Help us celebrate Banned Books Week

Please join us in celebrating Banned Books Week September 21-27.  We agree with the position of the American Library Association, which supports the freedom of everyone to express all opinions and opposes any ban on books based on the objection of a person or group, thus restricting the access of others.

We hope you will come by to look at a special Banned Books display at your library.  And as you think of the importance of this week, please consider that the following books – many considered classics — are just a few of the many thousands of books that have been banned at various times:

The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger,  “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee,  “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “Ulysses.” by James Joyce,  “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway,  “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell,  “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding,  “1984” by George Orwell, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley,  “Animal Farm”  by George Orwell,  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey,  “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron, “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh, “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Friends’ Christmas tree needs your help

Even though Christmas is three months away, Friends of the Library members already are working on their entry in Pagosa’s annual Festival of Trees auction fundraiser in December, and they are asking for your help.  Their Christmas tree will have a candyland theme, so they are looking for ornaments that relate in some way to candy.  If you have such ornaments, or any related donations such as a large gum ball or cotton candy machine to be put under the tree, they would be greatly appreciated.  The Friends’ tree last year netted more than $200 for your library.  Any donated decorations will increase their profit for your library this year.  Please bring your donations to the library if you can help.

 Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

 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 – except for Thursday the 18th and Thursday the 25th.

 Free tween gaming

Join us Wednesday, September 24 from 4 – 5 p.m. for gaming fans in the fourth-sixth grades.  Learn skills on the Wii and Xbox while playing your favorite games.

 Free teen gaming

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.


“Prince Harry: Brother/Solder/Son” by Penny Junor is the story behind the tabloids published on the prince’s 30th birthday.  “The First Family Detail” by Ronald Kessler offers private, behind-the-scenes stories from the Secret Service.  “The Invisible Bridge” by Rick Perlstein explores the importance of the time between Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.   “The Fracking Truth” by Chris Faulkner is an inside story of America’s energy revolution.  “I’ll Be Back Right After This” by Pat O’Brien is a memoir exploring the life of this sportscaster who had a spectacular and sometimes destructive life.


“Milk” starring Sean Penn is the true story of Harvey Milk.  “Alice in Wonderland” is the new version starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  “Hoosiers” is a sports movie that was nominated for two Oscars.  “Jock: The Hero Dog” is a family animated adventure.


“The Heist” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series.  “Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series.  “The 6th Extinction” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel.  “A Perfect Life” by Danielle Steel tells of a famed TV news woman facing difficult life challenges.  “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two sisters in the ‘40s after their mother dies.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Lock In” by John Scalzi is a near-future thriller about a new highly contagious virus.  “Night of the White Buffalo” by Margaret Coel is the latest Wind River mystery in Arapaho country.  “Haunted” by Kay Hooper is the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series.  “Personal” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series.  “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson is set in Oregon’s Columbia River.  “Murder 101” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the Deck/Lazarus mystery series.  “Strange Shores” by Arnaldur  Indridason is the latest in the Inspector Erlendur mystery series.  “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd follows the life of a woman who discovers her mother was not murdered by her father.  “Her Last Whisper” by Karen Robards is the latest in the Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone psychological thriller series.

Other new novels

“Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon follows Father Tim Kavanagh as he returns from Ireland to Mitford.  “Son of No One” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark Hunter paranormal series.  “Story of Land and Sea” by Katy Simpson Smith follows three generations during the waning years of the American Revolution.  “Five Days Left” by Julie Lawson tells of two families tied together although living a thousand miles apart.  “The Witch with No Name” by Kim Harrison is the final book of the Hollows urban fantasy series.  “Severed Souls” by Terry Goodkind is the latest in the Richard and Kahlan fantasy series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we are grateful to Bob Clinkenbeard and many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“The word ‘freedom’ is batted around rather too freely.  I like ‘self-discipline.’ ” — English actress and multiple award-winner Helen Mirren.


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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