Meet Leah, your new youth services librarian
Leah 96    Leah Leger was only a month away from completing her Master of Library and Information Science as an early literacy fellow at the University of Denver when she noticed a posting on the Internet in July for our youth services library position.  Kristine MacNeill was retiring after seven years on the job so Jackie Welch, library director, was looking for someone to staff this vital position.

Leah recalled:  “I read the job description and loved it.  Then I Googled Pagosa and looked at so many beautiful photos and I thought, ‘Oh yes, I can see myself here!’” A visit to Pagosa and our library sealed her decision.

Leah arrives with impressive credentials.  She enjoys working with youth of all ages from infants through teens.  At the University of Denver her focus was children and teen services.  Her course work included materials and services for early childhood, children and teens, as well as infant development.  During her practicum at the Pikes Peak Library District Children’s Department, she was involved in outreach programs for teen mothers and homeless shelters, and helped with a variety of children’s programs.  She also planned and presented early literacy storytimes for little ones up to eight years of age.

In 2009, Leah received a BS in Information and Library Science with a minor in computer science magna cum laude.  Even her part time work involved children and books, as she has been a nanny, a bookseller at Barnes and Noble and a volunteer at a school library.  “I am planning some exciting programs for children of all ages, with an emphasis on early literary,” she said.  “I want every youngster to experience the truth that learning is fun.”

“Leah impressed us right away with her enthusiasm and passion for children’s librarianship,” Jackie said.  “We are delighted she chose to come to Pagosa.”

Leah started work on September 1, so please stop by to welcome her to Pagosa.  Preschoolers and their families will meet her officially on Wednesday, September 16 from 10 – 11 a.m. at her first Preschool Storytime.  “I’m so happy to be here and look forward to meeting everybody,” she said.

Save the date for free HSE and college prep
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place September 29 from 10:00 am-1 pm, September 30 from 2 pm-5 pm and October 1 from 3 pm-7 pm, with classes beginning Tuesday, October 6 at your library.  The four tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango.  The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit pagosalibrary.org.  Also, watch for a more detailed article in next week’s Library News.

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 karaoke for all ages
Everyone is invited to join us tomorrow (Friday, September 11) at 2 p.m. for musical fun for all ages.  Come to sing and stay to socialize.  Note new time now that school has started.

Teen advisory group
Join us today next Thursday, September 17 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of our teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming normally happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades—but please note that there will be no session September 15.

Free preschool storytime resumes
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. starting September 16 when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Excel Basics on Monday, September 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Note: No Tech Time next Thursday, September 17, 22 or 24.

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 purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

“Microshelters” by Derek Diedricksen shows you how to build creative cabins, tiny houses, tree houses and other small structures.  “One Thousand Wells” by Jena Lee Nardella describes how the author created a nonprofit that provided safe and clean water to 11 countries in Africa, overcoming harsh realities.  “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur C. Brooks offers a new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity and social justice.  “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer  explores income inequality and shows how the desperately poor live in our country.

Large print
“Brush Back” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Warshawski mystery.  “We Never Asked for Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh follows a single-mother Mexican family living in San Francisco.  “Lord of the Wings” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Last Time I Saw Her” by Karen Robards is a Charlotte Stone profiler mystery.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Keeper’s Reach” by Carla Neggers is a Sharpe and Donovan FBI mystery.  “Margaret Truman’s Internship in Murder” by Donald Bain is a Capital Crimes murder.  “Hostage Taker” by Stefanie Pintoff is a thriller that starts with a hostage taking in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  “The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady” by Susan Wittig Albert is a garden club mystery set in a small Southern town in 1934.  “Undercover” by Danielle Steel features an undercover DEA agent.

Other novels
“The Taming of the Queen” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel about Henry VIII’s wife Kateryn.  “Secondhand Souls” by Christopher Moore is an urban fantasy set in San Francisco.

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 Mike Dacus, Jeanne Kaiser, Don Smith and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Many of the Founding Fathers were just kids on July 4, 1776.  Hamilton was 21 and Madison was 25.  Ben Franklin at age 70 was the wise and thrifty elder.” – AARP The Magazine.

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