LEGO contest, coding games for teens and Lifelong Learning lectures

 Submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest are due by 7 p.m. today (Thursday, November 9).  Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 p.m.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Coding IRL (in real life) for fifth-12th graders takes place Monday, November 13 from 4-5 p.m.  We’ll be playing some live-action coding games, so no computers are needed.

Fall Lifelong Learning series

U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San Juan National Forest takes place today (Thursday, November 9).  Other November talks are Ruth Lambert on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed tomorrow (Friday, November 10) in observance of Veterans Day, and open again on Saturday the 11th.

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.


Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.  Winners of the all-ages LEGO contest will be announced at 12:15 p.m.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On November 14 we will discuss “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: 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 with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No session on Monday, November 20.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  November 20 is about NoveList, the library’s database to find book recommendations and other information.  Note: No class November 13 or 27.

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.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 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.  Thanksgiving will be the theme of the November 15 storytime.  Note: No storytime on November 22.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.   

Large print

“The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille is a thriller.  “Enigma” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller.  “Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen is a story of racism in Atlanta in the 1950s.  “The Summer That Made Us” by Robyn Carr tells of two sisters returning to their family’s summer home to mend fences.  “To Be Where You Are” by Jan Karon is a Mitford novel.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King and his son Owen is a horror story.  “Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is subtitled, “The brutal struggle for American Independence.”  “Miss D & Me” by Kathryn Sermak  describes her assistant’s life with Bette Davis in the actress’s last years.


“Land of Mine” was an Academy Award best foreign language film nominee.  “True Crime Series volume 2” contains several crime stories.  “Egypt’s Golden Empire” is a PBS documentary.  “What We Do in the Shadows” is a vampire story.  “The Bing Crosby Collection Double Feature” contains two films.  “Baby Driver” is an action crime film.  “Halloweentown” and “Halloweentown II” is a double feature.  “The Exorcist” is the extended director’s cut.  “Dracula” won three Academy Awards in 1992.

Memoirs and biographies

“Confessions of a Funeral Director” by sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde describes the spirituality of death.  “7 Lessons from Heaven” by Dr. Mary C. Neal explains what she learned from Jesus when she almost died.  “Infused” by Courtney Bax Lasater is the inspiring autobiography of a Texas woman who got cancer three months after he wedding.  “The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt” by Christine Wicker explains religion’s role in the FDR presidency.  “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World” is a compilation by Time magazine.  “Fire Road” by Kim Phuc Phan Thi is a memoir of hope by a little girl whose photograph gave her the nickname “The Napalm Girl.”  “Mental” by Jaime Lowe explores the power of lithium in her bipolar life.

Other nonfiction

“Why I Believe” by Chip Ingram provides answers to questions about God, the Bible and Christianity.  “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors tells of welcoming beautiful broken people into her home.  “Rise Hustle” by Mike Whitefield shows how his daily 90-second way to improve your life physically, personally and spiritually.   “The Runaway Species” by composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman takes readers on a tour of human creativity.  “Choosing Donald Trump” by Stephen Mansfield explores why Christian conservatives voted for the president.  “Beyond the Messy Truth” by Van Jones offers ways for us to build bridges across party lines.  “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager is subtitled “The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny.”


“The Exact Nature of our Wrongs” by Janet Peery visits a family celebrating their ailing father’s birthday.  “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel follows the life of the daughter after her father remarries.  “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Origin” by Dan Brown is the fifth in the Robert Langdon thriller series.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King and his son Owen is a horror story.

 Short stories

“Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks is the actor’s first work of fiction, with a typewriter having a role in each one of the stories.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Killing Season” by Faye Kellerman follows a brother trying to solve his sister’s murder.  “The Rooster” by John Grisham is a legal thriller. “Above the Timberline” by Gregory Manchess tells of a son trying to find his father, an obsessed explorer lost in the frozen waste.

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 InstantFlix (formerly known as 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 InstantFlix 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 for our donors

For their generous donation in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, we thank Patti Howard and Don Logan.

Quotable Quote        

“The trick is to live as if you’re going to die – and then not die.” – Betty Rollin, NBC News correspondent, PBS contributor, author and two-time breast cancer survivor.


For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org

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