Free High School Equivalency and college prep orientation starts Sept. 29
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.

With a vision toward enhancing literacy and education, your library is the new home site of the county’s free HSE and college prep program. This program will be offering help with preparing for the GED and entering college, vocational tech or trade schooling with assistance in program applications, finding and filling out financial aid.

GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official 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 on this program, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit the library website at pagosalibrary.org.

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.

Read with a Ranger
This fun program with Ranger Brandon for fourth-sixth graders is next Wednesday, September 23 from 4-5 p.m.  Find out how plants and animals get ready for fall and enjoy nature-themed books and activities.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (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 happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free gaming for all ages
Tomorrow (Friday, September 18) enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box with your friends and family from 2-3:15 p.m.  Note later time now that school has started.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. 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 resumes
This event is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Cancelled technology classes
Please note: No Tech Time today (Thursday, September 17) or September 22 and 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.

“Living Long, Living Passionately” by Karen Casey contains 75 essays outlining a program of meditation and prayer.  “Avenue of Spies” by Alex Kershaw is the true story of an American doctor and his family in the Paris resistance during World War II.  “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget” by Sarah Hepola is a poignant yet humorous memoir of a recovering alcoholic.

Large print
“Mr. Monk Gets on Board” by Hy Conrad is a mystery based on the USA Network TV series “Monk.”  “Vixen” by Bill Pronzini is a Nameless detective mystery.  “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi is a thriller about drought in the Southwest.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz is a continuation of the thriller series originated by the late Stieg Larsson featuring the girl with the dragon tattoo and her crusading journalist partner.  “Iron Wolf” by Dale Brown is a military thriller pitting an American hero against the Russians as conflict rages in Ukraine.  “The Drafter” by Kim Harrison is the first book in a new Peri Reed Chronicles thriller series set in Detroit in 2030.  “The Lightning Stones” by Jack Du Bruel is a thriller about rare crystals rumored to have been aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane.  “Obsession Falls” by Christina Dodd is a thriller set in Washington State.

Other novels
“Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal follows a young woman who becomes a famous chef.  “Two Years Five Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” by Salman Rushdie is a near-future novel blending history, mythology and a timeless love story.

Story CDs
“Badlands” by C.J. Box is a mystery set in oil rich North Dakota.  “Alert” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest in the Michael Bennett thriller series.  “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series.  “Deadly Assets” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Philadelphia police saga.”Devil’s Bridge” by Linda Fairstein is the 17th Axelandra Cooper thriller.

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 bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Rick Artis, Cindi Galabota, Gary Weger and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say bout him.”  — Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), British actress, fashion icon and humanitarian.

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