In just one year, people visited public libraries more than a billion times

More than 171 million patrons representing more than half of the nearly 311 million Americans who live within public library service areas visited their local library more than 1.35 billion times in 2016, according to a new study using the latest available statistics.

As well, U.S. public libraries offered half a million more programs in 2016 than the year before, and 113 million people attended 5.2 million programs in 2016.  Also, the number of electronic materials like audio, video and e-books available through public libraries continued to grow, with libraries offering more than 391 million e-books to their patrons.

The data for these impressive results are collected annually from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of more than 17,000 main libraries, branches and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Holiday closure

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

Smokey Bear exhibit

We hope you’ll drop by the library to see a special Smokey Bear portrait exhibit celebrating Smokey’s 75th birthday on Saturday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, November 25 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This exhibit, which is traveling to ranger districts across the country, commemorates the U.S. Forest Service’s contributions to wildfire prevention and features the artwork of Rudolph Wendelin. He was a Forest Service employee who is the artist behind Smokey Bear.  Beginning in 1944, Wendelin became the full-time artist for the Smokey Bear campaign and was considered Smokey Bear’s “caretaker” until his retirement in 1973. Smokey the Bear is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in United States history, with the goal of bringing awareness to unwanted, human-caused fires in America.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. today, 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 gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 22 from 2:30-3:45 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.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group normally meets on the fourth Friday of every month, but they will not meet in November.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  


Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, November 23 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, November 25 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 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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.  November 27 will be a free play session. There is no storytime on Saturday, November 23 because of the Smokey Bear exhibit. 

Fiction books on CD

“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Wasteland” by Terry Goodkind is book three of the Children of D’Hara fantasy series.  “Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns to the life of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham is a legal mystery.  “36 Righteous Men” by Steven Pressfield is a Manning and Duwai thriller.

Nonfiction books on CD

“Help!  Someone I Love Has Cancer” by Joel Hughes offers real-life advice from a family who have experienced cancer.  “Home Work” by Julie Andrews is the second installment of the actress’s memoirs, this one focusing on her Hollywood years.  “Dear Scott, Dear Zelda” contains letters between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a narrative by two scholars.  “In Pain” by Travis Rieder is a bioethicist’s memoir of opioid dependence after an accident.  “The Toxic Parents Survival Guide” by psychologist Bryn Collins helps you free yourself from an emotionally unavailable parent. 


“For Small Creatures Such as We” by Sasha Sagan explores Earth’s marvels and how they provide meaning to our lives.  “Slice of Life” by Juliara Jensen tells why it is important to your life to be close to nature.  “America’s Game” by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrates the NFL’s first 100 years. 

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 Ed Robinson and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

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