Meg Wempe is promoted to library director

Meg Wempe, assistant director for the last two years, takes over as library director tomorrow, July 1, replacing Jackie Welch, who has retired after a 14-year career here.  Meg comes to her new role with impressive professional credentials as well as record of innovative programming, technology know-how and cordial service since she arrived in Pagosa to become our adult services librarian and tech specialist on April 1, 2013.

“I’m very excited about being the new director,” Meg said.  “I’m looking forward to expanding on Jackie’s outstanding work with even more classes and events that meet our community’s needs.”

On behalf of the board of trustees, Rick Stinchfield said:  “We are very fortunate to be able to turn to Meg to serve as director as Jackie retires.  Meg’s deep understanding of the library, her technical expertise and her enthusiastic leadership will help the library build on Jackie’s legacy as we seek new ways of meeting the needs of the community.”

Meg has a B.A. in English from Clemson University in South Carolina and an M.A. in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Before coming to Pagosa, she was branch librarian at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C.

During her three-plus years working at your library, Meg launched an adult book club and DIY series, and broadened the highly popular tech sessions and other adult programs such as Lifelong Learning lectures.  Now as director, she has many more ideas.  “One thing I think about a lot is connections,” she said.  “I’d like to widen our involvement with community organizations by looking for opportunities to partner and collaborate with more local groups like schools, the hospital, historical groups and more.  I would welcome ideas from our patrons and others.”

When Meg is not at work, she often can be found training in one of a triathlete’s disciplines – swimming, biking or running. In the winter, she loves enjoying the powder at Wolf Creek or taking walks in the snow. She enjoys living in our small town, meeting new people and exploring new things. She values her friends and likes spending time with them.

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July 4 closure
Your library will be closed on July 4.

Request for gently used books for book fair
We urgently need gently used books to sell at the August 12-13 Friends of the Library annual book sale at the Centerpoint Church.  Please take this opportunity to donate those you will not read again, and to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening.  Members can purchase 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 Summer Reading activities
Detailed Summer Reading schedules for all ages are available at your 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 should mark 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.

Free kids Olympics session today
Today (Thursday, June 30) from 4-5:30 p.m, first-sixth graders will explore what life was like in ancient Greece during the Olympics.

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

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

Free board games for all ages tomorrow
Play a variety of board games from 2-3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, July 1) including Scrabble, Bananagrams, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Cat in the Hat and Candyland.

Free origami for tweens
Next Wednesday, July 6 from 3-4 p.m. 4th-8th graders will experiment with a variety of origami patterns and designs.

Free music fun for kids
Next Wednesday, July 6 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. K-third graders will join guest pianist Elizabeth Leger for a fun music-making experience.  We will hear different musical instruments and music styles, and even make music ourselves!  No musical experience needed.

Free birding for kids
Next Thursday, July 7 from 1-2:15 p.m. first-sixth graders will learn about local birds and make a bird feeder.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 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
Next Thursday, July 7 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., pre-K and kindergarteners and their families 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.

“Ralph Compton: The Hunted” by Matthew P Mayo is a western.  ‘The Darkest Torment” by Gena Showalter is a Lords of the Underworld story.

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“Dishonorable Intentions” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Lily and the Octopus” by Steven Rowley is a love story about a dog.  “Mercy” by Michael and Daniel Palmer is a medical mystery.  “The Weekenders” by Mary Kay Andrews is a family story set on a North Carolina island.  “Flight Patterns” by Karen White follows a woman returning home to Georgia.

Mysteries and suspense
“Liberty’s Last Stand” by Stephen Coonts is a thriller after an Islamist outrage.  “Murder of the Quai” by Cara Black is set in Paris.  “Charcoal Joe” by Walter Mosley is an Easy Rawlins mystery.  “The Crow Girl” by Erik Axl Sund is a mystery set in Stockholm.

Other novels
“Barkskins” by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proux is a family saga set in Eastern Canada.  “As Good as Gone” by Larry Watson is about a mostly absentee father and grandfather who returns home.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Gayle Dixon and several anonymous donors.   We are especially grateful for generous donations in memory of Scottie Gibson from Lenore Bright as well as Bruce and Nettie Trenk.

Quotable Quote
“As you get older, it’s more difficult to have heroes but it’s just as necessary.” – Ernest Hemingway  (1899-1961), American novelist, short story wrier and journalist.

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