a TV producer investigating a missing person report.  “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by tells of a former criminal and his daughter who move to his late wife’s hometown and face many mysteries.  “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena begins when a baby disappears.  “Without Warning” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a J.B. Collins political thriller.

Other novels

 “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee is the story of three generations of a Korean family in Japan.  “The Shadow Land” by Elizabeth Rostova tells of a talented musician whose life is shattered by political oppression in Bulgaria.

 CDs

“Rather Be The Devil” by Ian Rankin is a Rebus mystery.  “Expecting to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a Regan Pescoli mystery.  “The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler an d Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell mystery.  “Banana Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.  “A Darkness Absolute” by Kelley Armstrong is a Casey Duncan thriller.  “Rising” by Heather Graham and Jon Land is a thriller.  “Small Admissions” by Amy Poeppel is a chick lit story.  “The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is an FBI thriller.  “Vicious Circle” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “A Colony in a Nation” by Chris Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s.

 More Academy Award DVDs

 We now have the Academy Award best picture nominee “Hidden Figures,”  best actress nominee “Loving” and best animated feature nominee, Disney’s “Moana.”

 Free programmed Nooks

 We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library.  Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

 “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” – Arnold Palmer (1929-2016), professional golfer.           

 

 

04/13/2017

National Library Week and Lifelong Learning Lectures start today

As we join American libraries in commemorating National Library Week April 9-13, it seems appropriate to reflect on the wide variety of free fun and educational activities available to you and your families at your Ruby Sisson Library.  You can learn about them every week in this Library News column.

One example:  The ever popular free spring Lifelong Learning Lectures start today, April 13, and continue every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.

Today’s opening talk is called “Community Solar vs. Residential Solar: An Affordable Revolution.” Karen Goodwin, Doug Large and Jonathan Dobson will discuss the present realities of going solar in Archuleta County, showing that Pagosa is primed to start something truly meaningful in the field of solar energy.  Next Thursday, April 20 lifelong Pagosa resident Holly Metzler will discuss “Climate Reality: Meeting the Challenge Head On,”  focusing on the causes and effects of climate change, and what we can do about it.  She is currently working on her Masters in Environmental Policy at the University of Denver.  Future talks will cover wellness, firearm safety, homebuying tips and spring bouquets.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on all of these presentations.  They will keep your life interesting and your mind agile.  No registration  required.

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.

Library loses two full-time staff

April 4 was the last day of work for Michael, our youth services and early literacy librarian, and Rachael, our adult services librarian, who are moving to Boise.  Until we replace them, we must temporarily decrease or adjust some of our programming.  Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

National Poetry Month contest

During the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re hosting an ongoing free “found poetry” contest.  Anyone can participate, so we hope you will put together a poem and enter to win prizes.

Found poetry refers to a poem that takes words and phrases from another source and puts them together in creative ways to produce a new poem. Examples include bookspine poems, where you stack books and use the book titles to create a poem; remixing, where you rearrange the words from another source to create something new; and blackout poetry, demonstrated at an event next Thursday, April 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. when teens will make a poem by finding words in a page from a book or newspaper.

Just take a picture of your poem and email it to claire@pagosalibrary.org or drop off a hard copy at the library before the end of April.  Winners will be announced in early May.  No entry fee required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health session

Kevin O’Connor from San Juan Health and Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, April 13) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Today (Thursday, April 13), 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Teen fan fiction

Monday, April 17 from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free Fan Fiction writing event when you’ll be coming up with stories about some of your favorite characters.  Note change to Monday because of Lifelong Learning Lectures.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free origami DIY event on Wednesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. we’ll transform an old book into a work of art.  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 Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.

Kids storytime becomes playtime

The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

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

“Cast Iron Paleo” by Pamela Ellgen provides 101 one-pan Paleo recipes. “e Pluribus One” by Sophia A. Nelson offers ways to reclaim out lost compass, civility and codes.  “Charleton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon” by Marc Eliot is a biography of the actor.  “A Colony in a Nation” by Chris Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s. “Arthur and Sherlock” by Michael Sims traces the development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery.  “Never Out of Season” by Rob Dunn explores how having the food we want all year round threatens our food supply.  “Beginning Bookkeeping” by Tanya Phillips gives advice to make your hive thrive.  “Dishing Up the Dirt” by Andrea Bemis, owner of an organic vegetable farm in Oregon, shares recipes for cooking through the seasons.                        

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Pekoe Most Poison” by Laura Shields is a Tea Shop mystery with recipes and tea time tips.  “Vicious Circle” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency” by Mandy Morton is the first book in a new series.            

Other novels

“In the Shadow of Denali” is the first book in the new Heart of Alaska series by Kimberly Woodhouse.  “The Collapsing Empire” by John Scalzi is an interstellar space-time epic.  “Orphans of the Carnival” by Carol Birch tells of two London women a century apart.  “Two Good Dogs” by Susan Wilson follows four lost people helped by two good dogs.  “All Grown Up” by Jamie Attenberg is a story in comedic vignettes about a 39-year-old single woman and her family.  “Edgar & Lucy” by Victor Lodato begins after a young boy survives a terrible accident.  “Perfume River” by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War.  “Stand Your Ground” by Victoria Christopher Murray focuses on the two mothers of a murdered black teen and his accused killer.

CDs

“In the Name of the Family” by Sarah Dunant is set in Renaissance Italy.  “Humans. Bow Down” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is a fantasy.  “The Roman” by Sylvain Reynard is a vampire story.  “Aftermath Empire’s End” by Chuck Wendig is a Star wars story.  “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson” by Nancy Peacock follows an escaped slave.  “The Glass Universe” by Dava Sobel is the true story of the major contributions of Harvard women to astronomy.  “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes reveals why sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium.  “Wait for Dark” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop/Special Crimes Unit mystery.  “Bound Together” by Christine Feehan is a Sea Haven novel.

DVDs

“The Flash” is the complete second season.  “The Vikings” stars Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine and Janet Leigh.  “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” is a fantasy adventure.  “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”  is a romantic comedy.

Free programmed Nooks

We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library.  Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Barry Smith, EarthVision Institute and our anonymous donors.  We also are grateful for the generous donation of Suzy and Roy Horvath in memory of Don English.

Quotable Quote

“There is evidence that curiosity has longevity benefits.  Asking questions and discovering new things keeps you engaged with the world and with other people.” – Laura L. Carstensen, professor of psychology and public policy at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Longevity Center.

           

 

04/06/2017

 Free Lifelong Learning Lectures and National Poetry Month contest

The ever popular free spring Lifelong Learning Lectures take place on Thursdays from April 13 to May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks.

The series opens next Thursday, April 13 with a presentation called “Community Solar vs. Residential Solar: An Affordable Revolution.” Karen Goodwin, Doug Large and Jonathan Dobson will discuss the present realities of going solar in Archuleta County, showing that Pagosa is primed to start something truly meaningful in the field of solar energy.  On Thursday, April 20 lifelong Pagosa resident Holly Metzler will discuss “Climate Reality: Meeting the Challenge Head On,”  focusing on the causes and effects of climate change, and what we can do about it.  She is currently working on her Masters in Environmental Policy at the University of Denver.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on all six of these presentations.  They will keep your life interesting and your mind agile.  No registration  required.

National Poetry Month contest

During the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re hosting an ongoing “found poetry” contest.  Anyone can participate, so we hope you will put together a poem and enter to win prizes.

Found poetry refers to a poem that takes words and phrases from another source and puts them together in creative ways to produce a new poem. Examples include bookspine poems, where you stack books and use the book titles to create a poem; remixing, where you rearrange the words from another source to create something new; and blackout poetry, demonstrated at an event April 20 when teens will make a poem by finding words in a page from a book or newspaper.

Just take a picture of your poem and email it to claire@pagosalibrary.org or drop off a hard copy at the library before the end of April.  Winners will be announced in early May.  No entry fee required.

Library loses two full-time staff

This Tuesday, April 4 was the last day of work for Michael, our youth services and early literacy librarian, and Rachael, our adult services librarian.  After eight months in Pagosa, they are moving to Boise, Idaho, and we wish them well in their new life.

“Although we find ourselves in a difficult situation, our remaining staff will continue to provide you with the incredible customer service that you have come to know over the years,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “However, due to the sudden reduction in staff, we must temporarily decrease some of our programming.”

Many of the adult programs will continue, with Meg filling in at her previous role as adult services librarian.  Tech Times will continue on Thursdays but Tuesday Tech Times will be cancelled temporarily.  The monthly DIY and book club will continue.  We also will continue to have two storytimes on Saturday but will cancel Wednesday storytime for awhile.   See below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes.  Stay tuned to the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume.

“Although we hope to fill these positions quickly, we recognize the importance of finding the right candidates for your library and our community, so that we aren’t in a similar challenging spot in the future,” said Meg.  “We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you in the library soon.”

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.

Free teen SAT study break today

Today (Thursday, April 6) we’ll host a SAT study break from 4-5:30 p.m. for 9th-12th graders studying for the SAT and PSAT.  We’ll have snacks and refreshments as well as books available for checkout to help you prepare for the upcoming SAT.  Teens can come to study or just stop by for a break.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, April 7) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free Otaku

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, April 10 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This club is for fifth-12th grades. 

Free adult book club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On April 11 we will discuss “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming

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.            

Free Medicaid and Connect for Health session

Kevin O’Connor from San Juan Health and Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health next Thursday, April 13 from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.

LEGO and storytime cancellations

Please note no storytimes or Lego Club on Saturday, April 8.  They resume April 15.  Also, Wednesday storytime is cancelled until we hire a new early literacy librarian.  We will host playtimes for parents and children to play and interact with each other while enjoying learning games and puzzles with others.

Nonfiction

“The Rules Do Not Apply” by New Yorker writer Ariel Levy is a memoir of how her life fell apart after she left for a reporting trip to Mongolia.  “Unprecedented” by CNN politics writer Thomas Lake is a behind-the-scenes look at Donald Trump’s campaign.            

Large print

“A Million Little Things” by Susan Mallery follows a woman who is very alone in her life.  “The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the latest in the Brit in the FBI series.  “Man Overboard” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “The Nowhere Man” by Gregg Hurwitz is about a man who escapes a government program creating assassins.  “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance is a personal analysis of the loss of the American dream for many white working-class Americans.            

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Celine” by Peter Heller is the story of an aristocratic PI specializing in reuniting families.  “Copycat” by Kimberla Lawson Roby tells of a woman obsessed with being exactly like her friend.  “Her Secret” by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in a new Amish of Hart County series.  “Little Heaven” by Nick Cutter is a story of terror in a remote New Mexico backwoods.  “Say Nothing” by Brad Parks begins with the kidnapping of a judge’s young twins.

Other novels

“The Second Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan Rivers follows the life of a new bride to a Civil War soldier.  “Hearts of Men” by Nickolas Butler is set in a Boy Scout summer camp in 1962.  “The Good Lieutenant” by Whitney Terrell is a war story set in Bagdad.  “The Wanderers” by Meg Howrey tells of three people preparing to go to Mars.

CDs

“The Marriage Lie” by Kimberly Belle begins with an air crash of a plane a man was not supposed to be on.  “Dangerous Games” by Danielle Steel is a political thriller.  “Forever a Hero” by Linda Lael Miller is a Carsons of Mustang Creek story.  “The Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston is the true story of one of the great discoveries of the 21st century.  “The Book of Joy” provides personal stories and the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

DVDs

 We have DVDs of three of this year’s Academy Award nominations for best picture – “Arrival,”  “Hacksaw Ridge” and the winner, “Moonlight.”  More are on their way.  Other new DVDs: “American Girl” contains four American Girl films.  “Wild Target” is a killer comedy.            

Free programmed Nooks

We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library.  Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

 “The less you worry, the better your attitude is, and a positive, worry-free, guilt-free attitude is key to enjoying life at any age – especially old age.” — From “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

03/30/2017

Why technophiles also love libraries
You might think that in a world of Facebook, Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn’t care much about public libraries.  But a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project says that is not true.

Pew set out to determine what types of people use and value libraries.  They found that 30 percent of Americans are either “library lovers” or “information omnivores.”  Another 39 percent have “medium engagement” with libraries.  Not surprisingly, those three groups all hold favorable attitudes toward libraries.  They tend to be better educated, have higher incomes and are more involved in social and cultural activities than people with little or no engagement with libraries.

That doesn’t mean that poor people do not care about libraries.  Low-income adults who have used the library within the last year are more likely to place a high value on library services such as help with job hunting and access to computers.  Families with minor children also are significantly more likely to use libraries, the study found.

Interestingly, Pew says the most highly engaged library users are also big technology users.  These “information omnivores” regularly use libraries along with being online every day, owning cell or smart phones, using tablets and e-readers.  In other words, they have a world of information at their fingertips – but they still can’t resist the benefits of their favorite public library.

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.

Spring Break: Free Read with a Ranger today
Today (Thursday, March 30) from 1-2 p.m., youngsters aged 6-10 are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to celebrate spring with nature-themed books and activities.

Spring Break: Free steampunk crafts today
Today (Thursday, March 30), back by popular demand, is the second free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for fifth-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Spring Break: Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, March 31) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free Cloud Library session
With your library card, you have access to the library’s free digital downloadable materials.  They includes many popular e-book and audiobook titles that can be accessed on your smartphone, laptop, and many devices.  If you would like help installing and using the Cloud Library, bring your device to a special workshop on Saturday, April 1 from 3-4 p.m.  No advance registration required.

Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Monday, April 3 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.  Note the move to Mondays this month,

Free teen gaming
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.

Free teen SAT study break
Next Thursday, April 6 we’ll host a SAT study break from 4-5:30 p.m. for 9th-12th graders studying for the SAT and PSAT.  We’ll have snacks and refreshments as well as books available for checkout to help you prepare for the upcoming SAT.  Teens can come to study or just stop by for a break.

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.

Free kids storytime
No storytime next Wednesday.

Free baby storytime
Saturdays from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a 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.

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

LEGO and storytime cancellations
Please note no storytimes on Wednesday, April 5 and Saturday, April 8.  Also no Lego Club on Saturday, April 8.

Nonfiction
“A Mind to Stay” by Sydney Nathans tells of former slaves who became owners of the land they worked on. “DIY Solar Projects” is an updated edition to help you tap into the power of the sun.  “How To Make It” by Erin Audten Abbott shares secret to building a creative business.  “Selling Your House:  Nolo’s Essential Guide” provides insider tips from industry experts.  “Once We Were Sisters” by Sheila Kohler is a memoir of two South African sisters.   “Make Peace with your Mind” by Mark Coleman helps you make peace with your inner critic.  “Fever Swamp” is a collection of Huffington Post essays about the 2016 presidential race by Richard North Patterson.  “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone” is a lighthearted collection of life lessons by Mark Dawidziak.  “The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel is the story of a man who lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years.  “Murder in Plain English” by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi examines murder through the written word.  “Surviving Death” by Leslie Kean investigates evidence suggesting consciousness survives death.  “Younger” by Dr. Sara Gottfried is a seven-week program to help you reverse aging.  “The Secret Life of Fat” by biochemist Sylvia Tara explains the science behind how your fat influences your appetite and willpower.

Large print
“Two Days Gone” by Randall Silvis is a Ryan DeMarco mystery.  “The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Sunrise Canyon” is the first book in Janet Dailey’s New Americana series set in Arizona.  “Banana Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff is set in Nazi Germany.  “The Hollywood Daughter” by Kate Alcott exposes the Hollywood of big studio stars and the blacklist of the 1940s.

Novels
“Jimmy Bluefeather” by Kim Heacox tells of a grandfather and grandson canoeing in the Tlingit ancestral homeland.  “A Book of American Martyrs” by Joyce Carol Oates follows to families after an assassination of an abortion provider.  “Difficult Women” is a collection of stories by Roxane Gay.  “Huck Out West” by Robert Coover is a sequel to Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.”  “The Final Day” by William R. Forstchen takes place two years after nuclear weapons almost destroyed the U.S.  “Different Class” by Joanne Harris is a dark novel about a boy who never fit in at his school.  “The Strays” by Emily Bitto is the story of a deep friendship between three sisters and their friend in Australia.

CDs
“My Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella tells of two women presenting themselves as living a perfect life that is far from reality.  “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin is the second book in the Broken Earth fantasy trilogy.  “Norse Myology” by Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of great North myths.  “Born of Vengeance” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in The League fantasy series.  “Robert B. Parker’s Revelation” by Robert Knott features territorial marshals Cole and Hitch.  “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Fatal” by John Lescroart explores the unexpected consequence of a one-night stand.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

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

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 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, Sheila McKenzie and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Teddy Roosevelt (18858-1919), 26th president of the U.S.