12/05/2013 – Classics now available as board books for babies and toddlers

Booksellers say
that parents and grandparents are flocking to these books, even if the idea that
a two-year-old could understand the plot of “Moby Dick” seems unlikely.  But our version by Jack and Holman Wang simply
contains lovely drawings and single words on the opposite page – “sailor,”
“boat” and “captain,” for example. 

      Similarly, “Pride and Prejudice” has
colored illustrations and words like “friends,” “sisters,” “dance” and “walk” –
plus “yes?” and “no!” as the story goes on. 

      Child development experts tell us that
it’s important for parents, grandparents and babysitters to read to babies
early and often.  Now you can include
classics in your toddler’s repertoire.  Board
books are traditionally aimed at newborns to three-year-olds.   Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian,
will wait to order more of these classics until she sees how our parents and
kids like them.


Holiday hot chocolate hullabaloo

your calendar for next Thursday,
December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. so you can join us for a free holiday crafts event
for the whole family.  You’ll make
ornaments and other holiday goodies while you enjoy a hot chocolate bar.  This is a great way for you and your family
to get a head start on the holiday season and enjoy some together-time.


Your library tree at Festival of Trees 

library is one of 22 local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual Festival
of Trees at the Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library.  You have lots of opportunities to
participate.  Today (Thursday, December 5)
the public can come to view the trees for free and vote for your favorite from
noon – 7 p.m. while you enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate, Christmas music and
sweets. Tomorrow (Friday, December 6) at 7 p.m. is the paid gala event when
guests will enjoy appetizers, music, a cash bar and bid on their favorites.

          The money our tree generates will, of
course, be donated to the library.  Our
tree is an artificial blue spruce.  It will
feature red and silver ornaments with the many Christmas-related books underneath
included in the package.  We hope you
come to see our tree – and like it enough to vote for it!


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from the 1950s
or 1960s.  The movie for tomorrow
(Friday, December 6) is “The Time Machine.”


Free wellness program

            Join us next Tuesday,
December 10 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for a health discussion from a member of the
Pagosa Springs Medical Center.


Free book club for adults

            Join us next
Tuesday, December 10 from 2-3 p.m. for our new adults book club, which will
meet once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction.  For December, we will be discussing “Gone
Girl” by Gillian Flynn.  Light snacks


Free tweens science

            Tweens in the
fourth-sixth grades are invited to discover the world of science on the first
Friday of every month.  For December,
that’s tomorrow (Friday, December 6) from 2-3:15 p.m. Registration required.


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays – except for Thursday, December 12.  Join her for one-on-one informal help with
your computer or tablet issues.  A more
formal session on Skype photos requiring registration takes place Wednesday,
December 18 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.  


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 



            “The Blind Side”
stars Sandra Bullock based on the true story of a homeless teen football
player.  “The Antbully” is an animated
family movie about an anthill with a secret potion.  “Person of Interest” is the complete first
season of this TV drama.  “Magic Mike” is
an R-rated about a man in an all-male revue. 
“Morning Light” is a true-life adventure about the Transpac Yacht
Race.  “Miss Congeniality” is a comedy
starring Sandra Bullock.  “Uptown Girls”
has been described as “A New York fairy tale.”



             “Rasputin’s Shadow” by Raymond Khoury is a
thriller that starts in Russia in 1916. 
“Deceived” by Randy Wayne White is the latest in the Hannah Smith
mystery series.  “Run to You” by Rachel
Gibson is the second book in the Military Men romance series.  “Gone with the Woof” by Lauren Berenson is
the latest in the Melanie Travis mystery series.  “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay is the
latest in the Hat Shop mystery series. 
“Let It Burn” by Steve Hamilton is the latest in the Alex McKnight crime


Other new fiction

            “Amity &
Sorrow” by Peggy Riley follows a mother and two daughters fleeing her husband’s
polygamous compound.  “We Are Water” by
Wally Lamb tells of a woman who upsets her family when she decides to marry a
wealthy female art dealer responsible for her professional success.              


Thanks to our donors

            For their generous
donations, we thank Mae Jaramillo, as well as Lenore Bright and Shirley Iverson
in memory of Gil Bright.  For books and
materials this week, we thank Jill Dougherty and several anonymous donors.



            “A man’s
accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.”
– John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), U.S. Secretary of State under President



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