Meet Claire, your new tween and teen services librarian
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We are delighted to introduce you to Claire Spence, who became your tween and teen services librarian two days ago, on January 19.  Her studies, field and work experience have given her knowledge of a wide variety of children’s and young adult literature, and she says she always has had a passion for literature for children and teens.

Claire comes to us with impressive credentials.  She earned a masters degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a major in youth services and collection management in May 2015.  While there she was an active member of the TLAM (Tribal Libraries, Archives & Museums) youth center, the American Library Association student chapter and Gaming in Libraries.  She also has a BA in English from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

Her recent library-related experience in Wisconsin included working in the School of Library and Information Studies office in Madison, at a Parent Council Family Literacy Resource Center in Fitchburg and at the Monona Public Library Youth Services Department.  She is fluent in multiple operating systems, data bases and social media.

Claire grew up in a small town in Maryland even smaller than Pagosa, so she is familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of a small town.  She especially like the sense of community a small town offers.  Having gone to college in Wisconsin, she also is familiar with the joys and challenges that winter brings.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, sewing and hiking.  She also plays the fiddle and has been very involved in theatre, especially on the costuming side.

With her interviews for this job taking place over Skype, Claire had not seen Pagosa until she arrived here last Friday.  “Of course, I’d seen pictures – but they do not do justice to the amazing beauty here,” she said.
Her goal in her new job?  “I want to help kids develop their imaginations,” Claire said.  “Books and stories are an excellent way to explore the world and other people in new ways so that we look at the world and each other from different perspectives.”

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.

Please note no Otaku, Karaoke or teen advisory meetings this month.

Read with a Ranger
Our first free Read with a Ranger event of 2016 takes place tomorrow (Friday, January 22) from 3-4 p.m.  This highly popular free series with Ranger Brandon is aimed at youngsters aged six-10.  Tomorrow’s session will explore the wonderful world of snow, as we celebrate winter with nature-themed books and activities.

Free DIY session for adults
This month’s free DIY project takes place next Wednesday, January 27 at 2 p.m. when we will make two of our own household cleaners – a glass cleaner and an all-purpose cleaner.   In the past these fun DIY sessions have included making your own cheese, sushi, centerpiece, tea wreath, candles, mustard and mayo, and screen-printing a t-shirt.  No registration required.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration takes place tomorrow (Friday, January 22) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. when Android 101 will help you learn some of the basics.  Bring your device for this hands-on workshop.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.
New films include “Caldera,” a 12-minute animated feature for all ages about a young girls’ struggle with mental health and medication; “Katherine,” which stars Sissy Spacek as a wealthy debutante who uses unorthodox methods to make changes in the world, for ages 13 and up; “The Nostalgist,” a 17-minute fantasy for ages 13 and up; and “The Exploding Girl,”  about a young woman who must choose between her budding romance or her best friend, for ages 17 and up.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that helps you find new favorites in seconds.

Change in downloadable audio books service
We no longer carry downloadable audio books through OneClick Digital. Starting this month, we are migrating to 3M for downloadable audio books so that you will be able to get your downloadable audio books and e-books in the same location.  Another advantage to this change is that we will be able to select our own content, based on our knowledge of your reading preferences.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  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.

“Real Paleo Fast & Easy” by Loren Cordain offers more than 175 recipes ready in 30 minutes or less.  “How to Retire with Enough Money and How to Know What Enough Is” by Teresa Ghilarducci provides understandable, actionable guidance for retirement.  “Chrysalis: Angeles, ETs & Us” by Mark Kimmel provides a larger picture of who we are, why we are here and where we are headed.  “Lost in the Yellowstone” by Truman Everts is the true story of a man lost for 37 days in the park.  “Ponderosa” by Carl E. Fiedler and Stephen F. Arno recounts the story of humans among the ponderosa pines and why the forest has changed.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag follows the trail of two crimes 25 years apart.

Other novels  
“American Copper” by Shann Ray is an American West story set in 1900s Montana.  “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is about a mother and daughter reconnecting.  “The Expatriates” by Janice Y.K. Lee focuses on three American women living in Hong Kong.

Story CDs
“Secret Sisters” by Jayne Ann Kretiz is a romantic suspense story.  “The Pharaoh’s Secret” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a NUMA files adventure.  “Ashley Bell” by Dean Koontz is a suspense story.  “Tom Clancy Commander in Chief” by Mark Greaney features President Jack Ryan.  “Blood Kiss” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Brotherhood story.  “Warheart” by Terry Goodkind is part of  the Sword of Truth epic.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank Lenore Bright in memory of Virginia Sheets and James Liebman.

Quotable Quote
“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” – David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), American author and professor of English and creative writing.

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