Fun free Halloween events today and tomorrow

Today, Thursday, October 31, before 4:15 p.m. is your last chance to enter our annual pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  The party runs from 3-5:15 p.m.  Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person, please.  

Then tomorrow, Friday, November 1, we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5-7 p.m. for ages 12-17.  Registration and a signed parental permission slip are  required.  Join us for food, games, movies and crafts – costumes encouraged but not necessary.  All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 7 featuring 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.

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, November 1 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 from ages 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes on November 4 and 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. 

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, November 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, which will continue at least until December.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is 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. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Computer class

Monday, November 4 from 1-2 p.m. covers resume basics when you will learn how to effectively create an appealing resume using Microsoft Word.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

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

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Wednesday, November 6 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Note the expansion of ages to include adults.  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.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place on Monday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, November 7 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 3-3:45 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.  Note that Saturday, November 2 is a Dia de los Muertos event with special guests introducing us to some of the traditions surrounding this holiday. 

Large print

“Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton share stories of inspiring women who stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions and get the job done.  “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier follows an English single woman trying to create a life for herself after World War I.  “The Institute” by Stephen King tells of kids with talents for telekinesis and telepathy.  “Met Her Match” by Jude Deveraux is a romance.  “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves is book one of the Two Rivers mystery series.  “Nothing Ventured” by Jeffrey Archer is a William Warwick mystery.  “Death in Focus” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish adventure set in Berlin as the Third Reich comes into power.  “The Titanic Secret” by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Bruel is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Quantum” by Patricia Cornwall features Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot.  “Bloody Genius” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.   

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Bitter Feast” by Deborah Crombie, set in the Cotswolds, features a Scotland Yard husband and wife detective team.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham follows the dangerous path of a minister fighting the wrongful conviction of a man for murder.  “Book of Bones” by John Connolly begins when the body of a young woman is discovered on a lonely moor. 

Other novels

“Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout continues the story of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Burning White” by Brent Weeks is the concluding book of the Lightbringer fantasy series.


“Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan is a history of Texas.  “Blowout” by Rachel Maddow is an expose of the power of Big Oil and Gas around the world.  “Where To Go When” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide recommending trips for every month.  “Best Hospitals 2020” is a U.S. News & World Report guide.   “A Dog’s Promise” by W. Bruce Cameron continues the story of Bailey.  “Play Your Way to Good Manners” by Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott explains how to get the best behavior from your dog through sports, games and tricks. 

Books on CD

“Dark Illusion” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian fantasy.  “The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Dieting” by Giles Yeo looks at the way our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.


“Chernobyl” is the five-part HBO miniseries.  “Africa’s Great Civilizations” is the six-hour PBS series.  “True Detective” is the complete second season.                            

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

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.” – Henry Miller  (1891-1980), American writer known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel such as “Tropic of Cancer.”

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