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.


“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.


“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.


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