Kids Club for youngsters, book club for teens, DIY for adults and health screenings for all

Four free programs at your library in the next week provide excellent examples of the myriad activities for all ages that are available to you and your family on a regular basis:

  • Kids Club for first-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, January 20 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  January’s theme is ice.
  • Tomorrow (Friday, January 19) from 2-3 p.m. at their teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “And Then There Were Four” by Nancy Werlin and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.
  • Free health screenings to check cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure and provide health coaching will take place Monday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to noon when staff from the San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand at the library.  Fast for nine hours prior to your screening to get the most accurate results.  Any questions?  Call SJBPH at 970-264-2409 ext. 214.  No registration required.
  • At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, January 24 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll repurpose jewelry gift boxes and decorate them with a map or other image to create an easy storage space for small trinkets or loose change from a favorite trip or vacation.  No registration required.

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, tweens/teens and adults.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 19) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, January 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (January 18) is the basics of Microsoft Excel.  January 25 is the basics of malware threats and antivirus programs.

Family storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, January 24 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Spanish books           

“La Templanza” by Maria Duenas is a novel set in the 1860s Mexico City, Havana and Spain about a self-made man who loses his fortune but finds a new life.  “The Marciano” (“The Martian”) by Andy Weir tells of an astronaut stranded on Mars.  “Ansiosos for Nada” (“Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World”) by preacher Max Lucado offers calming Christian advice focused on overcoming anxiety to find peace in life.  “Mas Alla del Invierno” (“In the Midst of the Winter”) by Isabel Allende starts with a minor traffic accident and takes readers into a moving love story.  “La Cabana” (“The Shock: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity”) by William Paul Young is a Christian mystery story set in the Oregon wilderness.


“Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford features two families, the aristocrats and the family working for them. “Darker” by E.L. James relives the passion of “Fifty Shades Darker” through the eyes of Christian Grey.  “The People vs. Alex Cross puts its hero on trial for murder.  “Where the Long Grass Blows” by Louis L’Amour is a western.  “Year One” by Nora Roberts is book one of a new dystopian sci-fi thriller trilogy.  “Canto Bight” contains four other-world novellas by four different authors.  “Count to Ten” by James Patterson is the latest in the Private mystery series, this one set in Delhi.  “Tom Clancy Power & Empire” by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure. ”The Lemon Crown” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force adventure.       

Mysteries and thrillers

“Demon Crown” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel.  “Void Star” by Zachary Mason is a tech-thriller set in the future in San Francisco.  “The Bomb Maker” by Thomas Perry pits a skilled bombmaker against the LAPD.  “Death at Nuremberg”  by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations thriller.  “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.


“Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory follows a lovable family of psychics.  “One Station Away” by Olaf  Olafsson tells of a New York neurologist and three women who change their life.         

Large print westerns

“Judgment Day” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn is book six in the Wind River series.  “All the Queen’s Men” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book three of The Regulator series.  “Snake Oil: Easy Pickin’s” by Marcus Galloway is book one of a new series.  Other westerns include “An Arizona Christmas” and “The Hour of Death: Sixkiller, U.S. Marshal” by William W. and J.A. Johnson, “Dead Man’s Boot” by Patrick Dearen and   “Destiny at Dry Camp” by John D. Nesbitt.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you 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.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors          

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Wright and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” – A handwritten note that Albert Einstein gave to a bellboy in Japan in 1922 because he was short of cash. The note recently sold for $1.56 million at an auction in Jerusalem.

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