Free Lifelong Learning Lectures resume this evening

This evening (Thursday, October 16) marks the start of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.

First topic is “The Making of Lucky Henry Walker,” a talk by John Porter.  He and his wife Beth fostered a rescue dog after Hurricane Katrina created tens of thousands of Gulf Coast refugees.  John will tell Henry’s story and its evolution from a thank-you note to a writing project and solo performance.  He will discuss the Ninth Ward of New Orleans nine years after, with implications for disaster preparation and how pets affect our lives.

The other five lectures in this series are “A Brainy Talk” by Dr. Jean Strahlendorf on October 23, “Halloween Traditions Around the World” by Julie Loar on October 30, “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford on November 6, “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.

All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, or look for it on our website.

Free math fun for kids

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a new free math club where youngsters will build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a totally new kind of math club!  Registration is required for this eight-week session that starts this Saturday, October 18 from 11-noon.  The group is limited to 10 kids.  Each session builds on the week before, so you will want your child to sign up and come to all eight events.

Free Family Fridays

Join us for a new free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, October 17) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This new program will take place every Friday.  It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event.  Now there is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time.  Each week will feature a different activity.  Tomorrow is a board games day.

Medicaid/Affordable Care Act workshop

This free workshop on Tuesday, October 21 from 1-2 p.m. is geared toward both new customers who are starting, or current recipients, and even those who do not quality.  No registration is required.  For more information, contact Renee Burch at the San Juan Basin Health Dept. at 264-2409 ext. 203.

Free art fun for kids

Kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free Art Attack session tomorrow (Friday, October 17) from 2-3 p.m.  This is creative fun that is always different and always gives you something to take home.

Free tween gaming

Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to a gaming session next Wednesday, October 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Obtain skills on the Wii and Xbox while playing your favorite games.

Free teen gaming

Join us next Tuesday, October 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free card battles

Join us next Monday, October 20 and 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. we will host Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades.  Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends.  We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on iPad Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 16).  This class is designed for absolute beginners who have little or no experience using your iPads.  Students must provide your own registered iPad.


“A Path Appears” by the husband and wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn offers practical advice on how best you can donate to organizations making a difference in the world.  “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard recounts the dramatic final months of World War II in Europe and the mysterious death of General Patton in a car collision.  “The Organized Mind” by cognitive psychologist Daniel J. Levitin reveals how today’s leaders become adept at managing the incessant flow of information coming our way.  “The Long Shadow” by historian David Reynolds assesses the impact of the Great War across the 20th century.  “Tape It & Wear It” by Richela Fabian Morgan describes 60 duct tape projects to make and wear.   “The Chew” offers recipes, entertaining tips and crafts from the five hosts of the ABC-TV show for holidays and celebrations.


Dog Day Afternoon” stars Al Pacino.  “Rundown” and “Faster” are both action adventures.  “The Bounty Hunter” stars Jennifer Aniston.  “The Town” is a crime thriller.  “Ladder 49” stars Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta.  “The Mechanic” is the story of an elite assassin.  “Heartbreak Ridge” stars Clint Eastwood as a Marine Corps lifer.  “Radio,” inspired by a true story, stars Cuba Gooding and Ed Harris.  “The Gift” is a thriller starring Cate Blanchett.  “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a Walt Disney movie.  “Total Recall” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.                                


“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell is an epic story told by a chorus of diverse narrators.  “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan follows a judge and a family dealing with a 17-year-old’s decision to refuse medical treatment for religious reasons.  “Blood on the Water” by Anne Perry is a William Monk mystery set in London at the height of the British Empire.                           

Large print

“Stormy Persuasion” by Johanna Lindsey is the latest in the Malory series.  “Raiding with Morgan” by Jim R. Woolard is a novel of the Civil War.  “Ragtime Cowboys” by Loren D. Estleman, MacCallister: The Eagles Legacy: Kill Crazy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, “Price of a Horse: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by Ralph Cotton and “Wind River” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn are westerns.                           

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donations, we thank Robert Dungan, Dick and Vimmie Ray, and Eugene and Patricia Wissler.  For books and materials we thank Fran Brown, Bobbi Coppenger, Lyn Dryburgh, Sara Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”  — Steve Jobs (1955-2011), co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc.        


For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.


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