Second Chance book sale this weekend and new cookbooks for holiday entertaining

We hope you’ll join us for a special Second Chance Book Sale tomorrow, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., just in time for your holiday shopping.  This event takes place at your library and is part of the Pagosa Parade of Stores that weekend.

Many of the items on sale are remainders from the Friends of the Library book sale.  The books are in great shape, priced at discount rates, and they make excellent gifts.  Hardbacks are $3, with the older ones at $2.  Softbacks will be $2 with $1 for the older ones.  Mass market paperbacks will be under $1.  Any audio books will be $1 a disc up to $5, even if the audio book is 12 discs.  Any DVDs will be $2.

We hope to see you there.

New cookbooks for hunters and holiday entertaining

If you’re looking for some fun new delicious recipes for your holiday entertaining, here are nine new cookbooks to inspire you:  “Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg provides quick and easy recipes for sweet and decadent baking. “Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten is a new collection of elegant recipes made easy.  “The Complete Diabetes Cookbook” offers 400 re-engineered recipes with nutritional information. “Comfort in an Instant” by Melissa Clark gives you 75 comfort food recipes for your pressure cooker, multicooker or instant pot.  “Baking All Year Round” by Rosanna Pansino contains more than 85 recipes for holidays and special occasions throughout the year.

For hunters, we have four books by Hank Shaw:  “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” shows you how to take upland birds and small game from field to feast.  “Hunt, Gather, Cook” has recipes and techniques to get wild foods onto your dinner table.  “Duck, Duck, Goose “ is a thorough guide to preparing ducks and geese.  “Buck, Buck, Moose” does the same for deer, elk, antelope, moose and other antlered creatures.

And if you need a laugh while you’re busy cooking, take a break with “Never Cook Bacon Naked” with humorous words of wisdom for the home cook compiled by Doreen Chila-Jones.

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 espanol.

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.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course Wednesday, December 5 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.  Note: No Spanish conversation this month.

Avalanche awareness

Join Mark Mueller next Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an important presentation on avalanche safety that could save your life.  He is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in the state of Colorado.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, 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.  Monday, December 3 is Internet Basics, when you’ll learn how to use a browser to access the Internet and use a search engine.  Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basics when you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.   Thursday, December 17 shows you how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume.  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.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free 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.  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. Note no storytime Saturday, December 1 because of the book sale.

Large print

“Desperate Measures” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Colors of all the Cattle” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. l Ladies’ detective Agency mystery.  “When We Were Young” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter Family story.  “The Rain Watcher” by Tatiana de Rosnay is a family saga set in Paris.  “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty follows the guests at a remote health resort.  “Not Quite Over You” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “Heads You Win” by Jeffrey Archer follows a Russian family fleeing after the father is assassinated.  “The Fox” by Frederick Forsyth explores what happens after the CIA is hacked.  “You Don’t Own Me” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is the latest in the Under Suspicion series.  “Elevation” by Stephen King is a supernatural story.  “Vendetta” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.

Nonfiction CDs

“Sky Girls” by Gene Nora Jessen is the true story of the first women’s cross-country air race in 1929.  “Real Life Organizing” by Cassandra Aarssen shows you how to be clean and clutter-free in 15 minutes a day.   “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown asks you to let go of what you think you ought to be and concentrate on who you are.

Fiction CDs

“Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand begins when the husband is killed in a plane crash.  “Night of Miracles” by Elizabeth Berg is a sequel to “The Story of Arthur Truluv.”  “Beachamp Hall” by Danielle Steel follows a woman heading to England to visit the location of her favorite British TV show.  “Vendetta” by Iris Johansen takes readers inside a terrorist group.  “An Easy Death” by Charlaine Harris is a thriller centered on a female gunslinging mercenary.  “Leopard’s Run” by  Christine Feehan is a fantasy romance.  “The Colors of All the Cattle” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.


“Eighth Grade” introduces a new 13-year-old heroine.  “Frozen River” reveals the difficult live and decisions of two single-mother Mohawk women.  “VA: The Human Cost of War” documents the workings of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through the eyes of veterans and their families.  “Dreamer” is a family film inspired by a true story.


“Trump on the Couch” by psychoanalyst Dr. Justin A. Frank looks at President Trump as he did in previous books about Presidents Bush and Obama.  “Hemingway’s Brain” by forensic psychiatrist Andrew Farah explores the medical conditions that led the author to suicide.  “Adventures in Memory” by Hilde and Vlva Ostby reveals the science and secrets of remembering and forgetting.  “Hopi Runners” by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is a window into the many great runners in the Hopi world.  “Skin in the Game” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints and other successful people.  “Bridge for Dummies” by Eddie Kantar offers tips and strategies for being a better player.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Forever and a Day” by Anthony Horowitz is the story of the birth of James Bond.  “Target” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery,

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 monetary contributions, we thank Lenore Bright and Alice Chavez.  For their generous sponsorship of a book barn, we thank Terry’s Ace.

Quotable Quote

“I think a novel is a kind of conversation.  Both the writer and reader brings their experiences to the page…. Reading books is a good place to start thinking about and understanding people’s stories you aren’t familiar with, outside your comfort zone and experience.  A novel will ask you to walk in a character’s shoes, and this can build empathy.” – Tommy Orange, Native American writer and author of the bestselling novel “There There.”

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