Inspirational advice from the first woman to coach in the NFL 

Your library has a copy of a new bestselling book called “Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL.  Here is a selection of her advice.  For more of her thoughts, you can check the book out and read it all.

  • When there’s no road map in life, you make your own.  Greatness is not an accident.  Greatness is a choice you make over and over and over,  And when you choose personal greatness – big or small – it becomes a part of who you are.
  • Take NO as a challenge.  Turn it into NOw instead by adding a little w, as in WIN.  Now what are you going to do to turn your NO into a win?  Arm yourself.  You have to treat yourself as a dreamer.  By trusting your gut and allowing yourself to dream, you are in fact arming yourself to succeed.
  • The road to success is paved with sacrifice.  Make sure you are financially prepared to make a transition or plan to save for when your opportunity arises.
  • Free yourself from restrictive thinking.  Don’t strive for the top job or the cutting-edge accomplishment in your field – think beyond that.  What if you could go further?
  • Professionalism is not defined by the dollars you make.  It is the attitude you take.  Remember that winning and success are not absolute.  They are relative and very personal.  Make sure you never confuse money with security, and comfort with progress.
  • Everybody gets hit.  When you do, get back up and do it with attitude.  You are never truly powerless.  Your power source is internal.
  • Focus on what you’re good at.  Be consistently good at it and exemplify that with your approach and efforts.
  • Success isn’t created in the spotlight.  It’s the work you do in the dark.  When you finally get that breakout moment, you’re ready to capitalize on it.  The lights turn on and you shine.  Own that moment.

Second Chance Book Sale

Many thanks to everyone involved in our first-ever Second Chance Book Sale – those who donated so many premium items for the sale, those who came to buy,  volunteers who helped with the setup, and Meg and her staff for the clever idea and for making it all happen.  Another plus:  Those who came to the library for the first time and left as patrons with books in their arms.  This event made just under $1,700.  We promise to spend that money wisely to make your library even better.

Lifelong Learning

Today (Thursday, October 19) from 5-6:30 p.m. is the second talk in the six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series.  Former teacher John T. Penter will discuss “Fun with Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present.”   There will be no lecture on the 26th.

November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, October  20) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, October 20) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Tracy Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Steampunk crafts

Next Monday, October 23 is the another free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5 p.m. for seventh-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry, ornaments and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, October 25 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, October 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create marbled cloth napkins with shaving cream, fabric paint and a few household supplies.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics vary each week.  October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note:  No computer class October 30.

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.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.

Short story collections

“Fresh Complaint” by Jeffrey Eugenides is a short story collection by this Pulitzer Prize winner.  “The Best American Short Stories 2017” is a winning collection selected by Meg Wolitzer.

How-to and self-help

“Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter offers lessons in being limitless from the first woman coach in the NFL.  “Ageless Strength” by Jeff Horowitz helps you build fitness in one hour a week.  “Improve Sleep” by Katrin Schubert provides 20 quick techniques for better sleep.  “The Natural First Aid Handbook” by herbalist Brigitte Mars explains basic emergency preparedness.  “A Kinder Voice” by Therese Jacobs-Stewart shows how to calm a self-critical mind.  “How to Overcome Pain” by Leon Chaitow describes natural approaches to dealing with arthritis, anxiety, back pain, PMS and more.  “Basics to Brilliance” by Donna Hay is a personal guide to brilliance in the kitchen.

Other nonfiction

“Admissions” by brain surgeon Henry Marsh describes the difficulties of working pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal.  “Chicago Cubs” by Rich Cohen describes the team and its infamous curse.  “It’s Not Yet Dark” by Simon Fitzmaurice is a memoir of a man afflicted with ALS written using an eye-gaze computer.  “Where the Animals Go” by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti has 50 maps and graphics to help you track wildlife with technology.  “The Cannabis Encyclopedia” by Jorge Cervantes was written by an expert who had to conceal his identity for almost 30 years.  “Arnold Palmer: A Life Well Played” is a collection of anecdotes and wisdom from this beloved golfer.   “Midnight in the Pacific” by Joseph Wheelan explores Guadalcanal, the World War II battle.


“Ali” by Jonathan Fig is an unauthorized biography of the famous boxer.  “Dark Legacy” by Christin Feehan is the latest in this paranormal romance series.  “I Was Told to Come Alone” by Souad Mekhennet is a memoir of a explores two sides of her upbringing, Muslim and western.  “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Vince Flynn Enemy of the State” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure.

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 for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Carol Sheets and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass (1922-2002), American fashion designer.

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