02/20/2014 Wide variety of free programs for youngsters

Luckily for our
community, youth services certified library staff member Kristine MacNeill has
put together a wonderful selection of regular free programs for babies,
toddlers and preschoolers.

Most Monday
mornings from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
is Baby and Toddler time – storytime especially for our littlest patrons aged
six months to three years.  For a half an
hour, you and your child will enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays as you learn
easy tips for how to include literacy skills in your everyday family life.

Wednesday mornings
from 10 – 10:45 a.m. is
Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids (3-5 years) and their families.  Every session has a different theme to
develop early literacy skills while having fun. 
You and your child will enjoy stories, music and a craft. 

Pick up the
schedule every month at the library and put it on your fridge so that you and
your youngsters can take advantage of these fun reading times.


Thanks for your patience

            Patrons who went
naturally to shelves in the library where their favorites were located –
autobiographies, for example — were surprised to find them missing or
moved.  That’s because we shifted all
nonfiction, fiction and large print books to make room for more books so that
we can expand our collection.  The moves
are complete now, and we thank you for your patience.


Art for kids

            Tomorrow (Friday,
February 21) from 2 – 3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a
free fun time with art.  It’s always
different and always results in something to take home.


Free Otaku for teens

            The Otaku
(Anime/Manga) Club meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 – 1 p.m.,
this month on February 22.  Join us to
watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.


Free teen crafts

            Teens meet the
fourth Monday of every month from 4 – 5 p.m. for craft time, this month on
February 24.


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for
adults that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with
African-American actresses and actors. 
The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to
promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the
newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a
given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library, check
the home page of our website or phone the library to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Free cardiac health event

            Health Talk on
Tuesday, February 25 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. features cardiology expert Josh
Borgstadt of the Pagosa
Springs Medical
Center talking about
cardiac health and stroke prevention. 
Fast the night before so you can get your complimentary health screening
and enjoy breakfast from the hospital’s Make My Day Café. 


Foreign language resources

            Want to speak
Spanish with your friends?  Headed to Paris and need to brush up on your French?  Always wanted to learn a new language?  Join us Wednesday, February 26 from 12:30 –
2:30 p.m. for a workshop that will show you what free resources are available
at your library and online.  Registration


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 



            “Cloudy Meatballs
2” is an animated comedy for the whole family. 
“Breaking Dawn: Part 2” is the final chapter in The Twilight Saga.  “Rush” is the true story of a rivalry in
Formula 1 racing.  “Princess Mononoke,”
“Blue Sky Epic,”  “Nausicaa of the Valley
of the Wind” and  “Spirited Away” are
animated adventures.  “Dallas Buyers Club”
is inspired by a true story of a Texas
cowboy.  “The Uninvited” is a haunted
house story.



            “Blindsided” by
Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Robert B. Parker’s Blue River”
is a crime story featuring Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole.  “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily
Raymond is a romance.  “Fear Nothing” by
Lisa Gardner is a mystery featuring Boston Det. 
D.D. Warren.


Large print

Surrender” by Beverly Jenkins is a historical romance.  “Murder of a Stacked Librarian” by Densie
Swanson is the latest in the Scrumble
River mystery
series.  “Christmas in Snowflake Canyon”
by RaeAnne Thayne is a romance.  “Lawless
Trail” by Ralph Cotton is a western. 
“Bertie Plays the Blues” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street


Thrillers and mysteries

            “Carthage” by Joyce Carol
Oates  follows a young girl’s
disappearance blamed on a decorated Iraq War veteran.  “That Old Black Magic” by Mary Jane Clark is
the latest in the Piper Donovan Wedding Cake mystery series. 


Other new novels

            “Worthy Brown’s
Daughter” by Phill;ip Margolin is an historical novel about justice in the
American West inspired by a true story.  
“Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan tells the love story of
Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife.


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors.  We
also received a donation from the Southwest Conservation Corps for the use of
our program room — very much appreciated.


Quotable Quote

            “You think your
pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but
then you read.  It was books that taught
me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that
connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” –
James Baldwin (1924-1987), American novelist, playwright, poet and social



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