All-ages astronomy night and accelerated GED course

Saturday,October 5 is Worldwide Astronomy Day and, weather permitting, we will be celebrating from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at an all-ages event on the elementary school soccer field for some stargazing.  You’ll get a guided tour of our night sky using your naked eye.  Feel free to bring binoculars or telescopes but they are not required.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Accelerated GED course

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) at your library is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course 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 8, 17 and 24 from 2-7 p.m. and October 9, 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The course begins on 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 español.

Lifelong Learning starts next week

The all new, free Lifelong Learning lecture series will take place October 10 through November 21 from 5-6:30 p.m.  On October 10 Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanches we experienced last winter.  On October 17 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.  Watch for more details about these and other talks in the series, or pick up a brochure with more information at your library.

Notary service available

Your library now offers a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal. 

Immediate action is crucial when someone’s heart stops beating, so we wanted to remind you that an AED is available at your library and in more than 20 other locations around town.  They include the public schools, Community Center, county sheriff patrol cars, fire stations 3 and 7, St. Patrick’s and Centerpoint Churches, PAWS, PLPOA rec center, Chimney Rock and more.

All you have to do is turn on the AED and follow the prompts.  The AED will talk to you, giving step-by-step instructions and guidance as you work on a patient.  But if you want to take a class to build your confidence and be trained for emergencies, please contact Nicole Mariani LaGioia at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center EMS at 731-5811 or pagosamed.com. 

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, October 3, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 4 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 office number is 970-264-1986. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 7 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.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On October 8 we will discuss “Radium Girls” by Kate Moore.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesday, October 8 from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9 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.  

Local author

“Fire in Middle: Mystery of the Great Pyramid Solved” by James Ernest Brown is based on the author’s nearly four decades of research indicating that the Egyptian pyramids were not created to be tombs. 

Large print

“Hot Shot” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Tidelands” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in 1648 England.  “Robert B. Parker’s The Bitterest Pill” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “The Last Good Guy” by T. Jefferson Parker follows a PI hired to find a woman in a case not what it seemed.  “Influenza” by Dr. Jeremy Brown explores the 100-year hunt to cure the deadliest disease in history.  “Haunted House Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three mystery stories.  “A Bitter Man” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Contraband” by Stuart woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a Tylers of Texas romance.  “The Bitterroots by C.J. Box features former sheriff investigator Cassie Dewell now in private practice.   

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr follows a woman who escapes from an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home when she believes she has been unfairly restrained.

Other novels

“This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger follows four youngsters who escape from an Indian training school in 1932. 


“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an action adventure.  “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville & New American Nazis” investigates the resurgence of violent white supremacists in America.  “Addiction” is Nova looks at the abuse of opioids in our country.  “Avengers Endgame” is the fourth installment of the Avengers series.  “Booksmart” is a comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.  “Dream/Killer” is a documentary about a teen wrongly arrested for a brutal murder.  “Trafficked in America” is a Frontline investigation into how teenagers from Central America were smuggled into the U.S.   

Books on CD

“Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.   “Siege: Trump Under Fire” by Michael Wolff is a portrait of President Trump and his administration from the second year on.


“How to Have Impossible Conversations” by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay helps you argue affectively, conciliate and gently persuade.  “The Methuselah Factor” by Dr. David J. Derose is a 30-day guide to help you look, feel and function better.  “Re-bisoning the West” by Kurt Repanshek reviews strategies and plans to bring the bison back to the American landscape. 

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 Terri Smith, Rosalea Conor, Gloria Flynn and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan for their gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and to Jackie Welch for her gift in memory of Zoe Groulx.  

Quotable Quote

“You never go wrong when you take the high road – it’s less crowded up there.” – Gayle King, American TV anchor and journalist for CBS.

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