03/13/2014 Library survey will solicit your opinions and input

The last time we conducted such a
comprehensive survey was in 2009 — and we listened and acted on your ideas.  In fact, your suggestions resulted in scores
of changes and upgrades including additional computer work stations, a youth
section where computers are reserved for teens and tweens after school and on
Saturdays and holidays,  more adult
enrichment programs such as computer and database classes, more programs for
teens, new adult and teen book clubs, more books and music on CD, more large
print books, more DVDs, more guest speakers, an expanded Lifelong Learning Lecture
schedule, a movie program, easier access to interlibrary loans, programs for
home-schooled kids, designated quiet reading areas, meeting rooms for community
use, a paperback book exchange area, later closing hours on Saturdays, a map of
the library floor plan, and improved signage and displays.

            Once
again, we are eager to get the opinions of our patrons.  And we are equally eager to reach out to
non-library users to get their views. 
With this broad audience in mind, the survey will be available online,
on paper at the library, at City Market  and
in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview section.

            Watch
for information on the survey availability later this month.  And know that we greatly value your
perspective and your suggestions.

           

Help, please! re foreign language films

            We would like to
improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films,
but our DVD budget is limited.  If you
have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to
donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

 

Family karaoke

            Mark your calendar
for next Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for karaoke for all ages.  Enjoy snacks and sing along!

 

Free tweens bookclub

            If you’re in the
fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is
the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, March
14) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher” by
Bruce Coville and you’ll get your new book to read.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie event for adults, which
this month will be films from the 1950s. 
On March 14th, we’ll be showing The Asphalt Jungle.  More information is available on our homepage, including a link to what the movie is about, and its reviews. 

 

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. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Excel Basics on Wednesday, March 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
where you will learn how to create a new worksheet, basic formatting, creating
simple formulas and more.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
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. 

 

Nonfiction

            “Your
Life Calling” by TV journalist Jane Pauley is a fresh look at the life of baby
boomers as they reach their 50s. 
“Glitter and Glue” by Kelly Corrigan explores the important influences
her mother had on the author’s life.  “Grow
More with Less” by Vincent A. Simone helps you spend less, use less water and
do less work while still having a beautiful lawn and garden.

 

DVDs

            “Gravity” was an
Academy Award winner this year.  “Nebraska” stars Academy
Award nominee Bruce Dern.  “Brokeback Mountain” won three Academy Awards in
2005.  “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Foreign
Correspondent,”  “Stage Fright” and “The
Working Man” are all Alfred Hitchcock classics. “Murder on the Orient Express”
is an Agatha Christie mystery.  “Hell on
Wheels” is the complete first season. 
“Thor: The Dark World” is an adventure movie.  “Napoleon” and “Queen Victoria’s Empire” are both histories from
PBS. 

                       

Large print

            “The
Last Kiss Goodbye” by Karen Robards features a psychiatrist who can see dead
people.  “Cell” by Robin Cook is the
latest medical thriller by Robin Cook. 
“Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini is about the daughter of Lincoln’s secretary of
the treasury.  “The Dead in their Vaulted
Arches” by Alan Bradley is a mystery featuring an 11-year-old aspiring
detective. 

 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Killer” by
Jonathan Kellerman is the latest psychological suspense story featuring Dr.
Alex Delaware.  “Private L.A.” by James
Patterson is the latest in the mystery series featuring this private security
firm.  “After I’m Gone: by Laura Lippman
follows the family and mistress of a man who vanishes.  “Runner” by Patrick Lee features an
ex-Specific Forces black ops expert. 
“The Counterfeit Agent” by Alex Berenson features ex-CIA man John
Wells.  “The Martian” by Andy Weir is
about an astronaut stranded on Mars.

             

Other novels

             “Mark of Evil” by Tim LaHaye and Craig
Parshall is the last book in The End science fiction series.  “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris is an
historical novel about the Dreyfus affair. 
“The Secret of Raven Point” by Jennifer Vanderbes is set amid the ruins
of war-torn Italy.  “The Traitor’s Wife” by Allison Pataki is an
historical novel about the wife of Benedict Arnold.  “Golden
State” by Michelle
Richmond takes place over a single unforgettable day.  “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab is paranormal story
set in a near-future world.  “A Darkling Sea” by James L. Cambias is a science
fiction story set on the planet Limatar. 
“Last Days” by Adam Nevill is about a film being made about a notorious
cult.  “The Good Luck of Right Now” is
written by Matthew Quick, author of “The Silver Linings Playbook.” 

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Megan Riddle plus our many anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Talent is cheaper
than table salt.  What separates the
talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen
King, American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and
fantasy.

 

Website

            For more information on library
books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/. 

 

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