11/14/13 Meet your talented part-time library staff

  • Originally from Iowa, Shirley Iverson is our senior
    staff person, having worked at the library since 1987, full-time until two
    years ago.  She and her husband
    moved here when their five children, born in Fort Collins, ranged from a
    high school senior to fourth grade. 
    Oldest son Tim and his family and youngest daughter Emily still are
    Pagosa residents.  Shirley says the
    best thing about working at the library is the people, both her fellow
    staff and our patrons.
  • A Colorado native, Kay Kaylor has lived in seven
    states and the Philippines where she was a Peace Corp volunteer.  She moved to Pagosa from California a
    year ago, looking for a small town with a good climate and snow instead of
    rain.  Having been a school
    librarian and college textbook editor, it was a natural for her to
    volunteer at the library.  She joined
    the staff in February. 
  • Julie Loar, raised in Ohio, moved to Pagosa from
    Dallas in 1997 for the climate, beauty and people.  She is in charge of the GED
    program.  She’s always been a
    library patron, and in the few months she had worked in the library she’s
    become even more aware of how important a resource the library is for a
    wide spectrum of the community.  Her
    younger daughter Elizabeth Baldwin also lives in Pagosa.
  • Originally from New Jersey, Susan McAdams moved from
    Phoenix to Pagosa with her husband Phil seven years ago, and has worked at
    the library almost as long, starting as a volunteer for a few months.  She’s had a wide variety of work
    experiences from sign painting to aerospace engineering, and calls this
    the best job she’s ever had.  She’s
    also well known locally as a skillful painter and quilter.
  • Another Colorado native, Dona Sehon worked for
    WalMart for 20 years before retiring and moving to Pagosa from Colorado
    Springs in 2002.  She began working
    at the library in January, motivated by her great love of books –
    especially fiction.  In fact, she
    jokes that she had a home book collection that might rival the size of the
    library’s.  She also loves to cook.


Art fun tomorrow

            Kids in the
first-third grades can have fun with art tomorrow (Friday, November 15) from
2-3 p.m. 


Lifelong Learning tonight

            Tonight (Thursday,
Nov. 14) marks the latest in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning
lecture series.  Join us for Women in
Islam: A World of Contradictions: Dr. Dennis Aronson covers the lives of Muslim
women in different parts of the world.  All
Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.


International Game Day Saturday

            Please join us
this Saturday, November 13 for a free all ages International Game Day from
10:30 – 1:30 p.m. We’ll have Wii, Xbox, Playstation, 360 Kinect, Pokemon card
battles, board games and more.  This is
an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association.  See how you measure up playing board and
video games against kids and adults at more than 1,000 libraries across the


Stopping family violence

            On Monday,
November 18 from 4-5 p.m., learn about real life situations, the dynamics of
unhealthy relationships and healthy interactions, and how they can affect
children, as well as how to talk to teens about healthy relationships.  This free session is presented by the
Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program.


“Bully” movie coming soon

            Mark your
calendars for the documentary
“Bully” at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23, followed by a discussion.  This session requires no registration and is
open to all ages.


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requires
registration – Microsoft Word Templates on Wednesday, November 20 from 12:30 –
2:30 p.m.  You’ll learn how to create a
resume, holiday cards, certificates and more.


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 


New fiction

            “The Wolves of
Midwinter” by Anne Rice is the latest in her Wolf Gift Chronicles fantasy
series.  “Charming” by Elliott James is
an urban fantasy.  “Friday’s Harbor” by Diane
Hammond tells of a desperately ill orca whale rescued by a zoo.  “Vintage Attraction” by Charles Blackstone is
a romance set in the world of wine.  “The
Lost Art of Mixing” by Erica Bauermeister returns to the world of Lillian and
her restaurant. 



            “The Longest Ride”
by Nicholas Sparks tells of a lonely 91-year-old and a college senior.  “Just One Evil Act” by Elizabeth George is
the latest in the Inspector Lynley mystery series set in England.  “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri is about two
inseparable brothers born in Calcutta. 
“SisterMotherHusbandDog (etc.)” is a collection of autobiographical
essays by humorist Delia Ephron.  “David
and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and



            “Command and
Control” by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser reveals secrets about the
management of America’s nuclear arsenal.  “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life” by Graham
Nash is the memoir of the musician and founding member of Crosby, Stills and
Nash.  “Elizabeth Smart: My Story” by
Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived her kidnapping and is forging a new


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Medora Bass and  Virginia
Bartlett as well as several anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “To achieve great
things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard
Bernstein (1918-1990), American composer, conductor, author and pianist.


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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
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