Summer Reading Program party tomorrow afternoon    
This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow (Friday, July 29) when all registered participants are invited to the closing celebration party from 4:30 – 6 p.m. that includes free snacks, crafts, music and prizes.  No advance reservations are required.

This summer we have had 32 adult participants, 22 teens, and 126 children and tweens participating.  In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers have competed for some wonderful prizes that will be given out at the party tomorrow afternoon.  Please note that, unlike the practice in past years, you must be present to win a prize this summer.

The prizes are impressive:  Babies and toddlers (0-4 years), a literacy basket; kids (K-sixth grades), bike and helmet package from The Hub; teens (seventh-12th grades), $150 gift certificate at Pagosa Outside; and adults (18-plus), grand prize is a $125 Visa gift card with two additional prizes of $25 Visa gift cards.

The San Juan Mountain Boys band will perform during the event.  We will have fun crafts, snacks, general merriment and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes at 6 p.m.

Book fair cancelled
The Friends of the Library annual book sale August 12-13 has been cancelled this year because they do not have enough books to put on their usual first-class event. The annual Friends meeting and member reception still will occur on Friday, August 12, but it will take place at the library (new location).  Over the next year, we will stockpile books to ensure that the 2017 book sale will be a noteworthy event with the large variety of high-quality items for sale that has made this event so popular in the past.

Backpacks available for free checkout
Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we now have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Free Olympics fun today

“Obstacle Course” is the theme of Library Olympics today (Thursday, July 28) from 1 – 2:15 p.m. when first-sixth graders will form teams to go through a library obstacle course to see who will win gold, silver or bronze.

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, July 28) from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  No preassigned book.

Free Medicare 101 session
Next Thursday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. – noon Katy, a talented San Juan Area Agency on Aging navigator, will provide you with important information before you enroll in Medicare.  Please call 264-0501, ext. 2, to reserve a spot.

Free Medicaid and ACA workshops
Next Thursday, August 4 at 1 p.m. there will be stand-alone workshops on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act geared to people starting Medicaid.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, August 4 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 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.

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 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.

“Disappearances” by Scott Thybony investigates the three missing young people in the American Southwest.  “Why You Love Music” by British scientist and musician John Powell explores the power of beautiful sounds from Mozart to Metallica.  “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” by Janine Di Giovanni is a devastating account of ordinary people’s life in wartime Syria today.

“How the States Got Their Shapes” is season one.  “Russia & Estonia” is part of the Rudy Maxa’s World Exotic Places series.  “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” stars Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.  “Popular Mechanics for Kids” is the complete first season.

“Age of Myth” by Michael J. Sullivan is book one of the Legends of the First Empire.  “Foreign Agent” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath thriller.  “End of Watch” by Stephen King is the finale of the Bill Hodges trilogy.  “The Emperor’s Revenge” by Clive Cussler is the 11th book in the Oregon Files adventure series.

Large print
“First Comes Love” by Emily Giffin brings together two sisters on the anniversary of a tragedy.  “Bay of Sighs” by Nora Roberts is book two of The Guardians trilogy.

Mysteries and suspense
“The Innocents” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson thriller.  “The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery.  “Among the Wicked” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder mystery.

Other novels
“Chance Developments” by Alexander McCall Smith is a collection of five short stories.  “The Light of Paris” by Eleanor Brown follows an unhappy woman inspired by her adventurous grandmother.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Veronica Johnson, Sara Brinton, Lyn Dryburgh and Jenny Iguchi.

Quotable Quote
“For 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in the bank of experience.  And on January15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a sudden large withdrawal.” – Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York City on January 15, 2009, saving all 155 passengers.

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