Free poetry writing workshop next Thursday

Join us for Giving Voice: A Poetry Writing Workshop next Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – noon. You will learn different types of poems, styles and writing techniques, and then participate in the challenge of writing your own poems. The session will be led by Joanne Lucariello, a part-time resident who is a retired Language Arts teacher and is certified in Language Arts Literacy.  She resides the rest of the year in New Jersey where she volunteers at her local library.  She plans on living here full time in the future. You do not need to register to participate in this workshop.

Free Summer Reading Program   

This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, having started June 2.  It will run through July 25, and it’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  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 are being featured every week in this Library News column.

Free Maker Camp for all ages

Join us this Saturday, July 12 for Maker Camp from 11 a.m. to noon when you will learn creative hands-on skills.  This event is suitable for all ages and families.

Free candlemaking class

Today (Thursday, July 10) at 10:30 a.m. you are invited to learn about candles and leave with your own creation.

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 July, on the 12th – 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 Job Search Basics on Wednesday, July 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  You will learn about job aggregator websites, as well as how to fill out online applications, attach a resume and protect yourself from job scams.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. 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.

Today’s Kids’ Zone

“Bubbleguts” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 10) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 16, join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room for Duct Tape Hats.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons.

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 and crafts

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.


“The Carnivore’s Manifesto” by Patrick Martins and Mike Edison shows you how to eat meat responsibly and well.  “The Romanov Sisters” by Helen Rappaport explores the lives of the four daughters of the last Russian tsar in their own words from diaries and letters.  “One Nation” by Dr. Ben Carson, based on a National Prayer Breakfast talk, offers ideas of what we all can do to save America’s future.  “Hard Choices” is Hilary Rodham Clinton’s memoir about the crises, choices and challenges she faced as Secretary of State.  “The Very Best Painkiller Foods” by Rachael Fontaine is a health guide and cookbook about foods that ease arthritis and joint pain.  “But Enough about You” by Christopher Buckley is a collection of essays on a variety of topics from gardening to travel.  “Deep” by James Nester explores the mysteries and adventures of freedivers.  “The Keillor Reader” is a collection of autobiographical essays by Garrison Keillor.  We also have three new travel books: “Fodor’s Alaska 2014,” “Southwest USA’s Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips” and “The Eastern San Juan Mountains.”


“China Dolls” by Lisa See is a story of three girls who meet in San Francisco in 1938.  “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King is the author’s first detective story.  “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: Part Two” by Diana Gabaldon is the second chapter of a story about an ex-combat nurse who disappears.  “The Director” by David Ignatius is a suspense story featuring the new director of the CIA. 


Both “Homeward Bound II” Disney films are in a new two-movie collection.  “Picnic” is the classic starring Kim Novak and William Holden.  “The Accidental Tourist” is a tender comedy based on Anne Tyler’s bestseller.  “Guns: The Evolution of Firearms” is a seven-part documentary spanning 400 years.  “The Elephant King” is an adventure set in Thailand.  “Batteries Not Included” is a Steven Spielberg family fantasy.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Three” by Sarah Lotz follows four survivors after four passenger planes crash at the same time.  “California Bones” by Greg Van Eekhout sets the stage for a showdown that protects a long-corrupt ragime.  “The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey is a thriller about a young girl in a wheelchair who lives in a cell.  “All Day and a Night” by Alafair Burke is the fifth in the Ellie Hatcher suspense series.    “The Fever” by Megan Abbott follows a town facing bizarre illness among its children.  “The Antiquarian” by Gustavo Faveron Patriau is a story of murder and madness in a South American city.

Other new novels

“The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs is set in a cooking school in Sonoma.  “The Girls at the Kingfisher Club” by Genevieve Valentine follows 12 sisters kept hidden by their father.  “Prince of Fools” by Mark Lawrence is book one of a new fantasy series.  “The Dark between the Stars” by Kevin J. Anderson is the first book in a new sci-fi series.  “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer follows two friends who meet on a beach.  “Mamba in Chinatown” by Jean Kwok tells of a young girl who leaves Chinatown to work in a dance studio.  “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng is about a troubled Chinese American family.  “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner tells of a woman’s slide into prescription pill addiction.

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to Bob Dungan, who purchased “The Arsenal of Democracy” and “Flash Boys” for the adult nonfiction collection.  For books and materials this week, we thank Bob and Carole Howard, Mark Kimmel, Natalie Kreizinger and Patricia Waters.

Quotable Quote

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, who was president of South Africa from 1994-1999.


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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