Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving
The staff at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make their jobs easier and their service better for you, our patrons.  On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them:

We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  In 2015 we had a total of 59 volunteers.    They contributed 1,056 hours – about half of a full-time employee.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.

We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.

We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.  If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer or joining the Friends, please contact Meg Wempe, library director, at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

Thanksgiving closing
Your library will be closed November 24 through 26 for carpet cleaning and so our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends. We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9 am.  Our website is always open!

Pagosa postcards
We have some postcards with lovely Pagosa scene photos by Hannah R. Kuhn of downtown, the springs area and the Pagosa skyrocket flower that would make good stocking stuffers at Christmas.  We’ll sell them in packages of 10 for $1 until supplies run out.

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 role playing for teens
Wednesday, November 30 from 4-5:30 p.m., join us for a role-playing game for teens in the seventh-12th grades.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  Contact Claire if you have questions.

Free tech sessions

Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10 a.m.-noon.  Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesday, November 29.  Also, Thursday Tech Times have resumed on Thursdays – but note new time of 2-4 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.

“Safe Haven” is based on the Nicholas Sparks romance.  “A Star is Born” stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  “Amadeus: Director’s Cut” celebrates Mozart’s music and won eight Academy Awards.  “My Fair Lady” stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Missing” by James Patterson is the latest in the Private thriller series.  “Order to Kill” by Kyle Mills is a Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp thriller.  “The Obsidian Chamber” by Preston & Child is a Special Agent Pendergast thriller.  “The Whistler” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.

“Shaken” by former Broncos player Tim Tebow is a motivational guide to help you discover your true identity to weather life’s storms.  “The Nine of Us” by Jean Kennedy Smith is a memoir of her siblings, the children of Rose and Joe Kennedy, growing up.  “101 Law Forms for Personal Use” includes downloadable forms.  “Speaking American” by Josh Katz is an illustrated guide to how Americans talk in various parts of the country.

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.

Free downloadable e-books and audiobooks
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.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Ken Wilbert and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Your feelings about getting older might determine how well you age – and even how well your brain holds up against Alzheimer’s.  When people who thought negatively about aging were simply primed to view it in a better light, they said they felt more positively about aging and even showed improvements in physical strength.” – Yale University study.

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