Sign up now for free Summer Reading Program
Sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that begins June 1 and runs until July 31.  You can register at the library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Our baby and toddler programs are designed especially to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your children.  All the activities build early literacy skills.

The summer reading theme is Every Hero has a Story.  Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events!

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight
Tonight (Thursday, May 21) marks the last of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Durango city councilor Dick White will discuss “Climate change: causes and consequences.”  He will review the evidence for climate change and for its attribution to human activities, and describe possible impacts, particularly in Colorado.   The lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.

Teen finals study session
Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to study for finals at the library today (Thursday, May 21) from 4 – 5 p.m.  We’ll provide you with a good space to study, plus resources and snacks at your fingertips, as you prepare for your final exams.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

Free baby/toddler time
This event is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.

Library closure
Your library will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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.

“Unforgettable” is a memoir and tribute to his mother’s death by NPR’s Scott Simon.  “Get Your Hopes Up!” by Joyce Meyer shares practical advice and Scriptural wisdom to help you discover the power of hope.  “The Job” by Steve Osborne is a memoir of a New York City street cop’s 20 years on the job.  “Hope” by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus is a memoir by these two women who were kidnapped and hidden for 10 years in Cleveland.  “Full” by Kimber Simpkins documents a life-changing journey to  spiritual fulfillment.  “Days of Rage” by Bryan Burrough is an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the leftist revolutionary underground.  “The Gluten Lie” by Alan Levinovitz shows why Americans’ problem is not what we eat but rather how we eat.  “I Am Because You Are” by Jacob Lief describes the work of The Ubuntu Education Fund in South Africa.  “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall investigates the work of Resistance Fighters in World War II.  “The Wright Brothers” by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough is a biography of these two aviation pioneers.  “What Do I Do If…?” by Eric Grzymkowski provides easy solutions for some of life’s difficult problems.  “Searching for Sunday” by Rachel Held Evans

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Lady from Zagreb” by Philip Kerr is the latest Bernie Gunther thriller, set in Europe.  “Into the Fire” by Dick Cough and George Galdorisi is a military thriller featuring characters created by Tom Clancy.  “The Forgotten Room” by Lincoln Child takes place in a think-tank where sinister things are happening.  “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Longmire mystery series.  In “A Good Killing” by Allison Leotta, a woman helps her sister fight a murder charge.

Other novels
“The Shadows” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series.  “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, is the best selling Chinese science fiction novel.  “A Crown for Cold Silver” by Alex Marshall is a fantasy featuring a female warrior.  “Born of Defiance” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a paranormal fantasy story.

Story CDs
“A Deadly Web” by Kay Hopper is book two of the Bishop Files psychic series.  “Stranger” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “The Dream Lover” by Elizabeth Berg is a novelized biography of George Sand.  “Every Fifteen Minutes” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery featuring a sociopath.  “Miracle at August” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is an inspirational golf story.  “Hot Pursuit” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Liar” by Nora Roberts follows a woman who finds her husband never existed after he died.  “Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford thriller.

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 several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist.

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