Christmas books to enjoy or give as gifts, plus stuffed animal sleepover       

With Thanksgiving so late this year, you may also be thinking about Christmas, which is only a little more than five weeks away.  So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends.

We already have four mysteries and thrillers debuting for the Christmas season:  “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery available as a book and on CD.  “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” by Karen White follows a search for valuable artifacts in the garden of a centuries-old home.  “Owl be Home for Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large-print Meg Langslow mystery.  “Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold” by Nancy Atherton is a large-print mystery set in a small English village.

“The Perfect Love Song” by Patti Callahan Henry is a Christmas romance.  “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Chicken Soup for the Soul collection of 101 inspiriting stories of holiday love and wonder.  “Let it Snow” by Nancy Thayer is a Christmas romance set on Nantucket.  “Spirit of the Season” by Fern Michaels is a large-print story set in a B&B in North Carolina.  “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas: by Debbie Macomber features a caregiver with magical talents and is available as a book and on CD.   “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella is a new Shopaholic adventure.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Aspen and Cinnamon, our new mascots in the children’s section of your library, are hosting a party for all their friends on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.  All guests, human and animal, will participate in a brief storytime before the humans tuck their stuffed animal into bed for the night.  The stuffed animals will stay overnight with Aspen and Cinnamon, so please bring only special stuffed friends who can be separated from their humans.       

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 21 when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression. 

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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla español.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG-rated movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Computer class

On Monday, November 18 from 1-2 p.m. the free computer class will feature Google Drive when you will learn how to save documents, save your files online and collaborate with others.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, November 18 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, November 19 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make a Thanksgiving wreath that celebrates the fall foliage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, November 20 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 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.  

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note that Bacchus, our favorite PAWS to Read dog, will be a special guest on Wednesday, November 20.

How-to and self-help

“Skoolie!” by Will Sutherland shows you how to convert a school bus or van into a tiny home or RV.   “Nomad” by Emma Reddington is a guide to life on the road and off the grid.  “Reading Group Choices 2020” describes selections for lively discussions chosen by authors, agents, publicists, librarians, booksellers and publishing people.  “Best in Travel 2020” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is a new visual edition of this iconic bestseller.  “Hand Hewn” by Jack Soborn is a guide for people seeking natural and simply beautiful architecture.  “Nothing Fancy” by Alison Roman is an unfussy guide to having people over for a meal.  “Whole 30 Friends & Family” by Melissa Hartwig Urban contains menus and recipes for social occasions like birthday parties, baby showers, tailgating and more.  “Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?” by Dr. Mark Hyman features more than 100 delicious and nutritous recipes for weight loss and good health. 
Other nonfiction

“Classic Krakauer” by Jon Krakauer is a collection of 10 essays on wilderness and risk.  Trump vs. China” by Newt Gringrich explores the threat of Communist China to America.  “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall is the story of a gentle but badly o;; rescue donkey who made himself and others better by his racing success.  “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator” by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizsy looks as far back as Trump’s childhood to explore his relationships with women. 


“Find Me” by Andre Aciman is a follow-up to “Call; Me by Your Name” that became an Academy Award-winning film. 

Books on CD

“Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows three adult children making choices that surprise their mother.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer/songwriter.  “To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Mosaic” by Michael C Grumley is a sci-fi story.  Bloody Genius” by John Sanford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women who bring books to people who never have had any.

Large print

“Blood Sky at Morning” by Jory Sherman is a Shadow Rider western.  “Flight of the Hawk: The Plains” by W. Michael Gear is a novel of the American West.  “A Good American Family” by David Maraniss tells the story of the author’s father who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1932.  “American Predator” by Maureen Callahan unveils the story of a relentless killer never as famous as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller.  “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell follows a woman who learns her identity ate age 25.

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 Gary Snider and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Marjorie Witting, we thanks David and Lucia Oswald.

Quotable Quote

“We are always doing something, talking, reading, listening to the radio, planning what’s next.  The mind is kept naggingly busy on some easy, unimportant external thing all day.” – Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), journalist, editor, freelance writer and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book “If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.”

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