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.


“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.


“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.


 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.

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