Southern Ute Cultural Center presents Pagosa stories and census jobs Q&A next Thursday

We hope you will join us next Thursday, February 6 for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10-11 a.m.

Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the vibrant Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is so rich in history.  Did you know that Pagosah is a Ute word?  Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe, and we have much to learn from this heritage.

This is an all-ages event.  No registration is required.  We hope so see you there.

Census jobs

Also next Thursday, February 6 you can learn about working for the 2020 census at a free Q&A session from 5-7 p.m.  Hiring is happening January through February, and jobs start in March and April.  All applications are done online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  Come to this free presentation to get help applying, to learn more about census work and to ask questions.  No registration required.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 31 from 2:30-3:45 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.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her number is 970-264-1986.  

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, February 3 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.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by next Tuesday, February 5 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

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.  February 5 is a special Spanish session.    


“Game Night” is a comedy about a couple’s murder mystery night.   “Judy” stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland.  “Get On Up” covers the life and music of James Brown.   “The Reliant” follows children whose faith and family bonds save them as they hide in the woods.


“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid begins when a security guard confronts a young black woman out late with a white child she is babysitting.  “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel is set in an elite private high school in Massachusetts.  “The Whispers of War” by Julia Kelly follows three friends at the start of World War II.  “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict is a novelist’s look at the life of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“How Quickly She Disappears” by Raymond Fleischmann tells of a woman obeying a man’s request for three requests to find her sister missing 20 years.  “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover follows a family whose life is shattered when the father is involved in a tragic accident.  “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Brad Taylor thriller.

Short stories

“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” by Zora Neale Hurston is a collection of Harlam Renaissance stories about African American life in New York. 

Large print

“The Country Guesthouse” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan Crossing novel.  “Cut and Run” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Reason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher tells of three women married to the same man.  “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a murder mystery.

How-to and self-help

“Becoming Your Own Therapist” by Kevin J. Kelly offers practical strategies to manage your moods and behaviors.             

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

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), German musician, virtuoso organist and composer.  Many consider him the great composer who ever lived.

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