Lifelong Learning starts today and 13 mini-libraries around town

The new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series starts today, October 10, and continues through November 21 from 5-6:30 p.m.  Today Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanche season we experienced last winter.  On October 17, Cheryl Bowdridge of San Juan Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people.  

October 24 will feature the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.  No lecture October 31.  November 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 14 Mark Mueller returns with an avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

Mini-libraries around town

Did you know that your library offers a variety of resources and services for the community outside of its four walls?  One such program is our ever-popular Mini-Libraries Program, with 13 Book Barns located in different businesses around town. 

Each Book Barn was built by volunteers with Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County and they hold books that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors.  The items do not need to be checked out; instead individuals can “take a book, leave a book, and share a book.”  

The Book Barns are hosted by businesses located both downtown and uptown and are sponsored by area businesses.  Here’s where to find them, with the sponsoring business in brackets:

Uptown:  Beehive Homes of Pagosa (Ruby Sisson Library), Pine Ridge Extended Care Center (Archuleta County Department of Human Services), Navajo Trail Laundromat (Scott Strategic Investments), Pagosa Springs Medical Center (Scott Strategic Investments) and Archuleta Integrated Healthcare (Ruby Sisson Library).   

Downtown:  Archuleta Housing Corporation (Ponderosa Lumber), Pagosa Baking Company (Pagosa Springs Medical Center),  Archuleta County Courthouse (Pagosa Medical Group), The Lift Coffee House (Socorro Senior Living), Pagosa Springs Visitor Center (The Lift Coffee House), Ross Aragon Community Center (Terry’s Colorado Home Supply), Archuleta Department of Human Services (San Juan Basin Health) and Archuleta County Extension Office (Beehive Homes of Pagosa).

This “Did you know…” section is part of a series prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that  appears periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we will – by popular demand –switch one of the weekly sessions to the evening starting in November to make it easier for more people to participate.  We will drop Wednesday and add Tuesday evening.  The new schedule will be Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from 12-2 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. 

ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

Las clases gratuitas de ESL han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosostros – por demanda popular – cambiaremos una de las sesiones de la semana para llevarse a cabo por la noche para facilitar más participación de los estudiantes. Empezando en noviembre, el horario nuevo será los martes de 5 a 7 p.m. y los viernes de 12 a 2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras con mucha experiencia. Joyce Holdread enseña el grupo intermedio o avancado y Ellynn Ragone enseña los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

ESL this month

Until the above November schedule changes, ESL for the rest of this month takes place on October 11, October 16, October 18,  October 23, October 25 and October 30 from noon-2 p.m.

Accelerated GED course

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course at your library using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.  Enrollment has already begun, and will continue on October 17 and 24 from 2-7 p.m. and October 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The course begins Monday, November 4 and runs until December 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started.  As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.  Scholarships are available for the testing fees.  For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.

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 espanol.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 11 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.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, October 11, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link if you have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Knitting Club for teens

On Monday, October 14 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, October 15 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and leaning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, October 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Wednesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday, October 17 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 3-4 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.  


“Truth Has a Power of its Own” by Howard Zinn with Ray Suarez             is a collection of conversations on American history from the perspective of ordinary people including slaves, workers, immigrants, women and Native Americans.  “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh” by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly is a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court justice’s confirmation hearings.  “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now” by Christopher Ingraham tells of the author’s family’s move from an East Coast suburb to a Midwest house on the prairie.  “Firescaping/second edition” by Douglas Kent shows how to protect your home with a fire-resistant landscape. 

“A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell is the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II.   “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” by Joel Salatin describes the rationale for and satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally marketed farm.  “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas” by Corey Robin explores the Supreme Court justice’s biography and judicial opinions against the backdrop of his life.

Local author

“Witchwood and Seabound” by Ethan Proud tells the tale of a witch and a sheriff turned unlikely allies to stop the town of Northgate from being destroyed by dark forces.  The three books in the author’s Rebellion trilogy are also available in our collection.

Large print

“The Young Desperados” by Bill Brooks is an Ivory and Albert western murder mystery.  “Last Stage to Hell Junction” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western. 

Other novels

“Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson tells of two families from different social classes joined by an unexpected pregnancy.  “The World That We Knew” by Alice Hoffman follows three young Jewish women in Berlin 1941.

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.  You can 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 Mariko Layton and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe (1943-1993),  American professional tennis player. Ashe was the first black player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.

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