Family storytimes return on Wednesday mornings and expanded policy for DVDs

We are delighted to announce that family storytimes return to your library on Wednesday mornings this month, thanks to our part-time employee Jeanne Hanson-Colburn.  They had been replaced by open play sessions for the last two months, since the resignation of our early literacy librarian.  Her replacement cannot join our staff until the summer, after she graduates with her master’s degree.

Until then, Jeanne has agreed to work more hours and lead our very popular family storytimes on both Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10 a.m. for kids of all ages.  Storytimes are a great way for youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that 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.

We are lucky to have someone with Jeanne’s experience and credentials filling in for this key position.  Jeanne has worked as a librarian in the Dulce, N.M. school district and chaired the mid-high and elementary schools’ bi-annual book fairs there.  She has worked part-time in our library since March 2017.

Expanded policy re DVDs

Starting today, November 1, you can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Did You Know…

… that your library has a collection of 689 books that we affectionately call The Hershey Collection?  These nonfiction books largely come from the personal collection of Jacob and Terese Hershey and center around the Four Corners region and Colorado.  You will find a wide variety of topics, including hiking, western art, ghost towns, flora and fauna, history and more.  Examples include “Golden Treasures of the San Juan” by Temple H. Cornelius and John B. Marshall, “Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest” by Kenneth A. Brown, “Watchable Birds of the Rocky Mountains” by Mary Taylor Gary, “Ghost Towns Colorado Style” by Kenneth Jessen

and “Weird Colorado: Your Travel Guide to Colorado’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” by Charmaine Ortega Getz.  All of the books in the Hershey Collection are available for check out.

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

Library activities next two weeks

Today’s column covers activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next Library News column will appear on November 15.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, November 12 for Veterans Day.

Lifelong Learning today

The fifth of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, November 1, with “Child Abuse and Neglect Training” when Lacy Brown explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  This lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

“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.

Teen advisory board

Today, Thursday, November 1, 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, November 2 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.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, November 5 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, November 7 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course Wednesday, November 7 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class on Thursday, November 8 from 10:30 – noon.   After her presentation there will be plenty of time for questions.

All-ages movie

Join us Friday, November 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a free PG movie with your friends and family.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find the name in the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Friday, November 9 from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.

LEGO Club  

LEGO Club for kids six-12 years is 11-noon on Saturday, November 10.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On November 13 we will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us Wednesday, November 14 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.  

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, November 14 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll use paper towels and fabric dye to make customizable table runners, a great alternative to expensive store-bought runners that get stained from food or beverages.  No registration required. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will not meet in November due to a scheduling issue.  It will resume in December when you can join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Computer classes

Join us on for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Monday, November 5 focuses on removing programs, managing the space on your computer, speeding up your browsing and more.  Thursday, November 15 is a basics session, with no computer experience necessary.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  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 4:30 – 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.   


“The Wooly West” by historian Andrew Gulliford describes the sheep industry’s place in the history of Colorado and the American West.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Dead Ringer” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.   “Melmoth” by Sarah Perry begins with the discovery of a mysterious letter in a library amid superstitions of a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales.  “November Road” by Lou Berney features a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America.  “Shell Game” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Warshawski mystery.

Large print

“George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story” is written by their granddaughter Ellie Le Blonde Sosa and Kelly Anne Chase.   “Under My Skin” by Lisa Unger features a wife trying to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death.  “Why Not Tonight” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain centers around the possibility of a cure to help an unborn baby with a heart defect.

Other novels

“Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver follows a family facing great difficulties and a precarious future after job losses.  “The Collector’s Apprentice” by B.A. Shapiro is set in the world of Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon and the post-Impressionist painters.  “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks tells of a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two very different people.


“Leave No Trace” follows a father and daughter living off the grid in Portland, Oregon.  “Lost Horizon” is the classic starring Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt.  “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a documentary about this beautiful actress who also was a brilliant inventor.          “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator” is a Frontline documentary.  “Hocus Pocus” is a Disney family comedy.  “The Dark Tower” is based on the bestselling book series by Stephen King.

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 contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank Ponderosa Lumber.

Quotable Quote

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer  (1929-2016), American professional golfer and World Golf Hall of Fame member.

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