Free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults begin today

A series of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures begins today, Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m, when Frank Bergon will discuss stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the most distinctive American writers of the 20th Century.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

“Prevention through the Positive” by April McCue and Kate Jones on October 11 explores the root causes of unhealthy behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence and more to promote healthy behaviors.  “The Writing Process” by Ellen Greenfield on October 13 reads from her novel “White Roses” and discusses how it came to be written and the writing process in general.  “Introduction to Seed Saving” by Robin Young on October 18 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.

“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.

Did You Know…

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

Backpacks available for free checkout

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more.  If you’re thinking about a fall hike, the backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, October 4, 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 5 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.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 8 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 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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 4, is Getting Started for beginners.  No class October 8. 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 4, and October 11.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on October 9.

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.

Audio books for youngsters

We are adding a whole new audio book collection for our youngest patrons, which you can find with our other EZ items.  Examples of the 15 CDs already available for the kids include “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken,” “Otis and the Puppy,” “Princess Posey and the Next-door Dog,” “Interrupting Chicken,”  “Last Stop on Market Street,” “I’m My Own Dog,” “Dinosaur Kisses,” “Barkus” about an exuberant dog, “Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True” and “Maple & Willow Together” about two sisters.  These CDs are great for car travel.  Also, some of them include a ding, or something comparable, so that young readers can read along with the book for increased literacy.  Please come in to pick out an audio book story your youngster would enjoy.

Books on CD

“Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a mystery.  “Impostor’s Lure” is a FBI agents Sharpe and Donovan mystery.  “Swift Vengeance” by T. Jefferson Parker is Ford and Taucher thriller.  “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart is a satirical look at Wall Street and traveling across America by bus.  “Flight or Fright” is an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent.  “Field of Bones” by J.A. Jance is a Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery.  “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Lt. Eve Dallas mystery. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith is a Cormoran Strike mystery.  “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab is the second book in the Villains series.  “Red War” by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp thriller.

Large print

“Depth of Winter” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “MacCallister: The Stalking Death” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western. “Sharpshooter” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire” by Elmer Kelton is a western as well. 

Other novels

“Transcription” by Kate Atkinson follows a teenage girl who worked in the world of espionage of MI5 and 10 years later is confronted by figures from her past.  “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green begins when a young woman makes a video of a stunning sculpture and uploads it to YouTube.  “Hippie” by Paulo Coelho relives the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order.


“Rough Beauty” by poet Karen Auvinen is a memoir of 40 seasons living in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.   “Fire Otherwise: Ethnobiology of Burning for a Changing World” edited by Cynthia T. Fowler and James R. Welch explores science and policy issues relating to fire.

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.   For their generous monetary donations, we thank Nancy Easter and The Lift Coffee Shop.

Quotable Quote

“We are alone with the book we are reading, but we are also in the more ethereal company of the author and the characters that the author has created….We can close the book and carry those characters around with us, much the way a child can transport any number of imaginary friends from place to place.”  — from “What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose.

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