Healthy grocery shopping and paper airplane fun

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

  • This morning (Thursday, January 25) from 10-11:30 a.m. professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand to give you tips on healthy grocery shopping while on a budget.
  • Next Monday, January 29 from 4-5 p.m., fourth to 12th graders are invited to come fold paper airplanes and experiment with which ones flies the farthest, goes the straightest or does the most loops. You also can compete with your friends to see who can fly his or her airplane best through a series of obstacles.  We’ll have some templates available, but you are encouraged to experiment with your own designs.

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 gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 26) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.


Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, January 27 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

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.

Steampunk crafts

Back by popular request, next Wednesday, January 31 from 4-5:30 p.m. is the free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5 p.m. for seventh-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry and knickknacks from keys, gears and whatever else we can find.

Literary Ladies

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, January 26) they will discuss “The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today  (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.


“Julia,” starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave fighting Fascism in the l930s, won several Academy Awards.  “Just Eat It” is a documentary about food waste from warm through retail to your fridge.  “The Big Sleep” stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  “Pretty Woman” stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” stars Daniel Craig.

 How-to and self help

“You Need a Budget” by Jesse Mecham is a guide to help you break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, get out of debt and live the life you want.   “Tell Me More” by Kelly Corrigan is a story-driven collection of essays on the twelve most powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships.  “When” by Daniel H. Pink unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, school and home.  “My iPad for Seniors/fifth edition” and “My iPhone for Seniors/fourth edition” are AARP guides with photos.  “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters” by Harold Evans is a wise and entertaining guide to clear communications by one of the great editors of our time.  “Why You Eat What You Eat” by neuro-scientist Rachel Herz explores the science and psychology of  our relationship with food.  “Passing the Trash” by Dr. Charles J. Hobson is a parent’s guide to combat sexual abuse and harassment of your children in school.  “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” by ABC News anchor Dan Harris tackles the myths and misconceptions that keep people from meditating.  “Rethinking School” by Susan Wise Bauer describes how to take charge of your child’s education.

Other nonfiction

“Home Sweet Murder” and “Murder, Interrupted” by James Patterson both contain two true-crime cases from the hit TV series Murder is Forever.  “Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions” by J.R. Helton is an unflinching but empathetic memoir of blue-collar Texas.  “Tears of Salt” by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta is the story of a doctor on the front lines of the migrant crisis.  “San Juan Islands” by Don Pitcher is a Moon travel guide.  “The Year of Less” by Cait Flanders is a memoir of a woman who stopped shopping, gave away her belongings and discovered life is more than your belongings.  “Confessions Augustine” is a new translation by Peter Constantine of this fourth century book, one of the most important autobiographical texts for Christians and non-Christians alike.

Thrillers and suspense

“Operator Down” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor looks back at an incident that changed the lives of young English adolescents.  “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a psychological thriller.


“Eternal Life” by Dara Horn follows the life of a woman who has lived for more than 2,000 years.  “Rebellion” by Ethan and Lincoln Proud is book one in a new fantasy series.     

Large print mysteries

Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke brings this hero back in a mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana.  “Promise Not to Tell” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a mystery set in Seattle.  “The Wanted” by Robert Crais  is an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike mystery.  “Unbound” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “Love Murder” by Saul Black features San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart.  “The Last Day of Emily Lindsey” by Nic Joseph follows a man seeking to uncover the secrets of his visions.

Other large print

“Walking with Peety” by Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino is the inspirational story of an overweight, depressed diabetic man and his new friend, an overweight shelter dog.

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 Jeanne Kaiser, Bob and Carole Howard, and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk too much.” – John Wayne (1907-1979), American actor, filmmaker and Academy Award winner.

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