Multiple fun Halloween events coming for all ages

With Halloween right around the corner, you’ll want to mark your calendars for one or more of the multiple fun, free Halloween events that will be happening at your library:

  • The DIY session next Wednesday, October 24 from 1-2 p.m. will feature three-dimensional yard pumpkins that are easy to make with some yarn, glue, pipe cleaners and balloons.  They make great decorations for any fall occasion, and are an easy and fun craft for all ages.
  • Start thinking now about the all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin and turn it in by 4:15 p.m. on October 31.  Winners will be announced at the library at 5:15 p.m. in five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.  We likely will have a number of pumpkins available for people to take home and decorate some time during the week leading up to the contest.  Participants must take their pumpkins with them at the end of the evening or return to pick them up the following day.
  • Friday, October 26 from 5-7 p.m. is the after-hours Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17.  Join us for a spooky evening of food, games, movies and crafts.  In order for your child to participate, parents must fill out a permission slip and present it upon your child’s entry before 5 p.m., when all participants must be in the library.
  • On October 31 starting at 4 p.m., hang out at the library with some creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the names of the pumpkin decorating contest winners announced at 5:15 p.m.

Lifelong Learning today

The fourth of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, October 18 at 5 p.m. with  “Introduction to Seed Saving” when Robin Young  teaches you the basics of seed saving from your own garden to carry forward the best of your garden’s harvest into the next season.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

“Child Abuse and Neglect Training” by Lacy Brown on November 1 explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  “Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

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, October 19 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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, October 19 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Nowhere Girls” by Amy Lynn Reed and enjoy snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 22 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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, October 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 24 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, October 18, is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, October 18.

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 and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.


“Collateral Beauty” is a drama of loss starring Will Smith.  “Sicario” is an action thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.  “8 Seconds” is the heroic story of rodeo legend Luke Perry.  “A la Mala” (“Falling for Mala”) is a romantic comedy in Spanish with English subtitles.  “Homestead Blessings” is a documentary featuring the southern charm and wit of the West Ladies teaching the art of canning.  “Chavela” is a documentary about Mexican singer Chevela Vargas, famous for her beauty, charm and music, in Spanish with English subtitles.  

Books on CD

“Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger tells of a small town in the upper Midwest working for new beginnings for its residents.  “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III follows an estranged father seeking his daughter he has not seen in decades.


Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Triple Homicide” by James Patterson includes three thrillers in one book, featuring Alex Cross, the Omen’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett.

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 Sally High and our anonymous donors.   For their generous contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank the Archuleta County Department of Human Services.

Quotable Quote

If you think work emails arriving in your inbox during vacation make it impossible to take time to retreat, reflect and pause, consider this: “If Lincoln during the Civil Way can go to the theatre a hundred times, and if FDR during World War II can have a cocktail hour every night where you can only talk about books you’ve read and gossip, and if Teddy Roosevelt can take two hours every afternoon to exercise, none of us has any excuse.” – Doris Kearns Goodwin, American biographer, historian and political commentator.

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