Free fun Summer Reading activities underway for all ages
Here is just a small sample of the wide variety of free fun Summer Reading activities underway for all ages at your library between now and July 29.  You can register at the library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Today from 1-2:15 p.m. first-sixth graders will learn about the different sports and Olympic athletes competing this summer in Rio.

Tomorrow (Friday, June 17) is all-ages gaming on the Wii amd X-box 360 Kinect from 2-3:15 p.m.

Adults interested in meeting new people while taking a walk and discussing books should join us for a 30-minute walk today and Thursday, June 30 from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  No preassigned book.

Life Hacks on Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m. is a workshop for adults to help you learn to tweak little things to make your life easier and more productive.  Learn a few tips and leave with a few resources, too.

Toddlers gather Tuesday, June 21 from 6-6:30 p.m. for storytime before leaving their stuffed animal for a sleepover.

Tuesday, June 22 from 4-5:30 p.m. fifth-12th graders play board games including Castle Panic and Forbidden Island as well as card games like Fluxx and Yu-gi-oh.

Kids in the fifth-sixth grades meet next Thursday, June 23 from 1-2:15 p.m. to explore the library’s outdoor garden to see what bugs live out there.

Next Friday, June 24 from 2-3 p.m. is an all-ages Cookie Cook-off.  Bring two dozen cookies you have baked.  Judging will be in three age categories – 13 and younger, teens and adults.  Parents must attend with a child.  Registration required.

Detailed Summer Reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.   Adults, teens and children will have bingo cards to complete for prizes.   Babies will have a game board to fill out for their prizes.  Participants will want to mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 29 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with food, games, crafts and live music  Grand prizes will be announced after the drawing.  Unlike other years, you must be present to win.

Fond farewell to Jackie
Your library is hosting a farewell open house for Jackie Welch on Wednesday, June 29 from 2-4 p.m. to thank her for her great work and wish her well as she retires as director of the library.  We hope you will join us to honor this accomplished woman.  See last week’s Library News column at our website for details of Jackie’s career.

Free Spanish classes today
The fourth session in the six-week Spanish language class taught by Jean Broderick takes place today (Thursday, June 16) from 5-6:30 p.m. and continues through June 30.

Free Otaku – Cosplay
Fifth-12th graders are invited to dress as your favorite Aime/Manga character Monday. June 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. and come to watch some aime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga.

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 – but note no Tech Time June 23.  More formal sessions requiring registration are Facebook for Individuals using a browser tomorrow (Friday, June 17) from 10 a.m. – noon and Monday, June 20 using an app from 10:30-12:30 p.m.

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.

Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, June 16) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

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.

“Foolproof Preserving” by America’s Test Kitchen is a guide to small batch jams, jellies, pickles, condiments and more.  “It’s a Long Story: My Life” is Willie Nelson’s autobiography.  “Walking the Himalayas” by Levison Wood describes the explorer’s 1,700-mile trek along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan.

Mysteries and suspense
“A Hero of France” by Alan Furst is a thriller about the French Resistance.  “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley begins with a private plane crash between Martha’s Vineyard and New York.  “Forgive Me” by Daniel Palmer starts with the discovery of a photo of a little girl.  “A Game for All the Family” by Sophie Hannah is a psychological thriller.
In “Zero K” by Don DeLillo, two characters seek to conquer death.  “15th Affair” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Extreme Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo picks up a decade after the story in “Nobody’s Fool.”  “The Apartment” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of four young women in New York.

Other novels
“The Darkest Torment” by Gene Showalter is book 12 in the Lords of the Underworld series.  “The Island House” by Nancy Thayer centers on a family one summer in Nantucket.  “All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank showcases a couple about to move to Charleston to retire.  “Modern Lovers” by Emma Straub is about a tight-knit group of friends and bandmates from college.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Robin Galloway, Vondra Doherty, Robert Wallace and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience.  [It’s] like a muscle; you can build it up.” – Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.

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.

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