Summer Reading party tomorrow, new LGBTQ group  and book sale in August

Your library’s Summer Reading Program closing party takes place tomorrow, Friday, July 26, from 4:30 –  6 p.m. – when everyone who participated in the program will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Highlight of the event will be distribution of prizes to several lucky winners. 

Grand prize for babies-pre K is a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens is a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards donated by Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party.  Note that you must be present to win a prize.

We’ve had great participation in this summer’s program:  20 preschool kids, 81 children, 16 teens and 48 adults.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 15 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ann M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse (note new location). 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends use all the proceeds for various projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla español.

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 25, we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Fly fishing casting practice today

Casting demonstration and practice will be led by Mark at Yamaguchi Park today,  Thursday, July 25, from 6-7 p.m.  We recommend bringing your own fly rod, if you have one, but we will have a limited number of rods available at the park for those without.

An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 27, with time and location to be determined in class.  Registration is required for these sessions.  Please call 970-264-2209 or come in to the library to register.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, July 26, they will discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a free paper airplanes event on Monday, July 29, from 4-5 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen advisory board

Thursday, August 1, 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.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This free session is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

How-to and self help

We have four books by Anthony William:  “Medical Medium” tells of the root causes of diseases and conditions that are often misunderstood.  “Liver Rescue” provides guidance on how to ensure you maintain a healthy liver.  “Life-Changing Foods” explains the healing power of more than 50 fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and wild foods.  “Thyroid Healing” explores a new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness.  “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel K. Kahn reveals 75 simple, low-cost things to do to avoid cardiovascular disease. 

“The Secret Therapy of Trees” by Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri looks at the healing powers of green spaces and regenerative plants.  “Beating Alzheimer’s” by Tom Warren describes the author’s experience reversing the devastating symptoms of this disease.  “Clean Snacks” by Arman Liew provides 50 recipes for gluten-free, paleo and veggie snacks.  “How to Flyfish” by John Symonds offers tips, lessons and techniques to catch more fish. 

Other nonfiction

“Power Trip” by Michael E. Webber uses history to provide ideas to address today’s energy emergencies.  “Four Friends” by William D. Cohan explores the lives of four accomplished friends who died too young.  “Buzz Ting Bite” by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson reveals details of the world of insects and why we could not survive without them.  “Finding the Bright Side” by Shannon Bream is a memoir by this FOX TV host.  “Dapper Dan Made in Harlem” by Daniel R. Day is a memoir about the man who pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s.  “Inside the Five-Sides Box” by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon.

“Moon Dust” by Andrew Smith has been updated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  “One Giant Leap” by Charles Fishman explores the epic mission to reach the moon.  “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi is a memoir that combines race, fame and food themes.  “Myths and Misconceptions” by Richard Benson debunks common myths that most people consider fact.  “The Kennedy Heirs” by J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the next generation of one of America’s most famous families.  “A Primer for Forgetting” by Lewis Hyde assembles writing from the past to present on the advantages of selective amnesia.  “After Virginia Tech” by Thomas Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members.  “A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” by Tyler Kepner is a history of the game as told through the craft of pitching.

Books on CD

“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery.  “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a novel of glamour, sex and adventure in the 1940s.  “Sisters of Summer’s End” by Lori Foster follows two women’s friendship as summer ends.  “The Summoning” by Heather Graham is a mystery centering on strange happenings in a home and a neighborhood. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams tells of murder and espionage in the Bahamas in 1941 in the social circles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson is a Det. Jackson Brodie mystery. 


“Nova Wonders” is a two-disc series making complicated scientific concepts understandable and fun.  “Death in Paradise” is season one and two.  “Five Feet Apart” is a love story featuring two teens who spend much of their time as patients in hospital.  “Hotel Mumbai” is the true story of the 2008 terrorist siege of the hotel in India. 

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 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.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank John Taylor and Jim Miller.

Quotable Quote

“I tell everyone not to retire, but to rewire.” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, age 91,  better known as Dr. Ruth, a German-American sex therapist, author, and radio and TV personality.

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