Halloween fun: Pumpkin pickup and teen murder mystery lock-in

Next Monday, October 24 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or as long as supplies last), pick up your pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person. If we run out of pumpkins, you may submit your own. Completed pumpkins must be turned in on Monday, October 31 by 2 p.m. for judging, with winners announced an hour later. Pumpkin artists will enter their work in the appropriate age category – preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. Hang out at your library with some creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the names of the winners.
Plan ahead for the teen murder mystery lock-in on Friday, October 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. for 12-17 year olds. For your teen to participate, you must fill out and present a permission slip upon entry to the event. All participants must be in the library by 5 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged for a contest. Teens will solve a mystery, participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy other fun activities while eating pizza.

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.

Free Read with a Ranger – and our congratulations
Tomorrow (Friday, October 21) from 2-3 p.m., youngsters aged 6-11 are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon Caley from the U.S. Forest Service to learn the wonderful things bats can do for the forest and for us. We also want to congratulate Ranger Brandon for being named this year’s Regional Interpreter of the Year by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region. If the admiration of Pagosa’s kids provides an indication of his skills in teaching a love of the mountain environment in a fun, informative and entertaining way, then we’re thinking Brandon will fare well as he moves on to compete for the National Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education award to be announced in November.

Free Lifelong Learning Lecture today
The second in the fall series of the ever-popular Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today (Thursday, October 20) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. when Ana M Sancho Sama, PhD, offers an introduction to the Enneagram Personality System, a model of human personality. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on these interesting presentations. No registration is required. Future talks include October 27 when Roberta Tolan, CSU extension director, describes trees and scrubs appropriate for mountain landscapes; November 3 when Enrique Garcia, a forestry student from Madrid, will speak on the forests of Spain; November 10, when musicians Jessica Peterson and Paul Roberts discuss the wide-ranging benefits of music with demonstrations on flutes and string instruments; and November 17 when Herman Martinez and Patricia Martinez explore the traditions and life ways of the Indo-Hispano communities of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, October 20) 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.

Free teen role-playing game
Next Wednesday, October 26 from 4-6 p.m., seventh-12th graders will gather to use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. This is a monthly event and you can join in any time. Contact Claire if you have questions.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions. Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a 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.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

“The Blessed Life” by Robert Morris is a new edition of his book about God’s principles governing financial stewardship, giving and blessing. “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” by Mary Norris, written by the copy editor of the New Yorker magazine, is a combination humorous-serious look at frequent punctuation and grammar mistakes. “Marrow” by Elizabeth Lesser is a memoir of two sisters dealing with a bone marrow transplant.

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“The Big Showdown” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins is a Caleb York western. “Stolen Horses” by Bill Brooks is a Texas Rangers western.

“Killing the Rising Sun” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard details the final months of World War II “Woman of Substance” is a trilogy of the Emma Harte stories by Barbara Taylor Bradford. “A Touch of Frost” collection one is the British detective series. “The Jealous Kind” by James Lee Burke is set in 1950s Houston. “The Omaha Trail” by Ralph Compton is a western. “Fates and Traitors” by Jennifer Chiaverini tells of four women linked to John Wilkes Booth. “Apprentice in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “An Obvious Fact” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery. ”The Life She Wants” by Robyn Carr is a rags-to-riches novel about women and friendship.

“Cadfael” is set three in this series featuring a crime-solving monk. “Cleopatra” is the 50th anniversary edition of this classic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. “Bless Me, Ultima” is a bilingual (English and Spanish) coming-of-age story set in New Mexico.

Mysteries and thrillers
“All the Little Liars” by Charlaine Harris is an Aurora Teagarden mystery. “By Gaslight” by Steven Price is set in Victorian England. “Pierced by the Sun” by Laura Esquivel features a young Mexican woman who ahs had a hard-nock life.

Other novels
“The Girls” by Emma Cline features a teen flirting with a cult in Northern California in the 1960s. “The Nix” by Nathan Hill follows a man getting to know his mother in new ways as he tried to save her.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.
Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a 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.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Virginia Smiley, Tozi Rubin, Sara Brinton and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“It’s not possible to stop learning. The choice is what we absorb and from whom.” – Contemporary artist Luke Philip Avery writing in Western Art & Architecture magazine.

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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