Sixty magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure and electric vehicles tonight

Did you knowthat your library has more than 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in our collection for your free reading enjoyment?

Magazine titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few.  New magazine titles soon to be added include Powder and Ski.  We also have recently added the magazines All Animals and Sports Illustrated for Kids.  All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search.  All past magazine issues are available for free check out.  

Newspapers include The Durango Herald, The Pagosa Springs SUN, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal.  You may enjoy reading them right at the library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7.  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.  A library card is required to access some of the online resources. 

Electric vehicles session tonight

This evening, Thursday, January 23, from 5:30-7 p.m. you can learn about electric vehicles at a free informative session at your library.  You’ll hear how EVs work, their advantages, and why many car experts say we’ll all be driving them in the not too distant future.  We’ll have an EV available and the owner on hand to answer your questions.

Bike repair toolkit available

Your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out.  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

Help for your driver’s test

We have an online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.

All-ages LEGO contest

Tomorrow, Friday, January 24, is the last day to turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 25 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the  event will support the library’s programs and resources.

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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla español.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, January 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will be talking about “I’m Not Missing” by Carrie Fountain, and enjoying snacks.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 –11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, January 24, they will discuss “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

New after-school club

The third session of a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, January 17 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 27 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Platform Seven” by Louise Doughty opens with the narrator watching a man on a train platform about to commit suicide.  “Treasure” by Clive Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.

Books on CD

“The Girls” by Abigail Pesta documents how Larry Nassar, the sexual predator of female Olympic gymnastics, honed his despicable skills in a small gym in Michigan.  “The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity” by Denny and Susan Waxman describes the macrobiotic way to live a long and healthy life. 

How-to and self-help

“The New Keto Friendly South Beach Diet” by Dr. Arthur Agatston updates his signature book with information relating to the ketogenic diet.  “The Camper’s Survival Guide” by Tamsin King offers tips on food prepping, gear, food aid, etiquette and more.  “Retirement 101” by CPA Michelle Cagan is a guide to preparing for this important time in your life.  “The Autoimmune Solution” by Dr. Amy Myers shows how to prevent and reverse inflammatory symptoms and diseases.

Other nonfiction

“Loserthink” by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, looks at how untrained brains are ruining America.  “Radical Compassion” by spiritual teacher Tara Brach shows how to extend compassion even when you’re stressed or angry.  “Make Noise” by Eric Nozum uses his experience as a veteran podcast creator to help you stand out in this crowded media universe. 

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 to our donors          

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling posted some tips on her website. “I haven’t got 10 rules that guarantee success, though I promise I’d share them if I did,” she wrote.  “The truth is that I found success by stumbling off alone in a direction most people thought was a dead end, breaking all the 1990s shibboleths about children’s books in the process.Rowling listed the various qualities a writer needs to have — discipline, resilience, humility, courage and independence — but stressed, like Faulkner, that anyone serious about writing books should also be a voracious reader. “You can’t be a good writer without being a devoted reader.”

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