05/26/2016

Spanish classes start today and Summer Reading Program signup is open
A six-week Spanish language class taught by Jean Broderick starts today (Thursday, May 26) from 5-6:30 p.m. and continues for the next six Thursdays.  Jean has taught Spanish before, and has been written up in The Pagosa Springs SUN for going to Cuernavaca for concentrated study through UNINTER (Universidad International).

Registration is now open online or at the library for this year’s free Summer Reading Program, which takes place June 6-July 29.  Summer Reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Detailed schedules are available at your library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Memorial Day closure
Your library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Save the date for book fair
Mark your calendars for August 12-13 for the Friends of the Library annual book sale at the Centerpoint Church.  We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening, when you’ll get the opportunity to purchases books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices ahead of the public on Saturday.  Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Free all-ages movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 27) from 2-3:30 p.m. with your friends and family for a G-rated movie.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can get it on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free Science Madness
This month’s Science Madness takes place Saturday, May 28 from 1-2 p.m. when first-fifth graders will have fun making paper airplanes and enjoying the world of flying.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-4:45 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

Nonfiction
“A Different Kind of Daughter” by Maria Toorpakai is the memoir of a Pakistan girl who passed as a boy in order to play sports.  “Continental Divide” by Maurice Isserman explores the history of American mountaineering.  “Be Your Own Herbalist” by Michelle Schoffro Cook details essential herbs for health, beauty and cooking.  “For the Glory” by Duncan Hamilton is a biography pf Eric Liddell, hero of “Chariots of Fire.”  “Bind Us Apart” by historian Nicholas Guyatt discusses how our enlightened Founding Fathers invented racial segregation.  “Changing Normal” by Marilu Henner and Michael Brown shows how this couple blended Eastern and Western medicine to beat his cancer.  “A History of ISIS” by Fawaz A. Gerges is written by one of the world’s leading authorities on political Islam and jihadism.

Story CDs
“The Safe Secret” by Fern Michaels unveils a past life left behind.  “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts follows the hold of a father over a daughter.  “The 14th Colony” by Steve Berry is a political thriller.  “Predator” by Wilbur Smith and Tom Cain is a Crossbow adventure thriller.  “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen is a saga  about a family.

Mysteries and suspense
“15th Affair” by James Patterson is a Lindsay Boxer mystery.  “Fall of a Man in Wilmslow” by David Lagercrantz is a post-war Britain thriller.  “The Last Good Girl” by Allison Leotta shines a light on campus rape.  “Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn” by Ace Atkins is a Spense mystery.  “Woman in Blue” by Elly Griffiths is a Ruth Galloway mystery.  “Time of Departure” by Douglas Schofield features Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot.  “Wilde Lake” by Laura Lippman makes a state attorney deal with questions about her family’s past.  “The Body in the Wardrobe” by Katherine Hall Page is a Faith Fairchild mystery.  “Hide Away” by Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.  “Extreme Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “That Darkness” by Lisa Black is a psychological suspense story.  “Murder in Time” by Julie McElwain  features FBI agent Kendra Donovan.  “Troublemaker” by Linda Howard is a romantic suspense story.

Novels
“Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo returns to the characters of “Nobody’s Fool.”  “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” by Lydia Millet tells of a mother and child fleeing a manipulative husband.  “The Chimes” by Anna Smaill follows an orphan in post-civil war England.  “Before the Wind” by Jim Lynch is a family saga of a sailing clan.  “The Girl from Summer Hill” by Jude Deveraux is book one in a new Summer Hill series.  “The Beast” by J.R. Ward is the latest Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance.  “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom  follows the life of an escaped slave passing as a wealthy white.  “LaRose” by Louise Erdrick begins with a horrific shooting accident.  “The Sport of Kings” by C.E. Morgan explores slavery through the lives of a Southern horseracing family.  “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes explores the life of Russian composer Shostakovich.  “The Paris Key” by Juliet Blackwell follows a young woman returning to Paris after her divorce.  “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly was inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine.

DVDs
“The Revenant” won multiple Academy Awards this year.  “The Great Divide” is a documentary on the importance of water from rivers born in the mountains of Colorado.   “In the Heart of the Sea” is a New England whaling adventure.  “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is the movie that inspired the series.  “Creed” earned Sylvester Stallone an Academy Award nomination.  “Paddington” is a family film.  We have “Goodwife” seasons five and six, and “The Golden Girls” season one.  “The Quiet Man” won two Academy Awards.  “Roxanne” is a comedy starring Steve Martin.  “Star Wars the Force Awakens” is the latest film in this adventure.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Clifton Coldwell and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum (1810-1891), American showman, businessman and founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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.

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