New early literacy computers, Lifelong Learning lectures and ESL expanding to evening sessions

We are excited to tell you that we have just installed two new early literacy computer stations that were mostly funded by a $5,000 grant from the AJL Charitable Foundation.  These new computers are touchscreen, unlike the older ones, and are bilingual, where the older ones only had a few learning games in Spanish.       

They are designed for our youngest patrons, and include a variety of learning games.  They are standalone computers, and thus do not have access to the internet – only  to a multitude of learning games.  You’ll find them in the children’s area.

For their generosity, we are grateful to the Denver-based AJL Charitable Foundation and their mission to invest in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado’s youth and families.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

The second talk in the new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place  today, October 17, at 5 p.m. when 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 local authors of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.  November 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  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.

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 is October 18,  October 23, October 25 and October 30 from noon-2 p.m.

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.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 18 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.  

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, October 21 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.

Computer class

Microsoft Excel: Sort and Filter is the topic for this free session Monday, October 21 from 1-2 p.m. so you can organize your data and find your information easily.   No registration required.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, October 22 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll create a pumpkin diorama just in time for Halloween.  Please bring your own cleaned out pumpkin, and we’ll help you create a mini-landscape inside it with styrofoam, twigs and miniature figurines.  No registration required.

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.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 23 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required. Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Thursday, October 24 from 2-7 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from 10 a.m.–3 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.  Special note:  The October 23 storytime features Mable Barber, who will help you practice your Spanish as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.

Local authors

“Looking at Life” is an eclectic collection of devotions, poems and short stories written by local members of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network. This talented group of writers will be featured in a Lifelong Learning Lecture at your library next Thursday, October 24.

Books on CD

“The Gifts Beneath Our Anxiety” by Pat Longo offers simple spiritual tools to find peace, awaken the power within and heal your life.   “Noose” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western.  “War Valley” by Lancaster Hill is a Hank Gannon western.  “Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke” by William W. Johnstone is a collection of classic Smoke Jensen, Mountain Man, westerns.  “The Hidden Power of F*cking Up” by the Try Guys features the four co-creators of this Internet hit offering advice on what to do when facing impending failure.  “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas thriller.  “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz features the unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo.  “Killer Instinct” by James Patterson is a thriller about the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11.


“Aladdin” is a new Disney film.  “Spider-Man Far From Home” is the latest in the series.  “Yesterday” features a singer-songwriter who is the only person who remembers the Beatles.  “London Spy” is a mini-series.  “Separated: Children at the Border” is a Frontline documentary. 


“The Legend of the Weninuche Ware-Pig” by Michael Gary Devloo describes his adventures on a solo hike for cancer from Silverton to Pagosa Springs.  “Piety & Power” by  Mike Pence and Tom LoBianco is an account of the vice president’s journey to the White House.  “Keto Comfort Foods” by Maria Emmerich provides low-carb, healthy recipes.  “The Family Friendly Keto Instant Pot Cookbook” by Anna Hunley offers quick recipes that are family and budget friendly.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Lethal Agent” by Vince Flynn is book 18 in the Mitch Rapp series.  “The Shape of Night” by Tess Gerritsen tells of a woman who meets a ghost who is all too real.  “Imaginary Friend” by Stephen Chbosky follows a young man who emerges from the woods very much changed after six days there.

Other novels

“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett follows a family whose new home bring great unhappiness.  “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of a young man borne into bondage after his mother was sold away.  “Royal Holiday” by Jasmine Guillory is about a spontaneous vacation that turns into a romance.  “Toil & Trouble” by Augusten Burroughs follows the life of a man descended from a long line of witches.    

Short stories

“Full Throttle” by Joe Hill is a collection of 13 short stories of supernatural suspense.  “The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham” is the final volume of  modern gothic stories.  “The Best American Short Stories 2019” have been selected by Anthony Doerr.

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 Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.  For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Deanna Johnson.

Quotable Quote

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955),  German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

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