Pagosa stars as major setting in new thriller
“The End of Summer” by Irving Munro begins in Austin, Texas when a beautiful woman’s dead body is discovered beside a pool.  It is 2005 and the investigation into her murder goes nowhere.  Fast forward to 2014 when a retired detective named Bill Ross is hired as a volunteer special reserve officer and this cold case is reopened.

Suddenly progress is made – and the Pagosa connection becomes important.  In fact, Pagosa becomes the setting for a major part of the plot about halfway through the book.  Local readers and visitors will enjoy references to places in our community that are familiar to us all.  As well, Detective Sergeant Jacob Beach of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is thanked in the acknowledgments because Irving says he was very helpful in early plot creation and reading of the first draft.  And both The Pagosa Springs SUN and the Pagosa Daily Post are referenced in the story.

This story is a fast-paced crime story with realistic dialogue, well-crafted characters and a believable plotline.  The pleasant writing style results in an easy, enjoyable read.  Born in Scotland and now living in Austin, Irving uses his lifetime experiences well in this story.  You also can tell he admires the outdoor life of our little mountain town, including our great fishing opportunities.

Irving said the idea of making Pagosa a vital location in the book came about because Austin friends come to Pagosa in the summer to escape the Texas heat, leaving their Texas home vacant for three months every year. That situation became an important part of the plot.  Irving and his wife Aileen also have visited their friends in Pagosa, greatly enjoying their stays here.

After a long career in the software industry, Irvin retired and transitioned to a new profession as a writer, creating “The End of Summer” as the first book in the Detective Bill Ross thriller series.  He is well along in writing the second, “What’s Left is Right,” which will be published in November.  It features the Oklahoma-based Comanche Nation and, sad to say, will not include scenes in Pagosa.

Irvin has donated a copy of “The End of Summer” to your library.  If you want your own copy, it is available as a hard copy or a Kindle edition on Amazon.

Library closures
We are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the federal holiday.

Special free Superhero Academy today
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. today (Thursday, June 25) to a special yoga event when Margaret Burkesmith and Anya will teach yoga through a story about animals.  Please note space is limited so it is open to the first 30 children who arrive.  Youngsters also will make another piece for their superhero costumes and learn some superhero science.

Special free preschool event
Preschoolers and their families are invited to a special storytime on Wednesday, July 1 from 10 – 11 a.m. when Melanie Milburn returns to present a musical concert and share her new book.  Melanie is a singer, songwriter, author, preschool teacher and super performer who has been highly popular with our younger patrons on previous visits.

Read with a ranger
Kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited to join Ranger Brandon for the summer as he reads nature-themed books and provides interactive activities, crafts and a whole lot of fun.  These free programs are on the first Tuesday of the month – July 7 and August 4 – from 2-3:30 p.m.

Free teen superhero time
On Wednesday, July 1, teens in the seventh-12th grades will make superhero clocks as part of the Young Justice program at 2 p.m.

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules 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.

Also, reading logs are now available.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate.

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.

Free preschool party
Preschool children and those entering kindergarten are invited to come to earn a special certificate of accomplishment at a superhero party Saturday, June 27 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Free teens gaming tournament
Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a super gaming tournament on Monday, June 29 from 2-3 p.m.  Play against your friends to see who has more super gaming skills.

Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.  Note: No movies on July 3 because the library is closed or July 10 because the room is booked for a special meeting.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  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 ones 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.

Technology sessions cancelled
Please note:  No tech sessions on June 25, 29 and 30, as well as July 2 and 6.  Tech Time resumes Tuesday, July 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, July 9 from 3-5 p.m.

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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Harder They Come” by T.C. Boyle, based on a true story, is a story of violence and the anti-authoritarianism spirit inherent in the American character.  “Second Life” by S.J. Watson is a psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity.  “The Fixer” by Joseph Finder is a thriller about the secrets families can keep.

“What’s Your Story” showcases a selection of 200 stories from the Strangers Project headed by Brandon Doman.  “As You Wish” by Cary Elwes is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Princess Bride.”  “¡Adios, America!” by Ann Coulter outlines this conservative author’s views on immigration.  “The Theft of Memory” by Jonathan Kozol follows the author’s father’s Alzheimer’s illness and the father’s ability to describe what he was going through because he is a gifted doctor.

Large print
“Those Jensen Boys!” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Rumor Has It” by Tami Hoag is a romance.  “First Frost” by Sarah Addison Allen features the Waverley sisters.  “Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “A Deadly Web” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Files psychics thriller.

Story CDs
“A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson is the companion novel to “Life After Life.”  “The Sound of Glass” by Karen White explores a Southern family’s buried history.  “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “Emma” by Alexander McCall Smith takes Jane Austen’s beloved heroine into the 21st Century.

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 Barbara Briles, Anna O’Reilly and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

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