Free Summer Reading Program underway now

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that
will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for June, on the 14th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  All ages welcome.  No registration required. 

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. A more formal session requiring registration is PowerPoint Basics on Wednesday, June 11 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to create a slideshow presentation.

Free adult movies are back

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movies for teens

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at noon teens are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movie for kids

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities flyer at the library.

Free Thursday Kids’ Zone

“It’s Sense-ational” is this week’s theme on Thursday, June 12 for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, June 14 from 10 – ll:30 a.m.  (Note new time)  Bring your creativity – the LEGOS are provided. 

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 11, join us for Magical Dust (make your own fairy or dragon dust) from 3-4:30 p.m.  Then stay for Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.  

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.  

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.


“Off the Beaten Path: Colorado” is a new travel guide.  “Forgotten Tales of Colorado” by Stephanie Waters documents silly, seedy and salacious stories from our state’s history.  “Big Tent” by Mallory Factor is a collection of essays by leaders of the conservative movement in American politics.  “No Place to Hide” by Guardian newspaper columnist Glenn Greenwald is the inside story of his conversations with and revelations from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


“Like Water for Chocolate” is based on the best selling book.  “Orphan Black” is season one of this BBC
series.  “Greatest Classic Legends” features four Paul Newman films.  “We’re the Millers” is a comedy.  “Pacific Rim” is an adventure film about aliens and robots.  “Grand Canyon” stars Kevin Kline and Danny Glover.  “The Ghost Writer” is a Roman Polanski thriller.  “Into Darkness” is a Star Trek film.  “New in Town” stars Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.           

Large print

“Don’t Look for Me” by Loren D. Estleman is the latest in the P.I. Amos Walker mystery series.  “Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well” by Nancy Atherton is about a wishing well that appears to make wishes come true.  “Once Upon a Lie” by Maggie Barbieri is the latest in the Maeve Conlon mystery series.  “Saddlemates” by Max Brand and “Valley of Fire” by Johnny D. Boggs are westerns.  “Waiting for You” by Kristan Higgins, “Betting the Rainbow” by Jodi Thomas and “Walking on Air” are romance novels.  “Death Comes to the Village” by Catherine Lloyd is the latest in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series.   “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon is a mystery set in Vermont. “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble” by Mignon F. Ballard is a Cozy mystery.  “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett mystery series.  “Love & Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman is an historical fiction set in wartime Salzburg.  “Runner” by Patrick Lee is the latest in the Sam Dryden mystery series.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“One Night in Winter” by Simon Sebag Montefiore is a political thriller set in Stalin’s Russia that was inspired by a true story.  “The Skin Collector” by Jeffrey Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme thriller series.

Other new novels

“In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen follows a group of people who gather at the site of a former death camp in 1996.  “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl tells of a young woman who moves to New York to work for a food magazine.   

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bowe, Carla Evans, Ali Evans-Crawford, Scottie Gibson, Sandy Kobrock, Marion Leonard, Tim McAvoy,  Judith McCormick and Mark Mueller, Lisa Nelson, Joseph Porter, Jill Porterfield, Jane Reseigh, Marcia Taylor, Shannon Weakman and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When baking,  follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.” – Laiko Bahrs, culinary consultant. 


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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